When we are open there’s Jazz! Tonight April 6th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Southside Jazz Project for the grand opening of artist BL Vang
La Cour featured artist APRIL 6-May 2, 2018
Opening: Friday, April 6, 6-10pm
B.L.Vang, Artist Statement
I like to paint with both intent and abandon, allowing brushes to serve as conduits between observation and expression. With a broad range of speed and pressure, I want to allow the brush to sing. Musical terms come to mind—such as rhythm, harmony, tension and resolution. I invite the “music” that gestural brushwork offers–for discovery and renewed curiosity–and for the viewer to form a personally unique interpretation.
Born 1962 into a creative family, Brenda Lee Vang took delight in visual daydreaming–comparing and contrasting colors, shapes, and textures of her rural surroundings. Her choice to become an artist came at an early age when the kitchen table would become an art studio. Music making shaped her appreciation of intuitively expressive art.
For the 1982-83 academic year, Brenda studied, worked and lived on the grounds of Alnwick Castle–located in Northumberland, England–via St. Cloud State University, International Studies program.
Brenda earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from the California College of the Arts in 1988, and the Master of Arts Degree with the Award for Outstanding Thesis from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007.
Between BFA and MA degrees, alongside painting oil on canvas, Brenda produced editorial illustrations, courtroom illustrations, maps, and theatrical stage paintings.
While oil on canvas remains her preferred medium, Brenda enjoys stereo photography, ink on paper, enamels on glass, and digital art using a pressure-sensitive tablet.
Brenda married James Fittz, cellist and luthier, in 2002. They live in Denver, Colorado in an 1890 bungalow just large enough to accommodate her painting studio and his luthier shop and music room. Together they enjoy woodworking, skiing, fishing, and playing with their dog, Chester.
Artist website: http://blvang.com
Five percent of all art sales are donated to the charity of choice of the artist. Brenda chooses Warren village, nationally recognized for moving people from poverty toward self-sufficiency.
La Cour believes that live Jazz and visual artwork should be as accessible as possible. As always, there is no cover charge.