Ellen Priest's Jazz Cubano: Color and Paper Constructions is on view in the Narthex Gallery at Saint Peter's Church March 21 - May 3, 2015.

Join the artist for an opening reception on Thursday, March 26 at 4:30 P.M. The reception includes a performance by Cuban jazz percussionist Arturo Stable!

About the show

Priest’s jazz-based abstractions balance directly on the border between painting and sculpture – vibrantly colored spatial illusions when read from a distance, and 3-D relief constructions of layered, collaged paper when seen up close. Jazz has been her subject matter since 1990. Drawing is always central to her process, as well as standing on its own.

“The movement and space in Afro-Cuban jazz has long fascinated me, especially the percussion. In the Jazz Cubano Series I take those complex rhythms and melodies apart to reconstruct them visually.”
In July 2010, art critic Victoria Donohoe wrote about Priest’s work in two Wilmington exhibitions for The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Priest deliberately blurs the boundary between painting and jazz in her...painted collages. These use form as a language of music... Seeing jazz as full of joy and energy, able to transform sadness, Priest uses it successfully here to create materialized movement in actual worlds of colored space.”

Planning your visit

Gallery hours: daily 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Saint Peter’s Church is accessible to all people at the building entrances on Lexington Avenue and on 54th Street.

The E, M (weekdays only), 4, 5 and 6 trains stop nearby. As do the M57, M31, M50, M101 and M103 buses.