Sunday, June 26, 2011


THE TIES THAT BIND, the ABAD exhibition at The Firehouse Gallery in Bayshore, New York slated to open on July 31, 2011 and will receive works right up until July 15.  Please note the deadline and all details on the site: THE TIES THAT BIND.

SEND ART TO:  ABAD 23 / LuAnn Palazzo
The Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery
17 Second Avenue, Bay Shore, New York 11706 USA

Also of note: More than $1000 was raised via to hire the New Orleans Jazz Band, The Joe Saylor Brass Band to perform and lead a New Orleans Second Line Jazz at the Artists' Reception on August 13, 7 pm.
Says curator LuAnn Palazzo: "This will be the first show to expand the movement to include live musical performance at the August 13 reception with The Joe Saylor Brass Band. Now the ABAD vanguard can claim poets, visual artists, performance artists, multi-media artists and musical artists!"

The Joe Saylor Brass Band is comprised of some of the most exiting and talented young musicians on the Jazz scene today. The band members come from all parts of the world and their influences range from the beats of Africa to the horns New Orleans.  (Photo:
Joe Saylor in the center). 

The band came together at Harlem parades led by Jonathan Batiste, piano virtuoso from New Orleans. Leader Joe Saylor has played with many Jazz greats including Jonathan Batiste, Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Ben Wolfe. Joe recently appeared on an episode of HBO’s “Treme,” along with Jon Batiste. 

The band will perform New Orleans Second Line (Funeral) Jazz selections including:

Whoopin' Blues...Just A Closer Walk With Thee...Bourbon Street Parade...When The Saints Go Marching In...The Second Line...Oh, Didn't He Ramble...What A Friend We Have In Jesus...In The Sweet Bye and Bye among others.

Curator of the CW Post exhibition Ray Johnson & A Book About Death, Joan Harrison, has created a second poster  (top image) for the event that is free to download.  Please see the site here (right hand side) and click to download.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Ray & Bob Box [154]

Robert Warner a long time correspondent and dear friend of Ray Johnson has opened the boxes of correspondence - and some others - in this unusual and thrilling exhibition at the Esopus Foundation space in New York. 

The exhibition (June 2 – 30, 2011) entitled “RAY AND BOB BOX” includes a series of events. Their correspondence is explored in the Foundation magazine, Esopus 16. 

Among the performances at the Esopus Space will be Robert Warner archiving the contents of 13 boxes given to him by Johnson in the early 1990s.  Click here to see the events schedule

Esopus is also a twice-yearly magazine that features content from all creative disciplines. The latest publication is devoted to the contents of these boxes, and is presented at their space, 64 West Third Street, New York, NY, Suite #210.

Esopus web site:

Monday, June 6, 2011


Part of the opening of ABAD Moment in Phoenix included a military color guard presentation.  Pictured here is veteran Bob Hicks playing taps at the gallery.  See more photographs from the opening here.

Text by Patricia Sahertian, curator of the exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona:

Opening night at Willo North Gallery for the A Book About Death ~ Memento exhibit with special honors for John S. Turner. The Glendale American Legion Post #29 Honor Guard, under Bob Hicks was there to perform the memorial ceremony. Many thanks to George Cushing, retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, past commander of the Northwest Valley Veterans Association for organizing the service. Introductions and memorial prayers were said by Rev. R. Dale Copsey, Ret. Chaplain, Lt Col, USAF-Ret, a 2007 recipient of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society from Mesa, Arizona.