Monday, June 01, 2009

The Nu-Art Series to present three events in June

The Nu-Art Series has announced three events to wrap up its spring 2009 "Jazz and the Visual Arts" presentations at the Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust St. in downtown St. Louis.

On Saturday, June 13, the gallery will open an exhibition of works by local mixed media artist Dail Chambers. Chambers, who studied at The Memphis College of Art and has exhibited in St. Louis, Memphis, Philadelphia and Chicago, will give a demonstration workshop from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, followed by an opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. A $10 donation is requested to attend the workshop; the reception is free and open to the public. The Chambers exhibit will continue through July 10.

Next up, the musical ensemble JBMG, a contemporary R&B group featuring the grandchildren of St. Louis music legends Fontella Bass and Lester Bowie, will perform in a Father's Day-themed program at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20. Admission is $10.

The spring 2009 series concludes at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28 with a concert by the Cameron Youth Orchestra, directed by James McKay, and featuring pianist Vickie Newton (pictured), who's also familiar to St. Louisans as one of the evening news anchors on local CBS affiliate KMOV. Though not known primarily as a musician, Newton has studied classical piano since childhood, and one of her numerous community activities is serving on the board of Jazz St. Louis. Admission to the June 28 performance is $10.

For more details, visit the Nu-Art Series' new Web site or send an email to

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