The dark, moody Jazz clubs where Sheri Smith captured the feverish energy of some of the best Jazz musicians of this age have, for the first time, been traded for a bright and airy art gallery. Her works, whose exciting colors and dynamic lines leap off the page, pull the viewer in and make one feel as though they can hear the music behind each piece.
What makes Sheri’s oeuvre so important is, more than anything, the history of the Chicago Jazz scene contained within its works. Over her fifteen-year long career, Sheri has the opportunity to draw Jazz legends such as Von Freeman, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Sheila Jordan, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Kurt Elling, Willie Pickens, Dee Alexander, and on and on. Her images, set down in Caran d’Ache crayons upon suede boards or black and white scratchboard and then transferred into inkjet print, depict the men and women from one of Jazz’s most exciting and innovative generations. Out of the over five hundred works completed during the span of her career, one hundred solo and group Giclee prints and originals will be on display.
Beyond a simple retrospective, this show will be a celebration of the men and women, aged 50 to 90, who helped to define a generation of Jazz, many of whom have passed away in recent years. The Gala Opening on October 7th from 1:00 to 6:00 pm will also feature a Special Unveiling Presentation at 2:00 pm of portraits of saxophonist/clarinetist Eric Schneider, vocalist Dee Alexander, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, bassist Marlene Rosenberg and of those who have passed including, pianist Willie Pickens and vocalist/guitarist Frank D’Rone.
Sheri’s works celebrate the musicians who influenced her, and now her time to inspire others has come. Join Sheri Smith on October 7th, 2018 at the Ken Hirte Gallery, located at 760 N. Milwaukee Avenue, (312) 733-4632 for her first solo exhibition of these works: a show as rich and engaging as the music that unites it. A closing reception will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on October 28th.