Sunday, August 11, 2013

PONZ at the BB King Museum!


I am proud to announce that my piece, "The Color of Blues", (a huge, carved, wooden installation), found a home on permanent display on the stage of the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center's "Club Ebony" in Indianola, Mississippi! 



The video above explains the museum and shows the installation of the piece. 

 
 Indianola is the birthplace of one of the pioneers of the Blues, BB King.  Club Ebony is where his musical career began.  The 16 million dollar museum is built around an old cotton gin where BB used to work and historic Club Ebony is maintained as a working "Juke Joint" to keep the spirit of the Blues alive.


 On 8/8/13 a reception was held with music provided by Dr. Alphonso Sanders, John Gray Shermyen and Jack McWilliams who cranked out the Blues!  I joined them on stage and created an improvisational painting which now also hangs in the club.

 

Thanks to Ann and John Shermyen who bought the piece and donated it to the BB King Museum, and to Kate Failing for her hospitality.

I can't wait to one day see BB King himself and a parade of other musicians play in front of my work!  If you are ever in the Delta, be sure to stop by The BB King Museum's, "Club Ebony"!