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February First Friday: Live Music and New Prints

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Live Music by Pentley Holmes

7-10PM

New Jersey native, Pentley Holmes is truly that rare artist whose work achieves both technical and emotional brilliance. A self taught guitarist and vocalist, Pentley is as well-rounded musically as they come. Pentley’s background in creative writing allows him to unite his musical talent with an authentic expression of what it means to be alive. Not only the nephew of the inspirational heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes, Pentley is a fighter in his own right.

In 2009 he survived a typically lethal ruptured brain aneurysm. His survival and recovery after 15 days in ICU only furthered his inborn passion for life and his place in the world as a musician. Pentley’s debut album “Rip Out My Heart,” offers a beautifully rendered glimpse into the depths of these human experiences. Pentley’s signature blend of contemporary folk and soul pop make his music as easy on the ear as it is on the heart. With new music forthcoming and the daring boldness to dream, Pentley is undoubtedly one to watch.

"Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes pummeled Muhammad Ali to submission. His nephew, Pentley Holmes, merely wants to knock audiences over one song at a time. Experience the younger Holmes’ haymakers as the multi-instrumentalist manages multiple ways of routing to one’s inner core. Holmes sings passionately. He plays the guitar brilliantly. Applied into a soup of contemporary blues and rock, jazz and pop, tunes including “Shape Up & Rip Out My Heart” belie convention. They resonate flavors concocted with points to say and purpose to move. Holmes moves like the dawn of a new day. He’s a welcome sound. "

-Tom Netherland Herald Courier

Website: pentleyholmes.com 
Facebook: facebook.com/pentleyholmesmusic
Instagram: instagram.com/pentleyholmes


"It's Simple" Prints by Melissa Holden from San Francisco, CA

Artist Reception: 6PM - 9PM
Exhibition Dates: January 28th - March 31st

Melissa Holden grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She left California to pursue a degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado. She focused on printmaking, mostly intaglio and woodcuts, and found she has an affinity for the medium. Melissa moved back to the Bay Area to teach visual art to children for many years. She now runs her small business making and selling block prints and screen prints. All her work embraces a minimalist aesthetic of clean, bold shapes and lines, and high contrast. Everything is completely produced by Melissa from start to finish using top of the line materials.