The Art Out Loud event that took place last fall
introduced the community to an alternative, interactive art exhibition. Resident
Artist, MG Stout and Big Green Cherry (BGC), a local indie rock band united to
create an exciting multi-media art show. Music and Art: a pairing almost as
perfect as peanut butter & chocolate!Songs echoed and enriched the expressionistic pastels, while the images
illustrated inspired lyrics.The show
was built upon MGS’s latest series REAL
Life Drawing: My Eye on Washington DC, that was translated into a book
by Sunbury Press and corresponded with it’s release.
MGS says of her recent work, “I needed to get out
of my studio (and my head) to connect with the outside world so that people
might actually be able to participate with the imagery.My next requirement was to find a material
that was easy to travel with and would somehow connect with my subject.Enter my a-ha moment - NEWSPAPER! The
Washington Post directly related to my subject: daily life in the District
of Columbia.It was the perfect choice
as it would be conversant with the images I wanted to create.Goosebumps ran down my arm and I knew that I
was on the right track.”
It is no mystery why the leader of BGC, Edd Welsh,
and MGS partnered for the event.BGC’s
music is a blend of subtle nuances and edgy interpretation of the lives we
live.Their style of music was a perfect
match for the art on hand.
MGS shared the inspiration of selected pieces while
BGC set the mood with a symbiotic musical tempo.The result was a finer appreciation for
Mary’s art and a deeper connection between the artist and audience consecrated
by musical anchors.Then the microphone
was turned over to BGC.MGS set up her
easel stage right and began sketching live!
Drawing from the energy of the crowd, as well as
the band, Mary captured the ambience in her very raw and special way.The entire process was streamed live and
projected on a large screen for all to see.
When MGS was not on stage a video documentary of
the locations and her creative process rolled as the band rocked electrifying sets
to an energized audience. (for 2011 the feed will be on her canvas on so
everyone can see a painting being born!)
This year Art Out Loud is going to be even
bigger!The entertainment roster has
been tripled!Performances include new
music by Starryville, a homegrown alt-rock favorite with a huge following. There
will be an acoustic set by Thrive, a rising singer/songwriter duo, and of course
Big Green Cherry will get their rock on!One of the biggest treats of the evening will be introducing Northern VA
to the artists latest muse: The Philadelphia Mummers Woodland String Band.They will be in full costume and will perform
classics from Billy Joel and other favorites. While the music plays, MGS will be stage right creating artwork right before your eyes.
Her latest series, Endangered Species, will
be on exhibit and the audience will get a sneak peek of images to be published
in her upcoming book: REAL Life
Drawing, My Eye on the Philadelphia Mummers, which is scheduled for
release later this year.
Guests will be able to enjoy Uncle Fred's BBQ and there
will certainly be a cash bar.
Art Out Loud is blend of visual and musical works
that celebrate community and the value of the Arts in our lives.On July 16, 2011 you’ll find MGS seizing the
moment with brilliant colors, buttery lines and playful banter, while the
bands perform their hearts out.So save
I Promise Polar Bear, 36x36, mixed media on canvas by MG Stout SOLD
Endangered Species Series: Art Out Loud 2011
This is one FREE concert that you don't want to miss!