Evenings of art and music are back at Johnson Center

Published 10:55 pm Friday, April 12, 2019

Some things are so good they should never go away.

After a short break, the “Evenings of Art and Music” at the Johnson Center for the Arts and the arts complex are back.

On Tuesday night, Dave Camwell and the Troy University Jazz Ensemble will be at The Studio across from the JCA on E Walnut Street at 7 p.m. This family-friendly concert is free to the public but seating is limited.

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Mac Gibson, who chairs the “Evenings of Art and Music” with Muriel Saunders, said the revival of the “Evenings of Art and Music” began as a way to involve more people in the arts and to find more and different ways to utilize the arts center.

“Muriel approached me one day and asked what happened to those wonderful evenings of art and music,” Gibson said. “I told her I had wondered the same thing. As we began to talk, we were convinced that we needed those special  evenings where people could come together to enjoy wonderful music and amazing art in a family-friendly atmosphere and at an affordable price.”

Gibson and Saunders agreed to chair a committee that would make that happen.

“We had to do it because we have so much talent in our area,”  Gibson said. “We have Troy University with better than outstanding music and art departments. We have people who are amazing artists and musicians and dancers. We have people who are fantastic actors and actresses and poets and writers. We absolutely have it all. We owe it to our community to have a place where the artists and the community can come together. Now, we have it with ‘Evenings of Art and Music.’”

Gibson said the “Evenings of Art and Music” will get off to a jazzy start on Tuesday night at The Studio and the community is invited.

The second music event is “Songwriter’s Circle” at the Johnson Center’s Gibson Gallery, 7 p.m. on April 22. The performers will be Lenny Trawick, Jilla Webb, and two TU students, Ava Barrett and Kat Deal.  The musicians will be playing songs they have written, and taking questions from the audience.

A $10 entry fee will be taken at the door. Seating is limited.