Artist: Stan Berning
Being a painter, I was born in 1951 already an antique. After a lifetime of creating images in this post modern world I have come to champion no ism's. Taking to heart my eighty year old friend's reminder that his generation made sure everything had been done, I have proceeded to do everything in each painting. The resulting fifteen oil paintings, though inevitably stamped with my distinctive aesthetic voice, travel freely through various fields of exploration. Accepting that the act of working in paint will result in the echo of vaguely familiar imagery from past painters has released me from the tyrannical demand for newness and, ironically, opened the process to a multitude of possibilities embodied in each individual painting. If it has all been done before there is no territory worth defending. One either stands on shifting sands, or swims.
Stan Berning April 2017
Singer/Songwriter: David Berkeley
Santa Fe based songwriter and author David Berkeley has been called "a musical poet" by San Francisco Chronicle, "a double fantasy of Nick Drake and Donovan" by Rolling Stone, and praised for his "lustrous, melancholy voice" by The New York Times. He is a graduate of Harvard, has been a guest on This American Life, and he won the Kerrville New Folk Competition and ASCAP’s coveted Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award.
In addition to his wild theatrical duo project Son of Town Hall, Berkeley has released seven albums and two books. His newest project (releasing on November 16th with a show at the Tumbleroot Brewery) is a batch of political songs that speaks to our divided and troubled times. "The Faded Red and Blue" comprises five songs covering the central topics that have filled the airwaves and newspapers for the past two years: Trump, gun violence, immigration, the environment, even suicide. "I have two sons,” Berkeley explains. "They are eleven and eight. These past two years have been particularly tough for me not only as a songwriter but also as a father. Though I found it easy to write about what was angering me, I wanted to do more than just rant. I didn’t want to widen an already gaping divide. That’s not really why I write songs." Berkeley has managed to find hope, despite the subject matter. "So I’ve tried to find some common ground, maybe even some shared humanity,” he continues. “I wrote them as much for me as for you. And I wrote them for my boys. To remind us all that we still live in a world that is worth loving, that is still worth holding dear." The release comes at a time in our national history where we so need a voice that can spread compassion and encourage unity.