Colorscape brings performance artist for 15th show

NORWICH – Colorscape Chenango will be introducing at least two new faces for its 15th annual festival in September – one on the stage, the other behind.

Hearkening back to the juried arts and musical festival’s roots, this year’s Colorscape, taking place Sept. 12 and 13 in downtown Norwich, will again feature a performing artist as a major draw.

When Colorscape began in 1994, its attention-grabbing headliner was the late performance artist Denny Dent, who wowed audiences with his “Two-Fisted Art Attack,” creating massive on-the-spot portraits of celebrities set to vibrant music. Dent appeared at the festival twice, and later organizers opted for different fare on the main stage – an impressive array of musicians recruited by Ken Millett of Night Eagle Cafe.

Millett will once again be bringing music to the Colorscape, but in honor of the festival’s 15th anniversary, Director Peggy Finnegan said its organizers wanted an artist with an appeal similar to Dent’s – and they found that in Jonas Gerard.

Gerard is a contemporary abstract expressionist who emerged onto the scene in the 1970s, and has since built a loyal following of fans and collectors. “Color, form and texture dancing spontaneously across the canvas awakens all the senses and charges every painting with its own spirit,” reads the artist statement on his website, “The work has vitality and energy as well as a subliminal healing power known only to a receptive heart. Jonas lives true to his belief that spirituality has to be the very essence of pure abstract art. Without it, abstract art is lifeless.”

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