Thursday, May 17, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Jacobie Z at BLCARTGRP Gallery in Chester

After a slow Spring season in Southern Vermont, BLCARTGRP Gallery in Chester is gearing up for an exciting Summer of fine art shows as well as performance art events which will be bringing a cast and crew together which artist Bryce LeVan Cushing has worked with for many years.

The first in a series of shows to kick off the high season is titled Modern Mayhem, featuring the textural encaustic paintings of Putney, Vermont based artist Jacobie Z. Mr Z uses figures drawn and painted from life and incorporates them into a setting of mixed media using color, tone and rhythm.  The materials he uses include cut paper, acrylic inks and paint, photographic prints and encaustic paint.

Jacobie and LeVan Cushing have collaborated on sculpture, fine art shows, and video performance art for the past 5 years. It is an honor to have the work of Jacobie Z on display now at BLCARTGRP Gallery. The show will be up until June 15, 2012.

As part of the opening for Modern Mahem, Jacobie Z will be painting live in the space on May 26th from 2-5:00 PM.  His encaustic style of mix media painting is quite unique and the public will be able to view the heated wax process and application to canvas.

Modern Mahem will also feature a live taping of Cushing’s comedy video performance art series Moondoggie Isreal.  Several NYC and Philadelphia based performance artists are scheduled to appear in this top secret fashion explosion.  Open call to all area musicians, comedians and trouble makers.  There is a fifty dollar cash prize for best costume.   The assembled cast will write a short script, rehearse the numbers, perform the piece, shoot the video and upload to the internet all in the same night.

For more information regarding the paintings of Jacobie Z please call 802-451-6655.  To find out more about Modern Mayhem performance art party please call 802-289-1663 or visit  This is an Adult Only Event from 7-9 PM.  The event takes place at 295 Main Street in Chester, Vermont.  The entrance to the gallery and parking is in the rear of the building.  BLCARTGRP Gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Image: My Parents