28 Feb 2019
Come have a cup of coffee, tea, or other beverages while listening to the talents of Ben Arnold in the intimate Vestal Museum! Enjoy a great musician, great acoustics, and a great atmosphere! There is a suggested donation of $10. Come early and stay late! You definitely don’t want to miss this one!
Ben Arnold is reintroducing himself. A songwriter, musician, performer and producer, he remains longtime fixture on the Philadelphia musical landscape. He has toured regularly throughout the country as well as Europe for the better part of the last 25 years. Originally signed to Columbia Records in the 90’s, Ben has since released countless label supported and independent records over the decades. Always down for the challenge of re-invention and experimentation, you will see him constantly visiting far-flung points on the musical map. He has, for years been involved in collaborative projects such as 4 Way Street (Sanctuary/BMG), US Rails (Blue Rose/Europe), the Los Angeles based indie rock band Pistol For Ringo as well as David Uosikinnen’s In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia.
His constant output of new material is a testament to the continual growth of his creative muscles as well as a product of the many worlds in which Ben Arnold operates. His most recent releases “Lost Keys” and “Sunday Morning Meltdown” explore the feel, culture and politics of American music of the 60s-70s thru the lens of the questions of the here and now.
With a crusty, curmudgeonly, but loving take on the world around, Ben Arnold continues to reveal more of himself with every record and live performance. Always a different day, another mood and another view on the human condition. This is not an artist who has simply paid his dues. Ben Arnold is compelled to doing what he does, and does so with one of the most unique, if little known voices in music today.
Join us Saturday August 3rd from 1PM-3PM for the opening of an art exhibition featuring the work of Tom Besom. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday September 21st.
“My work represents the intersection of two movements in art history: minimalism and neo-surrealism. When I started doing sculpture in the early 1980s, I caught the tail end of minimalism. Following the precepts of the movement, I tried to make pieces that were “cool” rather than “emotional.” I emphasized simple geometric shapes. And I removed any hint of myself, as the artist, from the work; for instance, in painting the sculptures, I ensured that the brushwork was invisible. I tended to use a bright palette, consisting of primary and secondary colors, or employed a color triad that is important in other cultures. The triad consists of black, white, and red. I also sought to blur the distinction between sculpture and painting. While a student at the University of Virginia, I took part in a neo-surrealist movement. I started using dream imagery in my work, often juxtaposing everyday objects in surprising ways. The point was to elevate the ordinary to the realm of the fantastic.” – an excerpt from Tom Besom’s artist statement
The Vestal Museum is located at 328 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY 13850 next to the Vestal Public Library. It is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10AM-2PM, Saturdays from 10AM-3PM, and Sundays from 1PM-3PM.