Jazz ’22 educational exhibits now open

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) opened its first of two exhibits which are part of their multi-faceted Jazz ’22 Series.


On November 1, the month-long exhibit Jazz ’22 StoryWalk opened. This outdoor exhibit offers an educational stroll for viewers to learn about some of the jazz greats from North Carolina.

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“The outdoor exhibit at Stearns Park in Columbus features prominent jazz artists, many from North and South Carolina,” said Ronette Dill, Jazz ’22 Series Committee member and Community Partnerships Coordinator. “This exhibit was created through a partnership with the NC Arts Council and Polk County Schools.  Community members are welcome to stroll around Stearns Park, taking time at each display case to read about a jazz artist.” 

Peggy Lee and Ronette Dill with Jazz ’22 StoryWalk exhibit sign

Dill adds, “Using a smartphone, community members may also access a short music clip by each artist using the QR code on the individual display. Drop by Stearns Park during the month of November and enjoy a walking tour of jazz!”


In mid-November, visual and cinematic arts will come to TFAC as visual artist Marsha Hammel continues her jazz series “The Riff” with new works. This lush, vibrant exhibit opens in TFAC’s JP Gallery on Thursday, November 10 with a free reception at 6:30 p.m. 


Jessica Pierce, TFAC Board member and Co-Chair of the TFAC Exhibits Committee with Monica Stevenson, shared “The Jeanne Parker Gallery (10 Nov-6 Jan) will feature artwork by renowned artist Marsha Hammel, along with representational jazz art and mixed media. Marsha was suggested by TFAC committee member Nancy Holmes. Her artwork was specifically chosen, due to her history of painting musicians, especially jazz and blues artists.”


TFAC thanks the Jazz ’22 Committee and supporters for making this series possible, including the Jazz ‘22 Patrons & Hosts, Kirby Endowment of Polk County Community Foundation, Quentin Baxter Enterprises, South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and NC Arts Council, Polk County Schools, Tryon Resort, media sponsor, WNCW and event partner, Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church.


For more information on the Jazz ’22 Community Outreach Series, please visit www.tryonarts.org/events or call TFAC at (828) 859-8322, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Check TFAC’s website and Facebook pages for Gallery or event closures. When visiting, please plan to park and enter at the back of Tryon Fine Arts Center.


Submitted by Debra Torrence