Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cody Beebe: At Home and on the Road

Born in 1985 in Yakima, Wash., Cody Beebe is an American Rock n’ Roll singer/songwriter. Although he first picked up a guitar at the age of 16, he put his love for music on the back-burner to attend college and pursue a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

After graduating from Washington State University in 2008, he moved to Seattle to start in the music industry, foregoing a career in civil engineering to chase his music dreams. In 2010, he formed an Americana/Rock band, Cody Beebe & The Crooks. Since then, he has toured to more than 30 US states, released two full-length studio albums and is currently gearing up for the biggest push in his career.

Every bit a musician, his talent as a photographer was completely unknown, until now. Beebe an unintended photographer, is a fervent Instagram user and, like many people, he documents his travels on the popular social media tool. As he travels, he snaps images of the countryside, the quirky landmarks and various stages on which he has performed. Over time, his artistic eye sharpened. His talent for design began to pour into the shots, and the images became an art form of their own.
The images in this exhibit were chosen from more than 20,000 images captured in his travels. The exhibition marries music and photography, giving the viewer a bird’s-eye view of life as a traveling musician—the barns, the landscape, the road, the hardships, the truck full of luggage, the equipment and, of course, the stage.

These works were created using aluminum sheets, a new photographic format. This is the first one-person photography show in the gallery and the first using entirely aluminum. This new technology fuses the image into the metal surface, creating a magical luminescence. The detail and resolution on metal is unsurpassed.

Few musicians have such a stage presence. Known for his striking red hair and beard, Beebe sings with a grit and honesty that has captured critics’ attention worldwide.

He has the look of a mountain man with the long hair and beard, but, beyond the rugged exterior, the man has a tender, intellectual side, a smile that puts one at ease and eyes that have a gaze of sudden knowing.

He is everything a superstar, a classic star, while also so unassuming and kind. In a crowd of fans, he is accessible—he seems to know everyone. He does not appear to know he is a “thing,” a talent or a phenomenon. On stage, his red hair is an extension of his music, as it illustrates the powerful chords of his voice, flowing through the air as he rocks.

Among his list of accomplishments, he and the Crooks have traveled extensively and touched the hearts of adoring fans in the far reaches of the US Last fall, the band was asked to perform as the Seahawks tailgate party band, playing for thousands of fans before each home game. Upon receiving a call from Austin Jenckes, a contestant from NBC’s The Voice, the Crooks toured with him throughout most of 2014, opening the shows and playing behind Jenckes as his band. In 2011, they reached No. 64 on the Triple A Radio charts with their song “Waiting On You” as the the only independent band in the list.

He has played with such notable acts as Stevie Nicks, Buddy Guy, Josh Turner, Jimmy Vaughan, Austin Jenckes, Allen Stone, Sturgill Simpson, Augustana and many others.  The Crooks are also heading to Europe in February of 2015 on their first international tour, where they will play 25 shows in five countries—all in a month. Beebe and the Crooks partner with Naches Heights Winery each year to produce a vintage of red wine called Crooked Red, which is for sale at various locations around the state.

In 2012, he and the Crooks founded the annual Chinook Music Festival, which brings nearly 30 bands and 1,500 people each year to a festival site on Chinook Pass. In 2015, the Chinook brand will expand, taking on a few more festivals and a number of one-off concert events.

Beebe is also a film producer. His company, Digital Vendetta Productions, creates corporate brand videos, music videos, documentary-style works and commercials. Along with Australian guitarist Blake Noble, violinist Tim Snider, bass player Eric Miller and famed Candlebox drummer Scott Mercado, Beebe is now also fronting a new band called Rust On the Rails that has big plans for 2015.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Brian Holtzinger’s exhibit

The reception for Brian Holtzinger’s exhibit “Stories in Watercolor and Oil” opened on Wednesday, January 14, from 4:00 to 5:30PM at the Virginia Hislop Gallery, Petrie Hall at Heritage University.  Brian has taught painting and drawing at Heritage for the past five years and the opportunity to display his work in our their exhibition space is a special treat.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Esvelt Gallery in the Arts Center on the campus of Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA
OPENING RECEPTION:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Artist Talk: immediately preceding the reception, January 7, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
GALLERY HOURS:  M-Th: 8 am – 8:30 pm, F: 8 am – 12 pm, Sa/Su: Closed, or by appointment
Esvelt Gallery is always FREE and OPEN to the public
Washington-based artist, Andy Behrle, is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new sculptures to be on display at Columbia Basin College’s Esvelt Gallery in Pasco, Washington throughout the month of January, 2015.  Titled, frequency, the exhibition will feature new works inspired by the movement of water, the invisible world of radio waves, and the breathtaking natural light of the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin.  
Since relocating to the Northwest after a stop in Alabama and years working in the museum world and teaching Sculpture courses in metro-Phoenix, Arizona, Behrle’s artwork has been transformed by his new surroundings.  frequency will feature a new body of work which combines the shells of antique radios and phonographs with mid-century tube electronics and cutting edge digital technologies to investigate ways to see sounds and listen to light.  This exhibition will also debut a portion of a large, immersive digital projection screen in the form of a twenty (20) foot geodesic dome- a project made possible in part by a 2013 “Grant for Artist Project” awarded by Artist Trust (a Pacific Northwest non-profit that financially supports artists and artist projects).  Imagine a sort of planetarium in which viewers are surrounded by moving images of water rushing through the Hanford Reach.  Together these seemingly disparate types of artwork encourage viewers to experience our natural world in news ways with the hope of stimulating more extra-worldly ideas. 
Andy Behrle (b. 1977 Lawrence, MA) received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Philosophy & Religion from Elmira College in Elmira, NY in 1999.  In 2003, Behrle received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  While in Arizona, Behrle worked for various galleries and art museums in the metro-Phoenix area including Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona Museum for Youth (now i.d.e.a Museum), and Calvin Charles Gallery as an exhibits coordinator, installer, builder, designer, and curator.  While developing skills as a museum professional, Behrle also taught beginning through advanced coursework in Sculpture at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2009, Behrle moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he worked for the Birmingham Museum of Art and Birmingham Children’s Theatre while re-establishing his personal art practice.  While living in the South, galleries in Tallahassee, Florida; Gadsden, Alabama; and New Orleans, Louisiana hosted solo exhibitions of Behrle’s art.  In this time, Behrle was also honored with an award from the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama; an Artist Residency at Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods; and inclusion of a large sculpture in Grand Rapid, Michigan’s ArtPrize 2012.