Gerald, a Mississippi to Detroit transplant, began playing guitar at the age of 15. Inspired by Prince and 80s rock guitarists, he performed in multiple local bands trying to find his signature sound. He experimented with pop, rock, and finally, blues as he listened to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Hill, and B.B. King. The struggle of keeping a band together caused Gerald to learn bass, keys, and drums in addition to his guitar.
From January 7 – February 16, Allied Arts will host “Art From East to West,” an exhibit of Faye Maxwell’s pastel works. Allied Arts Executive Director Brian Renko is excited to host Maxwell’s exhibit, saying that “we love hosting local talent, because it gives the artist a chance to show off to the town, and it gives the community a chance to get to know another great local artist.” The exhibit will be on display at the Marlor Art Center.
Named after the Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing has been a favorite of bluegrass fans for seventeen years. The internationally acclaimed group returns to Allen’s Market for the fourth time on January 22. At 7:30 PM in Allen’s Market, the band will perform original compositions as well as classic bluegrass pieces.
Allied Arts, in a partnership with Dynamic Movement Academy, will host a 12-week ballroom dancing course. Led by instructor Steven Graham, the course will instruct couples in many styles, including Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa, Bachata, and Swing.
The Eleventh Annual Big Click Exhibit opens on Sunday, December 3. On Monday, November 27, accomplished photographer David Veal visited Allied Arts to judge the entries to this year’s exhibit.
Master Photographer Alicia Dallago will give a lecture as part of the Big Click Lunch and Lecture Series. Ms. Dallago will lecture from 12:00 – 1:00 on Tuesday, December 12 in Allen’s Market. During this lecture, Allied Arts will announce the winner of the 2017 Genie Hargrove People's Choice Award.