If you don't make it to Ragtag for Sweet and Lowdown on Thursday night, consider going to the Columbia Art League's opening reception for its latest exhibition, Sense of Self. Local artist Eric Seat (just call him "The Loveseat") has some amazing illustrations in the show. Seat's work has been featured in several publication annuals, and his portrait of Kurt Vonnegut appears on the cover of the Hungarian edition of Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.
(Portrait of Kurt Vonnegut by Eric Seat)
Seat is still fairly new to Columbia, having moved to the city from Washington, D.C., a little over a year ago after receiving his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was featured in the Columbia Tribune a year ago as the "Niche" artist of the week.
My partner in music crime was introduced to Seat at the ticket office of the Missouri Theatre this week and was impressed by his genuine nature—and, of course, by his incredible talent.
(Seat 1 by Eric Seat)
(Cover for Animal Farm by Eric Seat)
I remember being impressed by the painting below at the last CAL show in December.
(Lone Walker by Eric Seat)
It goes without saying that local artists need your support, whether they're musicians, painters, or documentarians. If you have some time, stop by the CAL to see how Seat and other artists like him color our world.
The opening reception for the Columbia Art League's Sense of Self is from 6-8 pm Thursday, January 14. The exhibition will be on display through February 20.
RIP Jay Reatard
On a sad note, Jay Reatard was found dead in his home early Wednesday morning. He played a show in Columbia in 2008.