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New Jazz exhibition begins Thursday at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

A new exhibition entitled Jazz Influences: Rhythm, Movement and Improv is set to be offered at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie starting Thursday.

Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Manar Abo Touk says this is a concept that she’s been working on for some time now.

“I first had thoughts of offering something like this in 2020. I was trying to think of a way to incorporate music and arts together. I also wanted to touch on how jazz as a historical movement and history genre has been influenced by its own history. A lot of that started in New Orleans.”

The exhibition features different artists from across Canada, with multiple forms of mediums that show how they’ve been influenced by jazz.

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“It includes an animation film that was created by musicians and artists in Calgary, plus local artists from Grande Prairie who have worked on film and a few different forms of art,” says Touk. “We also have work from an artist from Toronto who was originally a jazz musician. She’s working on paintings and portraits of musicians she loves and has been inspired by.”

The new feature is of special significance to Touk, who is quite a jazz music fan herself.

“In my previous life, I spent a lot of time in jazz bars. Most of my previous experiences included jazz music and dance and different types of festivals. I think it’s important to think about the origins of jazz and how it got started. We really hope this new exhibition will serve as both a fun and educational experience for everyone,” she says.

The exhibit will be on display at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie from July 21st to November 6th, 2022.

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