Twosomes @ Busboys & Poets, Washington DC
A Six Month Stay for Mark Chester’s Twosomes at Busboys & Poets 14th & V
Washington DC 14th & V | June - November 2013
A collection of black and white photographs made over forty years, representing vastly varied subjects, roles, and cultures; pairing images of differing decades, countries, and ethnicities; making connections through commonalities, with an ever-present, but never unkind humor.
Thirty-eight framed diptychs will be exhibited along with the award-winning companion book (2011, Un-Gyve Press).
Details to be announced. For more information please visit: www.twosomes.net and www.busboysandpoets.com
Cutout Man, New York, 1971 | U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C., 1977
Copyright © Mark Chester
REALITY CHECK - THE GREG HOPKINS QUINTET + ONE (UN-GYVE RECORDS). Cover Photograph: Mark Chester, “Painters” (California, 1983) from Twosomes (Un-Gyve Press). Six of the country’s premiere jazz players offer up a Reality Check with the unparalleled compositions and arrangements of the great Greg Hopkins “the sound and spirit of a real working band.” (PRNewsFoto/Un-Gyve Limited)
Mark Chester in El Mundo
View the March issue of El Mundo below, Reportaje Especial pp. 32-33.
Making Waves The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod | Cotuit Center for the Arts
“Keeping younger patrons in mind, art work will be displayed at a lower height throughout the exhibit – right at children’s eye level. A series of child-friendly events will be scheduled over the course of the month. School groups are welcome to the exhibit for free for the duration of the show, and are given docent-led tours and art instruction customized to the age level of the children.”
January 7 – February 23, 2013 | Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Cotuit Center for the Arts | 4404 Route 28, Cotuit MA | T: 508-362-0066
Generously sponsored by the Donald C. McGraw Foundation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Cape Cod Melody Tent and supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the County of Barnstable.
Photograph by Mark Chester. Children from 4th grade come to view the show.
Why is a photograph worth a thousand words? Who came up with that number anyway? Why not just one hundred? Or five -hundred?
(This blog is 612 words plus a photograph, so here are 1612 words about the “photographer-writer.”)
Barnstable Municipal Airport Exhibit Features: Nyoman’s Hand and Gulliver’s Hand by Mark Chester from Twosomes (Un-Gyve Press)
“Once again, the chosen works represent an extraordinary range of local talent,” wrote Kevin Howard, executive director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, who has spearheaded the project along with Airport Commission Vice Chairman Donald Megathlin. Michael Giaquinto, exhibitions curator at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, is serving as collections manager.
The artists whose work was chosen for the new exhibit include Jane Fay Baker of Woods Hole; Mark Chester of Falmouth; Carole Ann Danner of Hyannis; Kevin King of North Falmouth; Coco Larrain and Kathleen Sidwell, both of Brewster; Jane Lincoln of East Falmouth; Michael McGuire of Provincetown; Elizabeth Mumford of Hyannis Port; Carroll Sivco of Harwich Port; and, Edith Tonelli of West Barnstable.
Airport continues to take art under its wing by Mary Richmond
“Jack’s Wharf, Provincetown,” by Carole Ann Danner
Twosomes @ Barnes & Noble 11/7 @ 7 PM
(view this invitation online)
From Doolin To Dingle, Ireland’s Southwest Coast
The white sign glared from the black asphalt road: “Very Slow.”
It is a sensible warning, for there is no need to hurry in West Ireland. The corridor from Doolin in County Clare to Dingle in County Kerry stirs with scenes of earth, rain, and fire supported by a cast of Irish characters.
I came to Ireland accompanying the Stage Door Canteen, a swing band from Falmouth, Mass., my hometown. Its big-band sound differs from the traditional Irish Celtic music I discovered on Ireland’s Southwest Coast.
Sculptures by Louis Mulcahy in Dingle Copyright © Mark Chester
Though there was the sound of a roaring fire in the parlor of Moy House, it was a shot of Midleton single malt Irish whiskey that soothed my nerves after driving six hours on the left-hand side of the road from Dublin to the West Coast.
Moy House is a refurbished 1820s private home built of local sea stone and situated on Liscannor Bay, now a Bed and Breakfast set on 15 wooded acres with a river running through it. The welcome letter to guests invites “weather and, time permitting, you may wish to borrow a pair of Wellies and head down our lawn to the Atlantic…”
The “weather permitting” part was a tip off. They say the same thing in Ireland as in New England. “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”
But no matter the time of day, the last weekend of February, is magical in Doolin. It is the place where the best Irish musicians play in the Russell Memorial Weekend that honors the three late Russell brothers, Micho, Pakie, and Gusso, Doolin’s world-class concertina, timber flute and tin whistle players, respectively. Born in the early 1900s, the brothers Russell have left an indelible impression on Irish music.
Read the full story of Mark Chester’s travels through Ireland in The Epoch Times »