The Nash presents: CELEBRATING JAZZ: America’s Original Art Form

A five-artist exhibition celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month will open with a free public Artists’ Reception on Thursday, April 5th from 7 – 9:00 p.m. with guitar music provided by Stan Sorenson. Work on display will include three-dimensional, mixed-media, and paintings depicting scenes and portraits in celebration of jazz.

Featured Artists:

Tato Caraveo – Tato Caraveo is a longtime favorite among Roosevelt Row’s street art scene. He’s the art and music curator at The Lost Leaf, an expert bass player and an avid supporter of Phoenix’s creative community. He was born and raised in Phoenix. Caraveo’s murals dot the Phoenix landscape. “Good work should always inspire others to evolve,” according to Caraveo.

Rafael Navarro – The innate creative abilities of Rafael Navarro emerged long before he entered high school, in his native Mexico City. The primarily self-taught artist, Rafael draws inspiration from his rich heritage, eclectic music, Nature, personal observations and childhood memories.His work, often influenced by Rene Magritte, Picasso and Frida Kahlo, has drawn critical acclaim from local academics and art patrons to national curators. He is adept at proposing an idea, then transforming its reality within sculpture, painting and printmaking.

Aimee Shattuck – Aimee is inspired by beauty. She is a yoga teacher by profession, so she appreciates using the body as a form, which comes through in her images. She uses postures, colors, fashionable accessories, and exaggerated facial expressions to convey emotion in her pieces. “I am particularly interested in form and portraiture. I find body shape and facial expression to be extremely expressive of the internal,” says Shattuck.

Jeff Slim – Phoenix resident Jeff Slim was raised in Arizona and spent a quarter of his life living on the Navajo Nation and his work incorporates a lot of cultural substance. “My art is illustrative and colorful. It [involves] personal depictions of my views of my own culture,” Slim says.

Abe Zucca – Abe Zucca has been working in the Phoenix Downtown art scene for more than five years with solo exhibitions at various Downtown venues. Abe says about his inspiration for making art: “the irrelevant details about me supply emotions which, because of their irrelevance, inhibit the main effect. I am just a process of sensibilities and through my art you read yourself.”

Exhibition dates: April 5 – June 3 (open to audiences during performances)

CELEBRATING JAZZ: America’s Original Art Form was curated by Philip Talarico of Downtown Artists Collective.