The Cheraw Community Center hosted Eric McRay and his Jazzilicous exhibition in the Burr Gallery on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Cheraw Arts Commission executive director Lindsay Bennett was instrumental in bringing McRay to the gallery. She said he gives his personal interpretation of jazz, the classical music of America.
“His goal is to cause his audience to hear the music and feel the intensity,” she said in a news release. “Through his brilliant color, expressive brushstrokes and improvisational application of acrylic paint, McRay captures the vibrancy and spontaneity of his musical subjects. These paintings will materialize this auditory art form of jazz, as a two dimensional visual art form, producing a dynamic, visual rhythm.”
McRay, born and raised in Washington, will also be a featured artist during next weekend’s Jazz Fest. He will be at the fest Saturday, Oct. 17.
His pieces were displayed around the gallery as many residents visited the debut despite the downpour of rain.
People of all ages stopped to look at the individual pieces. Some of the younger viewers were curious where his inspirations came from and didn’t hesitate to go over and ask him. He could also be heard encouraging other artists.
Many of the younger aspiring artists could be heard voicing their interpretation of some of the art and what they felt it represented.
McRay received his bachelor of arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He eventually moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is a full-time artist.
He owns a studio, Art Space in Raleigh. Prior to becoming a full-time artist he worked in the computer software industry.
To see some of McRay’s other work, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mcraystudios.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.