St. Peter’s Cape Breton, hosts a spring musical event.

June 1, 2012

Most of us make regular car payments. Kenny Boone makes paint payments.

Dominion artist Kenny Boone’s exhibit of paintings, which he describes as the “strongest he’s ever done,” opened on May 16th  

The amount of money I spent on supplies, it’s mind-boggling,” he said.    The unique art project was 3 years in the making and funded completely by Boone

The result of that investment is an exhibit called “Live,” a collection of 21 new acrylic paintings Kenny Boone created onstage during live musical performances.

The exhibit opened on May 16th with a reception from 7-9 p.m. on the third floor loft of the C B Centre for Craft and Design onCharlotte Street inSydney and will run until June 29.

A musician himself   Boone  first live painting experience was during Matt Minglewood’s New Year’s Eve performance in 2009.

He went on to share the stage with a long list of musicians, including

Slowcoaster, Colin Grant, Garrett Mason, Joe Murphy, Gordie Sampson, Buck & Kinch,  Matt Mays, Rita MacNeil, the Men of the Deeps, the Fiddle Tree Assembly, Peter Gillis, J.P. Cormier, Mary Jane Lamond, the Three Pianos, Tom Fun Orchestra, Dave Gunning, and the Second Wind Community Band.

Boone said

“They all have their strengths and weaknesses. It was a very short period of time to do these things. It’s certainly always driven by the music and the stage scenario,”   he explained. “I’m looking at the canvas and thinking about my idea and I’m really tuned into what’s happening musically. It’s total chaos from the second I start till the very end, but there’s something in the chaos that forces me to think creatively.” 

Boone said he tried to block out the fact that hundreds of audience members were watching him work during the shows.

 He said: “It was kind of neat to listen to people. It was always after the fact, I’d be somewhere and someone would say

‘I seen that show recently’ and they would be enthralled with the fact that they were enjoying music and watching a visual at the same time, which is a real neat compliment,” he said.

Some of the paintings have already sold. Officials with the Stan Rogers Folk Festival have licensed the image of his live painting from the J.P. Cormier performance, and Boone has donated a painting to J.P. Cormier which JP is going to use as a fundraiser for Christmas Daddies.

Published on May 11, 2012   By Laura Jean Grant /Cape Breton Post



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