‘Improvising on Jazz’ exhibition to open at the Institute of Sacred Music

An exhibition of paintings with jazz-based themes by Philadelphia-area abstract painter Ellen Priest will open at the Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) on Tuesday, March 20.

“Improvising on Jazz: Ellen Priest’s Paintings on Collaged Paper” consists of 18 works, including eight based on “Up Jumped Spring,” the classic jazz waltz by Freddie Hubbard, as well as preliminary studies for the works and other works on jazz themes. Priest, who has used jazz as the subject for her layered, collaged paintings since 1990, describes her work as balancing “directly on the border between painting and sculpture. “

The show will be on display weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through June 26 at ISM, 409 Prospect St.

Priest will discuss the process of creating her multilayered works in conjunction with the opening reception on Thursday, March 29, at 5:15 p.m. in the Great Hall of ISM. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues after the talk. Free parking is available.

The exhibition, the reception, and the talk are all free and open to the public. “Improvising on Jazz: Ellen Priest’s Paintings on Collaged Paper” is presented by the Institute of Sacred Music with support from the Divinity School. More information is available by calling 203-432-5062 or visiting the website.

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