Paintings by folk musician and collector Art Rosenbaum on display in Williamsburg

Sam McDonald, Daily Press, October 4, 2013

Images of Southern folk musicians shine brightly in the paintings of Art Rosenbaum, a Georgia-based artist, musician and folk music collector.

What’s more, in 2008, he won a Grammy award for his collection “Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum.” It won in the Best Historical Album category.

Why is this of local interest? Glimpses of the artist’s raw, vivid imagination are hanging at a gallery near you.

Through Nov. 8, Rosenbaum’s work will be on display through “Temporal Distortions: Artists Working in the Contemporary South,” a dual-site exhibit at the Art House and Linda Matney Gallery, both in Williamsburg.

At least eight of Rosenbaum’s paintings are part of the exhibit, most of them at the Art House which is located 412 N. Boundary St.

Linda Matney Gallery curator John Lee Matney said he became aware of Rosenbaum’s work while a student at University of Georgia in Athens. “I knew he was an important artist who I was intrigued by … I’ve always been interested in old recordings and rare music, so I though he would be a good fit for the show.”

At the Art House, collections of Rosenbaum’s field recordings will be on sale. Also, a film documentary the artist made about Southern folk musicians will be screened by request.

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