Review: "Our World of Art" by CCCG

Jonathan Scott's featured photography at the Circle City Chamber Group's event included two different exhibits, Environs and MANufactured Horizons.

3 stars

The Circle City Chamber Group; The

Westin Hotel; Feb. 17.

Socializing is the main event at any

CCCG event, along with food tasting, an art show viewing and a music

program — concluding with more socializing.

Jonathan Scott’s photography

showcased two series: Environs “captures the essence of

spaces long forgotten and ignored.” Scott’s use of

natural light brings to mind paintings of Dutch Masters in

composition of an unhinged rotting green door leaning against an

interior wall [Greenfield Christian School 2010]. Three images from

the Indiana State Hospital [2009] includes a metallic mask in profile

exuding raw energy springing from blackness, while an interior high

window casting shadows on a wall inserts off-putting softness to

sharp angles and a room in abandoned disarray mesmerizes with its

minutia of stuff. A sense of vitality jumps off the easel holding an

interior of the Indiana Statuary Company [2010] while the Fourth

Floor rubble at 36 E. Washington St. [2010] reposes in lost memory.

The seven landscapes in MANufactured

Horizons “address the land that surrounds us in the

mid-west.” Here Archival Ink-Jet is on Aluminum Sheets whereas

the interiors are on paper. Two very different points of view emerge

from two very different approaches.

Soprano Elizabeth Wilson and pianist

Heidi Gamble linked a program of music to incorporate the finger food

delicacies designed by Westin Chef Stanek, and also the essence of

Scott’s photographs and CCCG’s intent. Wilson’s

personality and acting ability brought verve to Brahms’ “The

Futile Serenade” [the suitor is left out in the cold] and “Of

Eternal Love” [a happier ending].

Wilson was equally captivating with two

song cycles by Bernstein-- “La Bonne Cuisine: Four Recipes for

Voice and Piano” [including a recipe for oxtails, which were

served at the start of the event] and “I Hate Music: A Cycle of

Five Kids’ Songs for Voice and Piano.” These not often

heard pieces were deftly accompanied by Heidi Gamble, who further

showed a deft touch for getting to the inner core of a work with her

solo, Chopin’s “Nocturne.”