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  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  while the Fourth
Floor rubble at 36 E. Washington St.  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.”