Andrea Guskin to Perform New West Oakland Songs

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This Sunday, June 22nd at the Subterranean Arthouse, my friend and singer songwriter, Andrea Guskin, will perform two brand new songs she wrote: One is about the historic Bay Bridge and the other called “Ghost Town” about the West Oakland neighborhood where my studio has been for the last 11 years.

She will be accompanied by another singer, songwriter, and guitarrist, Rob Bayne, who will be sharing his a recent song he wrote about watching water, a neat fit for Barbara Milman’s oceanic prints, and the overriding theme of the show, “Observation Points.” Together Guskin and Bayne will put on a one hour performance, from 2-3 pm, on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at the Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA.

"Ghostown" by Kim Vanderheiden - acrylic, monotype, letterpress, pastel, pencil, collage, and drypoint on paper. 40x48"

“Ghostown” by Kim Vanderheiden
acrylic, monotype, letterpress, pastel, pencil, collage, and drypoint on paper. 40×48″

 

Here are some of the lyrics to “Ghost Town” :

“Walking through the edges of this neighborhood
Feeling the cold hard lines
Reading the names written on these walls
They r all calling out to
Ghost Town”

 

 

 

 

Cantilever VI, by Kim Vanderheiden. Linoleum carving watercolor, pencil, acrylic, foil leaf, 36x36"

“Cantilever VI” by Kim Vanderheiden
linoleum print, watercolor, pencil, acrylic, foil leaf on paper. 36×36″

And here is an excerpt from “To a Bridge and a Man”

From one side to another
Sisters and brothers
Depended on its spine so many times
Over the water
Not looking at each other
On your little Vespa that one and only time

Taken apart
Slowly now
Parts brought over seas
You came apart and all at once
Lost your sense of
Possibility

 

Survivors #8 by Barbara Milman

Survivors #8 by Barbara Milman
linoleum cut on paper

And here’s an excerpt about water from one of Andrea Guskin’s songs, called “Movement.”

“Picture storm water running
Beneath your feet
Let it carry you lightly
Until you’re next to me

You’ve got to let it move you
Until you come loose”

 

I am so thrilled, excited, honored, and delighted to have Andrea playing with us on Sunday, and to be among the first hearing these songs.

 

 

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