Jazz Vespers: An Evening Of Remembrance

.jazz vespersJazz Vespers, is an evening of remembrance in music, poetry and prose. It is the creation of Brian Barlow, musician and founding Creative Director of the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival and will be held at St. Mary Magdelene Anglican Church in Picton, Prince Edward County, on Friday November 11th at 7pm.

Music, Poetry, Prose, Paintings

I was delighted to be asked to contribute a painting to compliment the poetry and prose and music for Jazz Vespers, along with other county artists. The given theme was not remembrance, but Poppies.

I paint non-objectively. Incorporating such a well-known and heavily symbolic object was an interesting challenge for me.

Canadian field surgeon Major John McCrae, used the poppy, in his poem In Flanders Field, to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery at Ypres. The British Legion, and the Legions of The Commonwealth, adopted the poppy in 1921 as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal.

Poppies bloom only in disturbed ground. I wanted to express that fact of nature, so I set gentle, fragile poppies into a sobering scene of turmoil and futility.  I named the painting ‘Solemn‘.

Jazz Vespers. The Pity Of War: Wounded Hope Arising, is on Friday November 11th at 7pm, St Mary Magdelene Anglican Church, 335 Main Street, Picton, Prince Edward County. Entrance is by free-will donation.