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Featured Artists: Eunice Parsons, Dave Buker, Paul Bialas and Jonathan Latiano

Meet an artist with a 96-year-old passion, learn about the secret lives of the members of a new indie band, see the beauty in the brewery, and explore art that bursts from gallery walls.

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Eunice Parsons

Eunice Parsons, born in 1916 in Loma, Colorado, grew up in Chicago. As a child, she drew constantly. At ten, she attended lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago and was exposed to the magnificent collections there under the tutelage of an enthusiastic instructor. After marriage at age 20, she moved with her husband to Portland. By 1948, she was raising three children while her merchant seaman husband was away for long periods of time. Responding to her continued need to make art, she set up a studio in the her basement and began to draw her children and their friends. Frustration at trying to teach herself art led her to enroll at the Museum Art School. She was 34 years old and and desired nothing more than to become a full-time artist. Eunice went on to teach at the Museum School from 1957 – 1979. Through the years she has been a painter, a printmaker and a tilemaker, but since the early 1970s Eunice has worked in the medium for which she is best known- collage.

“You just have to do it! If you can envision it, if you can see it in your mind, then you can make it happen.”

Eunice Parsons

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Dave Buker

Since its conception in 2010, Dave Buker & the Historians has maintained a consistent core, even through several lineup and aesthetic changes. In a live sense, the band consists of Dave Buker (vocals, guitar), Joe Spurlock (drums, percussion, vocals), Paul Valdiviez (piano, organ, vocals), Brooklynn Holtz (vocals, keyboard), Mark Cracraft (bass), Leanna Stansell (vocals, percussion). However, What Can Bring You Back To Me? marks a broader approach for the band and features the multi-instrumental talents of several members. It also features contributions from violinist Jenna Barvitski and saxophonist Jackson Menkedick.

Jonathan Latiano

Jonathan Latiano received his BA in Studio Art from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvanian in 2006 and his Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Jonathan has exhibited in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington DC, New York City and London England. In May of this 2013, Jonathan was the recipient of the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. Jonathan currently resides and works in Baltimore, Maryland and teaches at The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC.

Paul Bialas

Paul Bialas‘ artist statement: “My photographs were taken throughout Wisconsin, mainly in the Milwaukee and lake country area. I strive to find the camera angle that allows a creative twist on an otherwise usual subject or place. I prefer black and white photography, but enjoy twisting colors as well. It is my goal to take ordinary things we are familiar with, and catch them at a moment or angle that makes them extraordinary.”

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