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Featured Artists: Jake Shimabukuro, Tallmadge Doyle, Walter S. Arnold and Nancy Mooslin

See how a traditional instrument makes a big splash; how art intersects with science; meet an expert stone carver; and watch a painter / pianist converting the music she loves into works of art.

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Jake Shimabukuro

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

Listen: Jake Shimabukuro on WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

Watch: Jake Shimabukuro Documentary Trailer & TED Performance


Tallmadge Doyle

Born in New York City, Tallmadge Doyle currently resides in Eugene, Oregon where she has lived and worked since 1989. She received her BFA in drawing from the Cleveland Art Institute and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Oregon where she has taught Printmaking as an Adjunct Professor since 1997.

Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Portland Art Museum’s Gilkey Print Collection, the Oregon State University Art About Agriculture Collection, the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, and the Cleveland Art Association Collection. She is represented by the Davidson Galleries in Seattle and the Augen Gallery in Portland.


Nancy Mooslin

Nancy Mooslin: “My work is interdisciplinary and investigates musical concepts and theories, the relationship between color, form, texture, proportion and pitch, harmony, timbre, and rhythm. The content of the work also includes references to infinite cycles of time and planetary motion and the ultimate interconnection of all our perceptions. As an artist, I feel the links between visual and audio media very deeply. I believe that abstract painting and music are closely related aesthetically, conceptually, scientifically and intuitively. I have also investigated the mathematical relationship between the ratios found in planetary motion and the ratios of the diatonic and chromatic musical scales discovered in the seventeenth century by astronomer Johannes Kepler and inspired by theories that have their origins in the ancient Greeks, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Chinese. I am attempting in my work to make the relationships between these physical and aesthetic phenomenon, the scientific and artistic, visible and tangible. I would like the work to present new ways of looking at nonobjective painting and sculpture and new insights into the structure and elements of music. The work also speaks of the universal and infinite nature and language of color, music, measurement and pattern and of the possibility of using this language to find and communicate qualities which bring people and ideas together and give us a glimpse of a larger, all inclusive order.”



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