Jerris 'Quick the Poet' Evans
I am incredibly excited to be having an interview series as part of the IAMLAKEWORTH exhibit. Kicking off the series will be Jerris 'Quick the Poet' Evans. I first saw Quick at the 'Utterance' spoken word open mic night at Common Grounds Coffee House in Lake Worth. He was the featured artist that night. I had wandered in to take some photos of the poets doing their thing. Sitting in the back I was blown away. I have seen Jerris perform a few times now and had the same experience each time, I sat there with my camera idle in my lap while I was caught up in the story he was telling. It was raw, powerful and determined and yet it was hopeful and joyous. I knew then and there I wanted to work with this man in some way. I reached out after we connected when I posted some photos from the evening on Facebook. We agreed to meet at the historic Bamboo Room and do some headshots and social media shots. Out of that first session I got this portrait. It is probably my favorite portrait I have ever taken. Quick is in the IAMLAKEWORTH exhibit since he fits my requirements of being someone who lives, works or plays in Lake Worth. As much as I like this shot It is more stylized and set up than the person in the street style the rest of the exhibit has, not to worry I have picked a great shot from that first night I saw Quick at Common Grounds to use for IAMLAKEWORTH.
The interview series which I am calling 'Artists Getting Coffee at the Gallery' (with all apologies to Jerry Seinfeld for appropriating his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Idea but let's face it Jerry has more money than God and I'm not taking any money out of his pockets!) Is sponsored by our friends at Common Grounds Coffee and will be held at the IAMLAKEWORTH exhibit at Hatch 1121 (1121 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth) on Wednesday, July 11th from 7-8pm. join us for what will be a great conversation with one of my favorite South Florida artists.
The series will continue on the next night Thursday the 12th when former XM Radio talk show host, Blanche Williams will moderate a roundtable of local photographers and the series will conclude with me back at the hosting duties on Tuesday, July 17th to interview the fabulous Jen Jovan Walls, another artist I met in Lake Worth, this time when we were both part of a show at Clay, Glass Metal and Stone Gallery. Jen's work is whimsical and full of malarkey as she calls it, but also can touch on very serious themes. The work is both light and complex at the same time. We will talk about Jen's art and her Journey as an artist. You won't want to miss any of these great interviews and don't forget there will be great coffee too!
I have to take a moment to thank LULA Lake Worth Arts and HATCH1121 for providing the space and support for my IAMLAKEWORTH project and of course to my friends at Common Grounds for sponsoring the interview series. Please support this great Lake Worth Local Coffee Bar! They are truly part of the fabric of Lake Worth and great neighbors in our community!
Keep Makin' Art!