New downtown art exhibit features Rock 'n' Roll inspired paintings by local artists

ABILENE, Texas - A new downtown art exhibit featuring paintings by local artists opened earlier this month at the Center for Contemporary Arts; and this one is all about the peace, love, and rock 'n' roll of 1969.

"Everything that went into that year culturally, politically, economically, historically," said local artist Bird Thomas, whose paintings are featured in the exhibit.

Kids from the Center's Summer Art Camp spent Friday preparing for a dance routine they unveiled Friday night at a kick-off celebration for the "Off your Rocker" exhibit.

The idea for the show came from Abilene artist and DJ for 102 "The Bear" Terri Knight, who said she draws inspiration for her work from music.

"When I'm painting and listening to whatever music it is I'm listening to I see things maybe other people wouldn't see," said Knight.

Knight said seeing it all come to life is rewarding.

"It's such a sense of accomplishment and a sense that you're going to bring awareness to people about an era that really is very important in our lives," said Knight. "People were starting to have a voice."

The artists hope the values of that time will resonate with the community through their art.

"If i could just have them take away a little bit of passion for the art and for the era," said Knight.

"Peace and love were the big deal about 1969 and we could sure use a dose of that in 2013," said Thomas.

The local band Three Shades Blue will perform 60's music at Friday night's reception starting around 7.

The event goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

There will be a raffle for an original painting of Jim Morrison by local artist Patty Rae Wellborn valued at $500. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and runs through August 30.

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