Philip Jameson, an extraordinary photographer who dabbles in black and white, will have an exhibition of his work at the Dryden Gallery, 27 Dryden Ln. (Providence Picture Frame behind Benny’s off North Main on Branch), opening on Saturday, Nov. 22, 6-9 p.m., and running through Feb. 21. The mountain shot featured on his poster is brilliant but I hope to see more shots of buildings, like those below. There’s something about black and white …
I used to attend concerts of the Solati Trio at the Dryden back in the day – that was closing in on three decades ago. Before the program I’d wander around the framed art, the frames often as encrusted with ornamental and elemental beauty as the art itself. Sometimes the frames were better! Then upstairs, chat a bit, grab a chair, sit down and wait for the music to wash over me. Two sisters of Mother Russia on violin and viola, and Hrant Tatian, of the Rhode Island Philharmonic on cello. His daughter Beth was being squired around in those days by my good friend Steve. Ah! The memories!
I wonder why there are not more places like the Dryden Gallery where art, craftsmanship and music intermingle to such pleasurable effect. No, of course I don’t wonder why. The answer is the same as the one for “Why does society sit still and receive the architecture it gets like a slap in the face?” Does society get what it deserves?
I’m not even sure the Dryden hosts concerts anymore – does the Solati Trio still exist? If you attend Philip Jameson’s opening, you can ask.