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Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533


Berkeley, California (Monday, May 12, 2008) - “Seeing Music,” an art exhibition inspired by traditional and folk music and musicians associated with Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, will be shown at the Addison Street Windows Gallery from May 22 through July 9. This exhibition showcases 40 years of folk and traditional music-related visual art.  A sidewalk reception will be held for the public on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by musicians Bruce Kaplan and his wife, singer/songwriter Claudia Russell, as well as other performers. The exhibition can be viewed 24 hours a day from the sidewalk on Addison Street, and it is free and wheelchair accessible. 

The exhibit, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of Freight and Salvage, will present work culled  from the Freight’s archives and on loan from local and regional visual artists. The show will feature work by Berkeley graphic artists David Lance Goines, Ryan Kerrigan, and Christopher Peterson; photographer Anne Hamersky; painter and musician Robert Armstrong; instrument maker JC Tourbillion (aka Jim Carter); painter Matthew Zivich, and artist Earl Crabb, among others. The designs of the three winning artists in the Freight & Salvage 40th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt contest, Claire B. Cotts, Bruce Kaplan, and Mark Meneghetti, will also be on view.

The range of work in the exhibition gives an insight into the wide community of artisans and musicians involved with the Freight over the years. Goines is creating a special, limited edition, commemorative Freight & Salvage 40th anniversary poster that will be on view, in addition to several of his other works. Berkeley artist Earl Crabb will exhibit a copy of Humbead’s Map, an illustration showing the artists’ view of the world from Berkeley circa 1968. Tourbillion created the unique instruments in the exhibition  - a “sho-jo,” or combination shovel and banjo, and a “sho-tar,” a combination shovel and guitar. Anne Hamersky, an accomplished still and video photographer will show photographs of  many of the musicians who’ve performed at the Freight.

The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, at its original San Pablo Avenue location, is one of a small handful of music world landmarks. The Freight has just begun building its new, 18,000-square-foot green performance and teaching facility in Berkeley’s Downtown Arts District. The nonprofit organization’s new home at 2020 Addison Street, slated to open in early 2009, will have a 440-seat listening room, double the capacity of its existing venue. The plans also include an additional performance space seating 60-70 people, a state-of-the-art sound system, a café, and six classrooms.

The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the Civic Arts Public Arts Program in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission. For information about the exhibition and the Addison Street Windows Gallery please visit the Civic Arts web page  or contact Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533 or mmerker@ci.berkeley.ca.us.


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