Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames will host an unusual offering this month: an exhibit of 30 famous prints by Smithsonian and White House artist EJ Gold, who teaches classes at the store from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays in acrylics, watercolors, pastels, charcoals and drawing, all of which will be represented in the show.
Gold studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and has taught art for more than 45 years as well as showing at major exhibitions. He is the only official artist for the International Association of Jazz Education, and some of his major works have fetched more than $100,000.
Gold created the first JazzArt exhibit for Wynton Marsalis’ Grass Valley concerts and has designed backgrounds for the world’s leading jazz artists, including Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and many more.
His students are known for their success at having shows, selling their artwork and teaching art on their own. You can meet the artist at a reception from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Ben Franklin. Refreshments will be served.