Marshall Hawkins. Photo by Devon Gilpatrick.

Devon Gilpatrick and Neda Kerendian

Silver Birds

Impressionistic Paintings and Jazz

28-31 October 2014 // 12-5PM

Film Screening Shindig on Thursday, October 30th // 7-9PM

UC San Diego, Visual Arts / Adam D. Kamil Gallery
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

The Adam D. Kamil Gallery is pleased to present a painting exhibition by Neda Kerendian and a jazz documentary screening by Devon Gilpatrick.

Neda Kerendian has produced a wide range of paintings over the past few years. Her most distinct works are her impressionistic paintings of landscapes and scenes. Fascinated by the idea of capturing a fleeting moment in some other medium besides photography, Kerendian's passions lie in painting. The act of painting these scenes signifies the very importance of slowing down and looking up to notice and appreciate how full of beauty the places in our world are, often overlooked by a society that is constantly looking down and simply going through the motions with an "autopilot" mindset.

'Hawkins' documents a school year in the life of jazz teacher and stand-up bassist Marshall Hawkins. In the course of the year, talented but inexperienced young musicians from many countries learn how to listen, take chances, and feel, as they develop into a prize-winning jazz ensemble. We also get glimpses into Marshall's past life as an African-American jazzman who spent years touring with jazz greats including Miles Davis, Roberta Flack, and Herbie Hancock. Along with the students we catch the drift of Marshall's teaching that music is life, and if deeply lived, can be a force to bring people together and overcome racism and other forms of separation.

Devon Gilpatrick and co-owner of Manoff Gilpatrick Productions, Ashi Manoff, oversaw and did the pre-production, production, and post-production for ‘Hawkins’. Funds for ‘Hawkins’ were raised in the Summer of 2013 on Kickstarter where over $11,000 was raised over a fourteen day period. Filming took place during the 2013-14 school year and involved shooting in New York City, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Idyllwild, and Los Angeles. Editing lasted two months and took place over the Summer of 2014 at Devon’s home in Del Mar, CA. ‘Hawkins’ has been submitted to film festivals such as Berlin International, Sundance, Slamdance, and many more. Devon Gilpatrick and Ashi Manoff eagerly await to hear what film festivals will accept ‘Hawkins’ for screening and hopefully distribution. -- Written by Ashi Manoff and Devon Gilpatrick

Gallery Hours:
Noon — 5:00pm, Tuesday — Friday.

Image courtesy of the Neda Kerendian.

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