Please join three artists for an original live performance, “MY ART YOUR ART WHY ART” on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, in the Jessie Wilber Gallery surrounded by the exuberant “sewn drawings” of New York fiber artist China Marks. Doors open at 6 p.m. The performance, featuring live music, dramatic reading, and visual art, will take place from 6:30 to 7:15, with a reception to follow.

Jim Madden of Bozeman, Alex Cherington of Hartford, Vermont, and Sidney Lawrence of Washington, D.C. have been friends since the start of boarding school in ninth grade in 1963. While their lives since graduation have taken them in different geographic and professional directions, all three have cultivated expertise in one or more forms of the expressive arts. They have also cultivated a 40-plus year friendship, in part nurtured by art.

Cherington is an actor who has performed many roles across the United States. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and currently preparing to play the role of Archie in The Last Pad by William Inge (Inge’s last and unpublished play).

Lawrence, an artist and singer, is retired as the Director of Public Relations at the Hirshhorn Museum where he also periodically curated exhibits. His work has long been exhibited at venues in D.C. including in the National Portrait Gallery. He sings at jazz clubs.

Madden practiced architecture in Portland, Oregon, before moving to Bozeman with the romantic notion of living in a rural place. Shortly after his arrival, he began to explore the reality of his new surroundings with paint.

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