Traveling rock n’ roll art show ‘brings back a lot of memories’

11/20/2011 12:00 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Browsers at the EHM Rock Art Show at Jedediah Hawkins Inn Saturday.

Where can you find a photograph of Mick Jagger with his trousers pulled down standing next to Keith Richards picking his nose?

You could find the photograph, called “Boxers or Briefs?,” displayed at the Rock Art Show in the barn behind Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport this weekend — and you’d be able to find it in your own home for $295.

Area residents browsed photographs of and pieces of artwork created by rock and roll legends at The Rock Show, a traveling art exhibit organized by Right Brain Revenue, a Pennsylvania-based promotional agency.

“Very few people know Paul McCartney paints,” said curator Scott Segelbaum. “[The exhibit] shows another dimension of these artists’ creativity.”

A handful of residents at the show didn’t know musical greats like Paul McCartney and Jerry Garcia painted and drew, including Laura Baker, a mixed media artist from Orient.

“I’ve never seen this before,” Ms. Baker said as she browsed through paintings made by Jimi Hendrix. “I can’t play music for a damn but I’m an artist so this is very cool. It’s nice to see the other creative things they’ve done.”

About 200 photographs, paintings, vinyl records and posters were for sale Saturday afternoon at The Rock Show, each collectible ranging in price from $5 to $4,000.

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Mr. Segelbaum, who brought the touring gallery to the historic mansion for the first time this weekend, said each item is purchased directly from the artist or the artist’s manager or publisher. He doesn’t buy any art at auctions or from private collections, he said.

An original, unused Woodstock ticket was on sale Saturday afternoon for $100.

“Not a bad price for a culturally significant event,” said Riverhead resident Jeffrey Trujillo, a chef at the Dark Horse Restaurant.

Mr. Trujillo, who has “a real passion” for rock and roll, was especially struck by a 24-karot gold-plated Purple Rain record, which was Prince’s sixth studio album. Mr. Trujillo said he was offered a job as a roadie for the Rolling Stones in 1978 when he was 19 years old, but turned it down.

“I knew I’d never come back — or if I did, I wouldn’t be in the condition I left in,” he said.

“This brings back a lot of memories,” Bob Stanonis of Mattituck said as he strolled through the barn and stopped at a group of cartoon paintings of the Beatles.

Cartoonist Ron Campbell was at the exhibit on Saturday selling the vividly-colored paintings. Mr. Campbell directed “The Beatles,” a cartoon television show that aired on ABC in the 1960s, and he worked as an animator for Yellow Submarine, a 1968 animated feature film based on The Beatles’ music. He now uses water colors to paint still images of his cartoons.

“This is a good market to come to,” Mr. Campbell said of the North Fork, adding that the majority of people in the area were in their 20s during The Beatles’ heyday.

“They might remember making out with a boyfriend or girlfriend while listening to The Beatles’ music or going to the movies and seeing Yellow Submarine,” he said. “It’s an echo of their childhood — an echo of their youth.”

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