For immediate release: Feb. 12, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - Artist Israel McCloud will open his "Blew Notes Trio" exhibit at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14, with a performance integrating visual art, poetry and jazz at the University of Texas Medical Branch Moody Medical Library. He will be accompanied by musician Ralph Gil.

"As a visual artist, I am painting sound; creating physical imagery to music," McCloud said. "I've been told that my art looks like jazz sounds."

Blew Notes Trio series is a concept designed by writer Akua Holt in collaboration with McCloud. The event and exhibit are sponsored by UTMB Human Resources Office and the Office of Diversity and International Affairs. The exhibition runs through March 14.

"In the process of creating these works, I couldn't resist laughing at the irony of life," he said. "When I was a young man and my father played scratchy LPs by Thelonious Monk, Yusef Lateef and Miles Davis, I hated it."

"Now, I love jazz. Like so many beautiful things of relevance, it takes time to interpret, digest and appreciate," McCloud said.

McCloud's works have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Blaffer Gallery and Diverse Works. He has exhibited in News York, New Mexico and California. More information is available on the artist's web site at

For more information about this and other upcoming events, contact Georgia Leisey at (409) 772-8889 or email
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