Artist David A. Amdur will exhibit paintings depicting Twin City musicians, the MayDay Parade, and a memorial to George Floyd, at the St. Paul Art Crawl, Oct. 1–3 in the Northern Warehouse, Studio #250, 308 Prince Street St. Paul MN 55101. It will be open Friday 4–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Amdur states: "Even before the current pandemic, I felt our culture was beset with isolation and conflict. I responded by painting people coming together through music, festivals, and social action."
Recently, Amdur's main subject has been local musicians in small venues, including St. Paul's Black Dog Café and the Khyber Pass Cafe. He particularly focuses on players outside the mainstream, who, he feels, extend the creative vocabulary of our community.
Last year, Amdur painted a memorial to George Floyd, depicting his brother Terrance's visit to the site of his murder along with the community gathered there. Though the subject is anguished, he believes hope is found in how diverse people came together to demand justice.
Previously, Amdur created a series of paintings of the MayDay Parade, organized annually for 45 years in South Minneapolis by the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The parade featured hand-built puppets and masks – some over 15 feet tall.
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