to be showcased at Joeygs
exhibit 'Necropolis' features
cemetery monuments, statues
(November 2007) When you think of Joeygs
Restaurant and Nightclub, music may be the first thing that comes to
mind, but art should not be far behind. The restaurant not only plays
host to a variety of musical talent but also exhibits art from both
local and out of town talent.
Jenny Youngblood brings
her cemetery monument art
to Joeygs in November.
Local artist Jenny Straub Youngblood will be an example
of music and art melding into an exhibit when her work comes to Joeygs
On the Wall gallery in November. Youngbloods art has
been catalogued by a major record label and could be used as album art
by popular bands.
Her latest show, Necropolis, is all about the painting.
Greek for City of the Dead, this paradoxical exhibit highlights
the beauty and depth of emotion in cemetery monuments and statues.
Some are sad, but not as many as you think, she said. They
seem more triumphant. Maybe thats intentional.
Necropolis will be on display at Joeygs from Nov.
8 to Dec. 20. There will be a reception for the exhibit from 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the restaurant.
I think itll get a lot of attendance at the art reception,
said fellow artist Patty Cooper Wells, 36. A lot of people know
(Youngblood), but maybe not that she paints. The angels are going to
be really popular.
Wells is in charge of the art exhibits at the restaurant and also painted
the murals that decorate the walls at Joeygs.
Ive seen her work, Wells said in regard to Youngblood.
Even though its based on cemetery statuaries, youd
think itd be morbid, but its not. I think Jennys a
great artist. Its an interesting subject to tackle.
The mission behind the On the Wall gallery is to showcase
artists that are not well known in the community as well as art styles
that might not be as popular in other galleries. Some of the art styles
include a departure from realism into the more contemporary and abstract
surrealism. On the Wall has been a part of Joeygs
since the restaurant opened in 2000.
Wells was first friends with Youngbloods mother, GiGi Straub,
and actually gave Straub a show at Joeygs several years ago. Youngbloods
father is Jasper Straub.
Wells met Youngblood recently through the Gadfly Art Society, a group
for local artists founded in March 2007 by Wells and artist friend Jane
The group is mainly for social networking and inspiration
among artists, Wells said.
Artist Eric Phagan also knows Youngblood through Gadfly, as well as
through framing several of her pieces at Binzers Custom Framing,
where he works.
I think its different and unique, Phagan, 28, said
of Youngbloods pieces. She plays with proportion, extends
and elongates the figure. She gives it a feeling, creates a kind of
narrative. Its a different way of looking at Madison.
Youngblood plays well with the starkness between color and shadow, Phagan
Shes definitely an artist people should watch out for,
Youngblood finds that oil paint and the human form are the medium and
subject matter that work best for her, she said. However, putting a
finger on her inspiration is a little harder.
It just comes to me, Youngblood, 31, said. Things
just strike me sometimes. She added that she does write each morning
when she woke up, and that some of her ideas could come from that.
Youngblood said she had intended to do a series of paintings on cemetery
statues since 1999, when she spent a month in Europe following her graduation
from Hanover College the previous year. She took many photos of monuments
during her travels, but the pictures did not develop correctly, and
she put the project on hold. Youngblood also became caught up with her
home and work life as well. She has a husband, Brian, and a stepdaughter,
Bethany. Youngblood works at the Jefferson County Circuit Courts
probation department and recently began painting again in her spare
Ive always painted since I can remember, she said.
Youngblood also majored in art at Hanover. During her senior year, the
numerous campus bands made a compilation CD together. Youngblood designed
the back cover for the album.
Youngblood has exhibited her work at the college when she was a student
and also showed pieces with the Madison Art Club and the Madison Art
Gallery and Studio. She had her first exhibit at Joeygs in 2001.
A lot of my stuff would work for album covers, Youngblood
Youngblood sent 100 or more examples of her art to different record
labels before one company responded to let her know they had catalogued
her portfolio. Cataloguing means that the record label sends artists
portfolios to smaller companies that show bands their work for a possible
album cover. Youngblood has not been hired yet for a specific project,
but she has received three or four emails saying that her work was being
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