The Arts Buzz: A blog about The Delaware Divas, "Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth" at Brandywine River Museum, and "Adrift" photos by Jim Graham at The Station Gallery in Greenville.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
First The Ronettes. Then The Runaways and The Go-Go’s. Now The Delaware Divas. The First State has its first girl group, and the local music scene may never be the same.
Meet Suzanne Ludwig, Kathy Layfield and Heather Auger, the distaff members of No Stringz Attached, who have branched out on their own—while staying attached to the male Stringz—to play music their way while promoting a couple of very fine causes.
Have these girls gone wild?
“My focus is that we have fun as musicians,” Ludwig says, “that we get out there and have a good time—good clean fun.”
Layfield, a member of popular Club Phred, handles lead vocals. Auger plays bass. Ludwig is a classically trained guitarist who plays violin. They debuted at Courtyard Marriott in June to promote Jonathan Lake’s locally based GreenTV and Green Drinks. Thursday of last week brought another gig to benefit the Greens at Designer Consigner in Hockessin. (Think recycled clothing and accessories.) October will take them to Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club in Newark for another bennie.
Their 50-song repertoire ranges from ‘60s-era classic rock—sometimes with a Diva twist (violin instead of sitar on The Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”)—to Melissa Etheridge covers to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Though Stringz drummer Bob Tabasko did help out at the Designer Consigner Girls’ Night Out, the Divas are committed to their all-woman status—and their causes. “I have to say I think it’s a noble idea,” Ludwig says.
And, she points out, anyone can be a Diva (any woman, that is). “So if anyone wants to come up and play or sing, they can,” Ludwig says.
Rock on. Dial the Divas at 545-3489. Check No Stringz Attached on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=rOQDUIAnrAk.
Down on the Farm
Time is running out on “Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth” at The Brandywine River Museum. It’s a special show.
Works in the exhibition span five decades of his painting farm animals, equipment, buildings and landscapes in and around his home farm of Point Lookout. “I always said that if born in New York, I would be painting cabs or something, but it happens that I was raised in an area where there were farms,” Wyeth has said. “There are wonderful objects on the farm and things about farm life, so that is where the attraction is.”
Don’t miss his famous “Portrait of a Pig” and less familiar works. They’re on display until Sept. 11. Admission to the museum is free on Sunday mornings. Call (610) 388-2700, or visit brandywinemuseum.org.
From one of our favorite local photographers: “Adrift,” a show of work by past Pulitzer nominee Jim Graham, will be exhibited at The Station Gallery Sept. 6-30, 2011. “Adrift” is a series of black-and-whites taken in eerily beautiful White Sands, N.M., famous for its drifting sand dunes. See Graham’s vision of them up close. The Station Gallery is at 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, For more, call 654-8638, or visit stationgallery.net.