WESTERLY — Pawcatuck artist Linda Peduzzi will share the spotlight this month with a musical legend many may know. Master blues musician Duke Robillard will join Peduzzi for an exhibit of abstract paintings at the Hoxie Gallery during the month of November, proving that his talent with paint and brush is as splendid as his talent with the guitar.

Robillard, who founded legendary blues group Roomful of Blues with his pal, Al Copley, back in 1967, decided to start painting after a shoulder injury put a halt to his musical creativity a few years ago.

"I have always had a fascination with art in all forms," Robillard writes in his artist's bio.

Although he initially gravitated toward music, and traveled the world "making music and playing with many of my heroes," he "decided to try my hand at painting to relieve the creative stress of being unable to play music."

Recalling the times he spent in European museums viewing "the works of great masters of every major art movement," he picked up a paint brush.

"I soon found new inspiration in abstract impressionism, and from the day I started painting again I felt a powerful connection to my subconscious, which has been as satisfying as music to me," he writes. "Painting is as much about re-channeling creative energy as anything for me.

"After spending a year painting while I was recovering from my injury," he says, "I found it had formed a deep need within me to keep creating visual art."

"I rely on color, vague shapes and my imagination for inspiration, and it’s more stimulating all the time to me," he says. "Usually if an image has a recognizable form, it comes to me after it is started and becomes a conscious image along the way."

Peduzzi, in her artist's bio, says, "I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, painting or creating something."

"It came naturally to me," she says. "In the rural town where I was born, huge fields of grasses, bordered by wild berry bushes, trees and cinder trails were mine to explore for hours. I can still feel that freedom and feeling of childhood happiness today when I paint. I like to give a fresh take on the floral and landscape scenes in my memory and convey those ideas using semi-abstraction, color and texture."

The two longtime friends will pair up for "Paintings by master blues musician Duke Robillard and Pawcatuck artist Linda Peduzzi," which opens with a reception on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 

As an additional treat, the Duke Robillard Band will perform a concert in the library auditorium the night following the opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.


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