ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jimmy Rouse is a well-known Baltimore artist. He attended Gilman School, followed by Yale University, graduating in 1967 with a B.A. in political science.
It was then he began to pursue his true love: art. Over the years, he has had many jobs that support his art habit, but he is best known as the owner-operator of Louie’s Bookstore Café from 1981-1998. Louie’s was a very popular combination bookstore, art gallery, live classical music venue, full-service lunch and dinner restaurant and bar. 27 artists who showed there over the years will display their art upstairs in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery.
Rouse’s oil paintings include still lives, landscapes, portraits and figures, as well as narrative and allegorical paintings. In clay, he models free-standing figures, portrait heads, and bas-reliefs which he paints.
Rouse states, “For me, art is about reflecting on our miraculous experience living on this planet Earth. Composing a picture is like composing a symphony where every line, form, and color are notes, which contribute to the whole. Life is magical and I hope my paintings portray this magic. I feel grateful that I have been able to create and pursue my art over the past 50 years.”
Rouse works at his studio in Clipper Mill.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Ava Oelke w/ Swing Theory
Drawing largely from the classic American songbook, Swing Theory is a group of musicians who play swing, jazz, blues, and pop tunes from the 1920s through the 1950’s . The core band consists of singer songwriter Ava Oelke (vocals), Pete Naron (guitar), and Bob Friedman (bass), augmented by guest soloists including Alan Oresky (violin), and Bob Jacobson (clarinet and sax). They're music is fun-loving and they encourage audience dancing to their sounds.”