On March 2 Scott Steelman, an abstract artist from New Albany, opens his first restaurant show, "Abstract Visions of Scott Steelman" at J. Gumbo's Cajun & Creole Cooking Co., 64 Granville St. in Gahanna.
"I've displayed my paintings at the usual galleries in Worthington, German Village, the Short North Arts District, and the Junctionview Studios in Grandview, but I like the idea of showing my art in a place where people might not expect to see it. It's great that Brandon Salamone, the owner of J. Gumbo's, supports the local art community this way," said Steelman.
Salamone owns J. Gumbo's restaurants in Gahanna, Polaris and OSU Campus. He displays art by different artists in all three locations and has been doing this since J. Gumbo's opened.
Steelman is a serious artist whose admiration for noted abstract artists has lead him to develop his own style. Artists he admires are Joan Mitchell, Paul Klee, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Wassily Kandinsky.
Scott Steelman's extensive online galleries can be seen at http://www.scottsteelmanstudio.com. Scott said, "Acrylic paint is my preferred medium, but who knows, after this J. Gumbo's show, I might be inspired to work a little crawfish etouffee or jambalaya into my paintings."
Giving specific titles to his paintings offers Steelman the opportunity to employ his wry sense of humor. He says sometimes an interesting title helps people think about what the specific painting means to them. And sometimes, the title can be ambiguous or mysterious. For example, he already has a painting named, "Scumbalaya," a takeoff of the word jambalaya. Some of his other titles include: BaZaarO, Corpuscular, Variosity, Emergent Sea, Quadrisectus, Atmospheric Hypothesis, and NOT Buckeye Lake. Naming is usually the final step in his creative process.
An opening reception is set for Friday, March 2, 2012, 8 to 10 p.m. J. Gumbo's will offer a complimentary Cajun taste-test, beer and wine specials, and live music featuring noted jazz guitarist Tom Carroll and his trio.