Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Rotunda Gallery

Rotunda Gallery 


Grace Bell: Music Scene Hear

June 17 - July 29, 2017 

Opening Reception: Friday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 PM


Grace Bell has been photographing jazz musicians and performances for over 35 years. Her photography has been featured in countless newspapers, magazine and album covers. She has documented numerous jazz festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festivals at the Hollywood Bowl, Kool Jazz Festival, Long Beach Blues Festival, among many others.


A selection of her jazz portrait and performance photography will be on display in the Athenaeum’s Clayes and Rotunda galleries.


While assembling the exhibition, Grace remarked,


I saw that there were recurring themes in the motion and rhythm of the musicians. The idea for this show was born from that vision.


While photographing I always looked and waited for the moment when the artist transcends time and enters the space of creation. I believe that sound can be seen there and I’ve tried to capture the motion and emotion of creative improvisation.


Grace Bell's photography show will be in both the Joseph Clayes III Gallery and the Rotunda Gallery.