Joni Mitchell, master storyteller and songsmith, eight-time Grammy winner and folk music pioneer is the inspiration for JONI, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art’s upcoming photography exhibit and sale opening on February 1 at 231 Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, CA. Inquisitive, compelling, and thoughtful, the featured photographs tell a story just as deep as the soulful songwriter herself. From the evocative photograph of her skating on a frozen lake for the gatefold of her Hejira album in 1976, to quiet reflections that evoke thoughtful analysis, the timeless beauty and artistry of Joni Mitchell was the inspiration of the professional photographers in this evocative show. Also featured will be new mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook and Deborah Bridges, and new sculptures by Heidi Murray, Jack Richardson and Mike Snegg. Meet guest photographer Joel Bernstein at the opening reception on February 1 from 5-7pm. The show runs daily through the end of February.
In collaboration with the Morrison Hotel Gallery, the show will include the work of many top photographers including Joel Bernstein, who photographed Mitchell for 40+ years including her first concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall and for For The Roses LP (1972); Norman Seeff who captured the cover art for Joni Mitchell’s 1976’s Hejira and 1977’s Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter; Jay Blakesber, who has photographed the Grateful Dead, BB King, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and Neil Young among others, and who took portraits of Mitchell at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco; and Henry Diltz, who was a part of the formative years that inspired Blue, the 1971 studio album widely considered Joni Mitchell’s greatest artistic achievement.
Also featured is work by Graham Nash, lifelong photographer and iconic co-founder of the rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash; the late David Gahr, who photographed Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and was behind the scenes at the Newport Folk Festival in 1967 when the relatively unknown Mitchell left the stage to a standing ovation and roars of cheers; and Guido Harari, who photographed her on the road, in concert, in the studio, and in her home.
“I grew up loving the music and lyrics of Joni Mitchell, and when the opportunity arose to collaborate with Morrison Hotel Gallery to bring this exquisite show to Nevada City, I jumped at the opportunity” said LeeAnn Brook, owner of LeeAnn Brook Fine Art. “The photographs are works of art that bring back memories of this special time.”
In addition, while Joni Mitchell’s music will permeate the opening reception on February 1, a framed fine art photograph will be raffled off as part of a fundraiser for local community radio station KVMR.
Along with the on-site studio of LeeAnn Brook, the gallery features art from local and regional artists in monthly shows. Housed in a historic brick building from the 1800s, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 231 Broad St. in Nevada City, open daily from 12-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays open at 11 a.m.. For more information, visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com/gallery.
About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
Morrison Hotel® Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. In 2016, the gallery launched its third location at Mick Fleetwood’s General Store in Maui, Hawaii.
MHG is the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today’s contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of celebrity and sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com