SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017, 4-8PM. The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announces a reception to honor the renowned late jazz musician, Victor Bailey. We'll have a sale of selected artworks by Victor AND musical performances by Victor's former Berklee colleagues. Don't miss it!
Jazz artist and painter, Victor Bailey died last November. He bravely battled a rare form of muscular dystrophy spending two of his final years living at Spencer Lofts.
An accomplished bassist, Victor was an Associate Professor of Bass at Berklee College of Music, performing and recording with Sonny Rollins, Lady Gaga, Miriam Makeba, Madonna, and many others during his long, notable career. Victor was the bassist in two of the most influential jazz fusion groups: Weather Report (he replaced legendary Jaco Pastorius) and Steps Ahead. Victor was also a visual artist; his paintings draw on musical themes.
Victor’s visual artwork will be shown in the gallery and will be available for purchase.
Proceeds will benefit the Victor Bailey estate and the Berklee College of Music.
AND if you’re so inclined come out and join some of Victor’s Berklee colleagues and visiting artists for an informal jam!
Reception and admission to the Gallery are free and open to the public. The Victor Bailey exhibit runs through December 31, 2017; gallery hours by appointment.
Accessible parking is available, as is on-street parking.
Victor (Randall) Bailey (1960-2016) was a jazz musician and bassist with far-reaching standards about how jazz should be played. His numerous solo and ensemble recordings beautifully demonstrate these standards.
Victor equally enjoyed good design in his colorful painting.
He created portraits of his favorite jazz legends, including Charlie “Bird” Parker, Sonny Rollins, Lenny White, and many more. His painting method, in which he graphically defined each color, each musical instrument, and other compositional elements, while leaving a graphic, seamless overall design, demonstrates to perfection the visual integration of musician and instrumentality.
It is our hope that those with a delicate eye for detail will enjoy “hanging” with their favorite musician via a painting on the wall, while enjoying the fact that Victor, a fellow musician, created it.
Victor leaves behind a loving family, many friends, Berklee students, neighbors at Spencer Lofts, and countless fans who still play his music, speak of his legacy, and hold him in high regard. They have followed his journey on Facebook and on his website (victorbailey.com), while looking to the future for opportunities to honor his memory, including a Victor Bailey Day, a street named after him in the neighborhood where he grew up, an art exhibit at the Clef Club of Jazz (scheduled for spring 2018), and a star on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia—and this exhibition and sale here at the Gallery at Spencer Lofts in Chelsea, MA.
Victor’s family hopes that there is a space in your heart and in your home for one of Victor’s remarkable artworks. Special thanks to outgoing Gallery Co-Director Darlene DeVita for organizing this gala in Victor’s honor.
"Elvin" by Victor Bailey.
The late Victor Bailey playing his bass guitar in the Gallery, spring 2015.
Ciao for now! Upcoming exhibitions, if any, to be announced. As of December 30 2017, we do not plan to regularly schedule new exhibitions. Thanks to everyone for your support!
Ciao for now!
Our hidden gem, the Gallery@Spencer Lofts!
Founded in 2004, the Gallery was initially co-directed by Spencer Lofts residents Maryellen Cahill and Darlene DeVita. The Gallery's launch was enthusiastically supported by Chelsea City officials, including Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, now the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development in the administration of Governor Charlie Baker. The Gallery paved the way for CHARCOLL (Chelsea Artists Collaborative) and the Annual Chelsea Art Walk.
Since 2004, the Gallery has continuously hosted scores of exhibitions and events, despite a brief closure over several months for repairs in 2014-2015. A re-opening gala was held in May of 2015.
Our past shows of 2015-2017:
VICTOR BAILEY: THE ART OF JAZZ May 2015 (Re-opening gala featuring exhibit and performance by Victor Bailey and colleagues)
ARTWALK: SPENCER ARTIST-RESIDENTS GROUP SHOW June 2015
MYLES CARTER: PAINTINGS 2015 Sept 2015
JASON PARRIS FITZ-GERALD: VISUAL POETRY IN LIGHT AND LIFE Oct 2015
MARTHA BOURNE BAND, BRITT CONNORS & TRIO Oct 31 2015
Jason and Dar . . . resting from a day of hanging!
Ron helping Jason hang his AMAZING work!!
Jason's opening reception
Victor Bailey, Legendary Bassist and Painter
Sadly, among all the other amazing artists we lost in 2016, we lost our dear friend and neighbor, Victor Bailey, to Charcot Marie Tooth/ALS. Victor lived at Spencer Lofts for 2 years before his illness overtook him and he had to leave us to get 24/7 care. Victor wanted to so much to move back the Spencer; he loved it here, and we loved him!