Kim Simmonds is primarily known as one of the architects of the 1960s British Blues music explosion. Less known is that Simmonds also paints. His solo album “Out of the Blue,” released in August 2008, features one of his first guitar paintings on the cover.
Simmonds’ paintings will be on exhibit in the Arts Café Gallery of the Earlville Opera House from July 20 to Sept. 21. A “meet the artist” reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 6:30 pm, after which Simmonds and Savoy Brown, the band he founded, will perform in the main theater at 8 p.m.. Tickets to the performance are on sale at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.
Admission to the concert is $25, $23 for EOH members and students are discounted to $20. Premium seating in the first four rows is an added $5.
Although his focus has been on guitars, he also paints abstracts, still life and landscapes. “Painting is a lot like playing guitar solos,” Simmonds said in a media release. “For me, it has to be full of emotion so that you can communicate something of your feelings, through your motif, to the onlooker. I also enjoy the challenges painting brings and the fact that you will never reach the point where you think you know it all.”
Born in Newbridge, Wales, in 1947, his family moved to London when Simmonds was 10. As a guitar prodigy, he found success as a professional musician at the age of 17. He now spends his time performing on the road, and when at home he paints daily. He is self-taught as a musician and a painter.
Simmonds uses brushes and a palette knife to apply paint to canvas as well as anything else on hand paper towels, rags, etc.
EOH is located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm and Saturdays 12-3 pm. For more information, call 315-691-3550.