Saturday, November 28, 2009

Artists x Artists

Opening Reception: December 13, 2009 1:00 - 4:00 PM

I'm excited about the Artists x Artists show coming up at the Encinitas Library. Mary Fleener has done an great job putting the show together. I was happy to get to preview most of the work in the show today. You'll be blown away by how diverse the work is.

I had the opportunity of painting Paul Williams, the legendary founder of Crawdaddy! magazine and a pioneer of rockn'roll criticism.

Paul Williams by Drew Snyder

The portrait is from a photo given to me by Paul's wife, Cindy Lee Berryhill. I'm told it was taken by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, which is ironic because Stipe was the first portrait I did after moving to New York in 2004.

Michael Stipe by Drew Snyder, 2004 (Collection Studio Bellecour, Paris, FR.)

Anyway, Paul Williams has a serious case of dementia brought on by an accident in 1995. Cindy Lee has mounted a website in an effort to raise funds for his condition. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to read the website and lend your support:

If and when the portrait of Paul sells, all of the proceeds will go to the fund for his care. If you are interested in acquiring it, please get in touch through the gallery website.

To learn more about the Artists x Artists show and see all the works check out the website Mary Fleener put together. Hope to see you at the show!

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