Music by: Emily Aldridge
"Emily Aldridge is a Chicago-born pianist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Emily began singing and recording at age 3 with her father, Dave Aldridge, musician/songwriter, and Presbyterian minister. Emily was harmonizing and putting on small family performances by age 5. Her parents recognized her love of making music and immediately enrolled her in a lifelong education. Emily's mother Sarah Aldridge is an avid classical pianist and hand bell player who encouraged Emily to begin singing in choirs throughout the US. Emily spent much of her formative youth in children's choruses, voice lessons, musical theater performance troupes, while balancing her instrument education in piano and guitar.
Attending both Asbury College and University of Kentucky, Emily pursued her vocal studies in Gospel and Jazz techniques while continuing college studies. Currently Emily teaches music lessons throughout North Florida and continues to perform throughout the area with various projects.
Emily's solo project shows various facets of her range and personal style, not to be held down by any genre title or standard. Her music reflects influences in rock, jazz, pop, metal, and R&B.
Emily comes from a musical school of thought that simply wants to love the music one writes and connect to the world through it. An infinite response to the gifts we've been given as musicians." Emily Aldridge
Art by: Jean Schwalbe
"Jean's impressionistic paintings become almost a surprise to the viewer as the colors are not what one would expect to find in a landscape. Jean captures energy by pushing the color palette to rich, warm and vivid hues. Originally a watercolorist who studied under George Hamilton, Jean has been painting acrylics for the past ten years. They give her more "freedom" and using "lots of paint is more fun". And it is certainly more fun for the viewer! Whether painting rushing streams and rivers, familiar Oregon mountains, meadows, clouds or all of the above together, she captures a special intensity and vitality found in nature."
Art by: Dona White, watercolor mixed media
Dona's art is whimsical watercolor, bursting with lots of color and movement.
"Color sustains me! It influences me in countless ways that nourish the deepest part of my soul. I believe color elicits as many emotional and intellectual responses as there are hues in the spectrum. I use color and pattern to reflect and share my personal joys, loves, memories, dreams and hopes.
I was raised in Chicago and hold a BA from Barat College, Lake Forest, IL. My work has been juried into a number of shows and is collected across the US. I have been a Portland resident since 1984."
Food by: Class Cooking, Chef Kim
Hummus with Fried Lamb, Lemon Sauce and Pita bread $14
Marinated Salmon with Mixed Rice Pilaf $14
Spiced Zucchini and Baby Greens Salad $8
Cheese and Salami Board with Crackers $7