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Jazz visible at Bordello Galería

By Allison Perse

Artist and graphic designer John Hillmer returns to the Bordello Galeria on Organos this Saturday with an exhibit titled “Jazz and Funk,” a series of paintings and prints that represent “a fluid amalgamation of music, myth, and mirth.”

“Jazz & Funk”
Artwork by John Hillmer
Sat, Nov 16, 5-9pm
Bordello Galería
Órganos 19 (half block off Hernández Macías)
Artist’s website:

As painter, designer, stage painter, teacher and illustrator, Hillmer’s work has long played with music as metaphor, using such imagery to grace music stages, promotes music, literary or community events, encourage environmental awareness, or build social and emotional literacy in schools around the world.

His large stage murals have made music with Ray Charles, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal and Maya Angelou. His images have helped celebrate more than 50 events across North America, including the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and the Acoustic Blues Festival in Port Townsend, Washington. His clients have included NRDC in New York, Seattle’s Children Museum, The Nature of Words in Bend, Oregon, and the City of Santa Monica’s Environmental Division.

“John’s work,” says Bordello owner Barbara Poole, “is playful and sophisticated, with a unique blend of artistic and soulful sensibilities.”

Before you go out and listen to some jazz and blues at the San Miguel Jazz & Blues Festival over the weekend, stop by the Bordello Galería.


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