Concert to be preceded by Paula DeGregorio, Frank Galante ‘Pop-Up Show’

LUDINGTON — Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chloe Kimes will make her grand return to Mason County with a benefit performance “An Evening with Chloe Kimes” at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St., today at 7 p.m.

Kimes, who is set to release her her first record “Apothecary” Sept. 7, brings an honesty to the stage captivating audiences at first approach. Her restless and poignant lyrics and sweet melodies blend to form a unique musical experience.

The Scottville native currently resides in the Nashville, TN, area, where she studies songwriting at Middle Tennessee State University and pulls influence from the flourishing Bluegrass/Americana community in Nashville, as well as her rootsy Michigan upbringing. Always inspired by the local artists she grew up watching and playing alongside, her organic sincerity is sure to capture and fill her listener’s heart.

According to Kimes, her LACA performance will feature mostly original tunes, different to those she has previously performed in the area, along with a few covers sprinkled in the mix.

Tickets are for sale by calling (231) 845-2787 or online at

“LACA is an important contributor to Ludington’s art and music community, and an organization that remains close to Chloe’s heart. Come join in an evening of celebrating a wonderful organization and supporting the future of Ludington artists and creators,” Kimes said.

Prior to Kimes’ concert the artwork of Pentwater artists Paula DeGregorio and Frank Galante will be on display in the center’s main gallery for a one night only “Pop-Up” show from 5-7 p.m.

As a young child, DeGregorio was a coloring book master. No picture was too complicated to experiment with outlining, squiggles, shadows and plenty of blue. When old enough to travel on her own, her time was spent in the Boston Museum whose rotunda was lined with Monet’s beautiful landscapes and coffee clubs that played experimental music.

Attending the University of Massachusetts as a BFA painting/sculpture major, the majority of her professors were “abstract expressionists” who discouraged realism and technique and stressed emotions. She and several other students ran the Student Union Art Gallery which presented cutting edge NYC artists.

Moving to NYC after a stint in the Virgin Islands, her first job there was with a handbag designer. She later received a second degree in Architectural Technology that let her still use her creative skills in her career. Moving to Michigan in 2010, DeGregorio is now painting landscapes in oils and watercolor and creating still life collages.

Galante is primarily self-taught as a painter. He was born and raised in New York City and was first introduced to the art of oil painting when he was a young child, watching his father paint. By the age of eight, the works and names of the likes of Cezanne, Modigliani and others were familiar to him—and though he was not yet painting, he was drawing.

As a young teen, he often spent the weekends sketching at the American Museum of Natural History and browsing through the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum of Modern Art was another favorite haunt.

This early immersion among the world’s masterpieces laid the foundation for a lifetime passion for the fine arts and their creation. Having had the foundations of technique laid with intensive mechanical and freehand classes in high school, he continued drawing throughout his life. Though he dabbled in painting, it wasn’t until middle age that he began to take it seriously. A few night classes at the Parsons School of Design and a landscape painting trip to Italy, and he was hooked.

As a professional musician, Galante’s painting process—particularly in his abstract work—is heavily informed by the compositional and improvisational techniques that are an essential part of his musical life; consequently, as he sees it, painting is simply a visual expression of his music.

Degregorio and Galante’s “Pop-Up” show is free and open to the public and will feature works of various types of mediums. Many of the pieces of artwork will be available for purchase.


Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

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