Joan Baez, the iconic folk singer-songwriter, human rights activist and 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, can now add professional painter to her list of accomplishments. The veteran musician announced on Monday morning that she will be hosting her first ever solo painting exhibit next month at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, Calif., starting on Sept. 1 and running until Oct. 1.
The title of the exhibition will go with the theme of “Mischief Makers,” with all the subjects featured in the painted portraits having played a role in social change through nonviolent action. Those whose images were painted by Baez include Martin Luther King Jr., fellow folk artists Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Maya Angelou and the Dalai Lama to name a few.
A portion of the sales proceeds from works sold during the exhibition will go towards Carecen SF, an organization dedicated to assisting immigrants and under-resourced families in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“The choice of subjects for this, my first solo exhibit, comes as a reaction to the collapse of decency and moral standards which is currently being made obscenely evident in our government and its supporters,” Baez said in Monday’s announcement.
Fans and art enthusiasts who wish to visit the exhibit during its month-long residency at the Seager Gray Gallery will have to RSVP through the venue to gain admission. More information on the gallery and exhibit can be found by clicking here.