MANCHESTER, NH — Celebrate love through the arts at Argh Gallery, 416 Chestnut St., on Feb. 14 from 5-8 p.m.
A signed limited edition “Love” print by Robert Indiana will be on display, along with Valentine-themed art by several local artists.
“Torch” and cabaret-style love songs by P.J. Cooke and Walt Sayre
Walt Sayre has been a professional musician for over 40 years. Originally from New York, Sayre graduated from Manhattan School of Music and was the Fine Arts coordinator for the Fall Mountain Regional School System. He is currently the Music Director at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene. Sayre with many groups including the Raylynmor Opera, Keene Chorale, Keene Pops Choir, Keene Chamber Singers, and the Keene State College Jazz Ensemble. He also performs extensively with his own Walt Sayre Orchestra.
P.J. Cooke has a BA in Theatre from Keene State College. She worked several years in New York City, having success as a cabaret singer, and since returning to New Hampshire, has performed, directed and choreographed with several area companies, including: Small Pond Productions, Vermont Theatre Company, Branch River Theatre, Raylynmor Opera, Actors Circle Theatre, and the Keene Lions Club.
She has directed and performed in many cabaret-style fundraisers for non-profits such as Aids Services for the Monadnock Region, Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue and the Samaritans. She is a board member for Children’s Stage Adventures, a non-profit touring children’s theatre company based in Sullivan. Cooke loves to sing, and she especially loves to sing torch songs. Nothing makes her happier than to sing a really sad love song! She and Walt Sayre have performed together many times in many venues over the last 15 – 20 years, but this is the first time at an art gallery!
Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark; September 13, 1928 – May 19, 2018) was an American artist associated with the pop art movement. His “LOVE” print, first created for the Museum of Modern Art‘s Christmas card in 1965, was the basis for his 1970 Love sculpture and the widely distributed 1973 United States Postal Service “LOVE” stamp,
Sarah Knoy was the director of the Greenpeace offices in Chicago, IL in 1994 when Robert Indiana did a run of “Greenpeace LOVE” prints to benefit the organization and Knoy was gifted the print, which will be on display at Argh. Currently valued at $5,000 Knoy and ARGH are happy to display it to the public and offer it to collectors.