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Artworks of Jazz Singer Kathy Kosins To Be Exhibited At Canton's Village Theater

Canton, MI – November 27, 2012, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is set to exhibit the artwork of Kathy Kosins from December 1 – 31, 2012, bringing together a collection of abstract works inspired by the music of jazz greats, including strains from Miles Davis' trumpet, Charlie Parkers' sax and Bud Powells' piano riffs translated into color and texture.

Kosins, a renowned singer and songwriter for the past 30 years, has been painting in the abstract since the late 1980s. This accomplished singer picked up a paint brush around the time she started composing what would become her first CD release, "All In a Dream's Work," a tribute to Miles Davis' 1950s and early 1960s productions.

Kosins says her painting is total improvisation. "For me, painting is simply an extension of the music I love to listen to and perform. I never have an idea or color scheme in mind when I pick up a brush. I paint strictly from my intuition," she says, adding that the hardest part is acknowledging when a piece is done. "It was no different with the old jazz masters. They could play endless solos all night, using the same form."

This critically and nationally acclaimed jazz vocalist has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that encompasses the rich history of jazz. Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, Kosins began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist, Kosins recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records, as well as touring with Was/Not Was.

In the early 90s, Kosins, a ferocious writer and arranger, fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach. Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed and led to a 1996 release of "All In A Dreams Work" (Schoolkids Records), an impressive debut featuring a first rate collection of nine originals and a cover of the Miles Davis composition" Four."

A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts' Jazz Composer of the Year, Kosins has received grants from Michigan’s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at colleges and universities across the USA.

When not touring the USA or Europe, Kosins excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the 50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances.

This latest art exhibit at the Gallery@VT will run until December 31, 2012. The public is encouraged to view this free exhibit: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; during public performances at the theater; and by appointment by calling 734/394-5308. The gallery, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, is closed on holidays. For more information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5308 or visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Tobin, Canton Arts Coordinator - 734/394-5484.

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