FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 February 2016
CONTACT: David Simchock
(828) 216 - 6457
Photography Exhibition & Fund-raiser
Bootsy Collins - LEAF Festival May 2014© Copyright David J. Simchock
Black Mountain, NC – The Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain is hosting a new art exhibition by local photographer and fine artist, David Simchock. David will be presenting a mix of his concert and festival photos, along with his local and world-travel imagery. All of the artwork is for sale with a portion of all sales being donated to LEAF Community Arts. The exhibition will hang in the brewery's tasting room area from late February through April. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 25th starting at 5:30pm, followed by a performance by the Mike Rhodes' Fellowship.
Simchock, who can often been found in the photo pit of many of the area's concert venues, was the go-to "house photographer" at the Pisgah Brewery for the 2015 outdoor concert events, and he is also a staff photographer for the LEAF organization, shooting their semi-annual festival in Black Mountain since his arrival to the area in 2011. It was an obvious choice for him to utilize the exhibition as a fund-raiser for his favorite local non-profit, LEAF. In 2016 he is set to carry on with his roles at both the brewery and with LEAF, while also expanding his activities outside of the WNC region.
David is as passionate about as live music as he is about his photography, which makes for a perfect marriage between his creative vision and his anticipation of those magic moments that come and go in an instant during live performances. For three years running he has been the recipient of the judges' top honors in the Independent Music Awards, taking first place for images of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Ozomatli, and Bootsy Collins. He has been a contributor to numerous media outlets, such as the popular Mountain Xpress publication in Asheville, and has also provided his photographic expertise to the Biltmore Estate during last summer's Concert Series. Simchock also publishes his own music e-magazine / blog called Front Row Focus.
The Pisgah Brewing exhibition will include many of Simchock's concert and festival photographs ranging from his work at the site and with LEAF, to examples from other events at the Orange Peel and the US Cellular Center (including a few pieces from the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam). To round out the show, David will also display an assortment of his awe-inspiring fine art, from local scenes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to cultural vistas from around the world.
About David J. Simchock: A native of New Jersey, David has lived and traveled overseas for many years and, since returning to the States in 2002, quickly established himself as a reputable freelance photographer and artist. His images have been published in major publications around the world, and he has exhibited his work in numerous galleries and venues from New York City to Asheville. David’s efforts have been awarded many prestigious accolades, while his life story and career have been covered in several publications and radio / TV features. David is a staff photographer for the semi-annual LEAF Festival, and he is also the founder and publisher of an on-line music magazine, Front Row Focus (www.FrontRowFocus.com). His music imagery is used by several bands and artists for their websites and publicity materials, and has been used in print in several music and cultural magazines. David's fine artwork can be found in the Miya Gallery in Weaverville, as well as the Woolworth Walk Gallery in Downtown Asheville. David is also an educator, speaker, writer and aspiring picker and grinner (i.e., a banjo player). His creative activities fall under the umbrella of Dijon Creative Solutions. www.DijonCreative.com
About Pisgah Brewing Company: Pisgah Brewing Company is located in Black Mountain, North Carolina about 10 miles east of Asheville. They specialize in brewing hand crafted, organic beer. The brewery is host to live music concerts throughout the year, both indoors and outdoors. The tasting room area is also used to exhibit the artwork of local artists. Contact: Benton Wharton 828-669-0190 Pisgah Brewing Website
About LEAF Community Arts: Mission Statement - LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts education programs. LEAF is based out of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Contact: Adam Bowers - Development Director 828-686-8742 LEAF Website
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Old Crow Medicine Show - Pisgah Brewing 2014© Copyright David J. Simchock