Monthly First Friday brings a band and art exhibit to the library's coffee house

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The band Boy and Bean, which performed in Sandy last summer, will come to the Sandy Public Library April 5 to play swing jazz of the early 20th century at the librarys coffee house, during the First Friday event. Pictured, from left, are Andrew Jones, Luke Short and Amber Short.Spring came in this year with a spectacular display of snow and predictably unpredictable weather patterns.

In response to spring’s arrival, the Sandy Library will begin its run of First Friday events next Friday with a theme art exhibit and a swing jazz trio that will send people home tapping their feet and wishing it was May 3 (the next First Friday).


The Boy and Bean band from Portland has a repertoire reminiscent of the ’30s and ’40s and artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, the Andrews Sisters and the Mills Brothers.

The band’s music will fill the coffee café set up in the library’s central space, which will remind visitors of the coffee houses of the ’60s.

The guitar and vocals of Luke Short, with Amber Short’s vocals and Andrew Jones on upright bass, will wow the crowd that is sure to gather in the library after visiting some of the other First Friday activities at downtown businesses.

Boy and Bean is familiar to some Sandy residents. The band performed last summer at Sandy’s Wine in the Woods festival, receiving rave reviews from festival goers.

In this venue, the audience will be seated at café tables with tablecloths and flowers. Refreshments will be available to help visitors relax.


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ROD STROH  - This exhibit painting by JoAnne Rohweder shows an antique coffee pot, which is the images connection to the librarys coffee house on First Friday. Rohweder says the painting was made from red, blue and yellow colors along with a neutral black to darken tones.Added to the great music is an art exhibit that complements the library’s coffee house atmosphere. The Wy’east Artisans Guild has hung a display its curator, JoAnne Rohweder, is calling Music at the Coffeehouse.

Art pieces from guild members reflect their idea of a coffee house or art that could have a musical theme. All were inspired by the ambience created in the library’s coffee house during the months it plays host to First Friday activities.

During the guild’s annual theme exhibit, artists will greet visitors in a reception at 7 p.m., when the musicians take a well-deserved break. Artist comments will focus on what provided the inspiration for each art piece.

Beth Verheyden reviewed and juried the art show, so visitors should expect to see high-quality artwork. The exhibit will remain in the library until May 5.

Where and when

The Sandy Library Coffee House will be open from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the library, 38980 Proctor Blvd. There is no admission charge.

The art exhibit is open for viewing during all library hours until May 5, with an artist reception and comments at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5.

For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537.

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