The 30th anniversary celebration of 10,000 Maniacs continues with Talking to Maniacs, a live interview with Dennis Drew and Steve Gustafson, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the 3rd on 3rd Art Gallery.
The anniversary began with a public exhibition spanning the history of 10,000 Maniacs. "These Are Days: 10,000 Maniacs 1981-2011" kicked off with a ribbon cutting featuring members of the band. A public reception was held in the 3rd On 3rd Gallery, which houses the main exhibition, and the Reg Studio Theater featured live performances of 10,000 Maniacs songs done by local musicians. The Wright Gallery continues to screen a video of various clips, performances and interviews with the band. All venues reside in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.
"These Are Days,'' an Arts Council For Chautauqua County event, is made possible by funding from a Community Service Grant through Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and sponsorship from WRFA-LP, 107.9 Radio For The Arts. Several local businesses, organizations and restaurants have also supporting the exhibition in a variety of ways.
From left are Vince DeJoy, Len Barry, Mary Ramsey, Steve Gustafson and Jeff Erickson. Gustafson and Dennis Drew, founding members of 10,000 Maniacs, will take part in a live interview on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the 3rd on 3rd Art Gallery.
A closing party will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring five disc jockeys spinning 1980s and 1990s indie rock music. Both events are free.
Len Barry, Arts Council program coordinator,, said it is important for an arts-supporting community to pull off a project of such a large scale.
"An exhibition like this depends on contributions from partnering organizations. The Community Foundation has consistently supported the Arts Council through many endeavors, including the recent 3rd Street Canvas public art installation,'' Barry said. "The exhibition employed the services of over 20 people, including curator, Steve Lafreniere, the staffs of the Arts Council and Reg Lenna Civic Center, four printing companies and two graphic designers. Volunteers from the community are also gave their time by performing and working at the reception. Founding Maniacs Dennis Drew and Steven Gustafson, were our biggest volunteers as the majority of the exhibited items come from their personal collections."
"These Are Days" will remain open to the public, Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 29. The 3rd On 3rd Gallery and Wright Gallery are located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For visiting hours and more information visit artscouncil.com or call 664-2465, ext. 227.
"The exhibit is incredible, and provides a wealth of knowledge for both the casual and serious 10,000 Maniacs fan,'' said Joel Keefer, Chautauqua Community Region Foundation, community relations officer. "The Community Foundation is very pleased to be able to support and promote such an asset to our region and encourages everyone to visit before Oct. 29."
The Arts Council plans to continue community-based installations with a retrospective of the history of Jamestown furniture in the summer of 2012. The exhibition will feature an artistic history of the area's furniture industry with photos, narrative and documents as well as original art inspired by furniture design.