Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

World Celebrity Art Tour Entertainers Show off Another Side of Creativity

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

World Celebrity Art Tour Entertainers Show off Another Side of Creativity

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Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer

After a Rocky start in film, Sylvester Stallone is having another brush with fame, this time in the world of art.

Stallone's paintings are among 80 works by famous names on display in the World Celebrity Art Tour. The tour kicks off a 50-city stint at 4 p.m. today at the Jacksonville Hilton Hotel & Towers.

Guests can buy originals and reproductions of John Lennon's narrative line drawings, David Bowie's German expressionistic works, Anthony Quinn's rich portraits and more. The art ranges from $500 to $50,000.

"Our aim was to create the greatest show on Earth," said Colm Rowan, curator for the tour. "A lot of people are slow to go to museums . . . this is brought to the people, and they already have a connection to these artists because of something else that they are known for, whether it's music or acting."

Rowan and John Sozanski, both of whom had been dealers in 19th and 20th century art, became interested in art by famous musicians after handling Lennon's "Imagine" art show in the 1980s. They have since expanded their interests to include actors and other personalities.

"We had a lot of people come to the show and ask if Paul McCartney was an artist, or Bob Dylan, and they were," Rowan said. "At the time, it was a field that hadn't been developed at all, but with all these people asking, we thought we should find out."

Rowan said they discovered that several musicians, such as late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, not only created art, but had formal art training.

Other celebrities saw visual art as another way to express themselves.

"With Michael [Clark of the Byrds], art and music were everything to him. He always had to be doing something creative, and art gave him an outlet for that, just as music did," said Susan Paul, who represents such artists/musicians as Clark and Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane and showcases their work on www.musiciansasartists.com.

Both musicians dabbled in art at an early age.

"I know a lot of other musicians that paint as a hobby or for therapy," Balin said.

His works are also featured in the World Celebrity Art Tour. …

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