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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Skynyrd drummer's art rocks

Michael Cartellone is a class act. The drummer for the legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd for the past 11 years, he’s been painting since he was 4 years old. Many of those paintings, a lot of them with a rock theme of course, were on display Sunday at Wentworth Gallery in the King of Prussia mall.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Cartellone for a preview story on the event, which appeared in the Ticket entertainment section of Montgomery Newspapers a few weeks ago.

Cartellone was just as pleasant and accommodating in person as he was on the phone during the interview. He had a lot of family and friends at the exhibition with him, including his parents, and spent a lot of time talking with fans of his music and art during the three-hour event.
One of Cartellone’s pieces, titled “New York,” features a likeness of his father, Joseph. The fan that purchased the piece at Wentworth on Sunday got both the artist and his father to sign the artwork, creating a uniquely one-of-a-kind aspect to the painting.
Wentworth has in the past hosted exhibits by Paul Stanley, lead singer of KISS, and actress Jane Seymour. Gallery director Tom Curley always hosts a nice event for local fans and art aficionados and makes sure they get some face time with the artists when they purchase a piece of art.
On that particular Sunday afternoon in June, Cartellone plus Curley equaled . . . cool.

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Mike Morsch has been executive editor of Montgomery Newspapers since 2003. His award-winning humor column "Outta Leftfield" has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the Suburban Newspapers of America and the Philadelphia Press Association.

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