Harmony & Dissonance

Gallery 110 North – Plymouth Arts Center | August 11 – October 6

Jazz Crawl | Friday, August 11 | 4P to 10P
Artist Reception | Friday, August 18 | 5P to 7:30P
Comments & Awards | Friday, August 18  | 6P to 6:30P

In music, harmony is the arrangement and layering of musical notes and chords to a pleasing effect. Dissonance is a lack of harmony, tension or clash from the combination of cacophonous elements. Both are tectonic. The harmonious and the dissonant make up our unique understanding of the natural world. But when we take sound off the table, such as with a photograph, how do we tell the story of these ubiquitous yet intangible concepts? Is there a harmonious or dissonant grammar to visual imagery? Do harmony and dissonance mutually define one another? Does the presence or lack of one amplify the other? Is there light without darkness?

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the annual Plymouth Jazz Crawl which begins at the Plymouth Arts Center and expands to venues throughout downtown Plymouth. The presence of live music and the energy of the arts around this event are what inspired CoPA to select the theme Harmony and Dissonance.

The Artist Reception will feature awards and comments from the jurors presented at 6 pm. Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Gypsy Swing Chicks.

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Jurors: Paul Cebar and Ken Hanson

A recent inductee into the Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame, it has been said that anyone who knows Ken Hanson understands that he leads a life driven by ideas and curiosity, and he credits many influences for his approach to living and leading, including photographer-artist Steven D. Foster; designer Milton Glaser; those gathered at the Aspen Design Conferences; former boss at the Edgewood Agency, Lewis Friedman; the 1970s photography collective Perihelion; cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson; an early client John Constable; John Lennon; and his own son, artist, and photographer Harry James Hanson.

Ken is also a fine art photographer and filmmaker, currently working on several bodies of photographic work and a documentary film about photographer Art Shay. He is also a bass player in two bands, Panalure and Longacre.

Paul Cebar, singer, guitarist, and bandleader whose blend of African, Latin American and Caribbean music has rocked, swayed, and thrilled audiences since the mid-70s, is another iconic figure born in our backyard. Paul produced four LPs with his band Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans, and has earned equally impressive accolades with his project Tomorrow Sound. Cebar has made fans out of artists like Bonnie Raitt, Nick Lowe, and Joe Ely, who calls the Milwaukee singer-songwriter an “American original.” According to Lowe, he’s “the real thing — a proper soulful cat with the tunes, the chops, and the voice to swing this epoch back to its senses.”

Hanson and Cebar bring a unique perspective to the judging process, combining their affection for a wide range of musical flavors with a keen understanding of what makes an audience tick. Ken adds an element of visual expertise to the judging process, which is sure to produce a tasty show!


Alhaji Camara, Cindy Hansen, Carl Hartt, Caroll A. Pearson, Carol Starr, David Bueschel, Dennis Darmek, Erin Maddox, Guntis “Gunner” Lauzums, Gary Lundberg, John Koster, Kay Cucinello, Kris Gould, Kevin Hansen, Kristine Hinrichs, Lew Cadkin, Melynda Benjamin, Martha Coaty, Michael Havice, Michael Nowotny, Phyllis Deicher-Ladwig, Roy Schmidt, Ron Wimmer, Susan Schramm, Tim Holte, Thomas Lemke, Vicki Reed

Artist’s Reception and Awards

  • First Place: Tom LemkeThe Dissident – Bisti Badlands, New Mexico
  • Second Place:  Dennis DarmekThe Swimmer: 40 Years in the Water; #29
  • Third Place: Carol StarrBlack Cat
  • Honorable Mention: Carl HarttC-Major & D-Minor
  • Honorable Mention: Lew CadkinLife Expressing #3
  • Honorable Mention: Tom LemkeIce Forming on Spring Pond – Langlade County, Wisconsin
  • Honorable Mention: Roy SchmidtSplit Personality