Paintings Inspired by Music
A spectacular series of paintings depicting a host of rambunctious jazz musicians. The paintings were done by Ed Brewer and donated by his son-in-law Don Wood. The jazz series was inspired by a Santa Barbara jazz club that gave Brewer the desire to completely reinvent his artistic style. Learning to use new media and techniques he painted these vibrant portraits. After a few years the jazz club, that influenced the creation of these works and housed them, closed. Brewer's relatives, daughter Audrey and son-in-law Don Wood, then sought a new and worthy place for the series of jazz paintings. Enter the Friends of Dreamland.
Edwin Cook Brewer was a founding member of the Arkansas-based Mid-Southern Watercolorists in 1970 and helped his father, artist Adrian Brewer, organize the Arkansas Art League in the early 1950s. Edwin Brewer and his twin brother, Adrian, were born on January 9, 1927, in Little Rock (Pulaski County) to Adrian Brewer and Edwina Cook Brewer. The twins had one sister. Brewer received his early art instruction in the studios of his father and his grandfather, Nicholas Richard Brewer, both renowned artists. His grandfather was known as a portrait painter and was represented in multiple exhibitions of the National Academy of Design in New York City beginning in 1885...continued at
A beautiful high ceilinged room built in the early 20th century, the Dreamland Ballroom was a centural peice of the historic 9th St. distrect's entertainment industry in downtown Little Rock, AR. A great venue for weddings, receptions, and dances.Learn more