Art and Music Spotlight: Renowned artist Zhenya Gershman was invited to create a special portrait of Bob Dylan, the Grammy 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year.
Artwork by Zhenya Gershman
This priceless portrait is painted on a Caballero signature guitar that helped revive the folk revolution of the 60’s and will be signed by honoree Bob Dylan and all performing artists at The Grammy 2015 Gala Tribute Concert (including Grammy winners Beck; the Black Keys; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Norah Jones; Tom Jones; Los Lobos; Taj Mahal; John Mellencamp; Alanis Morissette; Willie Nelson; Aaron Neville; Bonnie Raitt; Bruce Springsteen; Susan Tedeschi; Derek Trucks; Eddie Vedder; Jack White; Jackson Browne; John Doe, and Neil Young.) This historic artwork will be auctioned on February 6th during the Grammy Gala benefiting The MusiCares Foundation® which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
“In celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, it is most fitting that we are honoring Bob Dylan, whose body of creative work has contributed to America’s culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony on February 6th is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week.
The celebration culminates with the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Bob Dylan’s Portrait Guitar is created as part of Gershman’s “Larger Than Life” series depicting contemporary icons to be unveiled at a Red Carpet opening on February 12th at the prestigious Building Bridges Art Exchange Gallery located in the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Zhenya Gershman in front of her Portrait of Bob Dylan, photo by Yanina Gotsulsky
Attendees for the MusiCares event (February 6) will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares and The Recording Academy; Bill Silva, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend. Three-time Grammy-winning producer and recent Emmy® winner Don Was will be the evening’s musical director.
Bruce Springsteen Portrait by Zhenya Gershman, GRAMMY Musicares 2013
Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Raitt, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen (pictured above with Zhenya Gershman), Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Young.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses.
The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin Friday, February 6th with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests.
The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by Lexus, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by AXS. During the gala dinner, a live auction will feature an exciting array of items. This MusiCares gala event is completely sold out.
MusiCares also offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.
The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.
MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.