Stop by any time during the month of January and be wowed by the artistry of A&E’s own Ashley Turner, a multimedia artist and talented musician who makes a mean cup of coffee, too.
Her themed collages will be on display all month in our Amherst Cafe.
Visually, Ashley’s art reflects her quest to blend the dramatic and the whimsical, resulting in a spirit of “subtle eeriness,” which also extends to her musical composition. She says she has been influenced musically by My Chemical Romance, Amy Winehouse and others who share her love of heart-felt storytelling.
Born and raised in central Connecticut, Ashley moved to New Hampshire in 2013 to stretch her wings and see what life outside her comfort zone felt like. So far so good, as she continues to be inspired across several artistic mediums. She began composing and performing music in 2011 as the lone member of Kill the Weatherman, and is a self-taught musician and vocalist, playing piano, bass and guitar.
She released her debut six-song EP in January of 2014, “Sleeping with Spiders,” completely penned, performed and recorded by Ashley in her basement studio on second-hand equipment. You can sample or purchase her music via Bandcamp.
“I’m kind of a one woman show,” says Ashley, who’s getting ready to release a full-length follow-up, “The Hole World,” a collection of songs which she describes as much “silkier” and jazzier – credit due to the investment in new equipment for the dynamic composition and musical arrangement, says Ashley.
Thank you, tip jar.
The title track to her EP was included as a featured track on “Catz Bop, Volume 1”, a compilation CD of 32 songs by local artists produced by New England Basement Records (also available via Bandcamp for $3) with all proceeds going to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.
An artist reception for Ashley will be held Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. in the A&E Amherst cafe.