Soul Of Miami and Life Is Art
present an evening of Art & Soul
at the Van Dyke Upstairs
featuring music by Cat Shell
and art by Greg Pitts
Cat Shell is a singer/songwriter residing in Miami Beach. Since 2007, Cat has been playing throughout South Florida and performs regularly at the areaâ€™s top venues, including The Van Dyke Cafe, B Bar at The Betsy, The Florida Room in Miami Beach and many more. Growing up with a family in radio and musical theater, Cat was introduced to a wide variety of music at a very young age. Her style is reflective of such an eclectic blend, infusing the sounds of old jazz & soul with todayâ€™s pop and R&B elements. Cat debuted her first independent album â€œCatâ€™s Outta the Bagâ€ in December 2007 and is currently recording her sophomore release due out in March 2011.
Born to a single parent family, Greg Pitts started out life at a disadvantage. Growing up without a father figure made life less than ideal. He did not meet his father until the age of 12. As a young teen, he exhibited artistic capabilities, however the lack of understanding and from his family lead to discouragement. He continued to strive to express himself artistically. He purchased his first camera on lay-a-way from a camera store in his hometown of Lima, Ohio.
His artistic eye and fashion sense while a senior in high school lead to him was offered admission to a prestigious fashion design school, but because of stereotypical attitudes, students at school would call him a nerd and at home no one would assist him in the application process, stating that that kind of stuff is for sissies. Discouraged, he graduated without any formal plans. Later, he joined the Army in order to provide for his soon to be born son.
Despite a difficult start in life, he continued to express his artistic side.
Greg Pitts abstract artwork has been compared to that of abstract impressionist artist Jackson Pollock. He was the featured artist of the month for February 2009 with Elements of Art and has been exhibited at Etra Fine Art Gallery and Ornare both in Miami, FL.