Partner Profile: Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy might be the epitome of a local celebrated artist. His work spans genres: he is a visual artist by day, creating beautiful, expressionistic paintings, and a musician by night, performing often with his band called Murphy's Blues. This past July, Jim was honored in the 2016 Ruth and James Ewing Art Awards, a partnership between Arts Alive! and The Keene Sentinel. He spends his time creating visual arts, yes, but also has taught, run a non-profit art gallery, organized art showings, and performed to raise money for several causes, including Syd's Fund and The Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene.
As an community member with a certainly unique perspective on the arts, Arts Alive! is happy to call Jim a partner in creating support for the arts in the Monadnock region. When asked about his evolving goals as an artist, Jim said "My goal in any of my artistic endeavors is always to create works that resonate with myself with the hope that it may emotionally touch someone else. I continually try to keep an open heart and an open mind. I have explored photography more lately and have begun planning out my second music CD album." His forward movement is inspiring to us, as well as other artists in the area.
"Arts Alive! has given wonderful support to the arts community and I feel like it's blossoming now as an integral arts group." Jim stated. While he has had positive experiences with Arts Alive!, Jim also sees the need for growth in the area. "I wish there were more spaces to exhibit the visual arts and more venues for local musicians. I had some involvement in The Starving Artist in Keene and feel there was a hole left in the artistic community since it closed... this community needs more spaces for the visual artist and musicians."
"I think the arts in general are a vital force in our community," he continued. "The arts help keep young creative people from leaving this area, it helps in attracting people to move here and the arts have proven to be a very positive force in the economic vitality of communities. Artists need to support each other. Artists need to see themselves as a part of a community. I think Arts Alive! has an important role in helping to form bonds between the artist and their community."