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Capturing the Energy of Live Music at the Tointon Gallery

Michael McGrath, a Denver-based artist and alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado, will present his exhibit “Sound Energy” at the Tointon Gallery, 651 10th Ave., and will be on display Friday, June 21 through Saturday, July 20. “Sound Energy,” seeks to communicate moments of transcendence in live music.

Inspired by the energy of rock ‘n’ roll music and the Rolling Stones concert he attended in 5th grade, McGrath has been transfixed with the concept of transmitting the energy of rock ‘n’ roll music into imagery and has been photographing live-music for the last 30 years. His photographs seek to capture the energy of live music, and attempt to evoke the excitement and energy of attending a rock ‘n’ roll concert where emotions are running high. For McGrath, art serves as a way to transcend the viewer’s day-to-day life and provide the viewer a front row seat to a concert, all without leaving the gallery. 

McGrath graduated with a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, studying journalism and photography and has photographed live music for years for The Denver Post and many other media outlets. McGrath is elated to be able to bring a collection of his artwork to Greeley. 

The opening artist reception is scheduled for Friday, June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and visitors may view the exhibit when the Tointon Gallery is open. The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during many of the performances at the Union Colony Civic Center. 

The Tointon Gallery presents over ten shows annually to provide enjoyment, education and to encourage dialogue around art.  To learn more about Greeley’s public gallery, please visit or contact Kari Tamblyn at

Release Date:
Jun 6, 2019

Megan Garn, Marketing Coordinator
City of Greeley Public Art Program
Communication & Engagement Department

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