Mudpuppy Gallery celebrates first anniversary with ‘Beat Night’

By Jolene Perron

Coinciding with their one-year anniversary, the Mudpuppy Gallery held it’s second beat night this past Saturday at the Downtown Espresso Café.

“It started off with us trying to bring culture, other than just visual arts, in Amherstburg.” said Dennis White, one of many volunteers working at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

The inspiration for a beat night came from the ‘beatniks’ in the 1950’s and 1960’s who used to get together in small cafés to showcase their literature.   The Mudpuppy beat night, however, gathered more than just literature. They brought poetry, song, music and dramatic performances to indulge their audience.

The Mudpuppy’s first beat night was a major success and they were overly crowded in their small studio. For this second beat night, the owner of the Downtown Espresso Café, Remo D’Amore, was gracious enough to allow them to use his establishment. The seats were set up row by row, filling the café, but

John White reads a poem to the audience during the Mudpuppy Gallery’s one-year anniversary celebration “Beat Night.”

even that was not enough. People continued crowding in all night long to see the wonderful acts in store.

“We’re in a bigger space now on purpose, and we’re practically hanging you guys from the rafters!” said Rob Tymec, Master of Ceremonies.

Tymec kept the audience on the edge of their seats with his comedy and passion for acting and poetry. From original performances to making known pieces their own, the acts of the night ranged from intriguing to breathtaking from one person to the next.

Although many of the performers encouraged the audience to purchase their previously published books, it would not have been half as interesting to read their words than to hear them perform. Not only were their pieces well written and established, but the amount of emotion in their voices and passion in their eyes was what made the evening interesting.

One of the most impressive performances of the night was thought to be by Lorrainne Culcun. Going on thirteen years old, Culcun stood infront of fifty plus people  to share her words of inspiration. Not only was she courageous, but she was filled with talent and admired by every person in the café.

2 responses to “Mudpuppy Gallery celebrates first anniversary with ‘Beat Night’”

  1. Tricia Culver Pillon says:

    I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful article about the Beat Night! My neice, Lorrayne CULVER was the young 12 year old that so impressed everyone. She is such a wonderful and gifted writer and poet at this young age-(any age for that matter!) she just amazes all that read her words. Please post this message and let everyone know her correct name– because our family is so proud to see her name published!! That is her dream– and we know it will come true!! Thank you again!!

  2. […] Mudpuppy Gallery celebrates first anniversary with 'Beat Night … My neice, Lorrayne CULVER was the young 12 year old that so impressed everyone. She is such a wonderful and gifted writer and poet at this young age-(any age for that matter!) she just amazes all that read her words. […]