OLEAN, NY – Greg Souchik remembers a time when color television was not the norm and entertainers used black-and-white photos as promotional materials.

“That era was the black-and-white era; black and white has a certain power to it,” Souchik said Friday during a reception celebrating the opening of his “Rock & Roll in Black & White” exhibit at the Tri-County Arts Council Art Gallery.

So when Souchik decided to paint portraits of rock ’n’ roll icons from the 1960s and early 1970s, black and white became his colors of choice.

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His Tri-County Arts Council Art Gallery exhibit features paintings of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Carly Simon, Grace Slick and many other music superstars.

Friday evening’s opening reception attracted a capacity crowd. Attendees snacked on a variety of appetizers, as well as wine, beer and pineapple punch while Souchik and the council's  interim executive co-directors, John Bartimole and Mikel Wintermantel, delivered brief remarks.

The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 28, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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