All in the Family: Mother-daughter duo create art show featuring son-brother band

Emilee Wentland

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER. Works by Jean, top left, and Nora Jean O’Dea will be on display at Acoustice Cafe in Menomonie. The exhibit’s opening reception on May 4 will feature a performance by Intuitive Compass, bottom, a band featuring Jason Dea West and Aurelia Anne Cohen.
BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER. Works by Jean, top left, and Nora Jean O’Dea will be on display at Acoustice Cafe in Menomonie. The exhibit’s opening reception on May 4 will feature a performance by Intuitive Compass, below, a band featuring Jason Dea West and Aurelia Anne Cohen.

Nothing pairs as nicely as live music and a cup of coffee, but why not add some artwork into the mix? Mother-daughter duo Jean and Nora Jean O’Dea are teaming up for an art show starting May 4 at the Acoustic Cafe in Menomonie. The pair have spent the past five months preparing for the show, which will feature limited-edition prints, wearable artwork, and other art from the O’Deas.

In addition to the artwork (which will remain in the Acoustic Cafe throughout the month of May), Jason Dea West – son and brother to the O’Deas – will perform with his band, Intuitive Compass, during the opening night reception. The band, based in Oregon, mixes jazz, country blues, folk, and other genres for an old-timey (yet timeless) sound. This event kicks off Intuitive Compass’ Midwestern tour, which will continue until June 15.

Intuitive Compass
Intuitive Compass

Jean – a longtime art teacher and truck-stop waitress – creates various styles of art, such as pottery, murals, and sculptures. Natives of the Menomonie area, Jason and Nora Jean left to pursue their careers as artists and musicians, but return occasionally to show off their work and share stories of traveling. Nora Jean doubles as a visual artist and a mandolin player for old-time country duo 13 Strings and a 2 Dollar Bill.

The art reception at the Acoustic Cafe is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is recommended.

Jean & Nora Jean O’Dea art opening, featuring music by Intuitive Compass • Friday, May 4, 6pm • Acoustic Cafe, 102 Main St. E, Menomonie • FREE • intuitive-compass.com

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