RIP Martin Miglioretti: Houston Blues Society Poster Artist Was 58

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A selection from Miglioretti's "Blues In All Its Colors" series
Terry remembers Miglioretti as having a perfectionist's eye when it came to his art ("he was a picky dude"), and as also a talented painter who had studied art back in Pennsylvania. His friend says Miglioretti also had an eye for cars, and both photographed and painted vintage, gleaming, chrome-heavy automobiles; his automotive art is on display at this Web site.

Terry says his friend was particularly proud of his 1973 Corvette, though he used a beat-up old pickup for everyday use. He admits he doesn't know how Miglioretti came by his love of blues, but says in this part of the world in the early '80s, it wasn't hard to come by at all.

"There was a big roots boom here in Houston," Terry says. "You could go see James Harmon or the Blasters or Albert Collins on a real casual basis. Now I'd say the scene's pretty much dominated by local artists, but you had a lot of big-time touring. You could go to Fitzgerald's or Rockefeller's or Corky's -- there was a lot of blues on the scene."

More recently, Miglioretti created the series "Blues In All Its Colors," vividly colored portaits fashioned after 1940s- and '50s-style juke-joint concert posters that were displayed at Cactus Music in October 2011 and last summer at the Heritage Society as part of a fundraiser for the Houston Blues Museum.

Miglioretti stood godfather to Terry's son, now 22 months old. The artist is survived by his elderly mother, who still lives in the Pittsburgh area, Terry says.

Gail Singer, President of the Houston Blues Society, says HBS will host an informal gathering at 9 p.m. this Wednesday to remember both Miglioretti and physician/musician Dr. Richard Patt, who passed away from lung cancer early Sunday morning.

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