Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted: from rock star to art star in South Florida

It was a chance introduction at a restaurant last February, Valentine’s Day, when former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, an artist who had been painting in relative anonymity for more than a decade, and Nick Korniloff, director of Art Miami and Art New York, began an association that has brought Newsted’s outsider art international attention and given Korniloff a kindred spirit who has helped him deal with a profound personal loss.

They were longtime neighbors near Jupiter Inlet, but had never met before this moment of serendipity. Perhaps it was something more.

“These introductions … I’m sorry if I get a little emotional. They come from my son,” Korniloff says, his voice breaking. “I feel them. I feel a power from above.”

On Friday, Dec. 1, Newsted and Korniloff will be at the Palm Beach Cultural Council in Lake Worth for the opening of “Rawk — The Art of Jason Newsted,” an exhibit of his paintings that runs through Feb. 3. The gathering, which includes an acoustic performance by Newsted and the Chophouse Band, is also a benefit for the Cultural Council, the Perry J. Cohen Foundation and the first Palm Beach County chapter of Little Kids Rock, a national program that supports underfunded music programs in public schools.

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