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Chloe York at Found Memphis

Artist Reception for Chloe York
Friday, April 7, 6-9pm
Found Memphis
2491 Broad Avenue

April 7- May 2
OPENING: Friday April 7, 6-9pm
Chloe's goal is to visually change objects and forms deemed ugly or untouchable by society to suit its standard of what beauty is, making a statement about the manner in which we decorate ourselves, covering up what is already there. Her strong use of pattern and decorating suit this idea and add visual interest to the flatness and simplicity of the acrylic paintings she create while maintaining a focus on aspects of strong ornamentation and the exploration of what beauty is and what makes something pleasing to the eye. 

Abstract painter, Chloe York earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Concentration in Painting and minor in Art History from Memphis College of Art in 2012. She has displayed her work in over fifty group and solo exhibitions throughout the mid-South and her solo exhibit, Decorators was named one of Memphis’s top ten visual art exhibits in 2013. When not working in her studio, York enjoys connecting with aspiring artists of all ages in her position of Community Education Associate at Memphis College of Art. She currently resides in Memphis with sculptor, Eric Quick and ferocious daughter, Echo in their shared home and studio.
Leslie Barron "Portraits, Part III" "One Person's Trash..."

Leslie Barron
Portraits, Part III
One Person's Trash...
Reception Friday, April 7, 6-8pm
L Ross Gallery
Work on display April 5-29

I am very blessed that my passion and retreat from chaos in the world, is also my profession. When I'm working, I am at my most true, most centered self. It is very peaceful to be able to entertain my own thoughts and ideas for hours on end. Creating a painting is great fun, but can also be very challenging. I always enjoy the puzzle, working it out, changing my mind, bound by nothing...
I rarely stick to my original plan and I am often surprised by the end result. There is no greater satisfaction than stepping away and being content with what I see. The process is what drives me to make art. Having others decide that it is worthy of hanging in their personal spaces, is a big cherry on top! It is truly the highest compliment and eternally thrilling.

This show is a combination of two series. "Lady Portraits" is a continuation of a long running series that I have been developing for several years. Over time, the work has become less folky, more elaborate, but still whimsical. I love to play with the human form interacting with nature. These pieces are definitely a tribute to the beauty and wonder of natural elements. The abstract series, "One Man's Trash..." is a group of structural collages. I love to incorporate old, vintage papers and items into the abstracts. I am constantly collecting old books, maps, dress patterns, newspapers, etc...I think there is a certain interest and mystery in using old materials that have been handled, passed around, written on and aged over the years or decades. As much as I love to paint the portraits, I also have a strong desire to play with materials, shapes and colors and create the abstracts. Both series have strong color pallets and are created with many different materials. Both are equally important to satisfy my creative impulses and desires.

As I look at this show after completion, it strikes me that I am nurturing a feminine side and masculine side. My hope is that viewers can look at a unified collection and see creative, interesting work.

- Leslie Barron

New Mural by Kevin Bongang on View at Crosstown
New Mural by Kevin Bongang on View in Crosstown
Nashville-based artist Kevin Bongang is the latest artist to be featured in Crosstown Arts’ ongoing mural series, The Moonpie Project. The public can meet the artist and see his new installation at an opening reception on Friday, April 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. The mural will remain on view in the alley between Crosstown Arts and the Cleveland Street Flea Market, facing N. Cleveland Street, through the end of May.
Bongang is known for a signature style featuring “bold colors, swirling lines, and out-there imagery with a result that’s cohesive and truly unique,” according to CommonCreativATL, an Atlanta-based arts website. Bongang was born in Cameroon, West Africa, but he grew up in Savannah, Georgia. He majored in illustration at the Atlanta College of Art before eventually settling in Nashville.

Bongang has collaborated with Bucketfeet Footwear, Hodgepodge Coffee House & Gallery in Atlanta, Mailchimp, and Comcast, among others.

As a new component for this Moonpie installation, Crosstown Arts will be selling a limited-edition, artist-designed, enamel label pin featuring an original Bongang design.

The Moonpie Project is an ongoing, rotating mural series curated by artist Michael Roy in memory of muralist Brad Wells. Past Moonpie Project artists include Birdcap,Ninjacat, and Brandon Marshall from Memphis and visiting artists Lauren Asta, Jacob Berkowitz, Killer Napkins, and Vitus Shell. Each mural is on view to the public for two months before transformation by another invited artist. The series is organized in collaboration with and sponsored by Crosstown Arts.
Also happening on Friday, April 7th:
·       “Everything Is Terrible,” new art by Alex Paulus -- Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland, 6-9 p.m.
·       Memphis Fashion Week designers’ runway show featuring Sheila Jay, Beg and Borrow Apparel, This Is Sloane, and Nicole Milleron -- Crosstown Concourse, 7-11 p.m.

Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk

Art, music, food and more!!

Art shows
Bingham & Broad will feature two artists Ron Olson Art and Dorothy Collier

City & State will have an art opening for Kristin Peterson

Found Memphis will have an artist reception for Chloe York

Falling Into Place will have an art show in The Backyard featuring the work of 11 year old Harper Steinmetz to raise money for Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation in Costa Rica

T Clifton Art will feature recent works by gallery artists.

Merchants on Broad will feature the works of Lance David White, Nicole Everly, Macarena and others.

Broadway Pizza Memphis will have Broadway Pizza will have paintings and drawings by Josiah Brown on display.

The Bikesmith will be showing paintings by Memphis artist Stuart Janssen.

Ronin Design & Manufacturing will be open to the public. Meet the artists, see live painting, watercolor tattoo flash, $100 raffle for a tattoo session with Glyphstr

Paper&Clay and Question the Answer will have a pop-up in their new space at 486 N. Hollywood. Stop by and have a donut and beer :)

Big Barton will perform at Cove Bar
Tonya Renee Dyson will perform outside Mbabazi House of Style
Nick Black and Company will be performing on the corner of Bingham and Broad.
Wallace Leopard and the Buena Vista Social Club (members of Tiger Lake) and Bailey Bigger will be playing outside Falling Into Place

Muddy's Bake Shop will have cupcakes and cookies for sale and their bakers are staying late so folks can watch them bake!
Maximo's on Broad will be open for dinner from 5pm-10pm. Bar is open 5pm until ?
Bounty on Broad will be open from 5-10. Reservations are recommended. Walkins welcome at the bar and chefs table.
Broadway Pizza Memphis will be open until midnight

MonkeyTrain Grazing Co.
El Mero Mero Taco Stand
Memphis MoJo Cafe
Say Cheese
Eddy's Pepper
Parker's Concessions
black.eyed Sue bakery

Five in One Social Club will debut their spring t-shirt designs.
Paggios Salon will be giving makeup tutorials and consultations.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood at New Daisy Saturday
Chris Robinson, the former bandleader of The Black Crowes and the singer and guitarist of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, is bringing his band to the New Daisy on April 1st, but before the show, he’s got some other work to do while he’s in Memphis.

“I’m always excited to be in Memphis, always excited to play music,” he says, “but I’m mostly excited to go to Payne’s Bar-B-Que to get a sandwich.” As thrilled as he is to chow down on some Memphis barbecue, though, Robinson has another Bluff City errand to run before the band takes the stage at 330 Beale Street.

“I have a coat that [Donald] ‘Duck’ Dunn gave me years ago that he used to wear on stage with Booker T. and the MGs that I’m going to let the Stax Museum borrow from me,” Robinson says and laughs before continuing, “My kids have seen it, and they’re not impressed.”

Though he was born in Marietta, Georgia, Robinson’s Memphis-soul roots grow deep — The Black Crowes’ first hit was a cover of a Steve Cropper-produced Otis Redding song, “Hard to Handle.” The catchy, raunchy version of the song helped catapult the fresh-minted blues-rock band’s debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, to platinum status on the Def American label.

But if you’re headed to Saturday’s show at the New Daisy, don’t expect to hear the recklessly delivered, Southern-tinged blues-rock of The Black Crowes. Since its formation in 2011, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has been dishing out a steady stream of California rock. The CRB, as they are often called by fans of the band, let Robinson’s newly penned songs stretch out, gave them room to twist and turn. Robinson and crew had something less polished and more psychedelic on their hands.

The band eschewed the usual channels, declining to sign with a label and instead took their new songs on the road, up and down the West Coast. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood taped their shows and made them available online through their Raven’s Reels series. “I didn’t want to deal with any record companies. I didn’t want to deal with anyone telling us what it was or what it wasn’t going to be,” Robinson says, managing to come across devoid of bitterness, simply a man who knows what he wants. The plan, Robinson continues, was to let the music steer the ship, to forget plans and marketing.

And that plan has yielded results. Given the freedom to experiment (both sonically and with the means for delivering their music to their fans,) The CRB has grown organically, and though their near-constant tour schedule and jam-friendly songs garner them the occasional comparison to the Grateful Dead, the listener can’t ignore the hints of Sly and the Family Stone or a well-traveled air reminiscent of The Band. Really, though, the band sounds like nothing so much as themselves — a group of musicians in their prime, playing the songs they want to play the way they want to play them.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood released their fourth studio LP, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, in the summer of 2016, and the third volume in their Betty’s Blends live series, Self-Rising Southern Blends, is set to be released on May 5th of this year. The series compiles live tracks recorded and mixed by the famous Grateful Dead archivist, Betty Cantor-Jackson. “It’s not about the money to us,” Robinson says of the series, but about “The sheer idea that Jerry Garcia’s friend and engineer, one of the first women in the industry to be and do what she did and does with those ears” is personally mixing the band’s live album series. “People use Betty’s name in the Grateful Dead,” Robinson adds. “They sell her recordings, and people take credit. It’s kind of nice to take care of Betty.”

Though the band’s music tends to defy easy classification — beyond simply calling it rock-and-roll — the most fitting description seems to be cosmic American music. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood manages to come across as well traveled, but Robinson is too energetic and exuberant to be called road weary. The band draws extensively from American roots traditions, but the electric guitars are featured too prominently to allow CRB to be saddled with the mostly meaningless Americana label. No, cosmic American music seems to fit best. Robinson is a musician that values the journey and the experiences gained, and CRB continues their musical journey, making a stop this Saturday night at The New Daisy Theatre. With four albums and an EP’s worth of material to draw from (as well as an impressive catalogue of covers — seriously, check out their version of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”), The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is sure to put on a good show.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Saturday, April 1st at The New Daisy Theatre, 8 p.m. $18 – 20.

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