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Virginia Overton
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Virginia Overton
Opening Reception Friday, January 19th, 5-7pm
Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
University of Memphis Art and Communication Building
3715 Central Avenue
Rooms 230 and 240

Virginia Overton and Jocko Weyland in Conversation
Thursday, January 18th, 7pm
University of Memphis Art and Communication Building
3715 Central Avenue
Room 310

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by internationally recognized artist and University of Memphis alumna Virginia Overton (MFA, 2005; BFA, 2002). Known for her installations and sculpture that span the natural and manmade worlds, Overton is interested in the past, present, and future lives of her repurposed materials and how they exist in space and time. Often minimalist in form, her work sometimes extends beyond its structural limits into the realms of sound and smell. The importance of place is also central to her work, as she intuitively responds to a site—whether the architecture of a gallery space or the environs of a vast field.

Virginia Overton was born in Tennessee and currently lives and works in New York. She earned a BFA in 2002 and an MFA in 2005, both from the University of Memphis. Solo exhibitions have been presented at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tucson, The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield), White Cube (London), All Rise (Seattle), Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Storm King Art Center (Mountainville), Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster), Kunsthalle Bern, Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York), The Kitchen (New York), The Power Station (Dallas), Freymond-Guth Fine Arts Ltd. (Zürich), and Dispatch (New York). Her work is collected by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Kunstmuseum Bern, and Kunsthaus Zürich.

Overton will also give a talk with artist, writer, and curator Jocko Weyland in conjunction with the "35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition":https://www.facebook.com/events/2039009486386181/

Image: Virginia Overton,"Untitled (HILUX)," 2016. Installation View, Parcours, Art Basel, Switzerland, 2016. Photographer: Robert Glowacki.
Raelyn and Willie and the Boys
(image) Willie Nelson’s granddaughter comes to Memphis with a pocketful of surprising influences.

Raelyn Nelson, granddaughter of Willie, makes her Memphis debut this Thursday at Lafayette's Music Room. Purists beware: though she's a mom of three, she exudes the rock-and-roll energy of a much younger soul, tempered by the wisdom only an outlaw grandpa can bring.

Memphis Flyer: I saw your first EP cover was an homage to the Ramones. Were they a big influence on your sound?

Raelyn Nelson: Yeah. Cheap Trick and Big Star. All the guys in the band brought that into our music. Mine are like Loretta Lynn and all the old country greats. Kitty Wells. My mom kept me pretty sheltered with music when I was younger. It was a lot of Amy Grant, a lot of Christian music, my grandpa's music, and old country. That's kinda where she kept me until I got into my teens, then I ventured out little bit and got into the country scene at that time. I was a big Dixie Chicks fan.

And my main influence is my grandpa. He gave me my guitar when I was 14; it's what I've written all my songs on. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't even wanna sing. When my kids were babies, I was stuck at home while they were sleeping all the time. I picked up the guitar again and started writing some of the songs that you hear now.

Jonathan Bright [JB], my music partner and guitar player, had a studio, and I was just looking for a place to record these songs. I recorded two or three, and by the end, he was like, "We should write some songs together and form a combo and play!" All of the guys I originally got were already in a band with JB, very much a part of the underground rock scene here in Nashville. Those guys [JB and Preach Rutherford] and my drummer chick [Angela Lese] are all rock-and-roll based, and I'm the one who's country. Of course, I love the hybrid of old country and rock-and-roll. It's super fun, and everyone can't help but get up and dance to it.

It reminds me of the cowpunk bands from the '80s ...

Jason and the Scorchers were a Nashville band and kinda did the cowpunk thing. We've been compared to them a lot. It's funny, because Jason is now Farmer Jason, on our Channel 8, the kids' channel. He pops up and says, "It's Faaaarrrmer Jason!" And he starts singing kids' songs. That's how I knew him. So my band guys started showing me videos of Jason and the Scorchers, and I'm like, "That is Farmer Jason from Channel 8!"

And let me tell you this: JB was doing a Replacements cover album, all on ukuleles. It's a really cool album. It made me fall in love with the Replacements — I had never heard of them. Anyway, he had all these ukuleles sitting around the studio. So I was just fucking around on one, and started playing our songs on it, and I'm like "I think I wanna play this when we play!" We plug it into an amp, so it sounds like a really high guitar. And it turned into this cool thing that I can make a lot of fun moves with, 'cause it's really teeny tiny. So I guess my whole thing is to try to be as different as possible.

It sounds like kind of a voyage of discovery for you, as you dig into stuff like the Replacements ...

Yeah, it's opened my mind to all this stuff I didn't even know about! Like the Clash. I didn't know about the Clash, you know? Oh my god, and Joan Jett! I met her, and she's the coolest. She's so teeny tiny and so down to earth. Just the sweetest chick.

Has the band ever joined your grandpa on any gigs?

We played Farm Aid in 2014. And my Aunt Amy and I have plans for an Animal Aid, too, similar to Farm Aid but for animals. We actually started a nonprofit organization called Willie's Kids, to create humane education that can be used in schools globally. To help generations be more mindful of animals. You know, it also connects with the factory farming here, 'cause it's really bad for the environment, really bad for the animals, and really bad for us, the stuff that they're putting into these animals. It's just incredible, the greed for money and the over-consumption of meat that people are doing. It's too much. We don't need it.

Willie must be proud that you're carrying on the tradition of being both compassionate and a little ornery.

Well, my grandpa has always said the number one rule is, "Don't be an asshole"; number two is, "Don't be an asshole"; and number three is, "Don't be a fucking asshole." The Raelyn Nelson Band plays Lafayette's Music Room on Thursday, January 4th at 9 p.m.


The Big Deal

The Big Deal
A studio clearance sale featuring Allison Furr-Lawyer, Lewis Feibelman, Jennifer Balink and Paul Miller
Friday, January 19th, 6-8pm
Saturday, January 20th, 12-5pm
Crosstown Arts
430 North Cleveland

What kind of art are you looking for? We've got realism & surrealism, abstraction & folk, elegance & kitsch, nature & fantasy, whimsy & wit. You DON'T want to miss this show!!
The BIG DEAL - A Studio Clearance Sale
Featuring Allison Lawyer, Lewis Feibelman, Jennifer Balink and Paul Miller and get ready for some great art at even greater prices. The show is organized by Nikii Richey.
Blues Music Awards Contenders Announced
(image) The nominees for the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards were announced this morning, and naturally many local greats made the final cut. Members of the Blues Foundation will be deliberating over their choices in the weeks to come, and the winners will be announced during the gala event, Thursday, May 10th at The Memphis Cook Convention Center.Two new categories have been added, for a total of 26 awards. There now is a Blues Rock Artist of the Year award, with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mike Zito, Walter Trout, Jason Ricci and Eric Gales being this year's candidates. And for the new Instrumentalist-Vocals category, Beth Hart, Don Bryant, John Németh, Michael Ledbetter, Sugaray Rayford and Wee Willie Walker are in the running.

Local artists, locally-produced artists, and artists with local backup bands include Robert Cray, Don Bryant, Bobby Rush, John Németh, the North Mississippi All Stars, R.L. Boyce (one-time member of Otha Turner's Rising Star Fife and Drum Band), Memphis native (and daughter of Rufus) Vaneese Thomas, William Bell, new Stax artist Southern Avenue, and Scott Bomar (for co-writing the title song of Don Bryant's newest album). Add a comment if I've missed any!

The complete list of 39th Blues Music Award nominees can be found below and on the Blues Foundation’s website, www.blues.org. Membership to The Blues Foundation will remain open through the entire voting period from January 23rd to March 1st and ballots will be sent to new members as they join the organization.

Founded in 1980, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has approximately 4,000 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Funding for the Blues Music Awards is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission, and this year's ceremony is also sponsored by AutoZone, BMI, Ditty TV, First Tennessee Foundation, the Gibson Foundation, and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Here's the full list of all 39th Blues Music Award Nominees:

Acoustic Album of the Year
Catfish Keith - Mississippi River Blues
Doug MacLeod - Break the Chain
Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi - Sonny & Brownie's Last Train
Harrison Kennedy - Who U Tellin’?
Mitch Woods - Friends Along The Way
Rory Block - Keepin' Outta Trouble

Acoustic Artist
Doug McLeod
Guy Davis
Harrison Kennedy
Rory Block
Taj Mahal

Album of the Year
Don Bryant - Don't Give Up on Love
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter - Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Groovin' In Greaseland
TajMo - TajMo
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra - After a While

Band of the Year
The Cash Box Kings
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Nick Moss Band
North Mississippi All-Stars
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats  

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Bobby Rush
Michael Ledbetter
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Taj Mahal  

Best Emerging Artist Album
Altered Five Blues Band - Charmed & Dangerous
Larkin Poe - Peach
Miss Freddye - Lady of the Blues
R.L. Boyce - Roll and Tumble
Southern Avenue - Southern Avenue
Tas Cru - Simmered & Stewed  
           
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Beth Hart - Fire on the Floor
Corey Dennison Band - Night After Night
Ronnie Baker Brooks - Times Have Changed
Selwyn Birchwood - Pick Your Poison
TajMo – TajMo  

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Karen Lovely
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Vanessa Collier  

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Keb' Mo'
Michael Ledbetter
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood
Toronzo Cannon  

Historical Album of the Year
Jimmy Reed, Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles – Craft Recordings
John Lee Hooker, King of the Boogie – Craft Recordings
Luther Allison, A Legend Never Dies – Ruf Records
The Paul deLay Band, Live at Notodden ’97 – Little Village Foundation
Various, American Epic: The Collection – Sony Legacy
 
Instrumental-Bass
Benny Turner
Bob Stroger
Larry Fulcher
Michael "Mudcat" Ward
Patrick Rynn  

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel  

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Chris Cain
Christoffer "Kid" Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl  

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Billy Branch
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Rick Estrin  

Instrumentalist-Horn
Al Basile
Jimmy Carpenter
Nancy Wright
Trombone Shorty
Vanessa Collier  

Instrumentalist- Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Mitch Woods
Victor Wainwright  

Instrumentalist - Vocals
Beth Hart
Don Bryant
John Németh
Michael Ledbetter
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster   

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Lay It On Down
Mike Zito - Make Blues Not War
North Mississippi Allstars - Prayer for Peace
Savoy Brown - Witchy Feelin'
Walter Trout - We're All In This Together
   
Rock Blues Artist
Eric Gales
Jason Ricci
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mike Zito
Walter Trout  

Song of the Year
“The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” – written by Rick Estrin
“Don’t Give Up On Love” – written by Scott Bomar and Don Bryant
“Don’t Leave Me Here” – written by Kevin R. Moore, Taj Mahal, and Gary Nicholson
“Hate Take a Holiday” – written by Willie Walker, Anthony Paule, and Ernie Williams
“Prayer for Peace” – written by Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, and Oteil Burbridge
 
Soul Blues Album of the Year
Don Bryant - Don't Give Up on Love
Johnny Rawls - Waiting for the Train
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm - Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Sugaray Rayford - The World That We Live In
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra - After a While
 
Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye LaVette
Denise LaSalle
Mavis Staples
Trudy Lynn
Vaneese Thomas  

Soul Blues Male Artist
Curtis Salgado
Don Bryant
Johnny Rawls
Sugaray Rayford
William Bell
Wee Willie Walker  

Traditional Blues Album of the Year
The Cash Box Kings - Royal Mint
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio - Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
Kim Wilson - Blues and Boogie Vol. 1
Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter - Right Place, Right Time
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Groovin' In Greaseland
Various Artists - Howlin' At Greaseland      
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Janiva Magness
Miss Freddye
Ruthie Foster  

Traditional Blues Male Artist
John Primer
Kim Wilson
Lurrie Bell
R.L. Boyce
Rick Estrin


Crosstown Arts to Host Four Exhibition Openings in One Night
 Elizabeth Alley
 Emily C. Thomas
 Pam McDonnell
Terri Phillips

Crosstown Arts will present four exhibition openings in its new galleries in Crosstown Concourse on Friday, January 26.

The four Memphis-based artists — Emily C. Thomas, Elizabeth Alley, Pam McDonnell, and Terri Phillips — will show their selected works in a reception from 6-8 pm that night. Each exhibition will run through March 11.

Emily C. Thomas’ “Imprismed” in the West Gallery will feature paintings, sculpture, and digital objects that construct a dialectic between the repression and cultivation of psycho-sexual energies through the ages.

From Thomas’ artist statement: “Imagine walking into a gallery space and telepathically downloading a mirage of visions, ideas, and living information. IMPRISMED proposes to explore the unconscious infrastructures that inform our perceptions within the lineage of visionary thinkers and cultural commentators such as Marshall McLuhan.

“During the 1960s, McLuhan became a leading intellectual, initiating the emerging field of Media studies. He coined revolutionary maxims such as ‘the medium is the message,’ and even predicted the internet nearly 30 years before its invention. This show contains paintings, sounds, sculpture, and digital objects made of light — a full range of materials dating back through humanity’s most historic to most recent artistic innovations — all of which attempt to nurture an awareness of how the medium defines their meaning.”

Elizabeth Alley’s “Two Stories of Iceland” in the East Gallery is a narrative exploration of Icelandic stories and landscape in small paintings and drawings.

In one in series, Alley shares the true story of a young woman who disappeared, played out in small ink drawings that tell the story of the ensuing search, investigation, and the impact this event had on the community. Another series was inspired by a trip she took to Iceland in 2015 with her best friend.

Pam McDonnell’s “Material Equivalence” in the East Gallery is an exploration of the Spanish term duende, which describes the wordless reaction a person feels from experiencing the output of another person’s creativity.

From McDonnell’s artist statement: “In making this body of work, I tried not to focus on whether a certain piece exhibited this heightened state of emotion because I wanted to leave that determination to the viewer. Instead, I practiced noticing and trusting when I felt expressive and authentic and staying grounded in the assurance that the work was, in a sense, ‘making itself’.”

Terri Phillips’ “Don’t Look for My Heart” in the West Gallery will feature canopy of black garments that loom over a pond of demolished confections, evoking a scene of quiet despair and a state of ruin. Her work incorporates humble materials and everyday objects to create scenes of magical realism. She choses materials based on their tactile and sensual qualities to provoke intuitive responses that include the viewer in completing the process of the narrative.

Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. We provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences. Crosstown Arts is a founding partner, co-developer, and tenant of Crosstown Concourse.
Supreme Being: The Symmetry of What You Saw and What You Say
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Supreme Being: The Symmetry of What You Saw and What You Say
Artist's Lecture: January 18, 6pm, Blount Auditorium
Opening Reception: January 19, 5-7pm, Clough-Hanson Gallery
Rhodes College

Clough-Hanson Gallery is pleased to present "Supreme Being: The Symmetry of What You Saw and What You Say", a solo exhibition by Rashayla Marie Brown.

Artist's Lecture: 1/18, 6:00PM in Blount Auditorium

Opening Reception: 1/19, 5:00 - 7:00PM in Clough-Hanson Gallery

In an “undisciplinary” installation, Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) explores a diverse array of media including writing, photography, voiceover acting, and an installation of a makeshift red “dark room,” school desks, red vinyl window coverings, and a red carpet. Melding the aesthetics of kitsch (bourgeois realism) and communist art (social realism) with those of high art (museum design) and film, RMB’s work explores the coercive foundation of system
s of display found in the desire to communicate a clear, moral message across various cultural contexts. With text and subtitles in direct address to the viewer, the exhibition also reflects the distance between an object’s past meaning and personal meditation on its meaning in the present. The exhibition is accompanied by a red booklet inspired by the artist’s career as a maker of diversity training manuals and a sound installation where the artist describes images for people who cannot see.

Bio:
Lauded as a 2017 Artadia Awardee, artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) manages a living studio practice across an extensive list of cultural production modes, including photography, performance, writing, drawing, installation, and video art. Encompassing themes of autonomy and self-mastery at the intersections of art history, religion, and popular culture, RMB's work often investigates power dynamics through the emotion and personal vulnerability of lived experience. A lifelong nomad who has moved 24 times, her journey as a professional artist began as a radio DJ and poet performing research in London, England and as founder of the family-owned design company, Selah Vibe, Inc., in Atlanta, GA. From 2013-17, RMB served as the inaugural Director of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), fostering queer Afrofeminist narratives across institutions.

RMB holds degrees from Yale University and SAIC, advised by Paul Gilroy and Barbara DeGenevieve respectively. Her work has been commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and Yale University, New Haven, CT. Her work has shown at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL; Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL; INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York, NY; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Centro Cultural Costaricense Norteamericano, San Jose, Costa Rica; and other venues. She has received numerous awards, including the City of Chicago's Artist Residency, the Hyde Park Art Center Flex Residency, the Roger Brown Residency, and the Yale Mellon Research Grant. Her work and words have been featured and published in Art Forum, Blouin Modern Painters, Chicago Magazine, Hyperallergic, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, the Radical Presence catalog, and the cover of the Chicago Reader. RMB's essay "Open Letter to My Fellow Young Artists and Scholars on the Margins: A Tribute to Terry Adkins" was shared almost 10,000 times online as of 2018.
Daniel Eriksen: Straight Outta Oslo with the Arctic Slide
(image) This January 16th through 20th, blues performers hungry for glory (and for Memphis’ famed soul food, a topic that came up in every interview) will descend on Beale Street from all over the world. Each year for 34 years, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has brought the most talented musicians from its affiliate organizations to the Bluff City to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC). Daniel Eriksen, representing the Oslo Bluesklubb in the solo/duo category, is one of those performers. He and I talked desert island albums, Sun Studio, and the arctic slide.

The Memphis Flyer: Memphis is a long way from home for you. Are you excited about traveling so far to compete in the IBC?
Daniel Eriksen: Yes, I love Memphis and have been here many times before. I even recorded at Sun Studio when Matt Ross-Spang worked there. I look forward to coming back. It’s a beautiful city with great food, fine people, atmosphere, and culture.
Tell us a little more about that Sun Studios record.

We had a day off while in Memphis in 2011, and found out that Sun Studio was not booked, so we booked the night. Since we only had about four or five hours, we planned on doing one or two songs that we could include on an upcoming album.
But when we listened back, the overall sound was so special that we knew it couldn’t be copied anywhere else, so we just went ahead and recorded all 10 songs live in studio. The magic in the walls kicked in. It turned out it was Bike Night on Beale Street, so on a few ballads you can hear Harleys roaring, so we had to cut it down to an EP!

How was working with Ross-Spang?
Matt was very nice, a great engineer and a good guy, he even drove us home after.
I remember the first time I played on Beale Street, and I have to admit it felt pretty cool.

Does playing in Memphis hold any special significance for you?
I have played a lot in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, but never in Memphis. It’s time, and I’m ready.

So it sounds like you don’t mind a lot of traveling to perform. Do you have any good stories from the road?
I travel a lot and have performed in countries like Russia, the U.S.A., and all over Europe. You get used to traveling, and it’s a big part of the job. I once spent an hour talking to Peter Green in a small hotel in a fjord in Norway, not knowing it was he — I didn’t recognize him and I suspect that is why he talked to me for so long. I didn’t ask the usual questions, I guess … Another cool memory was when Steve "Little Steven" van Zandt  tweeted about my concert and used the words “Fucking amazing!”

Blues is steeped in tradition. What sources do you find compelling when you play? What musicians have influenced you?
Being a slide guitarist, I usually listen to other “sliders.” I have, of course, listened to a lot of the old players such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Blind Willie Johnson. Among modern players, there are two artists that have had the biggest influence on my style, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet and work with both — either as an opening act or sitting in with them: John Mooney from Rochester/New Orleans and Roy Rogers from California.

Can you tell me a little bit more about yourself?
I grew up within the Arctic Circle way up north in Norway. That’s why I call my music “Arctic Slide.” I have performed as a professional artist for over 20 years now and have released five albums — one of which won the “Norwegian Grammy,” the Spelleman Award. And one was recorded in Memphis. On the personal side, I have two wonderful kids, a wife, and a cat, love Dutch licorice, and drive a black Chevrolet.

What kind of a set do you plan to play at IBC?
I will be bringing my drummer and we plan on doing a varied, well-balanced set of original songs, a few favorite covers, and some traditionals.
We are in Memphis to give it all, and get as far as we can in the competition. We also hope to show international promoters and booking people, that a fine swamp-delta-billy-blues duo could be a cool addition to their festivals and clubs. In addition we look forward to seeing a lot of friends, who are also in the competition this year.

Any other plans while you’re in the area?
Well, there’s the food, shopping for clothes and shoes at Winfield’s, the drum center … I guess we have to see how far we go in the competition, but if we have time, we might see some friends down in Clarksdale.

Do you have a desert island album? You know, if you were stuck alone on a deserted island, what would you bring to listen to?
John Mooney’s Dealing With the Devil has been a longtime favorite. It’s a live solo performance from Germany, and he just kills it!
I also have a radio broadcast of Roy Roger’s performance at the Notodden Blues Festival in 1996 that I would like to bring. Those recordings have been my encyclopedia of slide guitar licks for a long time.

Is there anything else you want Memphis to know?
I haven’t seen the schedules yet, but please come see us. We won’t hold back. We sure look forward to seeing y’all, and we’ll be giving away free copies of our Sun recordings, the Grey Goose EP.

The 34th National Blues Challenge takes place in multiple venues on Beale Street, January 16th through 20th. https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/


Out of Africa

Out of Africa
Exhibition Opening Friday, January 26, 6-9pm
Art Village Gallery
410 South Main

The fifth edition of the art exhibition, Out of Africa returns to the South Main Arts District by bringing contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora to the forefront during Black History Month. The Out of Africa exhibition features contemporary artwork created by four emerging artists, including Nigerian-born artists, Adewale Adenle and Norbert Okpu, international rising star, Houston-based artist Robert Pruitt and Trinidadian-born, Los Angeles based artist, Miles Regis.
The exhibition will be a destination for new and established collectors, art patrons and cultural tastemakers!!

Further, the exhibition will offer a focused schedule of special events, performances and talks to complement the experience.

Indie film screenings by African American filmmakers, curated by University of Memphis art history professor, Dr. Earnestine Jenkins; Beats of Africa music sets by local favorite, DJ Crystal Mercedes, to be performed opening night; a panel discussion, Lost Roots: The Disconnect Between Africans and African-Americans, and a dramatic Art+Poetry event curated by author, poet and editor Sheree Renée Thomas are part of the innovative programming.

Not a fan of the cold weather? Not to worry! A pop-up bar featuring cappuccino and espresso drinks by a private barista with light bites will be provided on opening night Friday, 1/26 for gallery goers and wine provided by your favorite wine and beverage service!

Join us!

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Pam McDonnell: Material Equivalence

Pam McDonnell: Material Equivalence
Curated by Anna Wunderlich
Opening reception Friday, January 26, 6-8pm
On view January 26-March 11
Crosstown Arts
1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 280

Pam McDonnell will hold a solo show in the newly opened Crosstown Arts Gallery West, opening on Friday,  January  26 at 6 pm. Entitled Material Equivalence the show will feature new works on canvas and paper. McDonnell’s now abstract, now realistic approach brings a soothing palette to her views of natural surroundings for a distinct and pleasing style.

Most recently her work has appeared in a group show at Flicker Street Studio. Her work appears in collections including Iberia Bank, LeBonheur, and West Clinic. The current show is curated by art consultant Anna Wunderlich who has assembled a complementary array of McDonnell’s works.

McDonnell cites the Spanish word ‘duende”, best described wordless reaction to another person’s creativity, as her desire to communicate passion and inspiration through this work. The name “material equivalence” comes from a philosophical formula around an ”if and only if” relationship, in this case if the viewer find the passion of the artist, i.e. the duende.

The second floor home of the Crosstown Arts organization is flanked and fronted by multiple gallery spaces and is an ingenious and valuable addition to the Memphis arts scene.  Also opening that night on the same floor will be shows by Elizabeth Alley, Emily C. Thomas, and Teri Phillips. The shows will be on view through March 11.
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