Alex Smythe is looking to breathe new life into the V&E Greenline with the creation of the V&E Art Walk on April 21st. In the hopes that the event will become an annual occurrence, Smythe and the Vollintine-Evergreen Community Association (VECA) look to stimulate use of the area's Greenline and raise money to help keep the space safe and beautiful, while also providing another outlet for artists in the community.
"I moved into my house on Lyndale about a year ago, and it backs up onto the Greenline. I started running there regularly and realized how awesome this kind of inner-city trail was," says Smythe.
"What I was thinking was that I’ve done the Cooper Young Festival a couple of times, why not have a show just like that, but along the Greenline?"
The event, to take place between McLean and Stonewall, will feature local artists as well as student work from the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and the Memphis College of Art. Participating artists are asked to contribute one piece of work to a silent auction, with all proceeds directly benefiting the V&E Greenline.
Food trucks will be on hand from vendors such as YoLo and Cafe Eclectic, along with live music from local musicians including Jeff Hulett and Paul Taylor. And Memphis area non-profits like the Wolf River Conservancy will also participate in the exciting new endeavor.
Applications for booth space can be picked up at the VECA Welcome Center on Jackson Avenue, or downloaded from the organization's website. Also, be sure to check out the event's Facebook page. For more information, contact Smythe at 461-4387 or email@example.com.
The Cosmic Trunk Show will take place at the National Ornamental Metal Museum tomorrow from 2-5 p.m., coinciding with the opening reception for Alchemy: The Enamelist Society's Juried Exhibition.
Local artists, including Tim Pace, Kingfisher Design, Suzy Hendrix, and Caldwell Forge, will have work on sale in the museum's stately library building while you enjoy complimentary cosmos and light hors d'oevres.
The illustrious Dwayne Butcher has a new show opening at the David Lusk Gallery tomorrow night from 6-8 p.m. Titled The Politics of Inclusion, the exhibition is a rather intimate exploration into Butcher's own perception, of himself and of the world, but particularly in how the world views the grand stereotype of the Southern, white male, struggling with his own inevitable shortcomings.
"I have always been aware of my weight and accent and the negative connotations that come with each," Butcher says.
The work is the result of honest expression in which Butcher frankly relates his beliefs on art and life by embracing personal insecurities and generalizations. Through private understanding and doubt he displays a sort of living poetry with a variety of media; sculpture, text based installation, digital painting and video.
"I actually am a hillbilly from Arkansas with aspirations of integrating into the highbrow art world. Now, I capitalize on contradictions in pieces that counter my southern masculine roots. I use pastel pinks and baby blues, and feature gay men dressing in suits. I juxtapose classical music against a make shift pool in the bed of a truck and images of me consuming beer and wings. I'm attempting to construct a personality that lives between both worlds," he says.
The exhibition runs through March 31, but in the meantime, check out the latest installation of Caseworks at the Univeristy of Memphis before it closes on Saturday!
Butcher curates the space, and chose the work of Johan Gustavsson to showcase just outside of AMUM's main gallery. Gustavsson is a visual artist from Sweden, currently based in the Netherlands, who sees drawing as the central medium of his practice for its singularly intuitive nature. With a fascination in the notion of ugliness, he evokes the innocent honesty of childlike sketches, producing intriguingly simple works reminiscent of the human memory - loose situations that aren't entirely formed but still have visible boundaries and specific characters.
Check out some great new art shows if the spring weather has you in the mood for fine art, or if you just happen to be out East tonight.
L Ross Gallery is opening a two-person show for Memphis oil painter Pamela Hassler with Light in the Wetlands and Nashville watercolorist Butler Steltemeier with Spring and Sheep, through March 31st. Hassler’s beautiful oils portray spiritual landscapes, while Steltemeier's animal portraits combine dreamy settings with dead-on realism.
Artreach will host the work of Dawn Whitelaw, a Franklin-based oil painter who specializes in landscape and portraiture. All openings run from 6 to 8 p.m., so start early! Free wine!