It is Friday and you have a fat belly full of turkey, ham, tofurkey, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole. You cannot stand to watch another football game or parade and are not quite ready for Christmas movies. You have no intention of waking up at 4 in the morning to brave the expected crowds to begin your holiday shopping. So, what do you do?
Go see some art.
Really. "Go see some art" is usually always the answer to any question when deciding what and when to do something.
Friday happens to be St. Clement’s Day, the patron saint of blacksmiths and metalworkers, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum is celebrating the day with Blacksmith Friday 10am-5pm. There will be free admission and blacksmith demonstrations. The gift shop will be open and you can purchase the new holiday ornaments. You can also visit the Master Metalsmith exhibition of Eleanor Moty. Moty is noted for bringing the photoetching process into the metalsmithing field. The printmaking nerds out there should love this.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will also be open Friday. You may be tired of seeing nice plate settings full of food and drink. But maybe seeing The Taste for Tiffany will make you hungry for a leftover dressing sandwich ... delicious! If this is not to your taste, check out the Brilliance of Tiffany: Lamps of the Neustadt Collection. If this is of no interest, the Early Quilts from Southern Collections and the Caleb Sparks exhibition will also be on view.
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will also be open with a limited staff. Your time is running out to see Jim Buchman’s Sculpture. The show closes December 2nd. They really are some great pieces and are not to be missed. Also Portrait, Patron, Muse: Women in the Dixon Collection and Fire and Desire: A Passion for Porcelain in the Eighteenth Century is on view until the beginning of January. On a side note, I really would like to have a job where I came up the titles of exhibitions. It sounds fabulous.
After, or before hitting the museums, check out several of the galleries in town. They will be open for business. We all know we need to shop and buy local more than we do, so why not start by shopping and buying local art?
At the David Lusk Gallery, you can see two shows, Rana Rochet and Peter J. Cohen’s photography exhibition. Rochet paints encaustic organic swirls and biomorphic shapes. They, like the artist, are easy on the eyes. Cohen is a collector of other peoples photographs. He has 1000s and 1000s of these old photos and 17 of them are on view at the gallery.
Harrington Brown Gallery is showing a group exhibition of Clay Enoch, sculptor; Scott Upton, painter; and Charles Ivey, encaustic painter. There will be numerous other selections from their stable of artists on view as well.
L Ross Gallery is showing a brilliant exhibition by Margaret Munz-Losch. Go see this show. Make it the first stop on your list Friday. You will not regret it.
Remember, anytime is a good time to look at art. Friday is just as good of a day as any. Happy Thanksgiving, and go Grizzlies!