Thursday, December 29, 2011

Calling All Artists! Decorate Our Newsstands!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 6:22 PM


We are now accepting submissions to transform a Flyer box into art (without disassembling please)!
A group of artists will be selected and notified around February 8th, and each will have one month with their box to decorate as they see fit within certain stipulations, outlined below. A materials stipend will be provided for all selected artists courtesy of our sponsor, The Art Center supply store and frame shop.
A photo shoot of the artists with their work will take place once all boxes are completed and returned. The boxes will be unveiled within the March 29th, 2012 edition of The Memphis Flyer, and artists will be honored at an event on Wednesday, March 28th, with further details to come.
Boxes will then be put into commission around the city of Memphis as working public art throughout 2012. Flyer readers will also vote on "Best in Show," the winner of which will receive a $500 cash prize.

The box must say "Memphis Flyer" and "Free" in a visible and obvious way.
All paints and other materials must be weather resistant.
No puncturing the box.
No painting over the see-through "window" on the front side.
No disrupting the door.
No offensive language or symbols.

The Memphis Flyer Art Box Project is open to the public, regardless of background or training, but to give us more insight into what you can do, we request simple information such as name, email, daytime phone, occupation, artistic interests, and examples of previous work via website, jpg or gif image. Submissions will be accepted through Monday, January 16th.

Go here to enter the contest!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Memphis Connections at Marshall Arts

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Dwayne Butcher presents his "Memphis Connections" exhibit tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the Marshall Arts Gallery for one night only. He chose eight artists including himself to seek out a partner in a collaborative project of their choosing in the hopes of initiating new dialogue between artists in the area, and also outside of it.

Melissa Dunn & Brian Pera
  • Melissa Dunn & Brian Pera

Painter Melissa Dunn and filmmaker Brian Pera are among the featured pairings, creating images of women grooming projected from a muted-homelike background, inspired by their mutual love of 50s film magazines. The other collaborations are just as intriguing and beautifully executed, with mediums spanning printmaking, sculpture, and paint. Let's hope this joining of forces leads to more and more great works and shows.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Artspace Set for St. Paul Ave.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM

National nonprofit, Artspace Projects Inc., has chosen the former United Warehouse building at 138 St. Paul Ave. for the creation of live/work units which will be made affordable for artists. The site was specifically chosen for its close proximity to the historic South Main Arts District in an effort to further cultivate the creative area, which is also home to the National Civil Rights Museum. Plans are being developed to renovate the property, built in 1904, and expand the space with additional new construction. The organization works to provide space for artists in cities all over the country at a low cost, coming to Memphis in 2010 to aid with the city's receipt of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA looked to the promise of South Main particularly with the relocation of the Memphis College of Art's Nesin Graduate School to the heart of the district at 477 S. Main. ArtSpace will apply to the state of Tennessee for low-income housing tax credits in 2013 and then begin construction with the hope to open in late 2014.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Judith Dierkes’ Pop Up Art Gallery

Posted By on Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM

“The idea really isn’t new, and it really isn’t mine,” says Judith Dierkes of her five-day Pop Up Art Gallery. She launches the gallery, which is in the Hickory Hill area, on Monday at noon.

On sale are works priced from $5 to $1,000, and Dierkes is having a giveaway each day at 4 p.m., and on Friday she’ll amp it up with a giveaway each hour.

Monday Giveaway
  • Monday Giveaway

The works range from unframed drawings and paintings to sculptures and quilts. The $5 pieces are based on the art she’s created for the Artists in Cellophane project, which sells cigarette pack-sized works for $5 in repurposed cigarette machines.

Dierkes is using Facebook as her primary marketing tool, posting images of the pieces of each day’s giveaway as a way to build anticipation. “Social media is the way to go,” she says while admitting, “I’m making this up as I go along.”

Of Friday’s giveaway bonanza, Dierkes is keeping mum. “That’s part of the hype,” she says.

She will allow that Friday’s events involve, intriguingly, “nourishment combined with sales,” a strategy she says she picked up from department stores.

“Using department store tactics to sell art is quite scary,” she says, “But these are tough times.”

Gallery Shot
  • Gallery Shot

Pop Up Art Gallery, 3967 Hickory Hill Dr. (795-6777), noon to 4 p.m. through Thursday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. On Facebook, search Judith Dierkes Pop Up Art Gallery, or click the above link.

Friday, December 9, 2011


Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Red Tripod, 2011
  • Sarah Perkins
  • Red Tripod, 2011

The National Ornamental Metal Museum unveiled its latest "Tributaries" artist, Sarah Perkins, with her lecture last night at the Memphis College of Art, soon to be available on the museum’s website and YouTube channel thanks to the WRUG MEDIA group. Perkins’ work is now on display through February 19th, with the exhibitions’ opening reception set for this coming Sunday, December 11th, from noon to 5 p.m., in a combined celebration with the museum’s Holiday Open House. The absolutely free event will feature a bake-off, hands-on activities and blacksmith demonstrations, holiday music by pianist Hayley Roth, and discounted items in the museum store with 10 percent off of purchases for non-members and 20 percent for members.

Perkins is also set to teach a course offered through the museum in April. Enamel on copper will instruct students of all levels in making a series of samples using different enameling techniques on copper sheet, and then designing and constructing a light switch plate or simple jewelry piece to take home at the end of the weekend.

Enamel on Copper

She received her BA from San Diego State University and MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and has held a position as Professor of Art at Missouri State University, teaching within the medium of jewelry and metals since 1994. Perkins’ exhibition will consist of small, lidded containers made of enameled metal with an interest in how delicate differences in shape can affect the meaning of a piece. In her work as both a maker of hollowware and an enameler, the properties of metal and glass function together to make a whole, with materials complementing and completing each other.

Also on display are new exhibitions “Fresh,” from the pages of Metalsmith magazine (a publication of the Society of North American Goldsmiths), and “Weighed in the Balance,” a showcase of Akan gold weights from the Canadian Museum of Making.

Sondra Sherman, Listen to the Wind pendant, 2010,  sterling silver, (Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA)
  • Luna Perri
  • Sondra Sherman, 'Listen to the Wind' pendant, 2010, sterling silver, (Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA)

Fulani Iron Bar Currency, 19-20th c.
  • Fulani Iron Bar Currency, 19-20th c.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Pressing Matter

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Despite the awful weather and bitter cold, plenty of folks came out to the parking garage of the Sears Crosstown building last night to try their hand at letterpress in Kyle Durrie’s incredible workshop on wheels. Durrie’s project, Moveable Type, employs the system of printing by the same name, using variable pieces of type to reproduce elements within a document, invented in China but popularized by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440. Such a system allowed the widespread reproduction of printed materials, inevitably leading to the broad distribution of information and knowledge.

Durrie came to love letterpress in 2006 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College with a focus in drawing and printmaking and then attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She explored her interest through taking classes at the Pratt Fine Arts Center and the Independent Publishing Resource Center, then developed her skill in the art with apprenticeships at the Blue Barnhouse and Wolfe Editions. Durrie subsequently created her own business in 2009, Power and Light Press — a studio based in Portland, Oregon that specializes in letterpress packaging, posters, custom stationery, and, of course, quirky greeting cards. She then began to conceive of a plan to share her uniquely old-fashioned passion with the rest of the world, by bringing a fully functional letterpress print shop right to their doorstep. The fundraising campaign began in November 2010 through the popular project start-up website,, raising more than double the original financial goal, an impressive feat considering the nature of the beast. Check out the thoughtful video she initially made.

Durrie has since converted a 1982 Chevy step van into a mobile workshop, outfitted with built-in cabinets and workspace, a sign press from the mid-20th century, and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press. She set out in June driving all over North America to come to farmers markets, group workshops, and basically anywhere and everywhere that would have her, inviting visitors to tour the truck and make their own charming prints with her careful instruction.


It was truly inspiring to see an artist with such passionate vision succeed in a project based entirely on the love of an art form and the desire to spread that love around, perhaps inciting genuine interest for the craft here and there in an excellent demonstration of the hopeful possibilities intrinsic to the creation of art. The Amurica photo booth and wonderful food trucks were a great addition to the Moveable Type festivities, and Crosstown Arts did a fantastic job of showcasing interesting artistic ideas.



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Graduation Afternoon

Posted By on Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM


The graduating class of the Memphis College of Art will have the opening reception for their BFA exhibition tonight in the main gallery at Rust Hall from 5-7 p.m., including works by: Jessica Rae Ajoc, Jason Doggett, Jill Exley, Adam Farmer, Hayley Haddad, Marie Lauver, Evan Leggoe, Amy Beth Rice, Jesse Richardson, Vincent Tabor, Devin Taylor, Megan Snider, Deanna Szwarc. The exhibit will be on display through December 14.

Then, go check out the University of Memphis senior thesis exhibition at the Marshall Arts Gallery from
6-9 p.m., with works by Holly Cole, Cody Dalrymple, Renée Embry, Christina Frey, Andrew Guerieri, Toy Houseman, Stacee R. Knouse, Rachel Lin, Clark Matthews, Amanda Stoughton, Rachel Underhill, and Nikki Wade. The show will be open on Saturday by appointment only.

Stop by the Beauty Shop in Cooper Young afterwards for some post-show celebratory drinks, food, and music. The Sheiks and The Warble will be playing from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

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