Monday, Jun 17
9:00 AM - Friday, Jun 21 4:00 PM
Summer Dance Camps
Thursday, Jun 20
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday, Jun 21
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Crosstown Arts welcomes Stitched: Celebrating the Art of Quilting from May 10-July 28, 2019. This festival will feature two art exhibitions, public quilting workshops, and a Gathering of the Guilds showcase.
On view: May 10-July 28
Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric
Mark your calendar for this international quilt show illustrating the diversity of quilting today. These works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. From 1965 through today, the art quilt movement has grown to become one of the most exciting art forms of the 21st century. The Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric show brings artwork from 29 internationally known artists working in the quilt medium to Memphis.
BLUE: A regional quilt challenge
This is your chance to be part of the show! This call for entry to artists, quilters and makers asks for works that are 3 layers, stitched, 24” x 24” and BLUE. Enter the show.
Opening weekend events
May 10, 2019 – Opening reception, 6 -9 pm
May 11, 2019 – Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 years of Innovation, 1 pm
Learn more about the art of quilting from Martha Sielman, the curator of the Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric show and author of Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation.
May 18, 2019 — Family Crest Workshop
Join Amie Plumley, author of the popular Sewing School books, to create your own Family Crest. Each family grouping can work together using quilting techniques.
June 26, 2019 — Community Quilt Workshop
Join Maria Shell, internationally recognized quilter, to create quilt blocks that will be assembled into a community quilt.
June 8, 2019 — Gathering of the Guilds showcase
Go ahead, flaunt it! Bring your best quilt, one you made, or one that someone else made, and show it off. You will have one minute — and only one minute — to do some serious flaunting and bragging. Bring it on! We will be presenting the longest show-and-tell in history in the Central Atrium of Crosstown Concourse. And, Nancy McDonough, quilt appraiser, will make presentations throughout the day about the value of quilts. Bring your guild, family members and friends to the celebration of all things quilting!
Friday, May 31, 6 – 8 pm
The Art of the South, an annual exhibition presented by Number: Inc, is a juried event open to all artists living and working in the South. This year, we are pleased to feature work by 49 artists from sixteen states and one district. The exhibition is on view May 28 to July 14, and we welcome all to the opening reception on Friday, June 7, 6pm to 8pm. This year's juror is Bethany Springer, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Arkansas. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, and Sunday noon to 4pm.
Ballet On Wheels Dance School is now enrolling for their Summer Dance Camps. Classes will include “Fairy Princess” Camp for girls ages 3-6 and Dance Mania Camp for girls ages 7-11.
June 17-21, 2019
Fairy Princess Camp (9:00 AM – Noon)
Dance Mania Camp (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
For more information and to enroll, visit www.balletonwheels.org or call (901) 870-4348.
Orange Mound in October!
Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;
Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni
There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.
Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!
June 3-29, 2019. Visitors Center. Memphis Botanic Garden. Mondays-Sundays, 9 am-6 pm.
Artists’ Link is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1989 for and by visual artists. Now, over 110 members strong, the mission of Artists’ Link is to be a resource and support for artists by providing fellowship, sharing art information, and enabling members to link to the community at large. Artists’ Link’s service continues to be to give back to the community by supporting worthy educational causes. Since 2011, Artists’ Link has co-sponsored “Incognito” to support educational programs at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Exhibitions are a vital part of Artists’ Link’s purpose and goals, and a professional approach is an inherent objective These shows introduce member artists and their works to new and loyal communities of art-lovers.
A reception will be held on Sunday, June 9 from 5:00 pm -6:30 pm.
Open call to artists to submit handcrafted quilts designed around the theme of “blue” for an open-call regional quilt challenge in conjunction with Stitched: The Art of Quilting, a quilt festival at Crosstown Arts in the spring of 2019.
BLUE is your chance to show your best work. Quilts can be traditional, modern or art-focused. They can be appliquéd, pieced, collaged, fused, engineered, hand- or machine-stitched, 3-D, painted, sculpted, or any variation in between. What they have in common: 3 layers and stitching.
The deadline for submission is April 1, 2019. We will accept up to 3 entries from an individual or group. The entry fee is $15 per quilt (economic hardship waivers are available).
April 1, 2019: Online submission due
April 8-12, 2019: Quilts must arrive at Crosstown Arts
May 10, 2019: Opening night for BLUE
July 28, 2019: Closing date for BLUE
July 29-August 2, 2019: Pick up artwork at Crosstown Arts
August 5-9, 2019: Work shipped back to participant with prepaid postage
Jill Baker Gower creates jewelry and sculpture informed by her female experience and our consumer culture’s portrayal of women’s needs and desires. While primarily a metalsmith, Jill incorporates materials such as skin-toned rubber and mirrors to reference the human body, self-examination, and vanity. Other materials such as pearls, gems, feathers, enamel, hair, silver, and gold are chosen for their aesthetic qualities, emotional resonance, preciousness, and value associations. Jill received her MFA in Metals from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and her BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.
image: Jill Baker Gower, "Golden Reflection Brooch," 2017. Argentium sterling silver, 14K gold fill wire, mirrored acrylic, 23K red gold leaf, stainless steel. Photo courtesy of the Artist.
We gather at the garden each Tuesday during the school year from 3p.m. until 5p.m. We work with children from Cornerstone Prep and Lester Middle School on take home art projects and permanent art installations.
egister here to volunteer or contact Megan at 319-981-0380 or [email protected] to learn more!
To continue the celebration of the Museum’s 40th Anniversary, 40 Under 40 explores the next generation of influential American metal artists. This exhibition represents multiple areas of the field, including forging, casting, furniture design, jewelry, sculpture, hollowware, enamel, and toolmaking. As the Museum reflects on the previous 40 years, it sets the direction for the future by identifying the artists to watch as their careers flourish.
If one thing can be said about the future of the metal arts field, it is that it is brimming with innovative, diverse artists whose passion for artistic excellence is only matched by their dedication to process and craftsmanship. With a nod to the ways new generations of artists are interacting with their world, the exhibition includes information regarding the artists’ social media platforms, including their Instagram and Twitter handles, allowing visitors to continue to follow the artists’ careers once they leave the gallery.
Hamlett Dobbins offers up new insight and projects in this mixed media class. Students will explore a variety of methods for generating abstract images. We will discuss the origins of abstraction and the part it plays in a number of artists' work. By examining how abstraction exists in our everyday lives, students will be given insight into this sometimes mysterious subject matter. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as students who have taken Hamlett's previous classes.
Tuesday + Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 18th + 20th | 2 Sessions
$125 - materials included | Beginner and up | Ages 15+
Join flutist Elise Blatchford and pianist Adrienne Park for a special performance featuring works for flute and piano, toy piano, piccolo, bass flute, and all sizes in between! The program features works by Prokofiev, Joan Tower, Stephen Montague, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and William Grant Still.
Tickets: $10 | $5 with student ID at the door
Doors at 7 pm | performance at 7:30 pm
The Spotlight Concert Series showcases members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in the intimate Green Room at Crosstown Arts. The series provides the Memphis community the opportunity to get to know and learn more about the talented musicians that make up the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Each month will feature a different musician or small chamber group as soloist or featured ensemble.
About the artists:
Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for her “superb command of color and nuance,” Elise Blatchford is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music and interim Principal Flute of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
A chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician, and teacher, Ms. Blatchford is a flutist who embraces the independent, the experimental, and the DIY. She was selected by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to be a 2017 fellow of their Ensemble Evolution program at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity.
As a founding member of the woodwind quintet The City of Tomorrow, Ms. Blatchford won the gold medal of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, and received a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning grant in 2014. The quintet has commissioned new works from composers Hannah Lash, Nat Evans, and John Aylward, among others.
As a recitalist, Ms. Blatchford frequently programs music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has been an invited guest at venues across the U.S., including Indiana University, University of Oregon, and Yale University.
Also at home in the traditional orchestra world, Ms. Blatchford will serve as interim Principal Flute for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season. She has performed with the Oregon Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. With YOA, she toured extensively throughout South America, the Caribbean, and mainland China; made an appearance at Carnegie Hall with Valery Gergiev; and recorded with Philip Glass.
A devoted and energetic pedagogue, Ms. Blatchford works to instill versatile musicianship in her students, so that they can create sustainable and varied careers. She has given master classes at New England Conservatory, Williams College, Longy School of Music, and Skidmore College, among many others. She holds degrees in flute performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory.
A Powell Artist, Ms. Blatchford performs on a 14K gold handmade Powell flute.
Adrienne Park is the Principal Pianist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and has performed with IRIS Orchestra, the Memphis Chamber Music Society and with PRIZM Ensemble. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed recitals with violinist Joshua Bell, cellists Shauna Rolston and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, bassist Edgar Meyer, flutists Paul Edmond-Davies and Timothy Hutchins, the percussion group NEXUS and composer Steve Reich. In the fall of 2011, Adrienne was invited to appear as a soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performing Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos in d minor under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen with Steinway Artist Victor Santiago Asuncion. She has been on faculty at the University of Mississippi as a collaborative pianist for the instrumental department since 2011 and has been a faculty member of the Piano Discoveries Camp since its inception in 2007.
She enjoys playing a wide range of chamber music and contemporary music for the piano, celeste, harpsichord, synthesizer, toy piano and percussion. With percussionist David Carlisle, Adrienne co-founded DivaDi, a duo who performs eclectic and exciting repertoire that often draws from multiple styles of music. DivaDi was a guest artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis in 2009, performing Carlisle’s percussion duet “Mad Cow.”
She recently created a new chamber series at the University of Mississippi entitled Sonic Explorations. The inaugural concert in 2013 presented instrumental and vocal works by British composers Gerald Finzi and Rebecca Clarke and an arrangement of “Eleanor Rigby” by David Carlisle. The second installment featured instrumental chamber works by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. This season Sonic Explorations will be opening with two world premieres for piano and percussion intertwined with arrangements of suites by Bach for vibraphone, marimba and piano.
At the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Adrienne was the faculty pianist for the fall and winter residencies from 1994 to 2000 and for various summer instrumental master classes. In 2007 at Banff, she gave the world première of a horn trio by Wolfgang Plagge with hornist Frøydis Ree Wekre and violinist Mark Fewer.
While living in Vancouver, British Columbia, she worked with Kokoro Dance Company and composer Robert Rosen for the productions of Sunyata, Truths of the Blood, Sade, Part II, Encounters with the Goddess and Dance of the Dead. She also worked with Joe Ink Dance as a member of a contemporary quintet and with John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra, a contemporary big band.
Adrienne studied with Abbey Simon and Ruth Tomfohrde at the University of Houston, where she received a Bachelor of Music and graduated summa cum laude. She also studied with Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia, where she received a Master of Music and graduated with first class standing. In addition, she was a frequent Resident Artist at the Banff Centre’s Music and Sound Program, directed by Isobel and Tom Rolston.
• June 12: Passport
Take an international adventure and be back in time for lunch! For over 100 years the Brooks is proud to be the only museum in the region collecting art from around the world and across all time-periods, ancient to contemporary.
• June 19:Game On
Today’s theme is a celebration of having fun and playing well with friends. Sharing, taking turns, and using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are all important when spending time with friends. What does good sportsmanship mean to you?
• June 26: It’s Alive!
For thousands of years mankind has made images of the curious insects and animals around us. They come in many shapes and sizes and no two are alike. Grab a scavenger hunt and search the galleries for Brooks artwork depicting animal and insects!
A recent Memphis transplant from London, England, Dr. Rosamund Garrett is the new Associate Curator of European and Decorative Arts at the Brooks Museum.
For this conversation, "Curating European and Decorative Art in 21st Century Memphis", Dr. Garrett will share her upcoming plans for the European art collection, including the rehanging of the Moss Gallery. Dr. Garrett will also introduce us to her first acquisition for the museum, an early sixteenth century panel painting of Balthazar, one of the three Magi, now on view in the Moss Gallery.
Grab a cup of coffee and invite a friend. Café Conversations are not the same without you!
EVENT: 13th Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival
VENUE: Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
ADDRESS: 1720 Peabody, Memphis, TN 38104
DATE: June 19 – 22, 2019
TIME: Each evening Wed., through Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Patricia Gray, [email protected], 901-493-0958
WEBSITE: www.lunanova.org; www.belvederefestival.org
The concerts will include works by Bach, Debussy, Prokofiev, Previn, Bernstein, Bolcom, Villa-Lobos, Ibert, Mahler, and others. Complete programs will be available www.belvederefestival.org/concerts.html by June 1.
Once again Luna Nova and the Beethoven Club sponsored a student composition contest for academic composers under the age of 30. Winners will come to Memphis for the Festival and have their compositions performed by the Luna Nova Ensemble. This year there were 59 entrants from 5 countries. This years winners are:
Mike Zhou (New England Conservatory of Music)
Emily Joy Sullivan (SUNY Fredonia)
Paul Novak (Rice University)
We are delighted to be featured on WKNO-FM 91.1 Live Lunch on Wednesday, June 19 from 12:00-1:00. Contact Patricia Gray at [email protected] or call 901-493-0958 for further information.
UrbanArt Commission (UAC) is kicking off the Summer with Revisiting, a series of temporary artworks and performances in response to public art around Memphis!
At the Benjamin L. Hooks Library, installation artist Paige Ellens will transform the colorful trees of Nancy Cheairs’ Summer into a shimmering, immersive forest of found objects and recycled VHS tape foliage. The installation will remain for one month, with an opening reception on June 20, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Come prepared for a dose of 90's nostalgia and wonder. Families and the young at heart welcome!
This event is free and open to the public.
Join us for a free show at the 2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.
About the Artist:
The chorus to the title track on the new Hayes Carll album, What It Is, is a manifesto.
“What it was is gone forever / What it could be God only knows. What it is is right here in front of me / and I’m not letting go.”
He’s embracing the moment. Leaving the past where it belongs, accepting there’s no way to know what’s ahead, and challenging himself to be present in both love and life. It’s heady stuff. It also rocks. With a career full of critical acclaim and popular success, Carll could’ve played it safe on this, his sixth record, but he didn’t. The result is a musically ambitious and lyrically deep statement of an artist in his creative prime.