Checking on the Arts

This summer, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will showcase the diversity, vitality, and creativity of African American art in The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art, an exhibition of more than 100 important and thought-provoking paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works selected from private and public collections in Memphis.

A vacant residential lot in the North Memphis neighborhood of Speedway Terrace is slowly filling with stone pathways, benches, flowers, and sculpture made by local artists and neighborhood children.  It's a dream realized by local artist Thomasin Durgin, who conceived the idea a decade ago.  She gradually saved enough money to buy the lot at 1095 Forrest Avenue, and set about to create a public arts space.  In addition to creating a beautiful, peaceful place for neighbors to gather, she has delighted in the positive impact her project has had on the children who have volunteered to particip

Icons in Transformation, a dramatic 120 piece traveling exhibit, includes the contemporary work of acclaimed Russian abstract expressionist, Ludmila Pawlowska, along with Russian traditional icons from the Vassilevsky Monastery/Suzdal. After touring cathedrals of Europe and the United States, this must-see exhibit is now in Memphis at Calvary Episcopal Church through June 22.  

Hers is a twilight voice, a liquid silk from the heart of Tennessee.  It is tailor-made for lullabies and lyric blues; and so, for that matter is Valerie June's spirit.  For years June quietly built her brand in Memphis, where magnetic Southern charm and stunning stage presence earned her a feature spot on MTV web series $5 Cover.  But no reality show could capture the true reality of this talent:  a self-taught guitarist, banjoist and songwriter, June has crafted a sound that draws on the best of southern traditions. 

New dances sprout in abundance as Project: Motion concludes its 25th anniversary season with home grown choreography by Rebecca Cochran, Emily Hefley, Louisa Koeppel and Sarah Ledbetter. 

Claire Lynch has one of the most identifiable voices in Bluegrass music today, as well as a huge collection of songwriting credits and a couple of Best Female Vocalist awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.  She will be appearing at Collierville United Methodist Church at 8 pm on Friday the 11th, and at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould, Arkansas at 7 pm on Monday the 14th.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Claire about her career.

 

The new exhibition at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is "Modern Dialect:  American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection."  This is a natural extension of the very successful 2009 exhibition "Regional Dialect," which was also taken from the Horseman collection.  Dixon Director Kevin Sharpe talked with Darel Snodgrass about this important new show of American art.

 

For information, hours, and special events, dixon.org or 761-5250.

The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School has announced their 2012-2013 season;  as usual, it contains a fine and varied assortment of entertainers.  Darel Snodgrass talked with Buckman Director Cindi Younker about the new "sweet sixteen" season.

 

For more information, call the Buckman at (901)537-1483, or buckmanartscenter.com.

The Memphis Repertory Orchestra just wrapped-up their 2011-2012 season with a concert at First Congregational Church. 

A crew of B-list actors rehearses a British bedroom farce to tour small towns across Britain. 

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