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Family Day:The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art

We had an incredibly fun family day on Saturday, June 23 to celebrate The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art . Kids of all ages enjoyed several creative art-making activities, including a community weaving inspired by Sonya Clark’s Woven Combs . Artist Anthony Lee did a demonstration of his collage/painting techniques, and he even had a young visitor as for his autograph! Hattiloo Children’s Theatre showcased an updated, contemporary performance of ... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Saturday, July 7, 2012
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What Does a Curator Do? Reflections from Our Summer Exhibitions Intern, Morgan Dowty

A few short weeks ago, if you asked me what a curator does, I would have tip toed around my answer and ended up with something like, “uh, well they arrange art in a meaningful way.” Which is definitely true… but there’s so much more behind that process than I ever imagined. As my second semester of college rolled around this past January, I began to wonder what my summer would look like. At school, my interests had changed and deepened, and I had been pulled into a love for art history. ... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, June 25, 2012
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Pics from The Soul's Opening Weekend!

Lucky you, here's a preview! To check out all the pics from this weekend, click here to see our Flickr page! Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, June 15, 2012
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Local Artist Martha Kelly Paints a Watercolor of the Paik

To see more of Martha's artwork, please visit her website, www.marthakellyart.com . Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, June 11, 2012
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Idyllic Acrylic: The Members-Only Painting Class

Over three Saturdays in April, members of the Brooks treated themselves to a day of inspiration, learning, and relaxation! They set up shop in the beautiful outdoors (beautiful to those without major allergies I’ve learned) and explored the fine art of acrylic painting, and even sketching with India ink. With the guidance of Eszter Sziksz, local artist and Memphis College of Art instructor, members delved into a series on landscapes—traditional and abstract, inspired by our exhibition Revealed... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, May 25, 2012
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Art Isn’t Easy

“Aren’t you like… Mr. Theatre though?” That’s what my friend immediately replied when I told him of my summer plans- getting away from the yellow cabs and Halal food carts for a 4-month sabbatical to the Memphis home I love so dearly. I will take Huey’s cheese fries over some trendy vegan four-star juice bar any day. New York’s cool and all, but a boy needs a little Southern lovin’ sometimes to keep him in check. “Yeah, but it’s all the arts. If I’m going to run my own theatre... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, May 18, 2012
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Love at Second Sight then a Wedding at the Brooks!

Shanea and David first met in passing as students at the University of Memphis; however, it was not until years later before this couple had their first date. After finishing pharmacy school, Shanea moved to Indianapolis, while David remained in Memphis following law school to begin his practice. By chance, Shanea and David where both attending a birthday celebration in Memphis and it was truly “love at second sight.” David says “I was simply astonished by her poise, personality,... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, April 23, 2012
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Sketching at the Brooks: An Artist's Perspective

Suddenly I had a small audience that burst into applause. On Friday, March 9th, two days before the end of the excellent exhibition Armed + Dangerous: Art of The Arsenal at the Brooks, I went in with my sketch book and trusty 2mm 4B Mechanical Pencil, borrowed a canvas saddle chair from the front desk, and planted myself in front of a 16th century suit of German jousting armor. Just as I began some preliminary lines for a drawing, a family with six brown-haired boys walked in... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, April 20, 2012
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Brooks Uncorked Pics!

Check out all of the photos from last night's big party on the Brooks Flickr page ! Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Spotlight On: Our Lady of Sorrows School, 5th and 6th Grade ABC Program Experience

Some of my fondest memories of elementary and middle school include the art projects that went along with the most interesting units that my favorite teachers thought up – the same teachers that inspired me to go into education myself. As a first year educator, I was daunted with the task of creating not only engaging standards-based lessons, but also incorporating art into what my students were doing in the classroom. Participating in the ABC (Art and the Basic Curriculum)... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Thursday, April 12, 2012
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