April 2019 Art & Events in Memphis

Mainly art, music, lectures, theater, and such with a few parties and other events thrown in for a balanced diet of social interaction.

Olivia Lichterman will hold a solo show of her paintings at 430 N. Cleveland on April 26-27. Her innovative thinking is readily apparent to casual observers as well as art patrons in her choices of media. Even for works on canvas and paper –she terms them drawings regardless of media used –multiple layers of media are the preferred choice to offer texture and dimension. The result is stunning. The show on N. Cleveland will be open on Friday, April 26, from 6 – 9 pm and from 10 am  - 1 pm the following day.  For more about the show and more  images click here

Light over the parting sea by Sergio Ruffato

Provence to Memphis
France-based painter Jill Steenhuis will hold a two-day show and sale in Memphis on April 25 & 26 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Church Health. The show will be held 5-8 pm on Thursday and 9 am – noon on Friday in Church Health space in Crosstown at 1350 Concourse Avenue.
A native of Atlanta, Jill Steenhuis has lived in Aix-en-Provence for over 38 years, painting the landscape of Provence. She graduated from Sweetbriar College with a BFA in studio art and then attended the Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix. In the 1980s and 90s she had her studio at the Chateau Noir, famously the site of Cezanne’s studio nearly 100 years before. She resides in a restored Provencal home in the countryside of Aix with her husband, a sculptor; they have three sons, one of whom Sergio Ruffato, will be showing his work with Jill in Memphis. Ruffato is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with recent works show at the National Salon of Beaux Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.  Images of the artworks may be seen at www.artinprovence.comand www.sergeruffato.com

Road Trip
4/5 Blurred Vision Catherine Erb solo show, The George Gallery, Charleston , SC 

Art Museum U of M

  • Dear Artist,University of Memphis Art Museum

  • BFA Exhibition,Fogelman Contemporary at U of M

Fogelman Contemporary

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Boats & Birds in the Trees at Cassis by Jill Steenhuis

Around Town, Out & About
4/1 Crusaders, Gangsters, and Whiskey  author talk by Patrick O’Daniel, West Tennessee Historical Society, Memphis University School, 7 pm
4/4  Culture Wars: Publishing World Literature in the Age of German Nationalism lecture by Meike Werner , Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis, University Center room 342,  6 pm
4/4-7 Their Art & Their Influence: Native American Art exhibit , Rhodes College, Education Building, 7 pm
4/5-27  Threshold art by Michael Barringer, L Ross Gallery, 6-8 pm
4/5-7   81st annual Tour of Historic Homes, Holly Springs, MS
4/5-7   Art in the Loop festival , Ridgeway Loop Road
4/5 – 20  The Clean House Sweeps, Theatre Memphis
4/5-7  Time Stepping by the Hot Foot Honeys, Buckman Performing Arts Center
4/5-7  Lewis Body and Eva Langsdon art show,  430 N. Cleveland
4/5 Five Fridays of Jazz, Levitt Shell, Main Library, 6:30 pm
4/5 & 7  Mozart’s The Magic Flute, University of Memphis Opera, Harris Concert Hall, 7:30/3:00 pm
4/5-14  Singin’ in the Rain, DeSoto Family Theater, 4560 Venture Drive
4/6-14 Midtown Opera Festival, Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square
4/6 Forging on the River, Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, 6 – 9:30 pm
4/7 FourSights II group art show, Gallery Ten Ninety-One, WKNO,  715 Goodlett Farms, 2-4 pm
4/7 An Afternoon of Latin Music, Luna Nova,  First Methodist, 204 N. Second, 3 pm
4/7 Kafe Kirk with Grace Kelly, Halloran Centre, 6 pm
4/8 An Evening with Philip Yancey, Church Health, First Baptist – Broad,  2835 Broad,  7 pm
4/11-1Past Perfectphotography by Sam Beasley,  430 N. Cleveland
4/11 Bob & Friends Off Broad(way), Memphis Symphony,  Propceller, 2585 Summer, 6 pm
4/11-13 Southern Literary Festival , CBU, 650 East Parkway S.
4/11-13  Memphis Fashion Week, various locations
4/11- 14  A MidSummer Night’s Dream,  Kudzu Players. Olive Branch City  Park ,  7pm
4/12-13  Annual plant sale, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 9am-4pm/9am-2pm
4/12 – 5/4   Robert Yasuda and Joyce Gingold art opening, David Lusk Gallery, 6-8 pm
4/12  Carol Buchman art opening, Eclectic Eye, 6 pm


Stock & Belle on S. Main

Trolley Tour
S. Main ebbs and flows from year to year in terms of art . Gone is the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art and pop up can (sometimes do, sometimes don't) appear in 409 S. Main.  Three must stops now are Art Village, Jack Robinson Gallery, and Stock & Belle. The latter might be a surprise, but the retail establishment has carved out a goodly size space in the back to show art. The current photography exhibit is definitely worth a look. And't don't forget to pop into TOPS Gallery when they are open; always cutting edge. 

Coming Soon
Speaking of art in retail space, the innovative Chantal Johnson has carved out a space in 20twelve on Broad Avenue for shows of top notch art. In late April you will see Megan Hurdle there and in May Kate Bradley McClure.  More anon. 

The Falling and the Rising, Midtown Opera Festival

More Out & About
4/12 – 5/8 Bonnie Gravette & Maggie Russell art opening, ANF Architects, 1500 Union, 5:30-7:30 pm
4/12-1Giselle, Ballet Memphis , Orpheum, 7:30/7:30/2:30 pm
4/12 & 1Springloaded, New Ballet Ensemble, GPAC, 7:30/2:30 pm
4/13  Vollintine – Evergreen Artwalk, 11am – 6 pm
4/13 Bookstock, Main Library, 3030 Poplar,11 am
4/13 & 14  Beethoven and the Beatles, Memphis Symphony, U of M Harris/ Playhouse on the Square, 7:30/2:30 pm
4/14 – 30   Reflections art by NJ Woods, Memphis Botanic Garden,  2-4 pm
4/14 Ali Cavanaugh: Modern Fresco Paintings, Novek,387 Perkins Ext’d,  6 pm
4/14 Sunset Jazz, Court Square, 6 pm
4/14 WRONG WAY art opening by Alexander Paulus, 430 N. Cleveland, noon – 5 pm
4/18 Adrian Tinniswood lecture  Domestic History of the British Royal Household,Decorative Arts Trust, Brooks Museum, 6 pm
4/19 – 20  Africa in April Festival, Robert Church Park
4/19 – 5/12   1984, Circuit Playhouse
4/20 Art in the Park student sale, MCA lawn, 9a – 5 p
4/20 An Evening with David Sedaris,  GPAC, 8 pm
4/21 Rebirth, Collage Dance Collective  Hallorna Centre, 2:30 pm
4/25-26  Jill Steenhuis art show, Church Health, 1350 Concourse Ave., 5-8 pm/9 –noon
4/25 – 5/ 5  Annie, Harrell Theatre, 440 W. Powell, Collierville
4/26 Double Decker Arts Fest, Oxford, MS
4/26- 27 UNTITLED ink Olivia Lichterman art opening, 430 N, Cleveland, 6-9pm, 10am-1 pm
4/26 – 5/12  The Man Who Came to  Dinner, Theatre Memphis
4/27 East Buntyn Artwalk Buntyn neighborhood,  11 am
4/27  Orbert Davis Sextet, Halloran Centre, 7:30 pm
4/27  42nd annual Playhouse on the Square Art Auction, Playhouse, 66S. Cooper, 6:30 pm
4/27-28  Crying Out- Confessions of a Broken Saint play, LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker , 6 pm
4/27-28  Itamar Zorman with Iris Orchestra,  GPAC/Brooks Museum,  7:30/3:00 pm
4/28 Music for a Spring Afternoon – Cabaret for Church Health, Steve Katz, Amro Music,  2918 Poplar, 2 – 3:30pm

Kafe Kirk with Grace Kelly
The fourth edition of Kirk Whalum's Kafe Kirk Series will take place on Sunday, April 7, at 6 pm at the Halloran Centre. The guest star this time, Grace Kelly,  has star power indeed. The 26-year-old Korean-American saxophone phenomenon  wrote her first song at age 7, recorded at CD at 12, performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra at age 14, and played at President Obama’s inauguration at age 16. She is bringing an exciting energy to the music world blending jazz, R&B, pop and melding genres in a way that is truly her own and absolutely entertaining.  Tickets can be ordered from the Orpheum web site. 

Art Beat each Wednesday
Ken Hall joins Earle Farrell each week KWAM for an overview of upcoming art openings & other events. Tune in Wednesdays at 4:00 pm or listen live on the web site.   Want more? Pick up a full listing of my event suggestions in each monthly issue of 4Memphis Magazine and  at Facebook/IntrepidArtsMemphis.

Get to the Dixon while the tulips are blooming!

See the full list on Ken Hall’s event list