IntrepidArts: December in Memphis (and a bit beyond)
Cultural vitamins for your brain and soul
Jenn Brandt at Off the Walls
Out & About
12/2-30 Art of the Mende People of Sierra Leone, Memphis Museum of Tribal & Visionary Art, 942 S. Cooper
12/1-30 Bartlett Art Association Virtual Showcase, WKNO Gallery Ten Ninety-One,  online only
12/3 -17 Roots art by  Megan Hurdle, Medicine Factory, 85 Virginia Ave. W,  5-8 pm opening
12/3-29 Everything That Rises art by  Jenn Brandt,  Off The Wall. 360 Walnut St., 6-8 pm opening
12/3 Finding Quietude Amdist the Waterfalls film screening by Jack Kenner, Church Health Community Room, 6 pm
12/3-5 Agnes Stark Pottery sale,  12675 Donelson Rd., Eads
12/3-4  Art By Design Pop Up, ArtsMemphis,  575 S Mendenhall
12/3-5 The Bilingual Play: The Last Christmas ( La Ultima Navidad), Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, TheatreWorks
12/3- 23 A Christmas Carol, Theatre Memphis
12/3-19  Elf The Musical Jr. , Germantown Community Theater, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene 8 pm
12/4 Book signing with Sam & Bobby White, Novel, 11 am
12/4 –30  Plein Air Exhibit, Memphis Garden
12/4 Advent Arts Market, Barth House, 409 Patterson, 9a-4p
12/5 Holiday Open House, Metal Museum, noon - 5
12/5 Sounds of the Season, Memphis Youth Symphony, Rose Theater, U of M, 5:30 pm
12/5 The Nutcracker, Children’s Ballet Theater, Cannon Center, 2 pm
12/6 Luna Nova Concert, Grace – St Luke’s, 7:30
12/6 Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things film  screening, Memphis Slim House, 1130 College St, 7-9 pm
12/9 “For the Shell of It”  celebration of the  Levitt Shell, Crosstown Brewing, 6-8 pm
12/11 Local author book signing, Memphis Listening Lab,  Crosstown , 3-5 pm
12/11-12 Drive Through Caroling, Opera Memphis,  6745 Wolf River, 2-4 pm
12/12 Ian Hendry & Steve Rutland art opening, James Lee House, 630 Adams, 3-5 pm
12/12,17-19  Truman Capote’s Christmas Memory, Tennessee Shakespeare Company,  7950 Trinity Rd.
12/14 Elf on the Shelf: The Musical, Cannon Center, 6 pm
12/16 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn film screening, Crosstown Arts Theater, 7:30 pm
12/17-19 The Nutcracker, Ballet Memphis, Orpheum, 7:30/2:30 pm
12/18 Christmas Fiesta, Dixon Gallery, 11 am – with Opera Memphis and Cazateatro
12/19 PRIZM Winter Festival Concert , Shady Grover Presbyterian, 5530 Shady Grove Rd, 6 pm
12/21-23 Handel’s Messiah, Memphis Symphony Chamber Chorus, Germantown Methodist, Lindenwood Christian, and Maples Memorial Methodist, 7:30 pm
Rick Durand, Bartlett Arts Assoc., Gallery Ten Ninety-One
Dan Reid presents to Yvonne Bobo
Emmet O'Ryan Award
The recipient of the 2021 award is Yvonne Bobo. She  is a sculptor, metal fabricator, designer, and engineer.  Although metal is her primary medium, her passion lies in mixed media combining glass, steel, wood, lighting, plastics and more.  Yvonee’s art focuses on the interaction between invention and nature.  Her wind-activated art captures the playful character of a breeze and creates a constantly changing experience for the viewer. Much of Yvonne’s work exists in Memphis public spaces .Her reference for nature is inspirational to viewers and comforts them in locations like Cancer Survivors Park, West Cancer Clinic, Methodist Transplant at Shorb Tower and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration is given annually by Renasant Bank to an outstanding visual artist. The award is named in honor of Emmett O'Ryan, a founding Board Member of Metropolitan Bank. Nominees are selected by a committee comprising members of ArtsMemphis' Artist Advisory Council, along with members of the community.  
Charles Goering with Binder in LA
Road Trips
  • Claudia Keep , TOPS Gallery booth 10.07, NADA Miami, 12/1-4
  • Situational Awareness Charles Goering , Binder Projects, 2701 N. Broadway #300, Los Angeles, 12/1-31, reception 12/4 from 4-7 pm
Church Health Christmas Card
This year's card features the artwork of Kerry D. Peeples. The central image is a painting called Refiner's Fire.  You may order cards here ; these can be inscribed and mailed for you by Church Health volunteers.  In February Peeples will have an art show in the Lois Ruleman Gallery at Church Health. 
Earle Farrell 4Memphis on Wednesdays
I join the  Earle Farrell 4Memphis Show each Wednesday at 4 pm via Skype to talk art. Also my event listings are in  4Memphis Magazine, on newsstands as well as online. 
Ian Hendry
Art at James Lee House
With a change in ownership of the historic property come a renewed commitment to showcasing local art. Intrepid Arts has been charged with curating the public spaces and the first art opening will be held on Sunday , December 12, from 3-5 pm . Featured artists are Ian Hendry and Steve Rutland, both accomplished landscape painters. Please stop by.
Film Screening this Friday
Jack Kenner spent much of the past year traveling to parks in his custom, solar-equipped van and filming beautiful waterfalls. Teaming with musician and composer Angelo Rapan, the result is a calming and meditative film which will premiere on Friday, 12/3, at 6 pm at Crosstown (in the Church Health Community Room). Admission is free. A silent auction of a large format, framed photo will benefit Church Health. 

Bonus: the annual lighting of the Crosstown virtual tree -- 7,500 bulbs , nine stories tall -- will be held at 5:30 pm in the Central Atrium. See the lights then see the film.
Martha Kelly at Eclectic Eye
  • Winter Group Show, L Ross Gallery, through Dec 24
  • Faded art by Jared Small, David Lusk Gallery, through Dec 23
  • Memphis Art Collective Holiday Market, 3484 Poplar, through Dec 24
  • Arrow Creative Holiday Bazaar, 653 Philadelphia, through Dec 23
  • A Holiday Juke Joint, Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S Cooper, through  Dec 19
  • To All A Good Night holiday cabaret, Circuit Playhouse, through Dec 22
  • Experience the Spirit of Africa, Flow Museum of Tribal & Visionary Art,  1951 Poplar,  through Dec 31
  • American Art Deco: Designing for the People 1918-1939, Frist Museum, Nashville, through Jan.2
  • Black Artists in America: From the Great Depression to Civil Rights, Dixon Gallery, through Jan. 2
  • Mona Hatoum: Misbah, Brooks Museum, through January 9
  • Martha Kelly, Eclectic Eye, through January 30
Experience the Spirit of Africa, Flow Museum at Lofts, 1951 Poplar
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