VISITORS CENTER GALLERY
ABOUT THE SHOW -
In addition to their own work, four collaborations were completed by the artists with the idea of creating a strong push and pull between deconstructing the space while reconstructing certain visual elements within the surface; for example, layering dimensionless patterns on top of washy areas of paint. The illusion of space is suggested, but is disrupted by occasional flat, graphic forms.
"Landscape is an ever-changing form. The elements of nature leave marks and impressions on the landscapes we see, subtly altering them, until over time they have in a sense been both destroyed and renewed. I try to convey this same sense of renewal by using layers and textures in my work, deconstructing landscapes to their simplest forms in order to highlight subtle changes in color, texture, and application. I have even painted over "failed" works to create movement and change in my landscapes. Using the uneven texture of an original work as the foundation for a new piece imbues the new piece with a depth it wouldn't have otherwise, while redeeming the "failed" piece, giving it new life.
My landscapes serve as a metaphor for how humans change through the weathering of our experiences, how these scars inform our ever-changing identity. I have found this principle of renewal through change can be seen in the progression of my own life and work: though my work has evolved over the years, you can still see the foundational elements of where I started as an artist."
BIO: Amy Hartelust is a painter and art educator living and working in Memphis, Tn. She received her BFA from the University of Memphis with a concentration in painting and art history. Amy shows and sells her work at various venues throughout the city. She has been an art educator in both public and private schools in Memphis for 8 years and cites her students as an ongoing source of inspiration in her work.
"Compared to other species, humans display fears about personal appearance in ways that no other creature does, but there are similarities in the desire of animals to camouflage and defend themselves from predators and to alter their appearance in order to attract a mate. One such creature is the decorator crab. The decorator crab collects bits of its surroundings like vegetation, coral and smaller organisms and covers its entire body, camouflaging itself. Inspired by this creature’s practice and my love/hate relationship with altering my own appearance, I paint stylized, androgynous human figures that are almost unrecognizable with all the oceanic patterns and forms covering their bodies. In this series, the human form has been reconstructed. The surface of each painting is inviting, but also confusing and tumultuous, challenging the idea that decorating oneself is as advantageous as many of us have been led to believe."
BIO: Chloe York, lover of all things colorful and oceanic, resides in Memphis with sculptor, Eric Quick and their daughter, Echo. She received her BFA from Memphis College of Art. Her work deals with issues of camouflage, defense, and the exploration of beauty and what makes something pleasing to the eye.
FRATELLI'S CAFE GALLERY
ABOUT THE SHOW
These birdhouses are functional, built to the right dimensions to be used outdoors. I add sprigs of moss, twigs and silk flowers to enhance the folk-art charm. I enjoy making something with my hands. As long as the wood speaks to me, I’ll be making art my own way, one birdhouse at a time.
BIO: As a carpenter I accumulated old boards and started making birdhouses. Soon I was selling my work at Farmers Markets, craft fairs and festivals. Whole Foods and Ms Cordelia’s also sells my birdhouses. I am a member of the Craftmen’s Guild of Mississippi. My birdhouses are featured at the Center for Southern Folklore and the Blues Foundation.
When David Johnson taught me to work with clay, my passion for the medium was ignited. I hand build my sculptures using several techniques; my fingers, a flat wooden tool and small loop tools. I decorate each piece with underglazes and glazes before firing. I also use acrylic paints and mediums to achieve my desired finish. Many of my paintings were influenced by Arthur Rackham’s fairy tale illustrations and I have carried this interest over into my clay work.
In 2013, after a successful 45 year painting career I was ready to try a new medium. I studied with David James Johnson, the resident artist at Joseph Echols Stoneware in Hernando MS. In 2015 I had a well received show at the Painted Pigeon Gallery in Olive Branch and have displayed my work at the Historic Banks House in Hernando, Northwest Community College in Senatobiaand Farmers Markets and Festivals in the area. My sculptures are on display at the Cotton Patch Framery and the Painted Pigeon Gallery in Olive Branch.
The Fratelli's Cafe Gallery monthly art exhibits are on display in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery during cafe hours. Monday - Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We love for you to stop in and have a look even if you are not dining at the cafe! If you want to give the artist feedback don't hesitate to find the art event posting on Memphis Botanic Garden's Facebook page and post your comment. We are happy to connect you with the artist and pass your feedback along. Enjoy!
All exhibited pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds directly benefiting the garden's art, education and horticulture programs.