Crosstown Arts - March Events

Lots happening at Crosstown Arts in March!

Goodnight My Love
March 17-May 13
Opening reception: Saturday, March 17, 6-8 pm

An exhibition of photographs from the Ernest Withers collection, including works from Dr. Withers’ vast archive of more than one million negatives that have never been seen by the public.

Young Collectors Contemporary
Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25
Young Arts Patrons is pleased to present Young Collectors Contemporary, a four-day art experience.

Part exhibition/part immersive professional development seminar/part contemporary arts conference, Young Collectors Contemporary is a cutting-edge art fair that is multidisciplinary in scope. The goal is to expand the spectrum of emerging artists to new and existing collectors to support the arts economy.

The exhibition that goes along with the conference will remain on view at Crosstown Arts through April 28. After the ticketed events, the exhibition will be free and open to the public.

Artists include Kid Bazzle, Elliot Jerome Brown, Zhiwan Cheung, Sean G. Clark, Jennifer Crescuillo, Doughjoe, Meredith Edmondson, Jodi Hayes, Leanna Hicks, Desmond Lewis, Tiff Massey, Lena Murrell, Dawn Okoro, Daniel Peterson, Diedra Pigues, Kristin Rambo, Nate Renner, Robert Schoolfield, Emile Stark-Menneg, Anna Wehrwein, and Christina Wiggins.

Speakers include Daniel Peterson, Troy Wiggins, Rog & Bee Walker, Lauren Rossi, Norf Artist Collective, Darren Isom, Cameron Hamilton, Dr. Patricia Daigle, Tami Sawyer, and Cezanne Charles. More to be announced.

Family Trees
Saturday, March 3, 4-8 pm

New work by Joy Murray and Timothy Allen. Tim’s father, Mark Allen, will play classical guitar during the show. Organized by the artists.

About Joy and Timothy:
Joy Murray and her son Timothy Allen are self-taught Memphis artists. This show will feature their collaborative work on the concept of family trees – the tangled roots and the unique fruits. They will also show their individual work from the past few years.

Joy works in a narrative style and uses text in her paintings. She uses many kinds of paper, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. She explores concepts of transformation, how our age and health direct the changes in our lives, and the intersection of human life and the natural world.

Tim is a freelance filmmaker who travels all over the country. He began to paint to voice his subconscious ideas. He works intuitively with color and form and is often surprised at what he creates. His pieces are finely detailed and often have multiple layers. Both artists find a bit of poetry in their creations.

Spring Fling Extravaganza
Saturday, March 10, 10 am-5 pm
Crosstown Arts430 N Cleveland 

Hosted by Memphis Art Collective.

The Moonpie Project presents Casey Kawaguchi

A new mural by Casey Kawaguchi. Casey’s mural will be on view from March 19 through the end of May. He’ll present an artist talk on Tuesday, March 13 at noon at Food for Thought on the Crosstown Concourse Theater Stair.

Mural location: Crosstown Arts alley between 430 & 438 N. Cleveland

The Moonpie Project is an ongoing, rotating mural series curated by Michael Roy in memory of muralist Brad Wells. Organized in collaboration withCrosstown Arts.

About the Artist:
Casey Kawaguchi hails from Denver, Colorado. In 2012, he was chosen as one of “20 Street Artists to Watch” by the well-known American graffiti artist Saber for the magazine Juxtapoz. His work is influenced by his Japanese-American heritage.

Art & Soul 901 Live!
Wednesday, March 14, 8:30 pm
Art exhibition with live soul and hip-hop performances.
$10 cover

Larger Than Life
Friday-Saturday, March 16-17
Charcoal portraits by Lucien Scott Croy.

On view:
Friday, March 16, 6-9 pm
Saturday, March 17, noon-9 pm

Saturday, March 24, 4-9 pm

Art show presented by Tova Odelia
Tickets are $8 advance/$10 door entry.
Contact for advance tickets. Space is limited.

The A.R.T.S.Posure Experience
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm

Live music | dance performances | art gallery | fashion show
Fundraiser for the A.R.T.S. Initiative Inc.

Showcases by Darryl Wayne, Kaia Dyson, Jeffrey Johnson, Carla Barnes, Stanley Smith & The Erole “Expose” Showcase Models, Teven Lavell, Scotta Maclin, Jade Meeks, De-Mi Ellington, Nardo Franklin, Isaiah Woods, and others.

Tickets: $12
To purchase tickets or learn more, go to

Elizabeth Alley: Two Stories of Iceland
On view through March 11
Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, 1350 Concourse Ave.
A narrative exploration of Icelandic stories and landscape in small paintings and drawings by Elizabeth Alley.

Artist Statement:
Iceland is dramatic and magical, with mountains, lava fields, the original geyser, visible tectonic plates, and rivers that dramatically cut through the landscape and produce giant waterfalls that look like they drop into the abyss. Just looking at the rocks covered with moss, or the lupin flowers creating an intricate pattern, or the steam venting out of hot springs in the distance makes you feel like you are in a magical story. The people are lovely with a dry and dark sense of humor and a deep belief in spirits, which is fitting for a place where the landscape feels like a presence.

Two Stories of Iceland is a narrative exploration of stories of Iceland in small paintings and drawings. In one series, a true story about a young woman who disappeared, plays out in small ink drawings that tell the story of the ensuing search, investigation, and the impact this event had on the community. Another series is of a trip I took to Iceland in 2015 with my best friend, who is Icelandic, and our families. As I tell the story of the trip in small paintings and drawings, I re-live the trip obsessively.

Telling these stories through sketching and painting keeps me connected to the experience and to this place that now lives in my heart.
About the Artist:
Elizabeth Alley was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Memphis. In addition to making paintings and filling up sketchbooks, she teaches at Flicker Street Studio and organizes Memphis Urban Sketchers. Since 1999, she has organized, curated, produced, and participated in 32 solo and group shows.
She spent over 11 years in public art administration, two years in the roller derby, served as president of Urban Sketchers, and by day works as a technical communicator with a flair for project management. Other interests include reading, traveling, making lists, and staring out the window.

Pam McDonnell: Material Equivalence
New work by Memphis-based artist Pam McDonnell
Curated by Anna Wunderlich
Artist Statement:
Material Equivalence is my exploration of the Spanish term “duende.” It describes the wordless reaction a person feels from experiencing the output of another person’s creativity. It can be seen in work that has a certain quality of passion and inspiration. Work with duende is said to have a soul, be highly expressive, and authentic.
In making this body of work, I tried not to focus on whether a certain piece exhibited this
heightened state of emotion because I wanted to leave that determination to the viewer. Instead, I practiced noticing and trusting when I felt expressive and authentic and staying grounded in the assurance that the work was, in a sense, “making itself.”
This exhibition is titled “Material Equivalence” after a philosophical formula that sets out to prove an “if and only if” relationship. Here, it would state that “the work has duende, if, and only if, the viewer experiences the work as work with a soul and finds it full of passion and inspiration.”

About the Artist:
Pam McDonnell earned her BFA from University of Memphis in 2005 and has exhibited her work at a number of local galleries and studios, including David Lusk Gallery and Flicker Street Studio. Her work is displayed in public collections at Iberia Bank, West Cancer Center, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Terri Phillips: Don’t Look for My Heart
On view through March 11
A canopy of black garments that loom over a pond of demolished confections, evoking a scene of quiet despair and a state of ruin.

Artist Statement:
Terri Phillips draws from a multiplicity of artistic traditions, including sculpture, performance, film, installation, sound, and photography. Her work incorporates humble materials and everyday objects to create scenes of magic realism based on an abstracted narrative of the artist’s history. Phillips choses materials based on their tactile and sensual qualities to provoke intuitive responses that include the viewer in completing the process of the narrative. Together these elements transform the experience with the intimacy of memory and the subconscious.

About the Artist:
Phillips returns to Memphis after completing her education at California Institute of the Arts, Beaux-Arts, and Pepperdine University. She has been an adjunct art instructor at Memphis College of Art and University of Memphis for the past several years and has exhibited and curated internationally

Emily C. Thomas: Imprismed
On view through March 8
An exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and digital objects that constructs a dialectic between the repression and cultivation of psycho-sexual energies through the ages.

Imagine walking into a gallery space and telepathically downloading a mirage of visions, ideas, and living information. IMPRISMED proposes to explore the unconscious infrastructures that inform our perceptions within the lineage of visionary thinkers and cultural commentators such as Marshall McLuhan.

During the 1960s, McLuhan became a leading intellectual, initiating the emerging field of Media studies. He coined revolutionary maxims such as “the medium is the message,” and even predicted the internet nearly 30 years before its invention. This show contains paintings, sounds, sculpture and digital objects made of light — a full range of materials dating back through humanity’s most historic to most recent artistic innovations — all  of which attempt to nurture an awareness of how the medium defines their meaning.

Human history contains many examples of the use of torture devices on individuals in order to extract information or force confessions, such as their use during the Salem Witch Trials and Spanish Inquisition. Back in the 1800s, Native American peoples were wary of their souls being captured if they allowed themselves to be the subject of a photographs, as if the spirit might become locked into the material density of film. McLuhan also warned against such phenomena when he said, “The more data banks record about us, the less we exist.”

Part visual boot camp, part torture dungeon and New Age sanctuary, IMPRISMED constructs a dialectic between the repression and cultivation of psycho-sexual energies through the ages.

About the Artist:
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Emily C. Thomas is an interdisciplinary, project-based artist who has lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Memphis, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She received a BFA from NYU in 2009 and a MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2015.

Her imagery frequently alludes to the practice of observing color, light, and darkness as a way to gain insight into the spiritual and scientific nature of reality. Her work is created by equal parts research, imagination, and hands-on experimentation with materials and technology. The result is an aesthetic that embraces elements of the handmade alongside digital and obsolete technologies.


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