The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome local artist Mike Coulson as our featured artist for the month of December. Mike’s interest in art began early and continued through high school and college. He received a BFA from Memphis State University (now U of M) and a MFA from the University of Georgia with a concentration in painting and drawing. He has employed his artistic skills in the corporate environment as a graphic designer, illustrator and web designer and in the community as a painter, muralist and teacher. He is pursuing a lifelong interest in painting and spends much of his time in the studio exploring the possibilities of paint on canvas.
Coulson has exhibited his artwork in many solo and group shows and has been accepted into regional and national juried art shows. His work is also included in many private and corporate collections.
FREDERICK LYLE MORRIS
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome local artist Frederick Lyle Morris as our featured Artist of the Month. Morris’s love of art began at the tender age of 6, and he sold his first creation at 9. Under his middle name, Lyle, he has been featured in various international art books and magazines. An oil painter who has traveled the world with the American government, Morris has exhibited in China, Korea, Italy, France, and throughout the United States.
He is a Grumbacher Gold Medalist, whose work was purchased by the late Princess Diana, and his paintings are in permanent collections around the world, including Christian Brothers’ Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery here in Memphis. He is a member of Artists’ Link, Bartlett Art Association, and the Bartlett Arts Council, and his work can be found online at Fine Art America and other art sites.
About the art: A ballyhoo of “Girls! Girls! Girls!,” the Follies, fast times in an era of "whatever can be can be,” the whisper of “I'm ready for my close-up.” This group of paintings captures that time, a moment that will never be again.—Frederick Lyle Morris
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome local artist Jon Woodhams once again as our featured Artist of the Month. Jon Woodhams is a Memphis-based artist/photographer. His photos have sold in New Zealand, Ireland, England, Germany, and Canada, as well as throughout the United States. Jon grew up in a small central-Michigan town, in the shadow of the auto plants of Lansing and the cereal factories of Battle Creek. He studied the fine arts at a private Chicago-area college and lived in Colorado Springs and Brooklyn before coming to Memphis in 2012. He is a member of Artists’ Link, Bartlett Art Association, and Memphis Camera Club. When not shooting pictures, creating art, collecting antiques, or playing the piano, he is a book editor for a small New York publisher. This is his third exhibit at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library.
nancy patterson adair
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome local artist Nancy Patterson Adair as our artist for the month of August. Nancy has had a background as varied and colorful as her work. Not only has she had formal training (art classes at then-Memphis State University), but also she has actively pursued to refine and enhance artistic techniques by attending workshops and classes in oil and watercolor painting from some of the area’s finest artists.
Ms. Adair refuses to limit herself to any one medium. A visit to Murano, Italy, peaked her desire to work with glass. She studied fused glass techniques under Jan Singer and Teresa White. Curious by nature, she soon discovered the ancient art of encaustic painting (pigmented hot wax “painted” with a heat gun); as an artist, she enjoyed the freedom of moving color with heat in order to get unexpected results.
Whether depicting large floral oil paintings or waterscapes, creating collages, or embracing exciting new opportunities in tech art, Ms. Adair has merged experience with self-discovery and allowed her talent to venture beyond normal boundaries.
The Collierville Burch Library welcomes Janet Carnall as our artist for the month of July. Janet is driven to explore, see and know how to render nature in the truest possible way. Her artwork employs a wide range of subject matter, with strong emphasis on landscape, figurative and still life of all types.
Artistic expression has consumed her since the age of 9, eventually leading to a career in music, then realizing a life-long passion for visual art.
She has studied in oil and acrylics with numerous extraordinary painters through workshops and demonstrations. "I like to live in the moment" she says. "Painting allows me to think and make decisions quickly. Each painting tells part of my story".
Janet, a resident of Olive Branch, is carving a recognition on the local MidSouth art scene. She serves with Memphis Germantown Art League and Artists' Link of Memphis, as well as two Mississippi Arts Councils. She has been featured in 2 shows, given a solo show and participated in several others. Her work may be found in private collections in 8 states.
Amy Markham, originally from Virginia, relocated to Collierville in 2012. She is an artist and art educator currently teaching at Schilling Farms Middle School. Her artwork focuses on symbolism and subconscious thought through painting and mixed media illustration. While going through two personal cancer diagnoses and the loss of her father to cancer in 2011 she worked on The Sketchbook Project with The Brooklyn Art Library that helped reconnect her to image making. Since then she has been developing her work in an attempt to convey her experiences and philosophy. Amy exhibited art during college in Richmond, Virginia and recently with Art Villages in Memphis and Webz Art here in Collierville. Amy received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Carl Scott has always been passionate about art. He fully devoted himself to his love of art early in life. As he grew up, he continuously challenged himself by working with different mediums. Carl’s work evokes feelings of familiarity and emotional connection. The viewer is drawn into his work, constantly discovering new details and aspects with every glance.
Carl graduated from the Memphis College of Art in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts. He has completed numerous projects, including murals, paintings, and art classes. His work has been featured in many exhibits and can be found throughout the Mid-South in various galleries, churches, banks, convention centers, hotels, and businesses. Carl works with the grounds crew in the Collierville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department.
Lynn F. Hutchison
Lynn F. Hutchison is a self-taught artist based in Collierville, TN. Lynn’s work focuses on shapes, colors, patterns, image inside of image, and some 3D. Art to Lynn is a process of expressing the unconscious through shapes and forms. As the design progresses, she sculpts the image out of what she sees through the lines and shapes that she initially draws out. The results are illustrative and abstract art. Her preferred mediums are mixed media, watercolor, pencil, pastel, graphite, ink, pen and ink, and acrylic. Lynn also designs portraits. Please contact Lynn if you would like to commission a portrait. Site: www.lfh-art.co
Katie Lindsey is a studio artist who has utilized her painting and drawing skills for over 40 years. Her artwork has been used in theatrical sets for the entertainment industry and commissioned by collectors. She worked her way up through the Walt Disney Company to head the Decorating Department at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. She was with Disney for 20 years including a two year project in Tokyo Japan.
Thomas is a photographer and artist using acrylics in an abstract style. Photoshop is another medium Thomas works with to render his photography in a variety of styles and subject matter. Mr. Tidwell is a self taught artist influenced by impressionism. His art began with photography 30 years ago. He started painting 20 years ago and has since added photo enhancement to the many facets of art. Thomas focuses on composition and vivid colors to bring a certain “unreality” and fantasy to his works.
Thomas says, “anyone can take a photograph, but it takes imagination and the right subject at just the right time to create an interesting work of art”. From camera to canvas he strives to produce imagery worthy of being enjoyed by the masses. Art now, recognition later. Thomas does his work for the love of art, not for fame or monetary gain.
While Thomas produces his own creations, he is also available for custom work. His own works can be reproduced by the Giclee method rendering photos on stretched canvas of many different sizes.
Thomas was born and raised in Memphis TN. He is a graduate with a BBA from the University of Memphis where he studied photography and cinematography.
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome Don Cummings as our December Artist. Don's love for taking photos began while serving in the US Navy in 1988. He began shooting professionally in 2005. Don has traveled the world photographing locations in 14 different countries. He has photographed extensively in the United Kingdom, France, Southeast Asia as well as the United States.
While his first love is fine art landscapes, her also works as a commercial photographer shooting food and beverage products, fine art fashion, sports and stock photography.
Don says, "I find it hard to travel anywhere without taking photos. I always want to stop and capture the moment. I believe that there are no ordinary moments in life. There is always something special and unique going on, you just have to stop and look. My passion is to capture as many of those moments as I can. I never travel anywhere without my camera."
Mr. Cummings is currently based in Nashville, TN.
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to have Margaret Williams as our featured artist for the month of November.
Margaret works in all mediums - water color, acrylic, and oil. While each offers its own particular challenges and satisfactions, she truly enjoys the process of painting to express what she observes in life and feels in her soul. Her inspiration comes from exploring her own abilities to capture the color, texture, light and shadow of everyday images. She feels even the mundane and familiar can reveal beauty or provoke appreciation.
Margaret also gets real joy out of helping others discover their own expression in painting as well. She approaches teaching art with a reverence for principled technique and a passion for individual expression. She loves to encourage others to experiment and take risks to reach their hidden potential.
Margaret lives near Byhalia, MS on a retreat that gives her everyday opportunities to observe and capture the surrounding beauty of the countryside.
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to have Mary DeBenedictis as our featured artist for the month of September.
Much of Mary’s Inspiration has been taken from local artists with whom she has enjoyed working and studying. Her love for painting was renewed several years ago after almost twenty years raising her five children and working. Mary has studied with such notables as Lynda Tate, Frank Shear, Peggy Pipkin and Fred Rawlinson.
She began to work in abstract after seeing some of the current work of a talented friend, Little Rock artist, Tonya McNair. Her work reflects an interest in the expressive use of color against color. She has found the joy of combining color and pattern for a finished piece that is as exciting each and every time you look at it, as it was the first day it was completed. It is her hope that others will feel the excitement too, when they look at the beauty that color and form coming together can create.
It was her daughter Angela Yeiser that encouraged her to start painting again. Fate brought Mary full circle and she was soon back in the artistic realm she so loved.
Daniel Rudolph and Frederick Morris
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to have Daniel Rudolph and Frederick Morris as our featured artists for the month of August.
Daniel T. Rudolph was born in rural Wisconsin. Growing up in this rugged and beautiful part of the world he developed a deep appreciation for the strength and beauty of nature. Daniel’s first foray in to the art world was with masonry, a family trade. Through masonry, he learned that hard work can also be creative. Then discovering clay in the 1980's, he found great joy creating and sharing hand built pottery and sculptures. In 1991, Daniel began oil painting and developing his skill with a paintbrush. He loves painting birds, wildlife and pets. Daniel and his family currently reside in Memphis, TN. His work has been represented in over 170 galleries and frame shops in the USA.
Frederick Morris began exhibiting his paintings at the early age of nine. Since then, his work has been in galleries all over the world, including Germany, France, Hong Kong, England, and the USA. In 1985, Morris’s work was exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, France. Princess Diana commissioned a painting from him in 1995, which was later donated to her charity Ribbons of Hope Art. He has worked as an art teacher in various countries, including France and Germany. Morris’s art has won numerous awards. “I entered my first art exhibit at the age of nine, 1966 at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA., and sold three paintings. It was my escape into another world.”
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to have Jon Woodhams as our artist for the month of July. Jon has lived in Michigan, the Chicago area, Brooklyn & Memphis. He is an award-winning photographer and a member of the Artists' Link and the Bartlett Art Association through which he has had many opportunities to exhibit & sell his work in venues such as St. Francis and Sweet Pea's Table in Bartlett, Dyersburg State Community College in Covington, WKNO Gallery Ten Ninety One, and Christian Brothers University's Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery. When he is not taking pictures or playing the piano, he is a book editor with a New York publisher by trade.
“If I had to choose one word that ties most of my photography together, it would probably be nostalgia. Every adult, no matter how forward thinking, looks back with fondness on some element of their former life. As a collector and lover of antiques, I am drawn to objects from my childhood years - either those I actually owned, those I wish I had owned, or those I never knew about but have discovered in adulthood. I am especially drawn to items that were designed and created during the mid-twentieth century, often called Midcentury Modern. There is something about the character, the history, the hidden stories of old things that I find inspiring and irresistible. So it is not surprising that objects like these (vintage bottles, cars, cameras, telephones, buildings, places, even people) are among my favorite photographic subjects." -Jon Woodhams.
Rita St. John-Swanger
Rita St.John-Swanger is a self taught oil portrait painter. She is retired and resides in Byhalia, Mississippi. Her portraits are mainly commissioned, with repeat clients not only in the U.S.A. but also in Europe. Most of her paintings are ultra realistic with a hint of impressionism. Proficient in watercolor and acrylic, she teaches portraiture, landscapes and still life.
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome Yancy Villa-Calvo as our featured artist for the month of May.
Yancy Villa-Calvo was born in Mexico City and has lived and traveled in Latin America, Europe and Africa. She received her formal art education at Christian Brothers University, Memphis College of Art and has been mentored by national and international artists. Holding a B.A., a B.F.A and an M.B.A. Yancy frequently exhibits in group and solo shows. Her work is displayed in private collections in the United States, Mexico, Netherlands, Brazil, and Israel. She has been in Memphis for 20 years, where she lives with her husband Mauricio Calvo and their children Anna, Carolina and Santiago.
“I have an insatiable curiosity about the individual and the collective human connection that manifests itself in visual forms. Being an immigrant has ignited a fascination with finding commonalities among cultures. These commonalities are reflected in my work through the use of symbols. Using implied and palpable texture, my body of work examines the idea of a history beneath questioning the present. I bind acrylic paint, gold leaf and the four elements of life (water, earth, fire, air) using their physicality to denote how we are all intertwined through time and space.” Click here for printable flyer.
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome Janet Carnall as our featured artist for the month of March.
Janet is driven to explore see and know how to render nature in the truest possible way. Her artwork employs a wide range of subject matter, with strong emphasis on landscape, figurative and still life of all types. Artistic expression has consumed her since the age of 9, eventually leading to a career in music, then realizing a life-long passion for visual art. She has studied in oil and acrylics with numerous extraordinary painters through workshops and demonstrations. "I like to live in the moment" she says. "Painting allows me to think and make decisions quickly. Each painting tells part of my story".
Janet, a resident of Olive Branch is carving a recognition on the local MidSouth art scene. She serves with Memphis Germantown Art League and Artists' Link of Memphis, as well as two Mississippi Arts Councils. She has been featured in 2 shows, given a solo show and participated in several others. Her work may be found in private collections in 8 states.
Juan Rojo was born in Valladolid, Spain in 1977. He graduated from the University of Salamanca (Spain) with a degree in Fine Arts and he obtained his Masters degree in painting and video at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has exhibited extensively in the USA and Europe and is currently living in Memphis, Tennessee.
Juan Rojo uses painting, video, photography and printmaking to call into question traditions of representation, and conventions of the depiction of women. He creates tumultuous wrestling matches between representation and abstraction, between contemporary fragmentation and historical representation, between accepted heights of taste and intoxicating trips of high pitch colors. He employs everyday materials like scrapbook patterns, crochet or paper doilies to create naive, hyper-decorative works that merge disparate subject matters and exhibit a high-contrast between form and content.
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome Anne Enochs as our featured artist for the month of January.
Bold, vivid colors characterize Anne Enochs' pastel and oil paintings. She displays a masterful command of color, composition, and intuitive perception in her paintings. She loves to paint the quality of light, whether the subject matter be figurative or landscape or still life.
Her travels, particularly to the Southwest U. S. and to Europe, have greatly influenced her work. Her subtly powerful paintings provide a continuous source of beauty and pleasure to their owners and viewers.
Anne attended the University of Alabama where she earned a B.A. degree in art. Her paintings have won awards in national juried shows and she has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.
A founding member of the Professional Artists League of Mississippi, Anne is also a member and current president of Artists’ Link..
While working as a fulltime professional artist, she also teaches classes in drawing, and painting and holds workshops. Anne has a two hour instructional DVD out called "Pastel Basics with Anne Enochs.