Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library

Past Exhibits

april 2017

Carl Scott

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.

Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 901-612-9542.

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March 2017

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

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february 2017

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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.

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January 2017

Thomas Tidwell

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.

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December 2016

Don Cummings

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.

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November 2016

Margaret Williams

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.

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September 2016

Mary DeBenedictis

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.

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August 2016

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.

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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.”

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July 2016

Jon Woodhams

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.

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June 2016

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.

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May 2016

Yancy Villa-Calvo

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.

Please contact Yancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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March 2016

Janet Carnall

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.

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February 2016

Juan Rojo

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.

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January 2016

Anne Enochs

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.

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December 2015

Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee was born in Paris, France to missionary parents who originated in Mississippi. He spent his childhood years mostly in France with occasional visits to Mississippi. He later attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Fine Arts. His childhood years in Paris gave him the opportunity to see the art and architecture of the Louvre, the Versailles Palace, the painter’s square at Montmartre, cathedrals and many other landmarks.

The rich culture of France was deeply imprinted on his life. He recognized as a child that his great passion was drawing and painting and began creating sketches at every opportunity.

He has combined his love for being in nature and painting with creating landscape paintings on location. He works in oils on canvas and tries to convey the romance and beauty of what surrounds us through painting in a loose but realistic style. Samples of artwork and contact info can be found at matthewleestudio.com. In addition to his interest in painting he is also a licensed architect and practiced architecture full time for 22 years prior to launching a full time art business.

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November 2015

Dorothy Douglas and Jacque Sligh

The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome Dorothy Douglas and Jacque Sligh as our featured artists for the month of November.

Dot has studied art under local renowned artist Paul Penczner for many years. She uses mainly oils, with a clear impressionistic influence, to express the beauty of what she calls “God’s beautiful creation”. She is a member of the Bartlett Art Association.
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Jacque finds her inspiration, ideas and subjects from her travels and also observing nature and the impact of light, shadow and color around her. She is a Member of Memphis/Germantown Art League, Bartlett Art Association and Plein Air Memphis.
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September 2015

Mike Coulson

Mike received a BFA from the University of Memphis and a MFA from the University of Georgia with a concentration in painting and drawing. Over the years he has worked as a mural painter, illustrator, graphic designer, web designer and teacher. In recent years, he has been pursuing a personal interest in painting and spends much of his time in the studio exploring the possibilities of paint on canvas. Additionally he has an interest in digital art and quality inkjet printing where he applies the skills acquired as an illustrator and graphic designer. Coulson has exhibited in many regional and national shows and has had several solo exhibitions of his work. He feels that painting and printmaking are creative outlets that allow him to share his experiences and encourage others to celebrate with him, this journey down the road of life.

“The artwork in this show explores the excitement of youthful experiences such as attending a circus or having fun at a shooting gallery during fair time. Other pieces focus on a love and fascination for flowers arranged and presented in new and different ways. All these life encounters are synthesized within and flow into the artwork in new and different combinations. The images are a combination of photos combined with artwork and blended together for a mixed media effect. As an artist, I am fascinated with the possibilities that digital media offers from the standpoint of creativity and self-expression. This relatively new medium provides all the dynamics of traditional art such as line, form, space and color. But now, rather than working on paper or canvas, I work on a computer monitor using a virtual paintbrush available in the software program. Colors are layered and built up as if using traditional media but now layered in an electronic file for easy manipulation and version control. Technology has opened a new realm for the artist to discover and explore, and with this, new visuals to experience.” - Mike Coulson

The artworks are printed on a large format Epson 9800 using ultrachrome K3 Inks on archival quality art paper. Please contact Mike at 901-907-9441. Click here for printable flyer.

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August 2015

Nancy Crossett

The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome back Nancy Crossett as our artist for the month of August. Nancy is a self taught artist, who’s been painting for at least 15 years. She chooses her subjects from scenes that are interesting to her or places she has been. She is the VP of the Bartlett Art Association and a member of Plein Air Memphis.

Her artwork hangs at St. Francis Hospital Bartlett on a regular basis and in other art shows in the Memphis Area. She really enjoys the challenge of painting a variety of subjects!

Please contact Nancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 901-550-9191.

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July 2015

Jon Woodhams

The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome photographer, Jon Woodhams as our July Artist of the Month.

Jon Woodhams has lived in Michigan, the Chicago area, Colorado, Brooklyn, and Memphis. An award-winning
photographer, Jon is a member of Artists’ Link and the Bartlett Art Association in Bartlett, Tennessee, where he has had
many opportunities to exhibit and sell his work in venues such as St. Francis (Bartlett), Sweet Pea’s Table in Bartlett,
Dyersburg State Community College (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

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June 2015

Marc Wheetley

"I am an Oakland, Tennessee resident who relocated from Olive Branch, Mississippi in 2005 after taking early retirement. My wife of 41 years, Donna, and I have two grown sons. I volunteer my time to Caris Healthcare in Somerville two days a week.

As a child I would copy pictures of birds and flowers from the encyclopedia. I once worked on a paint-by-numbers piece so long that I broke out in hives from breathing the solvent fumes! Throughout my adult life both painting and photography have been steady hobbies though they occupied less and less of my time as my career occupied more.
Although I have taken portrait and other classes over the years, I am more self taught than formally trained. Portraits done in oil are my favorite type of artwork; but I also paint pet portraits and other works in pastels. I am endlessly fascinated by the way in which the slightest change in a mouth or an eye can make such a profound change in the subject’s appearance. I have noticed the same effect in the dog portraits I’ve done.

I have taken a number of workshops from local and visiting artists and have benefited greatly from my participation in the Bartlett Art Association located in Bartlett, Tennessee.
Painting for me is a challenge and a struggle punctuated by moments of pure joy."

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May 2015

Todd Graves

The art of Todd Graves will be on display throughout the month of May at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library.

"A friend let me borrow an Old Nikon camera when I was working on a project for college. I had to hike to the top of Mt LeConte to photograph the lodge for a presentation. I fell in love with photography immediately. It was the day of film, developing, and manual focus. It was shortly thereafter that I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, a journey that took me 7 months. My old metal manual focus camera was with me the whole way. From that point forward, I would travel and shoot nature as much as I could. The Smokies were my favorite place to shoot and I spent countless weeks tramping around its hills and valleys. I was chasing sunsets. Lately, I have started to develop an interest in cultural landscapes and it's fun to try to capture a moment of time. I love to shoot pictures.” Click here for more information.

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March 2015

Rita Dattilo

The art of Rita Dattilo will be on display throughout the month of March at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library.

Even in childhood, Rita had a passion for art, and she remembers that she often had a crayon in hand, coloring or drawing something. Since retirement, Rita has revisited her love for art – with passion intact. Her interest and talent have led her to take instruction from artists like Mary Pera and Sandee Sander at ArtReach. Rita has profited from a number of workshops, and she particularly enjoyed her experience with New Mexico artist Ann Templeton. Rita often paints in her home studio, but she also enjoys working alongside other local artists at the Bert Ferguson Community Center.

Rita paints a variety of subjects, but she prefers landscapes. “The beauty of God’s creation inspires me to paint,” says Rita. “I like oil paint because of the way I can move the paint around on canvas. I also like the brilliance of oil paint.” A judge of a recent Bartlett Art Association exhibit declared that Rita had the touch of a “master painter,” and all of her works reveal a true eye for color and attention to detail. Her work has been on display at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett and at Twigs and Ivy. Rita has been a member of the Bartlett Art Association for the last several years and currently serves on the Telephone Committee Click here for printable flyer.

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February 2015

Joseph Baker

The art of Joseph Baker will be on display throughout the month of February at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library. He paints in acrylics, oils, uses pen and ink, watercolors and pastels. And, Joseph has been featured on WKNO. Click here for printable flyer.

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January 2015

David Rawlinson

The art of David Rawlinson will be on display throughout the month of January at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library. David has been painting off and on for over 40 years. He graduated from the Memphis Academy of Arts with a BFA in Advertising Design in 1978. After working as an Art Director in a few advertising agencies, David now has his own graphic design company called Rawlinson's Graphic Designs. David is an avid fisherman and draws a lot of his inspirations for his paintings from it. Click here for printable flyer.

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December 2014

Dorothy Douglas

The art of Dorothy Douglas will be on display throughout the month of December at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library. Dorothy paints mostly landscapes in oil, but paints many other things with an Impressionistic style. She is a member of the Bartlett Art Association and has displayed her art at the St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett and at the Germantown Mall with the Artists Co-Op. Please feel free to contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and come by to view her wonderful art in the Burch Library Art Gallery. Click here for printable flyer.

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November 2014

Yvonne D'Angelo

 Yvonne D'Angelo is our November Artist of the Month. She has been an accomplished painter and art teacher for over 40 years. She holds a degree in Art Education from Mt. St. Mary College in New York and the University of Memphis. She has taught in a number of schools across the country as well. Yvonne holds both a certificate in Mural Painting from the Gradisher Decorative Art Studio in Atlanta, and certification in Mina Eiger's Brush Language Technique from a studio in New York. She's also a member of the Society of Decorative Painters.

In her desire to keep up with the leading trends while honing her skills, Yvonne recently returned to the University and has been recertified. Her love of painting angels is well known by many people, as her painting entitled Peace Flight has been made into prints and note cards. Her artwork has been published in Angel magazine. Currently she teaches oil, acrylic and watercolor painting in Collierville where she resides. Click here for flyer.

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September 2014

Jacque' Sligh

Jacque' has always had a joy and love for art but began painting in oils after she moved to Collierville over 20 years ago. She is a member of Memphis Germantown Art League, Bartlett Art Association and Plein Air Memphis. Her art work hangs in various locations including The Art and Frame Shop in Collierville and St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett. Click here for flyer.

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August 2014

Nancy Crossett

Nancy Crossett is a self taught artist who chooses her subjects from places she has been. Her art hangs in St Francis Hospital Bartlett and other art shows in the Memphis area. She is a member of the Plein Air Memphis. Join us in August to view her display.

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July 2014

Hope Canady

Hope Canady is our July Artist of the month. She is a spiritual woman who praises and worships her God by painting His Creation! Hope lives in the Collierville area and she is coming in July to the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch, Jr. Library to display her acrylics, oils and water colors for us to enjoy! 

"I am thankful for my dad, who for over fifty years, was a well known portrait artist in Memphis. He shared his paints with me when I was just 10 years of age. I painted a portrait of my cat with his palette knife and won an 'honorable mention' at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

"I have prayed for years for God to bless my art...then one weekend He did. I immediately took 12 orders for pet portraits and now I'm booked continually. I have always loved animals of every kind. Now, I can use my talent to bless others with memories of their pets."

     

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June 2014

Anita Patil and Moumita Mukherjee

Moumite Mukherjee, is an amateur artist who has seen the dawn of her talents. She has been completely self-taught, drawing when her creative soul finds a break in her hectic life. She sees objects as something to be delved deeper, not just withstanding their impressionist colors. She sees life as an adventure to be enjoyed freely, with many shades, mixes and plethora of colors. And so, she expresses that vision in her numerous fauvistic acrylic paintings. 

She was born in India, and came to the U.S. while working on her Ph. D in civil engineering. Dr. M., as she is affectionately called by her students, teaches civil engineering at Southwest Community College. She has an energetic husband of over 15 years, Prantik Sinha, who deeply encourages her to paint. Together they have a 14-year-old son named Soham Sinha. As her favorite saying goes, "Life is an art, a myriad of visions, opportunities, and love.

 

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Anita Patil-Nehate is a housewife who likes to paint during her free time as a hobby. The theme of her work presented is "warli folk art (India's tribal art) in acrylic paints. These paintings are traditional and contemporary art. Traditionally warli art was created by tribal women at their marriage ceremony and festivals. Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai in western India. 

 

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May 2014

Wanda Shelton

Member of Women Painters of the Southeast, Wanda Shelton has been an accomplished artist of the Memphis area for many years, having entered shows both locally and nationally and has received many awards. She has studied under well-known artists like Helen VanWyk, Charles Movalli, Ned Mueller, and Kevin McPherson. Wanda paints in oils, acrylics and watercolor, being greatly influenced by her extensive travels and the outdoors. Please visit her Website: wandasheltonfineart.com.

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March 2014

William Roy

William Roy, 83, first became interested in oil painting as a hobby in 1970 after a visit to the Musee d'Orsee in Paris. Largely self-taught, he considers the artists of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods his greatest influence saying, "For me, it's really about color."

Roy shares his home in Moscow, Tennessee with his wife of over 50 years, Sharon, who provides him with inspiration for his work throught her flower gardens, "I just really enjoy painting and I like sharing my artwork with people."

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February 2014

Bill Geiger and Charles Sandifer

The Collierville Burch Library welcomes Bill Geiger and Charles Sandifer as our February Artists of the Month.

"Grandpa Moses", they lovingly call him, in the Senior Citizen's Center art classes in Collierville. 78 years old, he was born in Miami, attended Mars Hill College in North Carolina, and graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with one art class in his resume! After graduating from Southwestern Seminary, Bill spent 27 years with his family in Chile as a missionary. He was on staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital as staff Chaplain for 8 years. Now retired, Bill paints so beautifully because he is a perfectionist with very few bristles in his brush!

A native of Louisiana, he received a degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University in 1959. Charles has lived in Memphis since 1960 as an owner of Charles N. Sandifer and Associates-Landscape Architects and City Planners . He earned his degree in 1983 at Memphis State University. Charles teaches art at the McWherter Senior Citizen's Center. The way he began teaching art was unusual. He only came there in the beginning to take an oil painting class and wound up teaching it! My painting style has been influenced by impressionists, to give an impression of the moment by focusing more on light and color and less emphasis on detail, drafting and blending tones.

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January 2014

Katie Tucker

The Collierville Burch Library welcomes Katie Tucker as our January Artist of the Month. This is what Katie has to say about herself:

"I attend Collierville High School, and I am a member of the Honors Academy, Knowledge Bowl Team, Model United Nations, and Art Club. Previously, I have participated in all levels of competition all the way up to Nationals. My art is hanging in my old school and in the state capital building."

"Everything I have on display involves my favorite subject: animals. This is a major part of much of my work, which is probably because of my efforts to see the detail in the natural world. Although I have worked with several different mediums, my favorite is colored pencil, which gives me greater control. It also allows me to show to others how I perceive the world." 

 

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December 2013

Dana Blalack

Dana Blalack is our featured artist of the month at the Collierville Burch Library.

During the month of December, eleven painting by local artist, Dana Blalack will be on exhibit for your enjoyment. Dana's art is a beautiful variety of acrylic paintings, which you will not want to miss. Dana is an East Memphian resident. As a young artist who began loving art as a little girl, she was greatly inspired by her father's beautiful sunset painting which hung on their wall at home. You may see the affect it has had on her when you look at her paintings!

She began by drawin crosses as a young child and by taking art classes in  middle schooll. While attending Overton High School, she enrolled in their fine arts program, which is nationally recognized. Dana claims further inspiration came from renowned arts, Bob Ross of WKNO TV! "Bob inspired me so much and from then on I was hooked on nature. Colors were all I noticed an dI was obsessed with it!" says Dadan who loves painting and oceans, scenery, winter landscapes, and flowers. 

Dana paints mainly in acrylics, but has dabbled in oils, only to find it difficult with a toddler at home! She says that having many museums in the Memphis area has been a huge inspiration to her. "Also my family, children and husband have truly taught me to dream." Foremost, she says that God has given her this gift to use. So she is! Click here for flyer.

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November 2013

Rick Barnard

Rick Barnard is our Featured Artist of the Month at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch Library.

During the month of November, 17 selections by Rick Barnard will be on exhibit for your enjoyment. We will feature Rick's flower and bird portfolios among other items. "My goal is to create innovative images of the way I feel about the world around me. Amid the rush and stress of everyday life, we sometimes overlook the beauty of this great Earth. I want to photograph it."

Rick has been a landscape and nature photographer for seven years and his photographic prints have been displayed in dozens of exhibits in the mid-South and mid–Atlantic regions of the United States. In April 2013, the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, Germantown, TN, presented an exhibit of his work comprised of 40 prints. In February 2014, The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery, Christian Brothers University of Memphis, TN, will present an extensive exhibition of Rick's fine art prints including several of his award-winning landscapes in large format. Click here for flyer.

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August 2013

Suma Jangannath

Meet Suma Jagannath, Collierville Burch Library's Artist of the Month for August. Suma's painting will be on display from August 2 - -31 in the Gallery Hallway. Suma is an amateur artist who works with oil paints with a focus on landscape and nature.

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June 2013

Sidney Proctor

The Collierville Burch Library welcomes Sidney Proctor as our Artist for the month of June. Sydney is 17 years old and currently enrolled in the Art Instruction School. She has been experimenting with watercolor since age 13. Her paintings are inspired by the people she loves, the emotions or experiences she's had and places she has been. Please visit the library and view Sydney's beautiful work. 

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May 2013

Shanthi Thangavelsami

Our May artist is Shanthi Thangavelsami. She is a self-taught painter but also took lessons in oil painting at Hobby Lobby. She enjoys painting natural landscapes and flowers and has a keen interest in sculpture. Please come and enjoy her vibrant works of art located in the Halle Gallery Hallway through the month of May.

 

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March 2013

Amanda McGillvery

Amanda McGillvery is exhibiting her ink drawings at the Collierville Burch Library in the month of March. Art has always been her outlet and has allowed her to express herself and her emotions. Come and enjoy her exhibit and see the beautiful detail she has shown in each of her pieces.

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February 2013

Family Violence Council

 

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January 2013

Aarti Prasad

The artist was born and brought up in India.  She received her Bachelors of Engineering degree in Computer Sciences from Ra-jeev Gandhi University, India.  She does not have any formal training in the arts. She began doing paintings in her early childhood such as cartoons, sketches, and later participated in several interschool competitions.  She later began doing some oil paintings and graphic design.  She paints on subjects that influence her in her day to day life. She loves mainly the earth tones which are reflected in her paintings as the dominant colors. 

 

December 2012

Nahid Aziz

The artist was born in Botswana and raised in Pakistan.  She received her BFA from the University of Karachi, Pakistan and is currently studying at the University of Memphis. Her paintings depict a reflection of her culture and her love for bright colors and nature.

A portion of all her sales will be given to charities during the Christmas holiday.

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November 2012

Donna Bowling and Mary Hasson

Collierville residents Donna Bowling and Mary Hasson enjoy their mutual love of watercolor, often painting together, critiquing, and sharing ideas.

Donna Bowling majored in art at Memphis State University and taught art in the Memphis City Schools. After retiring from School Counseling with Shelby County Schools, she returned to watercolor and began painting again. Love of bold colors and exploring new techniques keeps her enthused. Donna currently attends classes with Fred Rawlinson at his Atelier Studio. She is a new member of Memphis and Germantnown Art League and Tennessee Watercolor Society.

Mary Hasson , having taken some classes, but mostly selftaught, says that watercolor painting gives her joy and a feeling of accomplishment that she can share with others.

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Matthew Lee was born in Paris, France to missionary parents who originated in Mississippi. He spent his childhood years mostly in France with occasional visits to Mississippi. He later attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Fine Arts. His childhood years in Paris gave him the opportunity to see the art and architecture of the Louvre, the Versailles Palace, the painter’s square at Montmartre, cathedrals and many other landmarks.

The rich culture of France was deeply imprinted on his life. He recognized as a child that his great passion was drawing and painting and began creating sketches at every opportunity.

He has combined his love for being in nature and painting with creating landscape paintings on location. He works in oils on canvas and tries to convey the romance and beauty of what surrounds us through painting in a loose but realistic style. Samples of artwork and contact info can be found at matthewleestudio.com. In addition to his interest in painting he is also a licensed architect and practiced architecture full time for 22 years prior to launching a full time art business.

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