Broad Ave. Art Walk and Lecture at Medicine Factory


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The Broad Ave. Arts District Art Walk is this Saturday October 20th, 2-8 p.m.

I think I should write an art feature on whether or not Broad Avenue is really an arts district. Does one art gallery, T Clifton and one alternative space, Material plus several art studios make an arts district? I am sure it would make for an interesting topic with a wide range of opinions from artists and art patrons. Regardless of its status as an arts district, which I do not think it is, one cannot deny the absolute resounding success the previous Art Walks have been. This year, artwork from over 40 artists will be on display with most available for purchase.

Work by Mark Nowell
  • Work by Mark Nowell

Some of the highlights include Mark Nowell’s New Steel Sculptures at Material Art Space. Coming off the recent dedication of the “Wave” sculpture at the Skate Park in Tobey Park, Nowell gives one sentence and one sentence only in regards to this exhibition, “I wanted to do a show that is just steel — no paint, no ink, etc.” Now, that is getting straight to the point. Jamie Harmon’s Amurica, a makeshift photobooth in an old travel trailer will be directly in front of Material on Broad Ave.

Jan Hankins will be exhibiting new and retrospective works at The Cove. The Cove will also be unveiling four new murals, which is exciting. Hankins also has an incredible exhibit on view at AMUM. Be sure to see it before heading down to the Art Walk.

On the loading dock on the north side of Broad, 24 artists will be showing their work. Some of the artists included are Derrick Dent, Michelle Duckworth, and Yvonne Coker. Bobby Spillman will have paintings up at Three Angels Diner. While there to see the paintings, be sure to eat a Steamie and drink a Little Kings beer. Delicious.

I am a cat person. I could care less about dogs. However, at 3 p.m. there will be an Art Bark parade, starting at West Memorials and finishing at Hollywood Feed. A fundraiser for the Broad Ave. Arts District and the Guardian Angels Pet Rescue, participating dogs will be dressed as famous atists. Any pooch can enter the parade. Registration starts at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of West Memorials. I wonder how many Dwayne Butcher doggies there will be?

With the ever-increasing success of this annual event, parking is becoming more and more of an issue. The Broad Ave Arts District website suggests to park at Brewster Elementary at Collins and Sam Cooper.

Sunday, October 21st, —3 to 5 p.m. is the closing reception of Ben Butler and Liz Sweibel "Parts to the Whole" at the Medicine Factory.

Work by Ben Butler
  • Work by Ben Butler

Work by Liz Sweibel
  • Work by Liz Sweibel

Ben Butler will be giving a gallery talk at 3:30 p.m. If nothing else, go see this lecture. I had the pleasure of seeing Ben speak at Rhodes College last year. It was not what I expected. He has a very interesting and complicated way of making his work. The work is created through a rule-driven, highly mathematical, systematic strategy. The resulting work is surprisingly varied and organic. Current graduate students at MCA and the University of Memphis could really benefit from seeing how he talks about his work.

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