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> Hol­i­day shows aglow with fine art, crafts for all in­ter­ests, bud­gets

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Art - By Bill El­lis

Spe­cial to The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal

Mem­phi­ans may not have a good old-fash­ioned Wei­h­nachts­markt, or Christ­mas mar­ket, to at­tend, but plenty of hol­i­day art mar­kets and shows that be­gin this week­end help spark the fes­tive feel­ing lo­cally.

The of­fer­ings are di­verse — from fine art to quaint crafts — with an added in­cen­tive this year for the dol­lar-con­scious shop­per. Says T Clifton Art busi­ness man­ager Pat Brown in a sen­ti­ment mir­rored by other gallery own­ers: “For the most part, the artists have re­ally tai­lored items for gift-giv­ing that will work with all bud­gets.” Among the many choices :

The first an­nual Broad Av­enue Hol­i­day Art Walk is tonight 6-9 p.m. in the many gal­leries and busi­nesses that pop­u­late the grow­ing arts district (lo­cated at Sam Cooper and Broad be­tween Hol­ly­wood and Collins). An out­growth of their fall art walk, high­lights in­clude “Blues on Broad,” a se­ries of 15 paint­ings by Ge­orge Hunt at West Memo­rial, 2481 Broad, with mu­sic by Dar­ren J and Black­kat Bone; a spe­cial exhibit/pre­sen­ta­tion at Weaver & As­so­ci­ates, 2563 Broad, by Junk­yard Mu­seum founder Lisa Wil­liamson, who will dis­cuss as­pects of the in­ter­ac­tive, found-ob­ject art mu­seum in­clud­ing its sum­mer camp and Broad Ave. re­lo­ca­tion plans (mu­sic by per­cus­sion­ist Don­ald Knaack — The Junkman); a Mem­phis Area Women’s Coun­cil exhibit of T-shirt art by lo­cal do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sur­vivors Splash Creative, 2574 Sam Cooper; and a float­ing “fa la la” in­stal­la­tion at Odessa, 2613 Broad, in which the art­work will hang from the ceil­ing like snowflakes. (Call 323-2787 or go to tcliftonart.com).

Paint­ings, hewn bowls, fash­ion ac­ces­sories, and more can be found in the fifth an­nual Hol­i­day Open House in the Ev­er­green His­toric District noon-5 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day. Wood­turner Joan Kelly and tex­tile artist An­gela Sch­nei­der will op­er­ate from 1750 For­rest while artist Martha Kelly and wood­worker El­more Holmes will be at 1780 Au­tumn. Says Joan Kelly, “It’s cer­tainly a sale, but it’s also a chance to meet our neigh­bors, and for peo­ple who know us in other con­texts to come see what we do.” (Call 278-1216 or 725-9165 or go to marthakell­yart.com or holmeswood­work.com).

The Mem­phis Arts Col­lec­tive holds its 4th an­nual Hol­i­day Artist Mar­ket through Dec. 24 at 1501 Union (for­merly B.A. Framer), where pot­tery, paint­ings, collectibles and more will be avail­able from two dozen-plus ven­dors. Tonight’s open­ing event 6-9 p.m. fea­tures com­pli­men­tary re­fresh­ments and mu­sic by Jim Duck­worth and Jim Spake. A si­lent auc­tion will ben­e­fit Friends for Life. (Open 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon­day-Thurs­day and Satur­day; 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri­day; and noon-5 p.m. Sun­day; call 413-8937 or go to mem­phis­artscol­lec­tive.com).

The Na­tional Or­na­men­tal Metal Mu­seum, 374 Metal Mu­seum Drive, hosts a Hol­i­day Open House 3-5 p.m. Sun­day that in­cludes treats, car­ols by the Over­ton High School Cham­ber Choir, a “Hol­i­day Show­case” of af­ford­able jew­elry, kitchen uten­sils, and metal art, and free en­try to the cur­rent exhibit “Re-make/Re-model”. (Call 774-6380 or go to metal­mu­seum.org).

Gallery choices tai­lored to the hol­i­days in­clude:

An Artists’ Hol­i­day Show through Dec. 31 at DCI Gallery, 772 Brookhaven Cir­cle E, fea­tures work by John Robi­nette and 10

Some Ev­er­green artists’ of­fer­ings: a plat­ter by Joan Kelly, scarf and wo­ven flower pins and bar­rette by An­gela Sch­nei­der.

Lisa Allen’s glass trays at T Clifton Art take a col­or­ful turn dur­ing the sea­son of gift-giv­ing.

At L Ross Gallery, Mag­gie Siner’s oil-on-can­vas ‘‘Red Hang­ers’’ holds hol­i­day flair.

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