been the artistic associate of the company doing performances and choreography, has been elevated to associate artistic director effective July 1. He’ll be working even more closely with founder and artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh. Mcmahon will no longer dance with the company but will have a greater role in developing it. Retiring from Ballet Memphis are longtime favorite dancers Kendall G. Britt Jr. and Travis Bradley.
It was a big night for Bradley. He choreographed a remarkable piece at the event while the musical “Memphis” — he is a co-choreographer — was playing down the street at Playhouse on the Square. His work “Step Out of the Shadows” (paired with Ghost River Brewing Co.) was a terrific, fluid piece steeped in emotion.
Company dancer Olivia Powell was matched with Wiseacre Brewing Co. and created “If a Top Hat Could Talk,” a witty, funkinfused piece that saw Britt (and others) sporting a top hat with attitude.
Rafael Ferreras, another company dancer, paired with Memphis Made Brewing Co. to present “Memphis Made,” a distinctly Bluff City creation that had fun running with music ranging from Pat Boone’s “Speedy Gonzales” to Booker T.’s “Fun.”
The final piece was “Pushing the Stone” by Brian Mcsween for High Cotton Brewing Co. McSween is the company’s Ballet Master and has been in Memphis for only about a year. Whatever concerns he might have had about understanding what Memphis is all about were put to rest when his inventive, exhilarating piece unfolded to the music of Valerie June and Dead Soldiers, among others. Annesdale Park Gallery, 1290 Peabody Ave.: Jennifer Bowman and Sandy Starbird: “Primal Rhythms,” through June 18. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday. Bowman’s abstract paintings and Starbird’s primal figures. 901-208-6451. theannesdaleparkgallery.com Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave.: “Their Line Has Gone Out Through All the Earth: Spring and Summer Flower Drawings by Carlyle Wolfe,” Sunday through Aug. 7. Artist reception at Art After Dark on June 16. Exhibition features plants that flower from the months of February to August. 901-761-5250. dixon.org David Lusk Gallery-memphis, 97 Tillman St.: Nancy Cheairs: “New Paintings,” through June 18. Opening 6-8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 901-767-3800. davidluskgallery.com Memphis College of Art’s Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St.: “2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition,” Friday through Aug. 6 in Hyde Gallery. Reception 6-9 p.m. July 29. Work from 28 alumni and former students in media ranging from sculpture and abstract paintings to installations and video projections. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon-7 p.m. Saturday and on Trolley Nights. 901-272-5100. Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave. (Overton Park): “Sankofa: An Ancestral Journey,” through July 30 in Rust Hall Alumni Gallery. A collection of sculpture incorporating found objects, installations and excerpts of creative writing. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. mca.edu.