Party Line: Gallery's April Fool's joke is on attendees

Artists exhibiting at the Wrong Again Gallery aren't allowed to attend opening receptions hosted there by Greely Myatt (left). So artist Kyle Wingo (on screen) kept in touch via Skype and watched attendees coming and going for beers from the refrigerator.

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Artists exhibiting at the Wrong Again Gallery aren't allowed to attend opening receptions hosted there by Greely Myatt (left). So artist Kyle Wingo (on screen) kept in touch via Skype and watched attendees coming and going for beers from the refrigerator.

If it's April 1, it's the opening of a new show at The Wrong Again Gallery.

The gallery is an April Fool's Day joke. You walk to a door in Greely Myatt's garage that says "The Wrong Again Gallery." You open the door, but you only can go about 2 inches inside. That's the gallery, which is open through Halloween.

"Is anybody in there?" asked Ernie Patton before he realized he could get only about a toe's length inside the gallery at the opening reception late Sunday afternoon.

Five gouache-on-paper works by exhibiting artist Kyle Wingo faced him when he opened the door.

"Is that the whole show tonight?" asked a somewhat-stunned Madelaine Patton.

The exhibiting artists aren't allowed to attend the reception. Guests conversed with Kyle on Skype through a laptop set up on top of Greely's vintage Philco refrigerator. Kyle also appeared on a wide screen on the north side of the garage. The refrigerator was stocked with Heinekens so Kyle, who actually was on a friend's porch in Cooper-Young, could see visitors coming and going as they fetched beers.

"It's sort of mean to not let them come," Greely said.

Kyle's show will be on view through April 22. The gallery, which is open by, as Greely says, "appointment" or "accident," will feature other exhibits over the next seven months. The gallery was inspired by The Wrong Gallery, a project by Maurizio Catalan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick that existed from 2002 to 2005 in the Chelsea Arts District in New York.

'Forging on the River'

Sometimes it takes a village of "village" blacksmiths to quickly finish a project.

Smiths from across the country helped blacksmith Alfred Bullerman complete a massive iron bench Saturday at "Forging on the River" at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

Guests sitting on bleachers in a tent applauded after Alfred hammered the last rivet to join the bench to the base.

Alfred, who is from Eisenstadt Friesoythe, Germany, said it was "amazing" to be at the museum and working "with such interesting people."

Holly Fisher, the museum's project coordinator, said the bench will go on the museum grounds, possibly on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

Many guests watched the river as they enjoyed the warm temperatures. In addition to food and drink, Forging on the River included a forge where guests could take a crack at being a blacksmith and an iron pour at the foundry. A live auction featured functional and artistic metalwork donated by metalsmiths from across the United States.

Taste of DeSoto

A cupcake sat on a shelf in the stroller in front of "Baby Beyoncé" -- Raiah Hamilton's doll -- at Taste of DeSoto. It looked as if Raiah wanted her doll to get a share in the bounty at the annual event at the Arena at Southaven.

Raiah, who was with her mom, Sky Hamilton, and Kenya Burks sampled food, which ranged from steak to cupcakes, at the fundraiser to benefit Impact Missions and the American Liver Foundation.

About 50 restaurants from DeSoto and surrounding counties participated in last Tuesday's event. More than 1,200 attended, said event chairwoman Denise Blassingame.

'Med Night: A Soul Celebration'

Guests were given programs shaped like 33 rpm vinyl records at "Med Night: A Soul Celebration," but they didn't have to listen to any R&B recordings; they got the real performers. Thelma Houston, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., The Temptations and The Four Tops performed at the fundraiser for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The Med) on Saturday night at The Peabody.

In addition to the music, the party featured a live auction and dinner. Susan Scheidt Arney and Leigh Shockey were the benefit's co-chairwomen.

'Voyage to a Cure'

With nighttime temperatures in the mid-70s outside though it was March, Kallen Esperian sang "Summertime" inside the Hilton Memphis. Kallen performed Saturday night at "Voyage to a Cure," the 12th annual Promise Ball to benefit the West Tennessee Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

Milton Allen, a member of the JDRF International advisory board, and Dr. Jerome Thompson, a member of the JDRF International Lay Review Committee, were the recipients of the Living and Giving Awards.

Summer and Cecil Godman were event chairmen. John Rooney, president and CEO of Evergreen Packaging, was honorary chairman.

Michael Donahue: (901) 529-2797; donahue@commercialappeal.com

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