If you see a group of people with sketchbooks suddenly descend on a particular spot, chances are it's the Urban Sketchers. The group meets the first Saturday of each month at a designated location to sketch.
The fruits of their labors are on view through Feb. 1 at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. The show opened with a preview party Friday night.
Urban Sketchers is open to everyone, said Elizabeth Alley, the group's organizer. Locations have included Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, The Peabody and South Main. If it's cold, they sketch indoors, Elizabeth said. People who want to share their work can post their sketches on urbansketchers-memphis.blogspot.com or on Facebook.
Each artist got part of a wall to display his or her works. Guests also could peruse the artists' sketchbooks on a table.
Colorful sketches by Nancy Mardis are included in the show. Nancy, who taught law and personal finance for 25 years at the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis, now is retired. "I'm ready to do art," she said.
Sock it to me
Matthew Garrison's video, "The Lost Sock," is included in the "Based on a True Story" exhibit at Marshall Arts.
The video details Matthew's search for the mate to the black sock already on his foot. Matthew looks under the bed, in the laundry hamper and almost tears the bed covers apart looking for the missing sock. He never finds it and has to resort to putting on a tan sock instead.
During Friday night's preview party, Matthew wore the black and tan socks. The missing black sock was attached to a piece of carpet on the back of the video player.
The video played upside down, so viewers had to bend over to watch it. "You're looking from underneath, from under the floor, where you can see the layer of the flooring and the sock and the carpet and the television," said Matthew, who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pa. "It's sort of an inversion of the world."
"Based on a True Story" also includes the work of Chris Miner and Yeon Jin Kim.
The viewer has to supply a narrative for works in the show, said curator Joel Carreiro, who directs the master of fine arts program at Hunter College in New York. The narrative is "kind of suggested, but not totally filled in," he said. "The artist is working with narrative, but not in a direct way. Instead of giving a complete story, it gives more room for the viewer."
Edge to Edge
The title of Michael Bogle's art show is about as detailed as his art work. The show, "Flora, Fauna & Dwellings, Mountains, Rivers and Seas: The Drawings of Michael Bogle" opened with a reception Friday night.
The one-night-only show featured 78 works, mostly in marker and some in graphite pen and colored pencil, on 11-by-14 inch paper. Each piece went for $20, so lots of people snatched them up.
Michael's friend, Libby Pace Humphries, organized the show. "Michael is my friend and he's an artist with autism," she said. "His work is just amazing. It's so intricate. The bright, colorfulness, the intricate line work, the patterning, the fact that he just uses every square centimeter of the paper — it's a glorious overload for the eyes."
Cover photo: Raquel Adams (left) and Caleb and Lindsey Todd at the preview party for "Based on a True Story" at Marshall Arts.
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