Two shows at Gallery Fifty Six in November
By Richard Kendrickson
Gallery Fifty Six will present an exciting, fun, and different kind of art exhibition for the month of November. Thirteen Memphis artists will change their names and their styles in an exhibition titled Pseudonyms. Each artist will create a work of art that is unlike their style, and they will sign their creations with a pseudonym of their choice. The real identity of the artists will remain a secret until November 18.
The artists involved in the Pseudonyms exhibition are John Armistead, Bryan Blankenship, Paul Clarke, Mike Coulson, Carol De Forest, David Douglas, Eli Gold, Jan Hankins, Chuck Johnson, Jeanne Seagle, Madison Sherman, John Sadowski, and Niles Wallace.
Gallery Fifty Six director Rollin Kocsis came up with the idea. He said that the gallery currently represents a couple of artists who use a pseudonym, so he decided to create an exhibition of known and respected artists from the community willing to create something different from what they normally do and sign it with a different name. Kocsis said, “This will be a fun exhibition. It will give the artists a chance to do something new and different, and perhaps it may lead to some growth for the artists involved. It’s really fun for me because I will be the only person who knows who did what until November 18.”
During the opening reception patrons may participate in a “Match the Artist with the Work” game. A worksheet will be provided with a list of artist names and pseudonyms. The first person to match all the artists with their work will be awarded two free lunches at the Café Palladio.
Also during the month of November, Gallery Fifty Six will present the paintings of the late Billy Price Carroll. A native Memphian, Billy Price Carroll painted in oil, watercolor, pastel, and in Chinese ink and water. Ms. Carroll was a noted portrait artist and had over 30 one-man showings of her work in public museums, art galleries, clubs, and art associations. The artist also had her own Saturday art school in Memphis for over 20 years. Billy Price Carroll‘s works are in collections throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Her exhibition at Gallery Fifty Six is titled An Adventure in Art. The work selected for the November exhibition will be landscapes and still life paintings.
The opening reception for Pseudonyms and An Adventure in Art is Friday, November 4 from 5 to 8pm. The event is free and open to the public. The show will run until November 25. All art in this exhibition will be for sale.
Gallery Fifty Six has a large collection of art by local artists and is located at 2256 Central Avenue, between South Cooper and East Parkway. The hours of the gallery are Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4pm and Saturday from 11am until 4pm.