To mark their reopening after a long summer of repairs and renovations, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is hosting three exhibitions: two American painting shows and a selection of work by Memphis painter and printmaker, Martha Kelly.
Kelly, who is a Memphis native, works primarily with landscapes. Her careful woodcuts, executed in the style of art nouveau, often feature familiar scenes from the Mid-South: Overton Park, Elmwood Cemetery, Chickasaw Gardens. She also draws influence from farther afield — rolling meadows in England or Parisian cityscapes. Kelly’s work with landscape also extends to illustration, watercolor, and oil painting.
“Evening” by Martha Kelly
The Dixon exhibition, entitled My Own Places, opened November 1st and will run through January 3rd, 2016. The paintings and prints featured all relate to what Kelly calls her “heart places” around this region and are drawn from walks that the artist takes as a part of her daily practice.
An opening reception will be held as a part of Art After Dark, on Thursday, November 19th, at 6:00 p.m. Also, at noon on November 11th, Kelly will give a talk about the work over lunch provided by the Museum as a part of the Dixon’s “Munch and Learn” series.
Eileen Townsend covers arts and culture for Memphis magazine. She has written about street racing, urban exploring and outsider art for the magazine, and writes a regular art column for the Memphis Flyer. She tweets at @eileen_townsend.