Elmore started out having this show in his unheated garage studio, and I froze my butt off out there the first year I knew him, just hanging and helping. The next year we moved it inside to my front room/gallery, and I added cookies and hot cider to the mix as well as showing my work alongside his. Last year I had acquired the 1909 printing press and did a printmaking demonstration as well. I hope to have the press rolling this year as well, though with the Cape May trip (pictures to come soon, once I get ready for the open house) and my calendar launch party at Burke's Books last night, I'm even more down to the wire than usual. At least it's for a better reason than my usual procrastination.
The show at Burke's was great fun. They have a huge bank of barrister bookcases up front, holding their special books, and Cheryl suggested using the glass fronts as shelves for my artwork. I was completely delighted with how the juxtaposition of art with books looked. Bookstores are among my favorite places, along with public parks and Gothic cathedrals, and I was thrilled to have my work in my favorite store.
My favorite bookstore is throwing me a calendar party tomorrow night. They're now in a funky, pedestrian neighborhood that throws a neighborhood night out each month, when stores stay open late, bands play, etc. I understand Santa will be in the gazebo for this one, so hopefully there will be a lot of traffic.
I was delighted they asked me. It's the same store that had used my design for a t-shirt several years ago and paid me in books. They're wonderful.
Along with calendars, I'll have prints and watercolors as well. Come on out if you're in Memphis -- Burke's Books in Cooper-Young from 5:30 to 7:00 tomorrow night.
AND this weekend is Elmore's and my open house -- Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 in Midtown (1780 Autumn Ave.). Stay tuned for more information...
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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