St. George's Art Gallery
The artwork of Cynthia Massey Parsons, W.S.A. will be exhibited from May 3 through May 22 at St. George's Art Gallery. The artist will be at the church on May 3 following the Sunday service to talk about her work. St. George's Art Gallery is delighted to host this artist, author, inventor and teacher who has been deemed a multifaceted talent. Her art runs from formal portraiture to abstracts that are flamboyant, high-gloss, and reflective and range in size from diminutive to grand scale in a variety of media. She works in watercolor, oil on canvas, pastel; portraits in oil or pastel, paintings that are higly reflective and include metallic foils, powders, and reflective surfaces beneath their high glass varnish in which the image changes as the light source is altered.
Parson's artwork is known far beyond Alabama. Portraits of Pope John Paul II and John Cardinal O'Connor hang in the St Joseph Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York. Her art has been the Official 1996 Olympic Soccer Poster for the Birmingham venue, and decorated the Official White House Christmas Tree representing the State of Alabama in 2001. She is represented by the Atchison Gallery of Village Framers in Mt. Brook, AL.; and will in 2016 be, again, listed in "Who's Who In American Art".
Parsons teaches oil, pastel, & watercolor painting classes weekly at her studio in New Hope, AL and at Alabama Art Supply in Birmingham. Her students are often recipients of exhibition acceptances, awards, and scholarships. Her painting tutorials can be viewed on YouTube.com, Udemy.com, and Curious.com. Current classes and exhibitions can be viewed at www.parsonsartgallery.com
In addition to her artistic works, Parsons was recently honored by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL at the Inventor's Ball in January, 2015. Out of more than 8000 patents recorded in the Tennessee Valley since 1901, her patent was selected to be included in the exhibit on view through December 31st of 2015: 101 Rocket City Inventions. The exhibit is in association with the Smithsonian Institution and includes Dr. Wernher Von Braun, William Quick, Georg von Tiesenhausen, Bob Baron, & others of note.
QUILT EXHIBIT AT ST GEORGE'S ART GALLERY
St. George's Art Gallery, is hosting an exhibit by the Memphis Cotton Patchers Quilt Guild, April 1 through April 26. This colorful display by 10 members of the guild will exhibit their first quilts and their most current quilts. A variety of quilting techniques including machine pieced, hand and machine appliqué, machine and hand quilting will be displayed.
St. George's Art Gallery is pleased to be host once again for this very talented group. A reception is planned for April 25 at 7 pm in conjunction with the St. George's Friends of Music concert by Memphis group PRIZM Ensemble. St. George's Art Gallery is open Sundays from 9:00am to 12 noon and weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Georgette Carpenter, spokeswoman for the guild exhibit, explains the First and Last Quilt Theme this way:
"The idea of comparing our first quilt to our last quilt is to see how we have evolved in technique, color and creativity. The first quilt will always have a special place in memory. We remember the good times, the stressful times and the victory of completion. Our latest quilt is freshest in our minds; we remember the enjoyment of working on it and the areas that stretched our skills. Helping beginner quilters and exchanging ideas are more important than ever. We want the world to enjoy quilting like we do. Meanwhile we are on the lookout for our next project as we continue exploring the quilt world."
Memphis Cotton Patchers Quilt Guild was founded in 1985 to encourage fellowship among quilters in order to share with each other the vast art of quilting. The guild fosters high standards of design and technique in quilting. In order to become more knowledgeable about quilting the guild offers many activities and events including lectures, workshops and classes from quilting experts. In addition, to support the art of quilting in the Memphis area, the guild does demonstrations of various techniques at public events including the Pink Palace Craft Fair, Delta Fair, Davies Plantation Quilt Show and Covington Heritage Fair. The guild also supports two charity projects: quilts for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and pillowcases for Youth Villages. Guild members donate time and materials to support these youth objectives and enjoy the relationships that have been built over the years. The guild meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN from 10-3 and guests are always welcome!
St. George's Gallery needs your financial support. We need assistance in the form of sponsorships for each of our upcoming shows. The funds received from sponsors covers the cost of maintaining the gallery space and receptions. Please help the Gallery to continue with its exhibitions by becoming a sponsor now.
Contact Missy George or Pat Parrish for information about becoming an exhibit sponsor or co-sponsor.
The St. George Art Gallery is always looking for new talent to put on display in our parish. If you know of an artist or a group that may be interested in exhibiting there work, please contact Missy George. The gallery can exhibit between 20 to 100+ pieces.
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