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Contemplation by M. Christine Best Visitor Center Gallery

Contemplation by M. Christine Best is the show on exhibit in the Visitor Center Gallery this month of July, 2014. 

The reception on July 17th  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

 While viewing Christine's show the first thing I noticed is how varied each piece is from the other. This shows me an artist that loves to experiment with various styles and mediums in the studio. Yet, clearly a contemplation on nature is the main theme running through it all. Here is a sampling of what is hanging in the show that demonstrates her eclectic approach. 


M. Christine Best writes this about her show:


M. Christine Best, Award-Winning Artist is a resident of Shelby County and a native German, who legally immigrated to the US in 1979. While living in Europe, she studied art at one of Europe’s Art Schools. Her early work was influenced by the 60’s and 70’s abstract and pop culture, as well as some of the more renowned re-emerging artists i.e. Salvador Dali, Picasso, Andy Warhol etc. It infused her artwork with a need for realism mixed with a sense of bizarre world occurrences, i.e. post WWII, Vietnam War, Korean War, etc. Having lived inside post-war Berlin, Germany for a few years, she was surrounded by the stark reality of the effects of cold war. 

As long as she can remember, she was most inspired by nature. As a philosophical thinker growing up in a world of conflicts, nature became her escape, her muse and her philosophy. Hitting her teens in the late sixties and early seventies, her mind found relief in a gentler world of Bohemia. M. Christine loves to create in mixed media while her foundation was in photography. She loves to break away from the traditional, but her work clearly exemplifies a strong European sense of clean lines. 

She has won several awards as early as 10 years of age.  Her most recent award was the ‘Fan Favorite’ Award of the 2012 International Art Competition ‘If I Can Dream’ sponsored by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Elvis Presley Enterprises. Her works have been exhibited in some of the South’s most renowned venues  amongst which are the Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Galleries and Gardens, Memphis Botanic Garden, Graceland ‘If I Can Dream’ Exhibit, South Main Art District, Hannover-Germany World Fair to name a few.  Her work has supported many community foundations as well.  Some of M. Christine’s art has sold into private collection.   

M. Christine Best

About the artist: 

Born in Germany mid-20th century, M. Christine was always passionate about art. As a child, the only toys she asked for were charcoal, canvas, paints and brushes.  She considered her art supplies her treasures.   Growing up in a post WWII cold war world and being a philosophical thinker, her art had always been inspired by nature which is her muse. Becoming a teen, her mind found relief in the gentler Bohemian world of the sixties.  Still, her work is greatly influenced by her European sense of straight lines. M. Christine loves to work in mixed media. She has won awards as early as 10 years of age.

Posted by Stephanie Cosby at 1:00 PM


7/16/2014 at 11:12 AM by Dawn Johnson

How About also showing pieces from LOCAL artists like my mom, Barbara Hicks, of Lakeland? Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Dawn Johnson

7/22/2014 at 10:00 AM by Stephanie Cosby

Thank you Dawn for your comments. We'll take a look at your Mother's work for sure. All the Best!

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