VISITORS CENTER GALLERY
All Roads Lead to Memphis Art Exhibit by David Lynch and Ron Olson
Don’t miss this “pure Memphis" show, featuring two creative friends with dramatically different artistic interpretations. This collection reflects their love of the city and its music and features Rum Boogie, a collaborative piece reflecting their unique but complementary styles.
Opening reception December 8, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Free public viewing in the Visitors Center Gallery during regular Garden hours. Call 901-636-4100 for more information.
THE ARTIST: RON OLSON
Morning personality on highly ranked WMCFM100, Ron Olson has been a creative force of energy and enthusiasm on Memphis radio and television for more than 25 years. Olson’s creativity goes beyond the broadcast waves. He is a talented writer and photographer yet his most passionate and creative works of art are found in his paintings. Selftaught, Olson’s paintings express his love for Memphis, the blues and rock and roll which he depicts with a folk-art style that uniquely exudes a Southern swag. From repurposing ‘found’ objects, to seeing the beauty in a rusty metal canvas, Olson layers symbolic images, vibrant colors and a little bit of Memphis mojo into all his paintings. Olson’s work has been on exhibit throughout the Mid-south area and in private collections.
Artist’s Statement: Ron Olson
“Painting is one of the coolest things I have done, personally! It’s a creative process that I get passionate about! ‘Memphis’, the birthplace of rock and roll, the south and the blues are all part of me! Those things translate in my art! I have to say my vision for each piece goes “way beyond the paint and the canvas! It’s fun and addictive ….. better than golf, I think!”
THE ARTIST: DAVID D. LYNCH
David is a celebrated Memphis-based Artist who feels the Heart & Soul of this Great city in every brushstroke of paint applied.
Drawing at an early age, it spiraled over the years from one art course to another leading to the University of Memphis Fine Arts department. This was the launching pad into a career in Art and becoming a professional Painter.
“In a drawing class I remember the instructor stated, ‘Never outline your art in Black Lines” – my reaction was, “‘Why not???.” I have never been one to follow instructions very well, so now ALL of my art has black outlines.
From that time on he continued his passion to create a different style unique to his own personality and inspirations.
“I think as an artist it is important to pull from all of your influences in life and two of my main ones are Music and Travel. Being from Memphis, it was inevitable that this city’s Soul & Rhythm coarse thru my veins and influence my Art. Along with music, As I travel thru different countries I immerse myself in their culture, incorporating aspects in each new painting in hopes of adding a touch of international flavor.”
That leads to asking how does all of that apply itself to the paint on canvas:
“Each painting begins with a composition of a scene which has a certain flow and rhythm so that your eye travels across it while at the same time a mixture of vivid colors convey a sense of mood. Maybe it’s a certain time of day or it could be the expression on a face. I want to create pieces that skew the usual everyday scenery and that are bold and energetic.”
A few of the charities David works with include: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, STAX Academy, The Grizzlies Foundation, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, The Orpheum Theatre, MUS & the American Heart Association.
Added to that are certain accomplishments such as: Illustrating 2 Children’s books, ‘GoodNight Memphis’ & ‘GoodNight 30A’, 2011 Blues Music Awards, 2009 Memphis Redbirds Yearbook, the 2009 thru 2016 Beale St. Wine Race Posters, 2009 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, multiple covers of Memphis Downtowner Magazine and 4Memphis Magazine along with the CD artwork for FreeWorld’s From the Bluff.
FRATELLI'S CAFE GALLERY
Fred Rawlinson Art Show - Atelier Artists
December 1 - December 29
This exhibit is open to the public and free to view in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All exhibited work for sale.
Call 636-4100 for information.
The Fratelli's Cafe Gallery monthly art exhibits are on display in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery during cafe hours. Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We love for you to stop in and have a look even if you are not dining at the cafe! If you want to give the artist feedback don't hesitate to find the art event posting on Memphis Botanic Garden's Facebook page and post your comment. We are happy to connect you with the artist and pass your feedback along. Enjoy!
All exhibited pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds directly benefiting the garden's art, education and horticulture programs.