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"Cloth / Paper ~ Cutting Edge" by Phyllis Boger and Antzee Magruder at the Visitors Center Gallery

Edges of Forest - Phyllis Boger, Sunset Afterglow - Antzee Magruder 

September 3-28 On display and available for purchase in the Visitors Center Gallery. *

Opening reception September 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

with a free “pop-up” recital from 30 Days of Opera with Opera Memphis! *

The work of Phyllis and Antzee both give much emphasis to line and the edges of shapes and materials. It calls to mind the details in a Gustav Klimt painting with its highly decorative styling and bold colors—especially the color gold. Gold is such a lovely, warm and optimistic color! 

About the show - from Phyllis:

“Most paintings are bound by edges, but what of the edges within the painting? By using paints, dyes, resists, cloth, paper and scissors, I work to create edges and shapes that will push and pull—and hopefully navigate the viewer through my paintings.”


  In order from left to right: Edge Of The Woods, Edge Of The Brook, Edge Of Pink

About the artist Phyllis Boger:

I received my BFA from Barat College, in Lake Forest, Illinois and was a recipient of a scholarship award to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, where I received a degree in Art Education. My Masters of Fine Arts, in painting, was earned at Western Connecticut State University.  As well as teaching painting and drawing, I teaches batik and resist painting workshops.  I have been fortunate to have been able to teach workshops in Tennessee, New England, South Carolina, Illinois and Tennessee and Italy.

About the show from Antzee:

“Quiet waves in the water, mountain-range silhouettes at dusk, the sky colors of sunrise and sunset, inspired me. Using gradient dyed whole cloth as a background, I stitched the printed cotton both to blend and create organic shapes. I added fiber, recycled silk, wood and glass using each element to blend and refine. The hand stitching creates rhythm and texture. As I stitch I can feel the many pieces all become one. They melt into each other forming one composition.”


About the artist Antzee Magruder:

"I have always had a fascination with fabrics. Since I was a young child I have sewn, knitted, crochet, embroidered, cross stitched. I would sit with my mother and grandmother and work on projects. It has always been my dream to be an artist. Using fiber, cloth and paint came from various classes I attended and books I have read. Each medium seems to work so easy together and the result is always interesting.  When I look at art, I am fascinated with the creative process, and it is always fun to be surprised.  My inspiration is the fabric and how many ways it can be used to create a piece of art. Working as a contract costume designer for Opera Memphis was inspiring. The costumes are a mix of all types of elements and fabric to make a beautiful presence on stage.  This process led me to using the fabrics in my art. It inspired me to experiment and let the fabric be used like paints."

*  All art exhibits free and open to the public. A portion of art sales benefits Memphis Botanic Garden’s art, education and horticulture programs. Call 636-4100 for information. 

* Meet the artist, see the work and enjoy light complimentary refreshments.

All images courtesy of the artists Phyllis Boger and Antzee Magruder.

Posted by Stephanie Cosby at 10:40 AM


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