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The Artist Group Of Memphis Self-Curated Group Show

About the show from Joy Routt:

In  the late 90's Artist Joy Routt and her friend Julie Hooker showed their art together.  They had so much fun, they thought maybe other artists might like to join their group. Mostly through word of mouth, Joy and Julie found an eclectic group of fun, easy-going artists that enjoy working together to sell their art. What makes our group unique is that we have artists from different backgrounds, with such different styles.  Most of us have other jobs besides art, so there is not much time to just hang out together, however, when we do find the time, there is nothing like getting a bunch of free spirits together talking art. It's a blast.   

About the artists from the artists themselves:

Julie Thornton Hooker Julie Started painting professionally about 18 years ago.   Her favorite time to paint is late at night.  She finds her favorite  tunes, turns the music up loud, and lets her creative juices flow. She is known for her vibrant contemporary pieces, however, once in awhile she will create the most incredible dream-like works of art.   Julie and Joy Routt teach art classes together. Their students go from blank canvas to a finished art piece in just 2 ½ hours.  Classes range from 8 – 80 in size, and are great for all ages, and groups.   Call:  or text 901-483-4578

Ron Olson Ron Olson Morning personality on highly ranked WMC-Fm100.  Ron has been  a creative force of energy and enthusiasm on radio and television  well over 25 years.  However, his creativity doesn’t stop when he is off the air.  Ron’s gift for writing and photography has added a special layer to his life, but painting has become his passion.  Ron’s fun folk-art style has gotten lots of praise over the past few years.   Self-taught, he loves the mix of many mediums, with lots of surprise elements.  Keep up with Ron’s work: or 901-277-2894

Joy Phillips Routt Several generations of her family have dabbled in the land of art. There is a certain sense of spirituality that comes with each stroke of the brush.  She signs her name Joy Phillips Routt to honor the past generation of artists.   Joy likes to turn the music up load and paint all day long.  She just loves to paint no matter where, no matter when. Landscape and contemporary pieces are her favorites, with lots of texture. Joy has been painting for about 18 years.  She participates in several art  events in the area.  She does quite a bit of Commission work.  Joy painted one of the “Tigers” for the University of Memphis100thAnniversary. She and Julie Hooker teach art classes together.  Classes range from 8 – 80 in size, and are for all ages and groups.   Their students go from blank canvas to a finished work of art in just 2 ½ hours.  And it is tons of fun. For more information contact:

Lisa Ann Sulipeck Beauty can be found everywhere. Labelled a daydreamer at a very young age, Lisa discovered as an adult, her vivid imagination was actually a blessing.  Born and raised in Memphis, Lisa is a self-taught artist.  She has always believed that art is personal and her goal is to discover the individual charter from each piece of work.  Lisa has immersed herself in the belief that  “beauty can be found everywhere.” Her paintbrush glides effortlessly of classic mediums, however, she believes those quality materials…. redeemed, repurposed and rededicated…. also provides a backdrop for unique, one of a kind creations.  There’s majesty in taking something once discarded and pulling a new beauty from it. From fresh canvases to weathered planks, Lisa turns her traditional Southern view into uncommon and exclusive pieces of art.  Every medium is patiently waiting to have its gift revealed. For more information contact:  or 901-834-3668

Judy Joy Nocifora The artwork of Judy Joy Nocifora has unfolded through many years of an insatiable desire to create. In her teens, she began studying formal oil painting with a highly regarded local instructor and she continued a keen interest in the arts and in the creative process throughout her years of teaching in a program for gifted students. Judy has had the great pleasure and opportunity to study with some of America’s best known and admired masters on her journey to a professional artist: Jeff Legg, Sherry McGraw, Dawn Whitelaw, Jennifer McChristian, Peggi Kroll Roberts, John Pototschnik, Quang Ho, Camille Przewodek, and Lori Putnam. One of her great joys, is to share what she has learned with others as an oil painter, instructor. Today, Judy travels extensively to paint and to share the beauty that she finds everywhere through her oil paintings. In addition to exhibiting in her hometown of Memphis/Germantown, TN, Judy is represented by High Horse Gallery in Greenville, AL. When at home, you will find Judy painting in her studio or out and about plein air painting. Judy is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artist, Memphis/Germantown Art League, and Artists’Link of Memphis. Contact Information for Judy Joy Nocifora: Website: Blog: Email: Phone: 901-413-6426

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