Last Friday The Junior League of Memphis held their sustainer art show. This is a nice event that shows of art work of several Junior League members. Best of all this event is FREE and open to the public.
Upon our arrival we bumped into my friend Kathleen, who had beautiful pewter pieces on display; last year I blogged about my visit to her shop.
After some chatting it was time to check out the art. This year there was a display of handcrafted jewelry - most pieces were $100ish.
Of course the community resource center had lots of art on display. I love to oyster theme of this artist. I got a painting from the same artist at last years show, different genre though.
In the main hall a table was set up with yummy desserts and on the front porch a bar offered wine and beer.
We grabbed a few treats and sat at one of the tables set up on the front porch.
After our snacks we saw the rest of the art and said hello to a few more friends. I left empty handed but didn't feel bad since I got five pieces last year. The event ran from 5:30 to 8pm. We only stayed for 1/2 and hour but rushed through. Had we chatted longer and read the plaques about all the art pieces this could have been an hour + stop rather than a pre-dinner drop by. I do have to give the Junior League snaps that the majority of the purchase price does go back to the artist with a commission smaller than what a gallery would take going to the league.
After the show we had an uneventful $40 dinner. Since it wasn't my favorite I'm not going to discuss the location. But, art show and dinner makes for a nice date night. Like the Junior League, most art shows are free leaving you the entirety of the date budget for dinner. In Memphis the last Friday of the month Trolley Nights come to mind but I know there are events at Crosstown and Broad avenue as well as the private galleries in town. I don't think sophisticated art comes to mind when you think Memphis but trust me its out there.