Memphis — The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) will feature “paper & wood,” the art of husband and wife, Elmore Holmes and Martha Kelly, beginning August 21 through October 1. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Library.
Life-long Memphians, Holmes and Kelly, have joined their artist talents into a single gallery showing of Holmes’ handmade furniture and Kelly’s artworks on paper. Holmes was a high school math teacher for nine years until he decided to pursue his hobby, woodworking, full-time in 2000. With a variety of woodworking courses under his belt, most of his current education is through experimental projects. Kelly has painted for a number of years and her artwork is featured across Tennessee. Her medium varies from paint to pastels with subjects ranging from shopping centers to rural farms.
Together, the couple has formed an exhibit which includes handmade wood products such as chairs, stools, cabinets and tables along with paintings of farmscapes, the Mississippi River in different lights and forests. The two mediums mesh the concept of function versus form into each piece. Both artists search for an appreciation of their subjects and strive to offer the public a celebration of nature in two distinct manners.
“God’s Winged Creatures,” a collection of photography by Alan Sparks, Joe Sullivan and Tom Richey, will be displayed in the foyer of the gallery.
Hours at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:00-11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to university schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website atwww.cbu.edu/library/gallery. ###