Memphis – The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) will feature “Raw Silk,” an exhibit of fabric art by Phyllis Boger and Constance Grayson, beginning January 15 through March 11. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.
This exhibit features textile based, mixed media collages and keeps with an Eastern theme. Using ancient tools such as the tjanting, the artists have used dyes and paint to create fabric collages. Each piece of art is based on an underlining cultural fact or philosophy. Throughout the exhibit, text panels are displayed with each piece of art and explain the underlining cultural fact or philosophy. This exhibit includes three-dimensional pieces, an abstract piece depicting the Cultural Revolution of China and pieces based on traditional Japanese woodblock prints An eight piece series entitled “The Winding River Garden” explores depictions of koi on numerous media including kimino and sari fabric, hand-dyed fabric, stamps, coins, postcards and photographs.
Boger of Memphis, Tennessee became intrigued with batik fabrics at a very young age and began exploring the resist process and the use of the ancient tool, tjanting. Her designs are inspired by nature or the geometrics of a bustling city. Boger holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Barat College, Art Education degree from The Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters of Fine Arts from Western Connecticut State University. She currently teaches painting, batik and resist painting.
Grayson of Nicholasville, Kentucky is a practicing lawyer who has exhibited her fabric collages in Italy, New York and across the Mid-South. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and Juris Doctorate from University of Kentucky. Grayson is past president of the Delta Art Society and a member of numerous art affiliations.
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.; and Sunday, 1:00-11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to University schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website atwww.cbu.edu/library/gallery. ###