Memphis – The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to announce the opening of “The Art of Julia Baker Bell” beginning March 11 through April 14. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.
Getting a late start in life, Julia Baker Bell is now trying to make up for 30+ years devoid of artistic expression. While always maintaining a lifelong interest in art, it wasn’t until July 2002 that Bell began experimenting with gallons of leftover house paint to create original art for her own home. After about 18 months and participation in a few artists’ workshops, she moved on to acrylics because “I could see that this wasn’t going to be just a ‘hobby’ for me – it had become a passion.” Bell now works almost exclusively in acrylics but will always have a passion for graphite and pastels.
Living out her motto that “Life is too short not to try new things,” Bell often changes her style, theme or color pallet to fit her mood. She has an ardor for abstract expressionism and describes her art as “pretty eclectic” with no defined style. Bell observes that “if it wasn’t for the signature you might not know that the works were by the same artist.” However, she is becoming known for her use of bold, vibrant colors and often faceless people and her tendency to complete compositions in threes. Recently, she has been experimenting with oils, pastels, and oil pastels.
Bell describes herself as a right brain creature and notes that creating arts gives her great joy. She sums it up as, “Art is my life-creatively expressed.”
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, closed; 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 at www.cbu.edu/library/gallery. ###