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Claudia Tullos-Leonard, Dogwood, 2017, oil on canvas, 36” x 48”
MEMPHIS — The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University announces the opening of two exhibitions on March 9. In the main gallery, “Looking at the World” will showcase paintings by Memphis artist Claudia Tullos-Leonard. In the gallery foyer, “Riding the Bevel” will feature works by artists from the Mid-South Woodturners Guild.
An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held on Friday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Claudia Tullos-Leonard holds a BS and MBA from the University of Memphis and has completed two years of coursework toward an MFA also at the University of Memphis. She works primarily in oil, focusing on the intricacies, abstractions and constantly changing aspects of nature. Over the past seven years, her work has been featured in a solo exhibition at Gallery Fifty Six and exhibited regularly in juried and invitational shows in Memphis, winning numerous awards. Since retiring early from FedEx, she has been actively engaged in marketing strategy, grant writing, and program development for various arts organizations throughout the Memphis community.
Tullos-Leonard says that her current work depicts transformations in the Southern garden and landscape. “A variety of factors including specific features, shapes, color variations, or contrasts in lights and darks can influence my decision to paint a particular image,” she says. “However, once engaged in the painting process, I pay as much attention to the deepest space or what is under the surface of the water as I do to a brilliantly lit leaf or a translucent bloom. The initial attraction gives way to the process of looking intently and painting the colors, shapes, light, patterns, complexities, and abstractions that I find.”
“Looking at the World” will be on exhibition in the gallery through May 2. Tullos-Leonard will also deliver an artist’s lecture in the gallery on March 22 at 1:00 p.m.
The Mid-South Woodturners Guild is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the woodturning craft. Its mission is to provide information, education, a meeting place, and an effective organization for all who are interested in turning wood.
“Riding the Bevel” will be on exhibition in the gallery foyer through April 24.
The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library in the center of the CBU campus on the Buckman Quadrangle, easily accessible from the Central Avenue parking lot. All exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact:
Catherine B. Peña