The Memphis Library Foundation presents a month-long, free exhibition, titled “Conversations: Art+Music+Poetry”, during February in the Goodwyn Gallery at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue. It is a Black History Month collaboration between the youth of The Carpenter Art Garden and artist, sculpture, musician, and educator, Lonnie Holley. The exhibit begins February 1 and ends February 28 with an opening reception February 8 from 5:30 until 7 pm, hosted by original and current members of the Carpenter Art garden and their families.
Holley, the self-taught visual artists, and musician from Birmingham, Alabama, has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and displayed in the White House Rose Garden. The young scholars of The Carpenter Art Garden have been working with teaching artist Danny Broadway, Shelley Bolton, Camaron Spencer, and Katie Stonecipher, to create pieces inspired by Holley’s work. Their creations consist of drawings, paintings, collages, prose, poetry, and pure Art Garden love! The Carpenter Art Garden members and Lonnie are so excited about meeting and merging their work. You will be, too!
Also, this month Lonnie Holley will host Conversations: Art+Music+Poetry February 13, 6pm-7pm during the free Front Porch music and Cultural Series at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library. February 14th, he will facilitate an after-school workshop with youth at Carpenter Art Garden’s “Purple House”, 295 Carpenter Street, from 3pm-5:30. February 15th, Lonnie will visit and conduct workshops with Lester Prep Middle and Cornerstone Elementary Schools. Both schools are located in the Binghampton neighborhood served by Benjamin Hooks Central Library. More information is available here: