University of Alabama, BFA Painting, 1998
Philadelphia College of Textile and Design, continuing education classes, 2000-2002
I have been drawn to colors for as long as I can remember. I loved discovering color in new and unexpected places such as the rainbow in an oil slick, or the inside of a piece of fruit. It was incredible to learn to mix my own colors when I began painting as a child.
I start new pieces with an unprimed raw canvas. My process begins by soaking the canvas with water, and then pouring paint onto it. I continue this process of layering colors. I do not use brushes-my best tool is gravity. It’s amazing where paint wants to go on its own. Drying time varies with humidity and the thickness of the paint. I also work with resin which allows me to observe previously unnoticed colors-especially metallics-once covered in the crystal clear material. I was taught that a finished work of art should contain something uncomfortable, but I prefer to include something that is surprising.
As my life journey changes, so do my colors. I have gone through phases of whites and greys, but I always end upcoming back to bold and vibrant colors. As an artist, I want to always push myself creatively by exploring new techniques, experimenting with other mediums, and working with colors in new combinations. Lately I have been experimenting with metal, and have enjoyed working with the material making decorative sculptures.
Katie Robinson, May 2016
Meredith Pohland is the master colorist at Silicone Arts Labs. She graduated with a BFA from The Memphis College of Art in 2010. She dedicates her free time to making pyrography art.
For several years, local artist Merrill Skipworth has brought her skills to the Work Life classroom, working with participants to create a piece that is then sold at the Art for Jobs event. This year, artist Betsy Brown joined Merrill, and an enthusiastic group of participants collaborated on several pieces that will be available on September 15th.
We are grateful for the way these artists share their love for their craft with Advance Memphis participants.
Learn more about Art for Jobs at advancememphis.org/afj2016.
Advance Memphis is grateful to artist Rebecca Chappell for participating in Art for Jobs every year since its inception. The piece at left will be available at this year’s show. See more of Rebecca’s work on her site and visit advancememphis.org/afj2016 to learn more about Art for Jobs.
From the artist: Rebecca Chappell has been painting for many years, beginning with watercolor, then adding oil and acrylic work. Most recently, she has been working with encaustic (hot wax) and cold wax mediums. Rebecca has exhibited her work at Playhouse On the Sqaure and Circuit Playhouse, St. George’s Episcopal Church, and the Memphis Jewish Community Center. She takes pleasure in sharing her work to support the good work that the people at Advance Memphis do everyday.
Mid-South Medical and Mobility, a Silver level sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides high quality, home medical equipment and services to Seniors in the Memphis area. Mid-South Medical and Mobility seeks to allow individuals to maintain their independence and remain in their homes through providing efficient and compassionate service. We are grateful for Mid-South Medical and Mobility’s support of Advance Memphis. To find out more about Mid-South Medical and Mobility, please visit their website here.
Dillard Door, also a Silver level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a Memphis-based security company whose goal is to help companies develop complete security solutions that will both protect assets and ensure peace of mind. From gates and doors to cameras and access control systems, Dillard Door provides products that will allow you to have total control of your facility. We are grateful to Dillard Door for their support of Advance Memphis. To find out more about Dillard Door, visit their website here.
Parker Rhett State Farm, another Silver level sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides Auto, Home, Life, and Health insurance to individuals and families in the Memphis, Collierville, and Germantown areas. Having been in the Financial Service Industry since 2003, Parker Rhett is experienced in the field and is ready to meet your insurance needs. We are grateful to Parker Rhett State Farm for their support of Advance Memphis. To find out more about Parker Rhett State Farm, visit their website here.
SSM Partners, Silver Sponsor, is an investing firm that has seen great success in Memphis. They have three primary areas of investment experience: software and technology, internet and consumer, and healthcare. With over 20 years of experience, their expertise, networks, and resources create an advantage for their partners throughout the company-building process. Their main goal is to help their partners magnify the value of their business. To learn more about SSM Partners, visit their website.
Another Silver Sponsor, First Tennessee Bank, is a part of the First Horizon National Corporation family of companies. They serve families and businesses through about 170 locations statewide, offering an innovative list of products and services that provide value and convenience throughout your life and the life of your business. But it’s more than just a myriad of products. It is also a promise to back each of the products and services they offer with helpful and friendly people who are committed to providing you with smart, relevant financial advice. From your first checking account to the loan you need to build a home or a business, they are committed to taking good care of your financial needs. Visit their website here.
Thanks to companies like Mid-South Medical and Mobility, Dillard Door, Parker Rhett at State Farm, SSM Partners, and First Tennessee Bank, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!
To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.
For three years, Holliday Flowers & Events has provided priceless event assistance for Art for Jobs. We are grateful for their support of Advance Memphis. As you enjoy Art for Jobs on September 15, notice the flowers and event details that have been handled with excellence by Holliday!
Holliday Flowers & Events provides custom floral and décor creation to the Mid-South region. Whether the occasion calls for a small bouquet, a number of beautiful centerpieces or custom-designed and created event decorations and furniture for large-scale events, Holliday Flowers & Events has the resources and experience to expertly take care of customers’ needs. With four locations throughout the Memphis area, as well as a design studio and large processing facility, Holliday Flowers & Events is convenient to customers throughout the region while still being devoted to remaining local.
ALL OF RIEVES’ WORK FOR ART FOR JOBS 2016 CAN BE SEEN IN THE ONLINE CATALOG.
This is Rachel Rieves’ third year participating in Art for Jobs. Rachel has also served as a volunteer at Advance Memphis; she and her husband Richard serve at Downtown Church and host our Thanksgiving Feast each year. This year, we’ve invited Rachel to create an Artist’s Wall. Read more about those here, and read an artist’s statement from Rachel, below. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
“I see color when I close my eyes and creating with those colors on a blank canvas is my passion. I have always enjoyed being creative from my childhood to present. I love color, pattern and texture as you will see in each of my paintings. I am inspired by the places I remember in my childhood to each place my husband and I have lived since. From the deep south in Memphis, Tennessee to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I love painting from memories or old pictures that has always brought me joy and stability.”
Lacey works for the A Way Out program in Memphis and is passionate about seeing the lives of women who have been exploited and abused in prostitution restored through Jesus Christ. Lacey is an appreciator of art in many forms, and in her spare time loves to paint bright, cheerful, whimsical floral arrangements and landscapes.
“I use bright colors, deep texture, and glossy finish to create playful, cheery acrylic paintings that add a little bit of energy and enthusiasm to your home. I am inspired by anything from the beauty of nature to a well-decorated home. I believe that flowers are some of the most spectacular things in the world, so you will find plenty in my work.”
Meredith Olinger has contributed to Art for Jobs for several years and serves on the event advisory committee. She is an artist living and working in Memphis. Meredith works in many mediums including painting, drawing, and textiles (fashion is her first love). Her work emphasizes the beauty of the handmade and relies heavily on recycled materials.
All of this is seen in the pieces Meredith has produced for Memphis Fashion Week through the Emerging Memphis Designers Project. As part of this project, Meredith has submitted pieces for the Singles Collection category, and in 2015 was honored along with designer Kathryn Heard as one of the top designers at Memphis Fashion Week.
Olinger has been included in many juried shows, including Gallery 56’s first juried exhibition in 2014. Pictured at left is the artist’s piece, Billboard, from that exhibition.
For Art for Jobs 2016, Meredith is a featured artist through our Artist’s Walls project. The sneak peek (at right) of the unfinished 8′ x 8′ wall that she is creating demonstrates her love for pattern.
The team at Advance Memphis is grateful for the way Meredith has volunteered her time and talents as a mentor and artist at Advance. Learn more about Artist’s Walls here and join us Art for Jobs on September 15, 2016, to see Meredith’s wall.