2014 Art for Jobs Artist: Lacey Craig

The Party Chair | Lacey Craig | 20 x 20

The Party Chair | Lacey Craig | 20 x 20

Lacey Craig 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.”


2014 Art for Jobs LIVE Artist: Kristen Rambo

kristen2Kristen Rambo was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently works in the historic Cooper Young district. She works primarily as a painter, but also has experience in ceramics and printmaking. In 2012 she graduated from Memphis College of Art with a BFA and a minor in Art History.

Rambo is currently working on a series using the female form in high abstraction. She has been in group shows at Rust Hall, Brinkley Plaza, Gallery 56, Martial Arts, and Glitch. Learn more about her work here.

Kristen is excited to be a part of Art for Jobs 2014. She’ll be live painting as part of the event, from 5:30 to 7:30. Last year’s live painting was done by artist Brandon Marshall on the west side of our building on Vance; learn more about that mural here.








2014 Art for Jobs Artist: Chantel Barber

Sweetness by Chantel Barber

Sweetness by Chantel Barber, 8 x 8

Chantel Lynn Barber resides in Bartlett, Tennessee. Her passion for art began flourishing at age 12 when she studied under various local San Diego artists. Married at 19 to a naval officer, Chantel studied art in Rhode Island and completed an associate’s degree from the University of Maryland while living in Keflavik, Iceland. She always remained active in local art communities. Chantel opened her own art business “Chantel’s Originals” in 2006.

To further develop her artistic skills, Chantel attends workshops and demonstrations with outstanding artists including Dawn Whitelaw and Michael Shane Neal. Chantel is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the American Impressionist Society. She is the President of Artists’ Link in Memphis, Tennessee. Chantel has had two solo art shows to date, along with participating in numerous group shows, including one at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Her work has been published in the American Art Collector magazine.


2014 Artist: Mary Lawrence Allen



Taking the High Road II | Mary Lawrence Allen | Colored Pencil and Watercolor | 16" x 20"

Taking the High Road II | Mary Lawrence Allen | Colored Pencil and Watercolor | 16″ x 20″

Mary Lawrence Allen was educated at Vanderbilt University. She has studied art with local and world-renowned artists for over 30 years. She has numerous ribbons in juried exhibitions, as well as numerous one-man exhibitions in the Mid South. Other awards and recognitions include: Spectrum Award Recipient (Memphis/Germantown Art League), Platinum Star Artist Member (Memphis/Germantown Art League), and President of the Memphis/Germantown Art League. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and the Tennessee Watercolor Society. She resides in Memphis, TN. You can view a news piece that Channel 3 did on her here


2014 Art for Jobs Artist: Jennifer Ellis

Gather to Grow Tree | Jennifer Ellis | 24" x 12"

Gather to Grow Tree | Jennifer Ellis | 24″ x 12″

Generous local artist Jennifer Ellis has given us two pieces for Art for Jobs this year. Jennifer works on commission locally and in Jackson, Mississippi.

Sunflowers in Antique Olive Jar | Jennifer Ellis | 28" x 24" framed

Sunflowers in Antique Olive Jar | Jennifer Ellis | 28″ x 24″ framed


2014 Artist: Chris Florez

Chris is the Manager of Digital Learning for Aspire Public Schools in Memphis. This is the second year he has donated pieces to Art for Jobs, and he’s both excited and honored to contribute to our programs that empower people to work, learn, and find stability.


Angels Dance on Rainy Days | 19 x 43 | Plywood – Wax, Acrylic Paint, Stain


Path to Forgiveness | 11.5 x 13 | Wood Block – Masking Tape, Wax, Stain

Prior to moving to Memphis in 2012, Chris exhibited, donated, and sold his artwork in Seattle, WA. “I haven’t used a brush to create art in 10 years. Instead, I interact with the canvas (e.g., wood, paper, burlap, etc.) in a type of natural dance. Sometimes, I sit beside it on the floor. Other times, I wander around it with erratic splashes of paint, wax, and stain. Some pieces take two hours. Others are never finished. I interact with the materials to find a balance between what I’m seeing and what the piece is revealing. It lets me know when it’s complete.”


2014 Artist: Sonia Greer


This is a partially completed piece by Sonia that will be in the show and sale this year.

Sonia is a Christian, Colombian artist with a degree in Graphic design. She also studied Photography in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls. You can view more of her work here.


2014 Artist: Kim Dougherty


Happy by Kim Dougherty

Kim Dougherty is an artist in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the Fine Art teacher at Briarcrest Christian School, East Memphis Campus and Blackacre Art is the name of her studio. Her subjects range from Southern landscapes with a contemporary flair to an oyster plate still life to seaside whimsy. You can view her facebook page here.



2014 Artist: Rebecca Phillips


Sleep in a Wigwam: Cave City, Kentucky by Rebecca Phillips

Rebecca Phillips is a painter of landmarks and letters. Phillips is also a daughter, sister, wife and mother. Though born in Texas, Memphis is her home. In regards to the donated painting, one of her project goals is to paint a motel from each state to make a giant postcard painting (this motel is in Cave City, Kentucky). Who doesn’t love a postcard?  You can check out more of her work here, and  you can read more about this particular painting/motel here.

Rebecca also designed the 2014 Art for Jobs logo, poster, and invitation, incorporating both her fine art and hand lettering skills. Keep following us here at to see the poster reveal and keep up with all the pieces that are donated.

For all the Art for Jobs details, go here.


2014 Artist: Lisa Bertagna

LBertagna.jpgLisa is an artist living, working, and playing in Memphis, TN. In June of 2014, her photography business, Bertagna Photography, celebrated its 10 year anniversary. She loves experimenting with photography and painting, to capture the magic of life’s rhythms. Always re-inventing her process, Lisa has created a unique way to transfer images onto wood. For more information, please visit her website.

Lisa is available for custom photography, framing, and painting projects for families, friends, businesses, musicians, artists, and architecture.