Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: RACHEL RIEVES


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 rr3childhood 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.”


Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: LACEY CRAIG

photo credit | julialouisestyle.com

photo credit | julialouisestyle.com


Lacey Craig | photo credit julialouisestyle.com

Lacey Craig is featured this year at Art for Jobs with an Artist’s Wall (read more about Artist’s Walls here).

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.

28671675651_669ed0e971_b“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.”

See more of Lacey’s work on her Pinterest page or in Bingham & Broad, where her work is often sold. Learn more about Art for Jobs here.


Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: MEREDITH OLINGER


Meredith is pictured here with one of her award winning pieces from Memphis Fashion Week. Photo Credit Sophorn Kuoy | Memphis Flyer

Meredith Olinger | Billboard 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.


The artist shared a sneak peek of work-in-progress on her Art for Jobs 2016 Artist Wall.

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.


Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Commercial Advisors


From one-to-one mentoring to office work days (see below), the staff of Commercial Advisors have been committed to serving at Advance.

Commercial Advisors logoCommercial Advisors, a Platinum level sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides services in office, industrial, land, and retail real estate. Founded with a core mission to provide best-of-class business real estate advisory services to the Memphis region, Commercial Advisors offers client-driven real estate solutions and assists its clients with acquisition of leased space, lease negotiations, business incentives and sales transactions.

In addition to supporting Art for Jobs, Commercial Advisors has been very involved on the ground at Advance Memphis through our mentoring programs, and we are grateful for the
many ways they support Advance Memphis and the 38126 community!

10188274775_45287c5ff1_zTo learn more about Commercial Advisors, please visit their website here.

Thanks to businesses like Commercial Advisors, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.


Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Diversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI)

logo_dciDiversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI), a Platinum sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides complete turnkey material handling services and a host of other services, including installation, project management, and design to its customers. DCI seeks to serve its material handling customers with excellence while contributing to its community and operating through Christian principles. Since its founding in 2000, DCI has completed projects in a wide range of commercial and industrial markets while maintaining a solid base of repeat business from some of the world’s most well-known companies. DCI was formed with a vision to use its resources to support ministry initiatives in the Memphis area and beyond. We are grateful for DCI’s generous support of Advance Memphis.

To learn more about Diversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI), please visit their website here. Read here about how DCI gives a huge percentage of their profits to local ministries. While the article is not new, the generosity remains the same!

Thanks to businesses like Diversified Conveyors, Inc., we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.



Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Hope Christian Community Foundation


Hope Christian Community Foundation, a Platinum Sponsor of Art for Jobs, exists to facilitate the building of God’s Kingdom in the Memphis community and throughout the world by helping Christians share their resources in efficient and strategic ways. Founded in 1998 by Larry Lloyd, Hope Christian Community Foundation has granted nearly $350 million to thousands of churches and ministries worldwide that combine Christian faith with Christian action. Hope’s partnership with Advance Memphis is an enormous blessing, and we are thankful for their support.

To find out more about Hope Christian Community Foundation, please visit their website here.

Thanks to organizations like Hope Christian Community Foundation, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.





Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: NGP

ngp-logoNational Guard Products, Inc. (NGP), a Platinum level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a leading manufacturer of weather-stripping, threshold products, lite kits, louvers, and glass for commercial wood and steel doors. Founded in 1935, NGP has become an ever advancing industry innovator, manufacturing a complete line of door seals, door thresholds, gasketing, intumescent fire seals, smoke seals, sound seals, door sweeps, door shoes, automatic door bottoms, lite kits, louvers, metal edges, astragals and finger guard products.


Here is Kelvin celebrating his promotion to permanent employment at National Guard Products.

In addition to supporting Advance Memphis through Art for Jobs, NGP has helped empower the 38126 area through hiring many grads from our programs. We are grateful for NGP’s continued support of Advance Memphis.

To find out more about National Guard Products, Inc. (NGP), visit their website here.

We are grateful for companies like National Guard Products, Inc., who enable us to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.



Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: ER2

ER2 logoER2, a Picasso level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a socially and environmentally responsible recycling company that provides industry leading recycling and asset management services to its partners, simultaneously acting as a conduit to make a positive impact on its team members, community, and environment.


Sherri is employed at ER2 and, because of that job, qualified to open an IDA — a matched savings account for the purchase of an asset. Sherri is saving for a home.

ER2’s services include secure data destruction, zero-landfill recycling, asset management and decommission, asset recovery and purchase, liquidation and closeout, and commodity purchase. ER2’s newest facility, located in South Memphis, has already partnered with and supported Advance Memphis in a number of ways–including hiring grads like Sherri, pictured at right. We are very grateful for ER2’s support of Advance Memphis and Art for Jobs.

To find out more about ER2, visit their website here.

We are grateful to businesses like ER2, who allow us to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here. All the event details can be found on our Facebook event page – let us know if you’ll be there!



Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Patriot Bank


Alisa Huddleston, AVP, Assistant Branch Manager, and Loan Officer for Patriot Bank in Millington, and Erica, one of the ladies she mentored through the Work Life jobs training class.

Patriot Bank LogoA Picasso level sponsor for Art for Jobs, Patriot Bank is a full-service bank with a focus on community service. It serves the growing markets of north and east Shelby County, Tipton County, and west Fayette County, offering a wide range of consumer and commercial accounts as well as a mortgage division. Patriot Bank opened in Millington in October 2001 and has grown to six full service banks since its inception. Not only is Patriot Bank equipped to help you manage a wide array of financial needs, they also seek to provide personalized and professional customer service that will ensure complete customer satisfaction. We are grateful to Patriot Bank for their generous support of Advance Memphis.

To learn more about Patriot Bank, visit their website here.

Thanks to businesses like Patriot Bank, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs at Advance Memphis, visit here.



Artist’s Walls Bring New Perspective to Art for Jobs

The sixth annual Art for Jobs event will be held in the (new!) Advance Memphis Warehouse on September 15th, from 5-8pm. Moving the event from the classrooms and offices of Advance Memphis to a 24,000 square foot warehouse opens up all kinds of possibilities for the event and organizers are working on several new additions to the party.

First up? Artist’s Walls. These 8′ x 8′ false walls are being created by 25633672684_6eb1bb68d5_zAdvance Memphis Work Life participants who have chosen the “Building Connections” elective. Students of the class practice planning projects, following directions, measuring, using power tools, and working as a team to complete projects.

After the walls are built, selected artists are given the opportunity to design their “gallery” space in any way they choose. For some of our artists, this will mean murals the size of the wall itself, for others, it will be a classic gallery experience with white walls and canvases hung on the wall.


Meredith Olinger, who will be creating an Artist’s Wall, frequently works in patterns and on fabric.

We’re excited to share more about the artists who will be applying their creativity to this project, each of whom have unique connections to the community and to the work at Advance. Keep up with Advance here and on social media as we share about all of our talented and generous artists (Facebook and Twitter links at the top of the page, follow us on Instagram at @advancememphis).

27925446184_34761450fe_zJamin Carter, seen working on his wall at right, will also be contributing a Wall – learn more about his work, here. Learn more about other artists creating Artist’s Walls: Meredith Olinger, Lacey Craig, Darlene Newman, Rachel Rieves, J.E.Gillentine, David Bunk, and Jack Chambers.

Make plans to be at Art for Jobs on September 15th to see Artists’s Walls as well as hundreds of pieces by local artists and prints from nationally known artists. Learn more about the event here.