So of course, we were thrilled to be approached by professor and artist Christopher Nadaskay about a project he had in mind, and his desire to use his gifts to benefit our work at Advance Memphis.
Last year, Prof. Nadaskay was an artist featured in our annual Art For Jobs fundraiser. He approached us shortly after about a solo installation and sale that he wanted to put together in support of us. In the span of just a few short months, he has created 1,000 individual pieces of art in the form of hand-made crosses.
In his artist’s statement, Nadaskay explains:
“The overarching principle behind the exhibit is the idea that an individual artist can and should produce work for the benefit of others. It is my intention that this exhibit is used for the betterment of anyone who sees it – emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. The crosses are to be sold with the proceeds going directly to Advance Memphis. It places art into the hands of a public who may never appreciate it as such and beauty into those same hands. It allows for the exploration of a huge number of creative visual problems and then helps to provide substance for those in need.
The idea for this exhibit/sale came from my desire to promulgate the concept of the social responsibility of the artist to the people that surround them in their particular segment of culture. The art world has become a place where political activism, influential social connections, and monetary gain direct the career paths of artists, to the detriment of the more positive influences that art can have on a culture. With this show, it is my intention to make art that is accessible to the average person, has a positive, hopeful message and from which the proceeds will directly be used to constructively impact society. Each cross, in a sense, represents a pardon. This brought to mind a relatively common phrase in our culture ‘A thousand pardons,’ meaning ‘I beg your pardon;’ it is a quote that comes from a 1931 movie starring Charlie Chan (Black Camel). It really has nothing to do with the movie, but as it was a little catchy and seemed appropriate to the message, the title was born.
The crosses are made in the same manner that I pursue my normal studio work, color and texture playing a huge role in their perception. It is only natural that influences from that artwork show up in a variety of ways in them.”
The artist would like to thank: Union University for its very generous support of the project through a teaching sabbatical grant, studio space, materials and kiln/firing time; Kathryn Pelley and Ragan Williamson, his studio assistants for the project – without whom much of this would not have been possible; and additional thanks should go to Crosstown Arts, Advance Memphis for their wonderful support and assistance in making the project a reality
We hope you will join us for the reception and sale of this monumental work on Thursday, March 30th, at Crosstown Arts. The event will be held from 4pm-9pm, pieces will be available for purchase for $15, and Chris Nadaskay will give a brief artist’s lecture. RSVP on Facebook!
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Bethany Stout at email@example.com
About the Artist:
Christopher Nadaskay is an artist and Professor of Art at Union University where he has served for 24 years. He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and Texas A&M Commerce where he received his B.A. and M.F.A. in Painting/ Mixed Media respectively. His mediums have included watercolor, oils, acrylics, mixed media and various sculpture mediums. Working at the moment in mixed media/ceramic wall relief, he is interested in the relationship between technology and the human condition. He has works in several collections, including the Tennessee State Museum.
A launch graduate from our November 2015 class, we are very proud of Ashley Gladney and the work that her business, Mobile Mommy, has been doing. We caught up with her to talk about what got her interested in this business, how she wants to grow, and more…
Ashley Gladney: It’s been a dream for years. When I was a teenager working as a babysitter, I began to see that there was an actual babysitting industry, and I knew I wanted to start a babysitting service when I got older.
Advance Memphis: What has surprised you most about being a small business owner?
Ashley Gladney: The feedback I’ve been getting about the idea. I didn’t think people would think this was such a big deal, but the positive feedback has been overwhelming and I’m excited to see where it goes.
Advance Memphis: What is the best part of running your own business?
Ashley Gladney: Having the freedom to work for myself—it’s rewarding to work for myself, build a brand, and build my own company. It’s a good feeling. I love the thought that one day I will be working for myself, through something I built from the ground up.
Advance Memphis: What is the hardest part of running your own business?
Ashley Gladney: Having to be and do everything. I have good employees, but trying to catch up with them and see if they can do a job, along with managing everything myself, can be difficult.
Advance Memphis: Where would you like to see Mobile Mommy go in the future?
Ashley Gladney: One day, I would like to see Mobile Mommy in as many cities and states as possible. I would like for Mobile Mommy to be well known and mentioned among the best child care companies. I would like for many mothers, as well as student parents, to benefit from Mobile Mommy. It’s really good when my clients tell me how much Mobile Mommy is a benefit to them. One client said to me how much Mobile Mommy benefitted their marriage. Another has told me, “I don’t know what I would do without Mobile Mommy.”
Advance Memphis: What makes Mobile Mommy different from other childcare options?
Ashley Gladney: Mobile Mommy is up close and personal. Mobile Mommy is also very convenient, and high quality. Most of my sitters are retired mothers and grandmothers, and a few are retired teachers and nurses. The quality of my sitters is different and stands out—they are experienced and educated.
Advance Memphis: Is there anything else you would want people to know about Mobile Mommy?
Ashley Gladney: Stay tuned because I plan to grow my business services to help specifically with college student parents soon.
Ashley has also recently been featured on Channel 13 News to talk about her business. You can watch her interviews here and here.
With consistent 5 star reviews on her business, Ashley has taken her heart for Children and transformed it into a thriving business. You can read testimonials about her company here .
We are excited to watch Ashley and Mobile Mommy continue to grow! If you are in need of personalized, high-quality child care, please contact Ashley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 901-265-0631, or learn more on her website yourmobilemommy.com
10. 192+ pieces of art from 55+ artists!
…and we’re still working. Prices range from $20 to $4000, so there’s something for everyone. 7 artists have created 8×8 free-standing artist’s walls: some are murals, some feature as many as 12 pieces of art. We’ve cataloged some of the art here, much more is available!
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.
Commercial 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!
To 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.
Diversified 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.
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.