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.
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 Advance 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.
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).
Jamin 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.
Merrill Skipworth is a collaborative artist who lives in Memphis, TN and has a program called MiniMasters. She collaborates with families to create unique, personalized works of art for their home. This year, Merrill came to our Work Life program to create a piece of art with our participants for Art for Jobs 2015. Meredith Olinger is one of Advance Memphis’ regular volunteers who also came to create a piece of art with Work Life participants. They have each been working for the past month to perfect these pieces to show at Art for Jobs. We are excited to see their final pieces that will be available for sale at Art for Jobs 2015.