Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Now Showing: In Remembrance of Things Past - John Armistead

John Armistead at Gallery Fifty Six

John Armistead is an award-winning artist and author. He began his first formal studio training at age eight in Mobile, Ala., working in pastel and oil. In addition to studying art in college, he has taken workshops at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Design in New York, and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut. Hundreds of his paintings are exhibited in libraries, museums and businesses throughout the United States.

Armistead, who grew up in Meridian, Miss., and now lives in Tupelo, Miss., holds degrees from Mississippi College, the University of Mississippi, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Sorrento Lingue in Sorrento, Italy. He has pastored churches in Mississippi, California and Hawaii, and was formerly religion editor for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo.

He is the author of three mystery novels, A Legacy of Vengeance, A Homecoming for Murder, and Cruel as the Grave. His novel for young people,The $66 Summer, was named by the New York Public Library as one of the best books for teenagers published in 2000. His novel, The Return of Gabriel, is used in many schools throughout the nation in teaching about the civil rights era and was selected a Sunshine State Readers Award Book in 2006 by the Florida Public Schools.

He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, The Author’s Guild, and the Portrait Society of America.

His paintings are represented by Caron-Prince Gallery in Tupelo and Gallery 56 in Memphis.

Congratulations to Our Juried Show Artists!

This summer we opened up a call-to-artists for our very first juried show, curated by guest juror Haley Morris-Cafiero. Haley runs the Masters of Fine Art program at Memphis College of Art, and is an accomplished photographer herself, seeing international success with her series "Wait Watchers." (you can see some of Haley's work here) Submissions came from all over the mid-South throughout the months of May and June, artists were selected and announced in July, and the opening reception celebrating the selected artists' work will be held Friday, August 1st from 5-8pm at Gallery Fifty Six, 2256 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. Take a look at who was selected, and please visit us as we announce the Best in Show during the opening reception! 






Friday, May 2, 2014

Please Join Us 5 - 8 PM, Friday, May 2, 2014


Artist's Reception - Friday, May 2, 2014
5 - 8 PM

Plenty of parking on the west side of the building in the new parking lot, or
park across the street at Lee Pruitt Interiors

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Opening on May 2, 2014




Opening on Friday, May 2, 2014
Reception from 5 until 8 PM
Please Join Us

Still life paintings by Joseph Morzuch at Gallery Fifty Six

Joe Morzuch is a painter currently residing in Arkansas.  He received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 2006 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Primarily a still life painter, his practice involves working directly from the motif, often engaging with objects that have been cast off or discarded.  His paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the nation.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last Week To See Claudia's Show

Claudia Tullos-Leonard's exhibition will close this Friday. This is a show that you do not want to miss.  Leonard's work is photo-realistic.  Her subjects include lily pads and lotus from the ponds and lakes of Shelby Farms and locations in Florida.

She has also painted brilliant parrot tulips, yucca flowers, and daylily buds.  
Come and get a feast for your eyes.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Claudia Tullos-Leonard: Master Painter

paintings by
Claudia Tullos-Leonard
'From Farm Road to 30-A'

Exhibition Dates:  April 4 - 25, 2014
Wed. - Sat. Noon to 4 PM

Monday, March 31, 2014

Congratulations S.E. Harris

Gallery Fifty Six congratulates painter S.E. Harris for the recent sales from her exhibition that just closed.




You can still see the work of S.E. Harris at Gallery Fifty Six and at Market Central,
during the month of April.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Opening this Friday

Artist's Statement

Claudia Tullos-Leonard

“If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive.” — David Hockney

I am enthralled by nature.  I am fascinated by the variety of shapes and colors and the fact that nature is constantly changing.  What attracts me initially is usually a beautiful flower or butterfly, but then I find myself pulled into the surrounding space by a decaying leaf, a spent seed pod or a new bud.  These contrasts captivate me. 

My recent work depicts water lilies, lotus and other plants that thrive in the lakes, ponds and marshes of the South.  A variety of factors including specific features, shapes, color variations or contrasts in lights and darks can influence my decision to paint a particular image.  However, once engaged in the painting process, I pay as much attention to the deepest space or what is under the surface of the water as I do to a brilliantly lit leaf or a translucent bloom.  The initial attraction gives way to the process of looking intently and painting the colors, shapes, light, patterns, complexities and abstractions that I find. 

Painting for me is about the pleasure of looking at things; and, being in nature literally feeds my soul.  With my paintings, I am attempting to share my experiences in nature with the viewer.  I hope the viewer feels pulled into the space to explore as I have.