Music, Arts and Local Goods at the Broad Avenue Art Walk @BroadAveArts

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Not that many years ago, Broad Street (as we called it then) was largely vacant, except for a bar or two and the venerable Broadway Pizza Company. It had once been the downtown of a separate town called Binghampton, but in 1915, Binghampton voted to give up its separate identity and become part of the city of Memphis. Not long afterwards,a city ordinance changed Broad Street to Broad Avenue, because Memphis had determined that all east-west streets must be avenues and all north-south streets would be streets. (This ordinance also tripped up the legendary “Beale Street”, and getting Beale back to “street” status took almost 30 years). But the remarkable transformation of the Broad Avenue area to Memphis’ second arts district has only taken about two years, and periodically now the district celebrates its new boom with Friday night art walks, similar to the Trolley Nights in the other South Main Arts District. On Friday, November 7, a large crowd was in the Water Tower Pavilion, listening to a great band of students from the School of Rock performing on the stage, with food trucks and clothing vendors nearby. Up on Broad, crowds were making their way to the different galleries and shops, new restaurants like Bounty on Broad, and temporary exhibits highlighting local products like Relevant Coffee Roasters, and some of the best handmade caramel candies I have ever eaten. Broad Avenue is definitely worth a visit as the Christmas season approaches, for unique gifts that cannot be found elsewhere.

Opening Reception for the One Village One City Art Exhibit at Caritas Village

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Memphis artist Frank D. Robinson is the artist-in-residence at Caritas Village in Binghampton, and has done much to promote the arts in Memphis,both his own and others, so it is entirely fitting that he organized an exhibition called “One Village One City” that brings together the work of several different Memphis artists at Caritas Village. Friday night February 7, the works were unveiled to the public at a reception, and several of the artists (including Robinson) were present.

Remembering the Legacy of Memphis’ Orange Mound Community at the N J Woods Gallery

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Memphis artist N J Woods grew up in Orange Mound, and has transformed the fond memories of her childhood there into vibrant, colorful art works in an exhibition that opened at her new gallery space in Binghampton on Friday May 17th. The paintings emphasize familiar shops and people of the neighborhood’s past, opening a window onto a place that few Memphians know as well as they should. The Woods Gallery is located at 2563 Broad Avenue in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

Get Your Playtime On With The Five In One Social Club @vinimemphis

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“If I could only be a child again” sang Curtis Mayfield, and who hasn’t wished for that glorious time when school was mostly recess and crafts. Well, the Five In One Social Club can’t turn back the hands of time, but they can transfer the fun of arts and crafts time to our adult lives. Want to make felt monsters, or stamps or planters? You can do all of that and more at this self-described “kindergarten for grown-ups.” There’s also some really cool Memphis and Binghampton shirts for sale. Visit the website, or better yet, the clubhouse itself during open hours.

Friday Night Art Walk in the Broad Avenue Arts District, Memphis

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Memphis’Broad Avenue (as Broad Street) was the business district for the town of Binghampton prior to its consolidation with Memphis in 1915. The merger with Memphis changed the street’s name to Broad Avenue, since Memphis ordinances provided that all east-west streets would be named avenues (a law which snared Beale as well, making it Beale Avenue until it was changed back in the 1950’s). The street has seen its share of decline, but for the last several years it has been home to a burgeoning arts community known as the Broad Avenue Arts District, which has brought together a number of studios and galleries. On certain Friday nights during the year, the district sponsors Art Walks that are remarkably similar to the Trolley Nights in Memphis’ other arts community, the South Main Arts District.

4/16/10: Student Art Show at Caritas Village in Bimghampton, Memphis

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Binghampton’s Caritas Village is an amazing coffee bar, art space, community center, housing co-op and a lot more, and on Friday, they sponsored an art exhibit of works by students in some of Memphis’ public schools. The noted Memphis artist Frank D had invited me, and I was really impressed with the quality of the works displayed.