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May 11th Update

Hello all!

Happy Mid May! Can you believe it’s Mid May already? Also this is the beginning of week 9 of quarantine for us. My husband is still working from home and was told this week that he will probably be working from home for another two months at least. I was suppose to start babysitting again last week, but the Nashville mayor has extended the safer at home mandate, so now it will probably be at least another week or so before I can do that. 

I am enjoying all the extra time I have to make artwork and have several new pieces to share with you all. Thank you so much to everyone who has ordered either a print or notecards over the last month. Your support always means a lot, but especially during this time when I am not babysitting or have art shows to regularly attend. 

I have been applying to fall shows and already have a couple on the calendar. I will share those as we get closer to those dates. And hopefully I will have even more to add.

Most Recent Work

This painting is 11 x 16 inches and based on a photo I took inside of the Atherton Mill building in Charlotte, NC. My husband and I took a trip to Charlotte this past October and this was one of my favorite places there.  I actually started this piece back in November, right after I had finished the very intricate Nashville Pedestrian Bridge painting. So I hit a point where I needed to take a break from the complex architecture pieces. But came back to this one a couple weeks ago and finally finished it. 

Something that intrigues me about our memories is that we can vividly remember a specific instant, but then other memories, even from the same time period as the vivid memory, can be hazy. That idea is what I am exploring with this piece. This painting shows the Pineapple Fountain in Charleston, SC. I spent two full summers in Charleston during college and some of my most vivid recollections are from that time. But then when I have reminisced with friends who were also there, they can remember things I do not. Or remember them in a different way. I know some of the “forgetfulness” is because our brains can only hold so much information, but sometimes I wonder if I do not remember some things because I don’t want to remember. But then at the same time, some of the vivid memories are ones I wish I could forget. 

I made this painting with acrylic paint and it is 9 x 6 inches.

This painting is based off of a photo I took of my husband when we took a weekend afternoon about a month ago to go explore outside. That was after we had been quarantined for only a little over two weeks. Cannot believe over a month has passed since then. 

This original acrylic painting is 11 x 14 inches and painted on a canvas panel, which means it will need to be framed. If you want to frame the piece yourself, you can purchase it without a frame. If you purchase it with a frame, I will send it to you in a frame.

Another thing I did over the past month is make some bouquet paintings. On my website, I have a listing that allows customers to order a custom bouquet painting. This would be a great gift for a former bride as a way to remember her bridal bouquet. Or maybe there’s a bouquet from another special occasion you want to remember. Or maybe you just love floral arrangements and want a bouquet painting to decorate your house.

The first two I made so I could have examples of floral paintings. The second painting is actually of my own bridal bouquet. The bottom painting was a custom order for my wedding florist. 

That’s all for now! Again, thank you so much for your support! As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions. You all are the best!

Sincerely,

Mary Julia Craft

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COVID-19 Update

Hello all!

I know that everyone’s lives have most likely drastically changed over the last few weeks. How is everyone holding up? Honestly, since I am a pretty big extrovert, this transition of staying at home has been pretty difficult. My husband and I did go ahead and adopt a dog (we were going to wait till mid April, because of a bunch of trips we were going to take, but those got cancelled), so having him around on top of some warmer and sunnier days have helped. 

In my last blog post I shared some upcoming shows I had scheduled. Those shows, along with some others I had added, are now all cancelled. I had been so excited about those new opportunities to grow my business by building my audience and selling some more of my work. Since August, I have been part time babysitting (about 15 hours a week) for a little extra income. In order to social distance and protect those families, as well as myself, I have not babysat for the last three weeks and it will most likely be at least two more weeks (if not longer) before I continue to do that. Not babysitting has given me more time to make new artwork, but on the downside, that is a small income I am not receiving right now.

My husband still has his job and is able to work from home, which we are both so thankful for. I know that there are others who are in far more devastating situations with job and income loss right now. But I still wanted to share how all of this has affected me and my business, because in those ways it has been difficult.

So I would like to ask those of you reading this to consider looking through my website and helping by purchasing even just a print or some notecards. Or share some of my work with a friend or family member or on social media would also be amazing. Thank you so much! 

Most Recent Work

This painting is based on a photo I took in a local East Nashville coffee shop called Slow Hand Coffee. Coffee shops are significant to me because they are places I go to connect with other people, like a close friend, a family member, or a significant other. I created this piece on Rives BFK paper and mounted it on MDF board. There are two pieces of hanging hardware on the back of the MDF board so that you can hang it directly on your wall without needing to get it framed.

This piece shows two significant Nashville buildings: the Ryman Auditorium and the “Batman” building. I love music and discovering new bands whose songs connect with me emotionally. Then it is a whole other experience being able to see those bands or artists perform live. Not only is the Ryman Auditorium significant to the history of Music City, but I have a special connection to it because I have been able to see some of my favorite musicians, whose songs have been influential in my life, play there. Then there’s the “Batman” building. This iconic part of the Nashville skyline is significant because it is part of my childhood memories as well as my current life. I remember driving through or near downtown with my family and getting excited about seeing the Batman building. Now as a young adult living in the city, I see it on a daily basis and so it has taken on a new meaning as I am continuing to live life here.

I have sold the original already! Yay! But I have prints available for purchase on my website.

None of these are new pieces, but a few of them are new as notecards. These are all the images that I offer as 5.5 x 4 inch notecards. One thing I have been doing while stuck at home is writing and sending snail mail to friends and family. You could do the same with these notecards! They are blank on the inside, so you can write whatever you would like. You can purchase a single notecard ($6), a set of 3 ($12.50), a set of 5 ($18.50), or a set of 10 ($34). Prices include shipping within the U.S. Each notecard also comes with a white envelope. 

That is about all for now. I will continue to update about new pieces and then about upcoming shows once things start returning to normal.

As always, let me know if you have any questions and, again, thank you so much for your support! I am so thankful that I am able to do what I love and then share it with all of you. 

Mary Julia Craft

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February 20, 2020 Update

Upcoming Shows

I am so excited to share places I will be set up with my artwork over the next couple months. At all of these events, my original pieces as well as prints and notecards will be available for purchase. 

February 29th, 10 am – 5 pm
*I will be doing a pop up show at Pottery Barn in the Cool Springs Mall in Franklin, TN. 

April 4th, 10 am – 5 pm
*Another pop up show at the Green Hills Pottery Barn in Nashville, TN.

April 24th – 26th
*I will be participating in the Panoply Arts Festival in Huntsville, Alabama. This festival is one of the Southeast’s largest art events. It features only about 100 professional artists, so I am very honored that I was accepted this year. There will also be local and regional musicians playing across three stages, hands on STEAM activities, community art projects, and theater and dance performances. For more information, check out: http://www.artshuntsville.org/panoply-arts-festival-2/

I am also talking to Hester & Cook in Downtown Franklin about doing a pop up show with them. We don’t have an exact date on the calendar yet, but I will keep you updated once that is set. 

Again, I am very excited about all of these, so hope to see some of you all there!

My Most Recent Work

I love music and discovering new bands whose songs connect with me emotionally. Then it is a whole other experience being able to see those bands or artists perform live. Not only is the Ryman Auditorium significant to the history of Music City, but I have a special connection to it because I have been able to see some of my favorite musicians, whose songs have been influential in my life, play there.

The original painting is made with India ink on Rives BFK paper. It is 5×7 inches with about an inch border. The painting is unmounted and unframed and initialed on the front and signed on the back. Price includes shipping in the US. Prints of this piece are also available! 

I had so much fun making this piece! I wanted to experiment with making a piece that had so much texture to it. This original piece is 11 x 16 inches. It shows the Smokey Mountains and is made entirely of built up tissue paper, with a little India ink added for color. I created this piece on Rives BFK paper and mounted it on MDF board. There are two pieces of hanging hardware on the back of the MDF board. The piece is signed and dated on the back. Price includes shipping within the U.S. Prints are available as well! The two images below show details of the piece. 

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Mary Julia Craft. I want to start by giving some background information about myself. I am one of those rare Nashville natives. I grew up and went to high school just south of Nashville, then moved to Knoxville, TN for six years to get my BFA in Drawing and my Masters in Art Education. I moved back to Nashville once I graduated and worked as a high school art teacher for three years. I enjoyed teaching, but decided after this past school year to leave the classroom and pursue art full time. 

About My Artwork

I tend to develop strong attachments to ordinary objects or places because of the memories associated with them. Most of those memories are connected to another person. For example, within the buildings of a city, I see the close friendships that were developed there. In coffee mugs, I see deep conversations and a way of connecting. I create artwork that revolves around everyday items or places that I am attached to because of the relationships I associate with them. 

These memories are not always positive. Sometimes they can evoke feelings of the hurt and sadness of broken relationships, along with those that have brought joy and life. This encompasses the whole human experience, the broken and the redeemed. 

I want my pieces to feel like the memory associated with that moment in time. As you, my viewer, look at my art I want you to be reminded of your own attachments, memories, and relationships. My hope is that these feelings will bring you healing or peace as you are brought back to those specific memories.  

My Most Recent Work

I have started making small, unmounted paintings in order to be able to offer some originals at a lower price. All of these paintings are 5 x 7 inches with a 1 inch border. And these are only some of the ones I have made, so check out my website or Instagram for the others. Prints of all of these are also available for purchase. 

I also just recently finished this painting of the Tennessee Theatre sign in Knoxville, TN. Knoxville is a very special city to me. I lived there for 6 years while completing undergrad and grad school. This is the city where I drastically developed as an artist. I also made friendships there which grew me into the person I am today. This sign is a staple to downtown Knoxville and such a sight to see when it is lit up at night. Every time I am visiting the city, I have to go down to see it. This painting is 9 x 11 1/2 inches. The original, as well as different sized prints, are available on my website. 

That is all for now. In the next couple weeks I will have more updates on new work as well as some upcoming show announcements.