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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.