2021 Projects Brings New Artists/Exhibition to Open on Main Activation

2021 Projects is continuing its pop-up concept in Downtown Memphis as part of the Downtown Memphis Commission’s award-winning Open on Main initiative. From February 23 to March 19, the space at 55 S. Main will be home to Memorandum, a joint exhibition featuring Khara Woods and Andrea Morales.

As part of the Open on Main initiative, the pop-up space at 55 S Main Street in Downtown Memphis has been transformed into a temporary gallery featuring the work of both established and up-and-coming artists from the greater Memphis region. The gallery opened earlier this year with a hybrid virtual and live exhibition by Nick and Cat Pena and will continue to show additional artists’ work through the end of June 2020.

The mission of 2021 Projects is to provide a Downtown exhibition space featuring rotating exhibitions by guest artists; the space will also serve as both exhibition and working space for artist Nelson Gutierrez. Over the six-month schedule, the gallery will host a series of virtual and physical exhibits, opening receptions, lectures, and artist talks to engage the community.

“The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Open on Main initiative made this series of exhibitions possible, ” said Nelson Gutierrez, gallery owner/curator. “Open on Main offered the opportunity to test the 2021 Projects concept in an important Downtown setting without much risk. It also allowed me to extend an invitation to other artists.”

Upcoming 2021 Projects schedule includes:
February 23 to March 19: Andrea Morales & Khara Woods

March 26 to April 23: Maritza Davila & Carl Moore

April 30 to May 28: Johana Moscoso & Scott Carter

June 4 to June 25: Nelson Gutierrez Retrospective Show

Learn More about 2021 Projects
Website www.2021projects.com
Instagram @2021projects
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/2021ProjectsContemporaryArt/

Other art-related Open on Main activations include Memphis Modern Market relocating to 65 Monroe from February-May 2021, and the continuation of Mary Ellen’s Kelly’s ArtChat series, which began as a part of her 2020 pop-up gallery and will continue in 2021.

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About Memorandum by Khara Woods and Andrea Morales:
Memorandum. “The shared desire to honor the sacred act of storytelling moves us in our respective mediums. Our work’s dimensionality ranges between 2D and 3D in form but is expansive in its intent. This show serves as a document of dialogue between two artists studying the way memory shapes our desire to create. 

Khara Woods is a graphic designer and artist from Memphis, Tennessee. The basis for all of Khara’s work starts with a network of horizontal and vertical lines in an underlying grid in the search for structure and order in the creative process. Since 2015, she has created and collaborated on a number of murals and public art projects in the city, including murals and a light installation at Cornelia Crenshaw Library in South City and a data visualization mural, “Basin Portraits” in Uptown. 

Andrea Morales is a documentary photographer and journalist born in Lima, Peru and raised in Miami, Florida now based in the U.S. South. Andrea hopes to use images of everyday life as a way of creating an emotional portal to our shared and oppositional rhythms. She is a producer at the Southern Documentary Project and the visuals director at MLK50: Justice Through Journalism.”

About Nelson Gutierrez, Resident Artist, Curator & Director, and 2021 Projects:
Nelson’s work explores the psychological and social implications of conflict. Most of his work is composed of two and three-dimensional pieces, conceptual objects, and installations that reflect current sociopolitical issues. Nelson received his B.A. from the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia, and his M.A. from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England.
http://nelsongutierrez.com/ Associate & Advising Artist: Carl E Moore https://carlemoore.com/

2021 Projects is a contemporary art space offering a snapshot of Memphis’ most compelling contemporary artists. This is an artist-run initiative led by Nelson Gutierrez and contributor Carl Moore. The art space will offer a different exhibit highlighting two artists at a time on a monthly basis through the month of June. For more information go to www.2021Projects.com

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New Downtown Memphis restaurant Sugar Grits proves grits aren’t just for breakfast

The Commercial Appeal. January 19, 2021. Sugar Grits opened Tuesday at 150 Peabody Place, Suite 111 in Downtown Memphis in the space that was most recently Sleep Out Louie’s. The new restaurant will serve grits all day — featuring the ingredient in breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items.

Sugar Grits is an original concept designed by Stephanie and Tony Westmoreland. The couple are partners in Memphis-based Tandem Restaurant Partners. This is the second original concept for the restaurant group known for saving Memphis institutions like Zinnie’s and Robilio’s Sidecar Café. Their first original concept, Ben Yay’s Gumbo Shop, opened in August.

Temporary Downtown Gallery Features Regional Artists

The pandemic has dealt a blow to artists, but the creatives, undaunted, are fighting back.

For the next several months, the space at 55 South Main will be the home of 2021 Projects, a temporary gallery featuring the work of established and up-and-coming artists from the region. It’s part of the Downtown Memphis Commission’s (DMC) Open on Main initiative to energize and bring attention to available spaces.

Posted by: Jon W. Sparks with Memphis Flyer

‘I am going to go down fighting.’ Chef Tam’s sees a year of struggle and change amid pandemic

Commercial Appeal. January 14, 2021. Tamra Patterson, known as Chef Tam by most Memphians, should be hosting the one-year anniversary celebration of her new restaurant Chef Tam’s Underground Café on Jan. 18. Instead, her dining room is closed, and she, like most independent restaurant owners in Memphis, is struggling to keep her doors open.

Steimer Says: Five developments to watch in 2021

Memphis Business Journal. January 4, 2021.

There are five projects I have my eye on in 2021 to gauge the future of Shelby County real estate: Pinch District, Union Row/The Walk, Northside High School, Loews, and Lake District.

These projects are ones I expect to be writing about multiple times in 2021. Each has the potential to make a major impact on its respective area of the city, and each will have its fair share of challenges ahead of it.

New CEO continues Indigo Ag’s commitment to Memphis headquarters

The Daily Memphian. October 2, 2020. “The Memphis area, Hovsepian said, “has been a really pro-business climate, which allowed us to really get access to the world-class talent that we need for the agricultural industry in the area. “That’s why we stayed very committed to our headquarters down in Memphis for the North America commercial operations.”

The Weekly Dish: Memphis restaurants’ random acts of kindness — let’s follow their lead

The Commercial Appeal. September 18, 2020.

I saw Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne‘s post about eating at Rizzo’s. The post said, “Mask Up Memphis and let’s dine local. Our Memphis restaurant community could really use some love — whether curbside or dine in.” In a time when restaurants in Memphis are struggling due to COVID-19, these restaurant owners took the time to think about their neighbors and friends. Instead of urging people to come to their business, they selflessly said, “Go support my friend.”

Los Comales owner, Drapac receive grants for Downtown projects

Memphis Business Journal. September 17, 2020. On Wednesday, a Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) board approved grants for a pair of renovations across the street from each other.

The first was for the $173,000 conversion of the vacant 113 Madison Ave. Gustavo Bermudez — the owner of the popular local Los Comales restaurants — is planning to open a Mexican restaurant there, as the MBJ reported in April 2019.