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"Searching for Sunday" Art Show

  • Downtown Yoga 515 South Main St Memphis, TN 38103 (map)

Art Show featuring works by Robby Johnston

Join us at Downtown Yoga for a special Trolley Night in downtown Memphis. We’ll be transforming the space into an art gallery, hosting works by mid-south artist Robby Johnston.

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“Searching for Sunday”

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The Southern Delta is a land rich with alluvium soil, created by flooding rivers that have risen and fallen throughout millennia. Where once huge old-growth forest dominated the landscape, you’ll now find massive fields where toil n’ faith strive to turn seed into harvest.

When I get to spend time in the Delta, I’m always fascinated by the one-room primitive churches that are scattered across this treeless land like pellets from a shotgun blast.  These wood-planked-wall rooms found way, way down a muddy road in the middle of nowhere seem to house some of the most faithful people.  And, they don’t ask for too much: just love, family, health, freedom and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the workday.

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It’s a place where homemade wooden tombstones give the Devil’s Ham a place to roam while the faithful gather weekly in a small room, giving thanks for what little they have.  A land exploited by the rich and home to a crossroads where one can sell their own soul for worldly treasures or choose to have faith.  A simple land where good and evil sort it out in the still muddy waters under the full moonlight.

Often when I drive through this land, it’s after a big night of carousing and dancing in Clarksdale’s juke joints.   I’ll force myself to get up early and take the backroads along the river up to Memphis.   As I wander aimlessly thru this magic land, I sometimes feel like I’m Searching for Sunday.”

Note: Robby Johnston is a self-taught artist from Memphis that has been residing in New Orleans for the last two years.  He still owns a home in Memphis and visits as often as possible. Come see him and his most recent art this October 25th!

Earlier Event: October 19
The Liquid Spine Workshop
Later Event: November 2
Five Animals Sports Qigong Series