Arts Memphis TV presents Christina Katrakis





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Christina Katrakis is an artist living and working in the Memphis area. This winter, Christina will be teaching two hands-on workshop series at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. Art through the Ages (Jan. 10 - Feb. 15) and Art in Diverse Media & Subject (Feb 21 - Mar 29). Please see below for detailed information on these two classes.

Christina studied at the renowned National Academy of Art of Ukraine, as well as various art schools in Europe and U.S. (She holds a terminal MFA degree from Memphis University, where she taught drawing, figure structure, watercolor and oil painting).

Trained in the rigorous classical tradition, Christinas artistic gaze blends the old with the new, the immediate and recognizable with the unusual and the ironic. Her art reflects her extraordinary personal and intellectual background and experience. Hence one may encounter a touch of Proustian memory of her formative years (the gritty post-Soviet reality, the ideological divides, and the family moments), the mythic transcendental Mediterranean luminosity of Greece, Italy and the Caucasus, and post-modern if not outright surreal discourse of contemporary American culture.

These disparate attributes are resolved into a very personal yet Felliniesque reality that at once assures and confounds. On the one hand, her paintings are like mnemonic snapshots: immediate, descriptive and humorous; on the other, they possess the psychological and subliminal edge. Although my paintings reflect my own private conscious-subconscious cosmos," she says, they are inclusive and thus eminently accessible to the viewer. They are like elements of a symposium, whereby ideas, impressions, and emotions are shared openly with a discriminating company. But ultimately each participant must reach his own conclusion.

Art through the Ages Workshop with Christina Katrakis. (January 10- February 15.) Mondays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (1 hour break) or Sundays 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (30 min break.) Exploration of art through the ages, combining art history through lectures and visual presentations with hands-on experimentation. Christinas work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the US, and paintings have been acquired by prominent celebrities, private collectors, galleries and museums. www.christinakatrakis.com. Class will start with a short art history lecture/demonstration on a particular medium, representation, or style, incorporating slide shows, film, power point, and illustrations. Participants will then create artwork using inherent concepts and artistic methodology from each era. January 10 or 11: Greco-Roman/January 17 or 18: Mediaeval/January 24 or 25: Renaissance/January 31 or Feb 1: Baroque/February 7 or 8: Classicism/February 14 or 15: 19th century-Impressionist. Single session fee-MBG members $130/non-members $150. 6-week series-MBG members $720/non-members $840. Call 636-4128 to register; payment must be received by January 6 for series, or Wednesday prior for individual session.

Art in Diverse Media & Subject Workshop with Christina Katrakis. (February 21-March 29.) Sundays, 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (30 min break) or Mondays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (1 hour break) Students will be given specific hands-on instruction in mastering the fundamental techniques of different media and exploration of different means of artistic representation. Christinas work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the US, and paintings have been acquired by prominent celebrities, private collectors, galleries and museums. www.christinakatrakis.com. February 21 or 22: Pastels & Figure/February 28 or March 1: Oil & Portrait/March 7 or 8: Watercolor & Landscape/March 14 or 15: Acrylic & Still-life/March 21 or 22: Drawing (pencil) & Torso/March 28 or 29: Charcoal & Figure in movement.

Produced & Directed by Sarah Fleming & Christopher Reyes
Director of Photography Robin Salant
Edited by Christopher Reyes & Ryan Rhea


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