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In Gratitude

The following donors supported exhibitions, events and programs in 2012. To learn about joining these generous supporters as a member of a giving society, please contact the Development Office, 901-761-5252 ext. 105 Impressionist Society Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. * Foy and Bill Coolidge * First Tennessee Foundation Susan and John Horseman Rose M. Johnston Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation Nancy and Steve Morrow Plough Foundation James D. Robinson Family * Degas Society John Dustin Buckman Charitable Trust Dominion Partners Karen and Dr. Preston Dorsett Richard B. Earles * FedEx Corporation Cindy and Steve Gilmore * Chantal and Jeff Johnson * Dina and Brad Martin Musette and Allen Morgan Irene and Joe Orgill Ann and Steve Reynolds Chris and Dan Richards Doctors Susan and Bill Warner * Marsha and Henri Wedell

Matisse Society Buff and Tommy Adams Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation Argent Trust of Tennessee Thomas W. Briggs Foundation * Jeannene and Thomas Cathey Martha and Robert Fogelman Bradley and Robert Fogelman II Buzzy Hussey Stacey and Thomas Hussey International Paper Anne and Mike Keeney Kay and Jim Liles The Marston Group Pam and McNeal McDonnell Dr. and Mrs. Howard S. Misner * Musette and Allen Morgan * Gwen and Penn Owen Judy and King Rogers Craig Simrell and Mark Greganti * Vance and Willis Willey Barbara and Lewis Williamson

*Indicates contributions to support endowment, acquisitions, or capital projects.

Cassatt Society Johnnie and Dr. Rex Amonette Bank of America Alice and Phil Burnett Buster’s Liquors and Wines Nancy and Dan Copp Marlene and Spencer Hays Harriet and Jake McFadden Mabel and Phil McNeill Linda W. Rhea * Erin Riordan and Kevin Sharp SunTrust Bank Mary and Charles Wurtzburger * Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs, LLP GAUGUIN SOCIETY Connie and Dr. Lou Adams Kathy and Jack Blair * Judith and Bruce Campbell Jean and Dr. George Coors * Sue and John Hull Dobbs Robert B. Dodge * Liz and Tommy Farnsworth * Eva and Bobby Hussey * Barbara and Ira Lipman * Suzanne and Neely Mallory * Memphis Garden Club Kitty and Guy Rose * Chris and Reid Sanders * Christopher Schonbaum

Your legacy lives at the Dixon A planned gift to the Dixon ensures enrichment through the arts and nature for generations to come.

To make a lasting impression with a planned gift to the Dixon, please contact Susan Johnson, Director of Development, at or (901) 312-1243. GEORGES BRAQUE Pot of Anemones, 1925, Oil on panel, 22⅛ x 21⅝ inches. Gift of Cornelia Ritchie and Museum purchase provided through a gift of the Hubert Stanwood Menke Family, 1996.2.1

Another New Year

On behalf of the Dixon staff and volunteers, please accept my best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. It is going to be a great 2013.

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As some of you may know, my area of expertise is French and American nineteenth-century painting. But before I delved into Redon, Whistler, Cassatt, Forain, and others, it was the art of my own time that captured my imagination. That is where it started for me, and I have never stopped being interested.


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So, when Erin and I landed in Memphis in 2007, some of the first people we met, some of the first people we wanted to meet, were artists. The more we explored the city, the more we saw that Memphis is a roiling, teeming, diverse, complex, but generally grassroots-friendly visual arts scene with an edge. We like that. If you are paying attention at all, you know that the visual arts are where the real action is in Memphis these days. Between Crosstown, Broad Avenue, South Main, the Medicine Factory, Marshall Arts, Material, the Midtown and East Memphis gallery scenes, not to mention the Urban Art Commission, the Memphis College of Art, the Brooks, and of course Dixon, if you’re not rubbing elbows with a visual artist every now and then, you’re not hanging out in coolest corners of town. Given the incredible artists I met within days of my arrival, the studios I visited and the gallery shows I wandered through, I started looking for ways to shoehorn contemporary art into the Dixon program almost immediately. We cleared out a couple of galleries, and with a budget of zero, launched our Mallory/Wurtzburger series in 2008. We still have a paper-thin budget, but at this point we have organized more than twenty of these homegrown Memphis art shows, and they have attracted more press and more audience than any of us expected. Throw in our sculpture exhibitions in the gardens— three of which have featured Memphis artists—and suddenly Dixon is one of the more impressive destinations for contemporary art in the city. Go figure. But we couldn’t leave it at that. The staff and I started talking about something bigger, a major contemporary Memphis show, in early 2009. We were serious about it, too, but just never quite got it on the calendar. Then, in 2010, we met Jim Meeks, the managing partner at the Memphis office of Northwestern Mutual. One minute we were discussing Memphis artists we liked, and the next we were laying the groundwork for what would become Present Tense: The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now. It went from an idea to “let’s do it” just that quickly, with Northwestern Mutual as our sponsor. We brought in John Weeden to be a guest curator, and we were up and running. Present Tense features seventy-five artists, more than 100 major works of art, and it will fill the Dixon from one end to the other. There has never been such an expansive examination of the visual arts in Memphis and the noisy milieu that drives it, nor so many opportunities to engage with the fascinating artists who live and work in our city. We are excited about the show and the rare opportunity it presents. We think you will be, too. Kevin Sharp Linda W. and S. Herbert Rhea Director

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Board of  Trustees D. Stephen Morrow, CHAIRMAN Christine P. Richards, PRESIDENT Ben C. Adams, Jr., SECRETARY/COUNSEL William C. Losch III, TREASURER Thomas C. Adams Jr. Jack R. Blair Carter F. Campbell Suki Carson William A. Coolidge Jr. Dr. Reginald W. Coopwood Nancy Copp Elizabeth Farnsworth R. Molitor Ford Jr. Mark Giannini John M. Horseman Buzzy Hussey Thomas H. Hussey Dr. Rose M. Johnston Tom Kadian Anne O. Keeney E. Carl Krausnick Jr. Kay Taylor Liles W. Neely Mallory Jr. W. Neely Mallory III R. Brad Martin J. Kenneth (Chip) Marston Jr. McNeal McDonnell Harriet McFadden Allen B. Morgan Jr. Brandon G. Morrison Joseph Orgill III C. Penn Owen III Stephen C. Reynolds W. Reid Sanders Henri Wedell Willis H. Willey III

Non-Resident Trustees John H. Bryan Patricia L. Cook Cornelia Ritchie







Membership And Development


Special Events

inside back cover

Hugo Dixon’s journals now online The English-born Hugo Dixon spent much of World War I as an enemy alien in German interment camps. To pass the time he wrote in notebooks about his experiences, but did so in French to improve his lanuage skills. The Dixon would like to recognize and thank William Thompson, Associate Professor of French at the University of Memphis, for translating Hugo Dixon’s journals from World War. The journals have been published online as part of Shelby County Archives History website, and can be accessed at

Ex-Officio Trustees Vivian Watson Barbara and Lewis Williamson Edith H. Marshall Emily and David Brackstone Chantal and Jeff Johnson Kathy Gale and Gil Uhlhorn Newsletter sponsored by

ON THE COVER PIXY LIAO, Disco, 2008, Digital c-print, Collection of the artist

nelson A History of Eighteenth-Century

A History of Eighteenth-Century German Porcelain T h e Wa r d a S t e v e n s S t o u t C o l l e c t i o n

German Porcelain

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The Warda Stevens Stout Collection

Available this spring

The History of Eighteenth-Century German Porcelain: The Warda Stevens Stout Collection Christina H. Nelson with Letitia Roberts

Published by Di�on Gallery and Gardens with Hudson Hills Press, Manchester and New York. Hardcover, 536 pages, full color. $95 The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is in a privileged position to tell the story of German porcelain in the eighteenth century. Thanks to the great collector and donor Warda Stevens Stout, the Dixon’s holdings are unique in their sheer breadth—their strength in manufacturing regions other than Meissen. This long-anticipated publication examines the manufacturing practices at Meissen, bringing new insights to bear on a well-documented subject, but the book’s greatest strength are the brilliant discussions of the less well-known porcelain-manufacturing regions. Thanks to Christina H. Nelson’s dedicated research, the work of once shadowy arcanists, modelers, and Hausmalers from Vienna, to Berlin, to Höchst can now be known. As for Warda Stevens Stout, the story of her collecting ardor from the late 1940s until her death in 1985, told in intimate detail by Letitia Roberts, offers a fascinating American counterpoint to the passion for porcelain in eighteenth-century Germany. Moving well beyond the impressive accomplishment of the Stout collection, this book seeks to document a period of great achievement in a field that has attracted global interest for centuries. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens has every hope that readers will find The History of Eighteenth-Century German Porcelain: The Warda Stevens Stout Collection a comprehensive work on the subject.

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Present Tense:  The Art of Memphis from 2001 - Now February 3 – April 14, 2013

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Memphis is a city that exudes creativity and stands for artistic excellence. Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001 – Now captures the energy and diversity of the city's contemporary art scene from 2001 to the present. Featuring over 100 works by more than seventy Memphis-area artists selected by guest curator John Weeden, Present Tense reveals the spark of creativity that makes our city such a vibrant and fascinating place to visit and to live. Outdoor sculpture, video and installation pieces, photography, oil on canvas and a range of sculptural and three-dimensional works from established artists such as Nancy Cheairs, Hamlett Dobbins, Pinkney Herbert, Greely Myatt, Dolph Smith, and NJ Woods, as well as next generation of notable newcomers will all be on display in one place—the Dixon. The exhibition will fill the galleries, residence, and gardens with outstanding examples of varied contemporary art practices found in our city since the turn of the millennium. The works in Present Tense mark the seminal events in the artistic renaissance that has taken place in Memphis over the past decade. Never before has the Dixon interacted with this many local artists and their respective voices at one time. Now is the chance to join in on the conversation by meeting your favorite local artist and discovering the work of others through related educational programming. Present Tense is an opportunity for visitors to examine the role of the visual arts in Memphis and the larger cultural conversation being held in the United States today.

MELISSA DUNN Pro Non-Linear, 2003 Mixed media on canvas Collection of Trey Harrison and Kate Gilow

Special Opening Event Sunday, February 3, 2:00 pm Winegardner Auditorium The Anti-Lecture: A Conversation about an Art Community Present Tense curator John Weeden leads a public conversation with eight notable figures from the Memphis art community. For more details, see page 9.



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GREELY MYATT Three Scrub Boards, 2006 Broom handles, walnut and pine Courtesy of David Lusk Gallery

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Final Weeks

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A Passion for Porcelain in the Eighteenth Century Closes January 20 MEISSEN Bust of King Friedrich III, ca. 1744-46, Hard-paste porcelain Bequest of Warda Stevens Stout, 1985.DA.274.2


Rose M. Johnston Ann and Steve Reynolds Chris and Dan Richards

Portrait, Patron, Muse

Women in the Dixon Collection On view in the Willmott Gallery and Residence Library through January 6

JACQUES-ÉMILE BLANCHE (French, 1861 - 1942) Portrait of Eugenia Huici Arguedas de Errázuriz, 1890 Pastel on canvas Museum purchase in memory of John E. Buchanan, Jr. with support from Mr. and Mrs. William A. Coolidge, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Allen B. Morgan, Jr., Drs. Thomas M. and Carolyn Chesney, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Hays, Dr. and Mrs. Howard S. Misner, Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip C. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce E. Campbell, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. George A. Coors, Robert B. Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Farnsworth, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. Gilmore, Buzzy Hussey and Dr. Hal Brunt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hussey, Jr., Rose M. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Liles, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Ira A. Lipman, Mr. and Mrs. W. Neely Mallory, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. D. Stephen Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Orgill III, Mr. and Mrs. C. Penn Owen III, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Guy P. Rose III, Mr. and Mrs. W. Reid Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis C. Williamson, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wurtzburger, 2012.1

Upcoming Exhibition

Bijoux Parisiens

French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris April 28 – July 21

Organized by the Petit Palais, Paris and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris showcases iconic jewels from the famous French jewelry houses of Boucheron, Lalique, and Cartier. This show also features over 150 beautiful drawings, fashion prints, and photographs documenting the history of French jewelry from Louis XIII to Napoleon through the stunning art deco designs of the 1920s and 1930s.


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JULES WIESE Bracelet, c.1855 Gold, silver, and enamel Collection of the Petit Palais, Paris, Purchase, 2006



Sponsored by Suzanne and Neely Mallory and Mary and Charles Wurtzburger

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Artists’ Link

On view through January 27

KYLE OWENS, White Station High School, Shirt Sleeves, Charcoal on Paper

ANNE COBB BEACH, The Harvest, 2012, Ink on paper, Courtesy of the artist

Artists’ Link is a volunteer organization founded in 1989 as a resource and support group for Memphisarea visual artists. In their second juried exhibition in the Mallory/Wurtzburger series, the group once again showcases their most current work, from oils to watercolors to sculpture.

Present Tense

Memphis Artists of the Future Juried Student Show

February 3 – April 14

The Mallory/Wurtzburger companion show to Present Tense displays an amazing group of works from talented local high school students. Painting, drawing and photography from students at White Station High School, Hutchison School, St. Agnes Academy, and Bolton Agricultural High School reveal the exciting future of art from Memphis. This exhibition also demonstrates how dedicated educators in Memphis are working hard to cultivate and encourage young people in our city.

Love the Leaf Summer 2013

By now you have probably seen the billboards around town and noticed the new title of the quarterly on the front cover. We are encouraging everyone to express their love for the Dixon. This summer, the Dixon invites you to submit work for our Mallory/Wurtzburger Love the Leaf exhibition! Send us images of your photos, paintings, drawings, and multimedia pieces illustrating how you love the leaf for a chance to see your work displayed in the Mallory and Wurtzburger galleries. We appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing all of the interesting and creative ways you love the leaf! For submissions, email an image of your work with “Love the Leaf” in the subject line to Laura Gray Teekell at Please include your name and the title, date, medium, and dimensions of the work in the body of the email. Questions? Please email or call Laura Gray at 312.1275. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2013.

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Munch and Learn

12:00 pm regular admission; Free for members and students with ID. Sponsored by Phil Converse in honor of Cheryl Converse.

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Bring your lunch and join in the discussion! Local artists, experts and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens staff will share their knowledge of art and horticulture with talks, demonstrations and great conversation.

January 9 Hamlet Speaks German. The Reception of Shakespeare in German-speaking Countries in the 18th century Dr. Monika Nenon, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Memphis, explores how the reception of Shakespeare’s plays began in German-speaking countries and offers insights into the nature of theatre in those countries.

16 Painting, Collage and Works on Fabric: Varying Media Artist Phyllis Boger will bring several examples of her work and explain how her art is inspired by the media she is exploring. 23 Gardens of England

Join Dale Skaggs, Director of Horticulture, as he recounts his visit to the English countryside last summer; and gain insight into England’s most famed gardens and estates through his photos.

30 Seascapes in Painting and Music Pianist Oksana Poleshook describes how fountains, seascapes, lakes, and rivers, as part of water imagery, became indispensable subject-matter of the French Impressionists in the late 19th century. French composers also explored the subject in their compositions while developing a unique music language. Seascapes in painting and music will be explored in this presentation using the paintings from the Dixon's permanent collection. February 7 Painting and Books Artist and University of Memphis professor, Jed Jackson, will talk about literary influences on his and other artist’s work. He will address the issue of the purported "death and rebirth" of painting and the links of painting culture, method and literature. 13 The Not-to-Be Missed Exhibitions of 2013 Here's a mini-preview of the exhibitions that Dixon Gallery and Gardens Director Kevin Sharp hopes to see across the country and around the world. 20 Lust for Life: My Life Has Value

Caritas Village Artist in Residence, Frank D. Robinson, talks about

turning trash to treasure.

27 The Mosaic Mind: An introduction to the Theory and Practice of Art Therapy

Kerry Curtis, licensed and board certified marriage and family therapist, and certified EMDR clinician introduces us to the world of art therapy.

March 6 Classism, Race, and Gender: The Art of Dwayne Butcher

Artist Dwayne Butcher, whose art is presented in the exhibition Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001-Now, talks about influences on his work.

13 The Business of Art and the Art of Business Artist Jay Etkin leads a Q and A type discussion about his lifelong commitment to producing art and to supporting other artists. 20 Mister Adams and Contemporary Memphis Art Local musician and songwriter, Mister Adams, will perform songs contemporary to specific pieces of Memphis Art and explain their connections. 27 Plant Sale Preview Join our staff for a preview of what will be available at our April plant sale. You will get ideas for planning your spring garden and receive a list of new plants that will be offered this year. A discussion of appropriate new cultivars for our area, as well as tried and true Dixon favorites will be included.


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HUGER FOOTE, Untitled (Red Cushions), 2010, Iris print, edition of 10. Collection of Maysey Craddock

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Porcelain Painting Workshop Saturday, January 12, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The colorful and amazingly detailed paintings on the 18th century porcelain of Fire and Desire were created by master artisans. Local artist Donalyn Heise will help you create you own painting on porcelain. Materials and lunch provided. $70 members, $90 non-members.

Special Opening Event Sunday, February 3, 2:00 pm

The Anti-Lecture: A Conversation about an Art Community What positive attributes does Memphis have to offer the visual artists? What do visual artists bring to the community? What are the challenges that affect the cultivation of a dynamic visual arts community in Memphis today? Join us for an insightful conversation about the current state of the visual arts in Memphis facilitated by Present Tense curator John Weeden with special guests David McCarthy, Professor of Art History at Rhodes College, Carissa Hussong, Executive Director of the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Fredric Koeppel, writer and critic for The Commercial Appeal, and artists Hamlett Dobbins, NJ Woods, George Hunt, Melissa Dunn and Anthony Lee. Regular admission

Reflections through Art Monday, February 18, 2:30 pm

A program for people with dementia and their caregivers. Led by a licensed art therapist, this interactive art session allows people with dementia and their caregivers to explore art in a unique way, providing them with a meaningful and rewarding experience. Early to middle stages of dementia. Dixon staff trained by the Alzheimer's Association. For additional information on Alzheimer's, please call 1-800-272-3900 (24 hours) Light refreshments served. Reservations required. Free.

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After School Art Clubs

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Reservations required. $8 per class for members, $12 for non-members.

Art Zone

Every other Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:30 pm (ages 10 - 15) Winter session begins January 16

Ongoing Children’s Programs

A new semester starts in January for our after-school art club. Using a particular theme for each class, participants will explore drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Everyone will visit the galleries and gardens for inspiration in their own artwork. Snack provided.

Mini Masters

Every Tuesday, 10:30 -11:15 am (ages 2 - 4)

Kaleidoscope Club

Fill your home with handmade treasures! This parent-child workshop is designed for toddlers to explore shape, texture, color and other sensory possibilities through art making. Each Tuesday offers a fun learning experience for you and your child; including a story time, hands-on art activity and a snack. This quarter we will focus on patterns, texture, and big paintings.

This after-school club lives up to its name; colorful, inspiring, and always in motion! Each week we will begin a project that is meant to spark creativity and critical thinking. Whether it is horticulture, art or literature, your child will surely exercise their imagination. Snack provided.

Every other Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:30 pm (ages 5-9) Winter session begins January 9

Reservations required. Space limited. Free for members, $8 per child for non-members.

Family Studio

First Saturday of the Month, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (all ages) January 5, February 2, March 2 Looking for something new and fun to do with your family on Saturday morning? Drop in for Family Studio, where families create magnificent works of art, open studiostyle. Everyone can make their own masterpiece from a large assortment of supplies. Free, drop in program.


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Children’s Workshop

A Heart-Felt Valentine, a Beginners Course on Sewing

Saturday, January 19, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (ages 7 - 11) Register your children to learn the useful art of sewing with Memphis seamstress Tess Nelson. This workshop is geared towards beginners. Participants will learn the basics and start a Valentine's Day project. Participants will take home their finished project and an extra supply kit. $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Spring Art Camp

Family Day

Spring to Art Camp

Memphis Art Family Day

Spend your Spring Break with the Dixon! Spring to Art Camp is a perfect time for kids to explore the museum and get inspired by the unique student art work from the Present Tense exhibition. The gardens will be blooming and our instructors have planned the best garden activities ever!

Join us for another fun-filled day at the Dixon! Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2011-Now is the inspiration for all our family day activities and a must-see for the whole family. So bring the whole family to the Dixon for a fantastic day of special performances, art demonstrations, games, live music, artists, performers, snacks, and of course, art activities for all ages!

Monday - Friday, March 11 - 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (ages 6 - 10)

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Full week: Members $85; Non Members $115 Price per day: Members $20; Non Members $25

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Festival Fun!

When we are not planning and working at our own fun events here at the Dixon, Dixon staff love to head out into the community and participate in as many festivals and events as we can. Festivals are part of our community outreach programs and we enjoy offering everyone a window to our exhibitions and programs. Dixon information, fun art and garden activities, and free passes to the Dixon are a few of the things you will find under our tent. Come rain or shine we will be there making vegetable stamps, rainbow fish, scratch art magnets or planting sunflower seeds. In the past months we participated in the Downtown Farmers Market, the Brookhaven Bash, the Mid South Pride Festival, and the Greenline Festival. The Dixon ‘Muddy Masterpieces’ even joined in the Luv Mud madness this year, completing a 5k run with lots of muddy obstacles. So next time you are enjoying yourself at a festival in Memphis, look for a bright yellow tent with the Dixon logo, and say hello!

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Plant Portrait

Tsuga canadensis: Hemlock

Some of the oldest plants in the Dixon's living collection are our hemlocks. Although native to Tennessee, Memphis is well beyond their natural range. In fact these plants are common in the more mountainous eastern part of the state and not well suited to our hot, dry summers and heavy clay soil. Beautiful and graceful plants with pendulous branches that hang like draperies, the hemlocks add to the unique feel of the Dixon landscape. The largest ones here have reached a height of thirty-five feet. The hemlock is a conifer, which means it reproduces through cones in lieu of flowers. This plant is shade tolerant, which is not true of many of the conifers, and might explain why it is successful under the hardwood-tree canopy here at the Dixon. We have records dating back to 1944, when many of the hemlocks were planted here. Hugo Dixon paid $1.50 each for the trees from Cartwright’s Nursery. I suspect that these plants were recommended by his New England-dwelling sister Hope Crutchfield, who probably thought these Tennessee-native plants would grow here. We have many letters from his sister full of design and plant ideas. Although these plants are not common in the Mid-South, we have over forty growing here on the property today. Many forms of hemlocks exist. Some cultivars are minuscule, dwarf, only growing a few centimeters per year. Some are creeping plants that hug the ground; others have rounded forms; some have pendulous weeping forms; and others are white-tipped variegated forms. We are always on the lookout for new ones to add to our living collection. Unfortunately, a small insect from Asia called the woolly adelgid is having a huge impact on the native stand of hemlocks in the Appalachian Mountains. The cottony evidence of the insect’s presence is indicative that, without treatment, the plant is not long for this world. To date we have not had any evidence of this insect pest at the Dixon, but we are closely monitoring these plants. I suspect that our geographic isolation from the native stands and the fact that they are not a common landscape plant here has helped us remain pest free. Over time, our living hemlock collection may become even more significant as the wild populations decline rapidly. Dale Skaggs Director of Horticulture


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Thank you, Christian Brothers University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering! Under the guidance of the chairman of this department, Gene McGinnis, students from Christian Brothers University have been working for many months to complete a detailed topographical survey of the Dixon property. This complex project should be finalized in the spring of 2013 and will be helpful with planting and garden design, setting up events, mapping the living collection, and providing a starting point for a master plan of the property. Aspiring to be leaders in utilizing technology in the gardens, we are integrating ESRI Geographic Information Systems to create a detailed map of our living collections, and using AutoCAD for garden designs and layouts. We are grateful for these students’ contributions to our planning efforts, and we are pleased to be able to provide real world experiences for these emerging professionals.

Dixon Design Series

Gardening School with Dale Skaggs 2 Sessions: Saturday, January 19 & January 26 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Auditorium Learn how to transform your garden by implementing the same design concepts used by the professionals. Join us for this informative series featuring our own landscape design professional, Dale Skaggs. Topics to be covered include combining plants for structure, form, and year-round interest, making good plant selections, and designing effective plant groupings. January is the best time to design your garden beds for the upcoming year, and you will learn all of the steps necessary to create great gardens for shade or sun. Members: $ 40; Non-members: $ 50. Registration required. (901) 761-5250.

Seed Starting Workshop

Saturday, February 9, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Catmur Horticulture Building

Get a jump on your spring gardening at our seed starting workshop. Taught by greenhouse manager Kim Rucker and staff, you will learn hands-on techniques and tips necessary to produce your own favorite garden plants from seed. Growing plants from seed is economical and satisfying. Discover the methods used in the Dixon greenhouses that can be adapted to your own home. All supplies provided. Members $20; Non-members $25 Limited to 20 participants; Reservations required. (901) 761-5250.

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50,000 Daffodils: A Celebration of Spring A Toast to the Daffodils

Daffodil Show

With another 20,000 Daffodil bulbs added this past fall to the 30,000 planted in the previous two years, the gardens will be putting on a magnificent show. Take advantage of the best way to welcome the new season - in the garden with the glorious flower announcing that spring has arrived! Join us during Art after Dark in the Hughes Pavilion for “A Toast to the Daffodils.”

The Dixon is pleased to host its third annual Daffodil Show. Entrants who know the name of their flowers may enter them in the American Daffodil Society accredited show. Daffodils whose names are not known are welcome to be entered into the “fun” show.

Thursday, March 21, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Hughes Pavilion


Workshop Preparing Daffodils for Competition

Entries will be received on Friday, March 22, from 12:00 until 4:00 and on Saturday, March 23 from 8:00 until 9:30. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide educational information about daffodils. The schedule for the accredited show will be at Call (901) 312-1248 with any questions.

Friday, March 22, 12:00 - 1:00 pm Winegardner Auditorium


American Daffodil Society members will be available to offer suggestions about grooming, staging, and preparing flowers for entry into the Daffodil Show. Pick young flowers, put them in water and bring them in to get some seasoned insight about exhibiting your favorite blooms to their best advantage.

Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm, Hughes Pavilion



Saturday, March 23, 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday, March 24, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Winegardner Auditorium

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Daffodil Lecture

Jason Delaney, the Bulb Collections Specialist at the Missouri Botanic Garden, will discuss the culture, history, and divisions of daffodils as well as relate experiences about his trips throughout the world in search of daffodils in the wild. FREE ADMISSION

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Wildflower Plant Sale Members’ Preview Party

Thursday, April 4, 4:00 - 7:00 pm West parking lot and Catmur Horticulture Building Jjoin us for our members-only Wildflower Plant Sale Preview Party. Membership has advantages, so join us for a glass of wine, light refreshments, and first choice of plants offered at the sale. Memberships and plants will be available for purchase.

Sunrise Yoga Classes

Every Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:30 am, Hughes Pavilion Start your morning at the Dixon! Certified personal trainer and fitness instructor Peggy Reisser leads a rejuvenating sunrise yoga class every week. A reasonable level of fitness is necessary for participants, although modifications will be made for various levels of experience.

Wildflower Plant Sale

Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm West parking lot and Catmur Horticulture Building Mark your calendar to attend the annual plant sale fundraiser that is a Memphis garden tradition. We are excited about our unique plant offerings. This year’s Wildflower Plant Sale will feature a wide range of plants from the difficult-to-find natives to the latest cultivars of woody and herbaceous plants. A list of plants for sale will be available in the Dixon business office and at after March 15. Dixon staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with plant selections and to answer gardening questions.

Special Thanks to the Memphis Garden Club

The Dixon thanks Linda Carter and Lisa Colcolough and all the volunteers from the Memphis Garden Club for their energy and enthusiasm in decorating the galleries and residence this holiday season. These dedicated volunteers created a spectacular display again this season, and we very much appreciate their making the Dixon special during the holidays.


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d evelopMent and

M eMbership

Another Successful Art on Fire

Over 900 guests attended Art on Fire on October 27. The evening celebrated autumn in Memphis and included terrific live music from Memphis’ own Amy Lavere and Nashville’s Cumberland Collective. The event featured delicious food from some of Memphis’ finest restaurants and caterers, great libations, fire dancers and breathers, a fabulous silent auction, and the star of the evening, a colossal bonfire. We thank the many local businesses that supported Art on Fire and helped to make it a financial success to benefit Dixon outreach education. Our dedicated event chairs were key to the success of Art on Fire. We gratefully acknowledge Kathy Gale and Gil Uhlhorn and Julia and Oliver Williams for their tireless contributions of time and talent. Thanks to their hard work and committee support, Art on Fire was a huge success.

Art On Fire 2012 was sponsored by:

Saluting the Young at Art Co-Chairs

For two years Ellie and Field Norris have served as Co-Chairs for Young at Art, the Dixon’s young professional membership category. Under their capable leadership, Young at Art has seen increased attendance at Culture and Cocktails, and recruited new members of the Steering Committee. With their support, Young at Art hosted a highly successful Art on Tap in September 2012 with an added wine tasting, great food, and new members. We thank Ellie and Field, and Baby Field Norris, for their leadership and dedication to making Young at Art a critical part of the Dixon community. They will continue to be actively involved in Young at Art in 2013.


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Margaret Oates Dixon Society

Commercial Advisors, LLC

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors is a commercial real estate advisory firm operating in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi as well as across the nation and around the world. Our brokers and staff are dedicated to providing first-class commercial real estate services in office, industrial, farmland, land and retail real estate. Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services is one of the leading third-party real estate providers in the Memphis region with a portfolio of more than 20 million square feet. Our areas of expertise include: marketing and leasing, property management, project management, capital markets, receivership and more. “Creativity is expressed in a community in many ways. The Dixon, through its programs, permanent collections and excellent exhibitions, leads our community to greater opportunity and exposure to the creativity of the past and the present. We are richer and better for the sustained efforts of the Dixon and we, at Cushman & Wakefield/ Commercial Advisors, are pleased to participate in some small way. “ Larry Jensen, President and CEO Our website:

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New Corporate Members


The invitation to become a part of the Margaret Oates Dixon Society is extended to all women who appreciate the exemplary work that is produced each year by the Dixon. To learn more about this expanding group of women in support of the Dixon, please contact the Development Office, (901) 312-1243 or

The Annual Fund for the Dixon generates critical revenue for operating expenses. Although membership is central to the financial health of the Dixon, the Fund for the Dixon supplements membership revenue to support exhibitions, education, outreach, and daily operating expenses such as security, maintenance, and utilities. Contributions to the Fund for the Dixon exceeded $350,000 in 2012, with many of our members supporting this critical campaign for the first time. Your contribution to the annual fund is tax deductible to the extent of the law. Please consider making a gift to the Fund for the Dixon. Your support really does make the difference.

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Since 2009 the women of the Margaret Oates Dixon Society have sponsored one exhibition or garden program annually with individual contributions of $1,000 each. In 2013 the Margaret Oates Dixon Society will sponsor Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, an extraordinary collection of jewelry and drawings from the Parisian fine-art museum which organized the Jean-Louis Forain exhibition. The $1,000 contribution is payable by December 31, 2013 with the option to renew the support each year.

Thank you, Members

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank, Diary of Anne Frank

Montgomery Martin Contractors, LLC Montgomery Martin Contractors is a full-service commercial construction firm focused on the building needs of their clients. Founded in 1995, MMC provides a range of construction services including design/ build, general contracting, construction management and preconstruction services. The fundamental principles of good business joining innovative building practices form the company culture. Marketwise, their specialties include educational and worship facilities, light industrial, healthcare, interior construction, retail and multi-family housing. At MMC, we value the relationships we build with our clients. That’s why we are committed to exceeding their expectations on every project. Our focus on Cost, Quality and Schedule helps balance project demands with available resources to provide our clients with the most from their construction dollar. Having been the builder for so much of the facilities, founder Montgomery Martin says “supporting the Dixon has been a cherished privilege begun by my parents, Bonny and David Martin. The past successes that have led to the dynamic work currently underway at the Dixon are exciting. I am so proud to be able to continue this support”. For more information about Montgomery Martin Contractors, visit

Thank you to The Marston Group, Cosmopolitans' sponsor in 2012.

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Jim Buchman opening September 20


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Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge the following new, rejoined, and upgraded members and contributions from August 1 through October 31, 2012.

Circle Life ($25,000)

Dr. and Mrs. Maroun T. Dick

Sustainer ($1,000-1,499)

Maureen Shorter and Marcus Esposito Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Lightman Teresa Williams

Cosmopolitans Sustainer ($1,000-1,499) Carol and Phillip Langsdon

Cosmopolitans ($300)

Carey and Charles Treadwell

Young At Art Sustainer ($1,000-1,499)

Allison Betts and Jacob Booten Allie Quinn and Brown Dudley Jennifer Emo and Gabriel Phillips Meg Lynn and Paul Canady

Young At Art ($150)

Elizabeth and John Adrian Gretchen and Daniel Brown Marcy and Samuel Crews Katie and Stuart Harris Semmes Humphreys Shea H. Lackie Wes Milligan Dr. Darcy Raches Mollie and Glenn Saxon

Young At Art Single ($100) Whitney Faust William H. Freeman Wanda Jackson Worth Morgan

Sponsor ($125-249)

Jeff Brandon Mr. and Mrs. David Goodman Mr. and Mrs. Lee Meredith Patree Ruggieri David Warren

Corporate Supporter ($2,500-4,999)

Gerber/Taylor Associates, Inc.

Corporate Contributor ($1,500-2,499)

Montgomery Martin Contractors, LLC Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Johanna Marineau and Peter A. Pranica

Cosmopolitans ($300)

Dr. and Mrs. John N. Fain Vance and John Lewis Tina B. McWhorter Cecile and Frederick Nowak Claudia and Richard Smith Elaine and Trip Spear Janet and Rick Trent

Donor ($250-499)

Sustainer ($1,000-1,499)

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walker

Jewell Ward and Jim Brooks Dorothy Kirsch Frances H. Owen

Patron ($500-999)

Young At Art Sustainer ($1,000-1,499)

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Sheahan

Elizabeth Batchelor

Cosmopolitans Sustainer ($1,000-1,499)

Young At Art ($150)

Angie and Will Deupree

Ireys and Nathan Bryan Wes Milligan

Cosmopolitans ($300)

Sponsor ($125-249)

Vail and Alan Gates Teresa and James Jenkins Kirkwood and Murry McClintock Drs. Cathy and Ted Morton Corinne Parker

Donor ($250-499)

Sigmund F. Hiller Dr. and Mrs. James E. Machin

Young At Art ($150)

Amanda and Justin Joy Rachel and Matt Lyles May and Patrick Walker

Young At Art Single ($100) Merry Beth Camurati

Sponsor ($125-249)

Carolyn L. Jennings Dr. and Mrs. Preston D. Miller, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sakauye Camilla E. Wilson Linda K. Yates and Evelyn Yates


Circle Life ($25,000)

Veazey and Collie Krausnick Dr. and Mrs. Howard S. Misner

Supporter ($2,500-4,999) Nancy A. McNamee

Contributor ($1,500-2,499) Susan and Damon Arney Debra McAdoo

Sustainer ($1,000-1,499)

Mr. and Mrs. Max B. Ostner, Jr.

Patron ($500-999)

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Commercial Advisors, LLC Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC Memphis Communications Corporation Roy May Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc

Morgan Keegan, Inc. Paulsen Printing Company


Corporate Contributor ($1,500-2,499)

Corporate Benefactor ($5,000-9,999)

Cosmopolitans Sustainer ($1,000-1,499)

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Welcome Back

Mr. and Mrs. George H. Benjamin Mr. and Mrs. Bruce T. Bullion III Mr. and Mrs. E. Reece Dike III Mr. and Mrs. Donald Howdeshell Mr. and Mrs. Hal F. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Steven E. Priddy Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rice Carrie D. Semmes Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spencer


Sylvia Beck Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff Dr. Virgil Glenn Crosby Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff Robert Rich Fallis Janet Holley Cox Buzzy Hussey and Hal Brunt Chairman Steve Reynolds, Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff Nelson Fraser Freeburg Janet Holley Cox William Anthony Grehan Dr. and Mrs. George Coors* Buzzy Hussey and Hal Brunt Elizabeth and Don Scott Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff Mary Stetson Grover Eunice B. Ordman Thomas E. Guenter Phyllis J. Guenter

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley P. Locke Dr. and Mrs. Arsen H. Manugian

* Donations given to Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden

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Margaret “Peggy” Rush Gunther Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff Mary Margaret Welsh Kirkland Susan Johnson Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff Don Lewis Belle Meade Garden Club Dianne Marie Hughes Miller Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff Bryant Bondurant Phillips Chairman Stephen Reynolds, Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff

Dede and Stewart Austin Barbara Prest*

Diane and Ed Newton Barbara Prest*

Debra and Bill Barnes Barbara Prest*

Dale Skaggs Town & Country Garden Club Rare Plant Group

Ann and Hal Boyd John Catmur* Becky and Kert Bronson Barbara Prest* Barbara Buchanan Paul & Roberta Matthews Dr. and Mrs. George Coors* Mr. and Mrs. W. Neely Mallory, Jr. Kathe and Larry Crane Barbara Prest*

Stephen Herbert Rhea, Jr. Janet Holley Cox

Susan and Claude Crawford Barbara Prest*

Loretta Rubin Belle Meade Garden Club

Junius Davidson Woodgrove Park Garden Club

Charles M. Sammons Katherine A. Sammons

Karen & Preston Dorsett John Catmur*

Patsy Gail Martak Seabrook Chairman Steve Reynolds, Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff

Jane and Phil Dulin Barbara Prest*

Ralph “Sonny” Shankman Thomas M. Fortner, M.D.

Margaret Ann Fagan Eikner Director Kevin Sharp and the Dixon board and staff

Rebecca Sherman Buzzy Hussey and Hal Brunt

Mary and Robert Ellis Barbara Prest*

Celeste Stewart Mrs. Thomas Hays Hutton

Allison and Tom Garrott Barbara Prest*

Mrs. Joseph Yanes Dr. and Mrs. George Coors*

Gaye and Haywood Henderson Barbara Prest*


Connie Dunavant Adams Mary Lou Adams Libbee Clifford Sophie Dunavant Grayson Dunavant Leslie Dunavant Michelle Dunavant Gwin Erb Dot Fisher Mary Call Ford Laurie Hudson Emily Kay Toni Kaiser Diane Land Camille McNeill Betty Moore Suzanne Plyler Lela Smith Denise Ware Abbie Williams Marilyn and Pepper Allen Barbara Prest*

Nancy Smith Barbara Prest* Tempe and Michael Thompson John Catmur* Russell and Cary Whitehead Barbara Prest* Nora and Wallace Witmer Barbara Prest*


The birthday of Brenda Crain Dr. and Mrs. George Coors* Mr. and Mrs. Neely Mallory* The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dorman Suzanne Plyler* The birthday of Robert J. Hussey, Jr. Mrs. James E. Boone The wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W. Neely Mallory, Jr.* Dr. and Mrs. George Coors Bickie and Mike McDonnell Mr. and Mrs. Penn Owen, Jr. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Van Manning Caroline M. Bartusch The birthday of John Millard Mrs. Thomas Hays Hutton

Pat and Ralph Horn Barbara Prest* Jean House Barbara Prest* Marily and Allen Hughes Barbara Prest* Buzzy Hussey and Hal Brunt Barbara Prest* Ann and Joe Jennings Barbara Prest* Cathie and George Kirk Barbara Prest* Suzanne and Neely Mallory Barbara Prest* Judy and Ed Morrow Mrs. Thomas Hays Hutton Cecile and Phil McCaull Barbara Prest* Kay and Charles McVean Barbara Prest* Lynn and Tolly Murff Barbara Prest*

Easter Egg Hunt March 23, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm $8: members; $10: non-members Reservations required. Limited availability.



third thursdays galleries and gardens open until 9:00. Free with admission. Food included. cash bar.

wine down

FRIDAY, OCTOBER FrIDay, FeBrUary 8, 6:00 - 8:001 6:00 - 8:00 PM Enjoy great wines and open galleries. Includes live music and light hors d’oeuvres.

wine tastings hors d’oeuvres live$30music $20 members, non-members

January 17 Get inspired by the beautiful exhibition Fire and Desire: A Passion for Porcelain in the 18th Century, and help us celebrate German style! Enjoy food, beer, and music by Rene Koopman.

February 21 artist speed Dating What would artists Eli Gold, Alex Warble, Elizabeth Alley, Derrick Dent, and Andrew James Williams tell you if they had five minutes to talk about themselves, their art, and pretty much anything? Come to Art after Dark and fall for an artist to the Memphis tunes of the Stax Music Academy!

march 21 Experience the beauty of the Dixon’s daffodils as the sun sets. Music by Sibella.


All That’s CLAY



Kenneth Ashby CANTON, OK Dale and Brin Baucum MEMPHIS Joseph Eckles HERNANDO, MS Helene Fielder BOONEVILLE, MS T. Puterbaugh Gill RED BANKS, MS Lisa Hudson MEMPHIS Rodney Lemonier EVENING SHADE, AR Agnes Stark MEMPHIS


10th Annual Pottery Show & Sale

and more!

Find that perfect gift while supporting the Dixon and your local craftsmen DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS Friday, February 22 12:00 - 8:00 MEMBER & GUEST RECEPTION 5:00 - 7:00 Saturday, February 23 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday, February 24 1:00 - 5:00

Winter 2013 Newsletter