Fashion Illustrator Kris Keys Takes on Art & a Movie

We were fortunate to have Memphis-born, London-based fashion illustrator Kris Keys visit the Brooks last Thursday. Keys sketched the participants in our most recent Art & a Movie program, which featured clock making followed by a screening of the 2010 documentary film Thunder Soul. Working against a soundtrack provided by DJ Leroy Trenton, museum goers sorted through stacks of old 45 rpm records that were donated by Goner Records and Shangri-la Records. Once they found the perfect 45, each participant used a simple kit and an old-fashioned record adapter to make a working clock! After the film screening, which was co-presented by the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, attendees were surprised by two more special guests -- Craig Baldwin and Rollo Rollins, alumni of the Kashmere Stage Band, the group featured in Thunder Soul.

Keys said of the experience, "These two minute quick gestural sketches captured the style and motion of Memphians and guests at the Brooks Museum Thursday night. It was an inspiring/ peaceful evening, as one would imagine since art and happiness goes hand in hand (my opinion). Enjoy!"

To check out more of Keys' work, visit her website,

This blog is written by Andria Lisle, Public Programs and Public Relations Manager for the Brooks.

Posted by Andria Lisle at 8:02 AM
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