Jewelry Designer Dorothy Northern

Get to know Memphis Jewelry Designer Dorothy Northern and how she chooses the stones and designs for her signature jewelry collection.  Dorothy recently visited with WKNO FM 91.1‘s Kacky Walton and discussed all things jewelry design.  Learn about the mystical powers of lapis and other stones that Dorothy incorporates into her designs. 

To enjoy jewelry designer Dorothy Northern’s latest collection, click here and go to her gallery.  

The interview is approximately 15 minutes long.   Click on the link below to listen. 

Memphis Artist N. J. Woods Interview

Listen in on last week’s Checking on the Arts segment with Memphis Artist N. J. Woods and WKNO FM’s Kacky Walton.  N. J. and Tom Clifton joined Kacky for her segment on Wednesday, October 1.  They discuss how her fond memories of childhood influence her paintings.

N. J. Woods is a recognized folk art artist who garners praise for her work being similar to Carroll Cloar. If you are seeking an important addition to your art collection, consider Memphis artist N. J. Woods.  

You can see her recent works at our Memphis Art Gallery located in the Broad Avenue Arts District.  Support local!  Shop local!

Also, remember we specialize in custom framing.  Choose your favorite acrylic painting on paper by N. J., and let us frame it!

Image of NJ Woods painting Mama said...

Mama said, “If you Can See the Moon, It’s too Late.”

Want to virtual tour of our current exhibit of N. J.’s work?  Click here>
We are open for browsing Thursday – Saturday, 11a – 3p.  Private appointments are encouraged for other days of the week.

Want to listen to Memphis artist N. J. Woods’ interview?  Click below.  (appx 17 min.)

Glass Artist Scott Hartley

Glass Artist Scott Hartley Studio


Get to know blown glass artist Scott Harley. 

The artist visited with WKNO FM’s Kacky Walton on Monday during her “Checking on the Arts” segment.  Scott and Kacky discussed his path from teaching biology to blowing glass along with why he’s drawn to create glass sculptures that connect and are intertwined.  (20 min interview)

Scott has been represented by T Clifton Art – the South’s Premier Glass Art Gallery – since early 2017.

From Scott:
Sitting in church, a young child was handed a Sunday bulletin from his father.  Feeling the texture of the creamy paper in his fingers, the small child gently turned the folded sheets over his lap.  A glimmer in his eye appeared as he glared at the curving lines and shading that appeared on the smooth paper. 

The designs and characters came alive in the child’s head as he studied the pencil lines.  As he turned slowly toward his father, a huge smile spread across his tiny face.  As their eyes met, the father saw the love in his son’s eyes and the spark that had brought him so much joy since his own childhood.  The torch had been passed. That young boy had art in his blood.

My appreciation for art has come a long way since that glorious day in church. I have grown up experimenting with all different kinds of media. Throughout my days in school, I expressed myself with the most meaning and desire with a set of graphite pencils.  Two-dimensional art, I felt, was the only outlet for my life.  I love art, and I knew that it would always play a huge role in my life.

I graduated as Valedictorian of my high school class and attended a small liberal arts college, which has one of the greatest science departments in the area.  My priorities were to receive the finest education that I could, play basketball, graduate with a biology degree, and attend medical school.  In college, I realized that biology was my passion, not medicine.  In the end, I found that what matters is not the amount of money you have in your pockets but the impact you have on the lives of those around you. So, I became a high school biology teacher, determined to make a difference … but where was ART?

My life was great.  I married my high school sweetheart, had a great family, and was doing my best to have an impact on the lives of today’s children, but something was missing.  I searched and realized that there was one thing that was missing from my life…ART.  I quit my teaching job to pursue my love for art full time, and I could not be happier.   GLASS is my escape.  GLASS is the glimmer in my eye.  GLASS gives me that same huge smile and flutter in my chest that I had on that Sunday morning staring at the church bulletin.  GLASS is the perfect marriage of both art and science!  My wife, my family, and my art have shaped me into the person I am today.  My work is hard – both physically demanding and mentally draining – but it is by far the most rewarding work that I have ever done in my life.  If you question my love, my happiness, and my joy that I have found in art and glass, look into my eyes…the shine is bright, just like a piece of glass.  Be careful, or you just might catch the fever.

Want to see our current exhibit of Scott’s blown glass sculptures?
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Want to listen to blown glass artist Scott Harley and Kacky discuss Scott’s work?  Click on the link below. 

Mary Johnston Contemporary Art

Want to know more about Mary Johnston’s approach to painting? Listen to her recent interview with WKNO FM’s Checking on the Arts.  Kacky Walton visited with Mary and Tom.  Interview is approximately 17 minutes.  Click on link below. 

Mary Johnston has been a part of the gallery for seven years.  Her work now graces many Memphis homes.  In addition to the gallery, her work is also a part of the Methodist Hospital’s Shorb Tower and Landmark Bank’s newest branch in Germantown. 

Mary’s use of vivid strong colors is intoxicating.  Her trees are the most sought after; however, her waterscapes and abstracts also are popular.  Her range is wide, painting 12” x 12” pieces as well as 48” x 84”.

She is a contemporary landscape & abstract painter.  The natural elements, large expansive sky, peaceful water, quiet green forests, the rocks and wind through the grass are the passions that dominate her work.  

Enjoy the interview!  If you want to see our current exhibit of Mary’s paintings,  click here>

Listen here… 

Jigsaw Puzzle Framing

A lot of us have spent time working on jigsaw puzzles lately.  Did you know you can keep them around by framing them! 
Tips to keep in mind if you want to frame your puzzles:
1. Place a layer of wax or parchment paper underneath your puzzle before you begin. It’s easier to slide the puzzle onto a different surface if you do this first. Also, this is key when you get to step #4.
2. Complete your puzzle.
3. Brush any lint or dust off the puzzle. Check that the puzzle is flat. Maybe go over it with a rolling pin to ensure all the pieces are secured.
4. Cover the top of the puzzle with a craft glue (Mod Podge is great). Use enough glue to cover the front, but not so much glue that the puzzle pieces become saturated. Be sure to brush all the way to the edges. Gluing the puzzle keeps all those little pieces in place when you transport it to us to frame.
Let it dry overnight. If edges curl up, simply flip it over. They will relax.
5. Bring us the puzzle or we can pick it up. What type of frame do you want to use on your puzzle?
Other fun puzzle ideas – create a family photo collage, have it printed as a puzzle (Shutterfly and other photo printers do this), enjoy putting it together, and then let’s frame it.  Custom framing puzzles have endless opportunities for fun! 
Want to know more about our custom framing, click here>

Cremation Memories

One of our most treasured requests is to have a blown glass memory created to memorialize a loved one or treasured pet.  We have had our artists create small pebbles to carry in a pocket as well as larger orbs to feature on a table.  Please contact us for more information if this type memory would provide you comfort.  

For our contact information, click here > 

Blown Glass Orb (with ashes) ~ commission available (Cremation memories for loved ones or treasured pets)

Custom Framing Tips

The past few months have changed our behaviors.  Staying safe during COVID19 peaks kept us home and cooking more.  As we emerge, are there areas of you home you now want to refresh?

  1. Missing your loved ones?  Let’s create a gallery wall of family photos and other key treasures.  Get your photos off your phone and on your walls!
  2. Working from home or at home more?  Let’s update and refresh your walls!
  3. Cooking more?  Let’s frame recipes and other fun kitchen treats. 

Tom chatted with WKNO FM’s Kacky Walton to discuss custom framing tips related to these three behavior changes.  Want to know more, click on the link below.  Audio clip is about 20 minutes.  

Want to know more about how T Clifton Art approaches custom framing?  Click here 

Judaic Art at Memphis Art Gallery

Many thanks to Jewish Scene Magazine for featuring metal artist Steve Bronstein.  Steve has been a featured artist at our gallery for a little over a year.  He is one of our more than sixty artists on exhibit, and one of three metal artists on exhibit.  

As editor Susan Nieman captured in the article:

Today, he and his helpers create functional and sculptural ironwork that appeals to a younger generation who enjoy his contemporary take on timeless pieces. Each piece is individually crafted so no two pieces are identical.

The Blackthorne team uses traditional and contemporary tools including turn-of-the-century pieces he has acquired. “And if something on the old machinery breaks,” he said, “I can just make a new part.”

Steve’s art is on exhibit at T Clifton Art Memphis or see more on our website (click here) .  Yes, we do offer delivery and curbside pickup. 

Click here for Jewish Scene Magazine Article

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Contemporary Abstract Artist Catron Wallace

If you missed Catron Wallace’s radio interview on WKNOFM Memphis, please click on the link listed below.  Catron and Tom visited with host Kacky Walton to discuss Catron’s exhibit “Sensation,” which is currently available at our Memphis art gallery on Broad Avenue.  


Catron Wallace , Checking on the Arts, WKNOFM, March 6, 2020

Contemporary Artist Catron Wallace Art Exhibit

Join us Friday evening for an artist reception and chat.  Nashville artist Catron Wallace’s exhibit “Sensation” features recent works by the bold, contemporary abstract artist. 

Friday, March 6 is Broad Ave’s First Friday featuring March Madness games at the participating businesses.  

Catron will be at the gallery from 5 – 8 pm, with an artist chat at 6:30 pm.  Also, listen to WKNOFM 91.1 on Friday at 3:45 pm (approximate time) for “Checking on the Arts.” 

Want to know more about Catron?  She was recently featured in Nashville LifestylesClick here for the article>