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50+ Years with Elvis: Betty Harper
From Thursday, August 09 2012
To Friday, October 19 2012
Every day

Though Memphis has borne many a monarch- Jerry Lawler and B.B. just to name two-
the indisputable King will always be Elvis. And in observance of the 35th anniversary of his death, Center for Southern Folklore honors The King of Rock and Roll with 50+ Years With Elvis, an exhibit of the works from ‘Elvis Artist’ Betty Harper from August 1-October 19, 2012.

More than 100 pieces of Betty Harper’s original Elvis artwork will be showcased in the Folklore Hall, chronicling the early days of Elvis’ career, his death, and the music that continues to live on. Harper has been recreating his likeness for more than five decades and though her process has evolved, the essence she is able to capture is always the same.

“There was something incredibly inspiring about him. He pushed right to the limit of his potential, always himself, always trying to be the best he could be.” “Every face has a story to tell,” says Betty. “Every time I draw him, I see another side, almost another person. Just when I think I've exhausted all the possibilities, have sketched every angle, every expression, I begin to draw and discover another.”

When Betty Harper puts pencil to paper, she captures the very spirit of Elvis Presley like no other artist can. The
breathtaking, life-like works of art by Betty Harper will be on display from August 1, 2012 – October 19, 2012 at the Center for Southern Folklore. Glimpse into the soul of the man who not only ruled the world of rock 'n' roll, but also ruled the hearts of many. 

Location: 119 S. Main Street
Contact: Judy Peiser 901.525.3655 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
This exhibit opens August 9, 2012 and runs through October 19, 2012.


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At Peabody Place Trolley Stop
Memphis, TN 38103

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