Burton Callicott recently entered Albers Art & Design
carrying a large ice chest.
a simple offer for gallery owner Kathy Albers.
Would she like a few of the more than a dozen stuffed
eggs someone kindly dropped by his home? He
wouldn't be able to eat them alone.
Sharing stuffed eggs with the gallery owner who
represented him may have appeared an insignificant
gesture to some. But it held the story of change
for the noted and well-respected artist whose works were
often sold within minutes of gallery openings.
Callicott was alone.
wife Evelyne Baird Callicott died in March. She
was 91. The two were married for 68 years.
They endured much together including the Great
two met at Tech High School and continued their
courtship long distance. She went to work full
time after high school to help her mother; he went away
to attend art school.
long-distance telephone call was more expensive than we
could afford," Callicott said. "We wrote through
came home for the holidays and during the summer.
He graduated in 1931 and returned home for good.
The marriage was held off for awhile.
those days, a fellow couldn't marry a girl until they
had a job."
Callicott, 93, began his career working for his
stepfather (Mike Abt - Artist and Tech Teacher)
- making floats for the Cotton Carnival. When he
began working full time, year-round for the Carnival,
the two got married. He later joined the faculty
of the Memphis Academy of Art.
dream was to teach and to teach at the college level,"
two had two children. Evelyn Baird Callicott
became active in the art circles, supporting her husband
and the arts.
art circles, if the Callicotts attended an event, it was
Evelyne Callicott's main interest was her family.
She cherished her husband, their children and
Callicott taught many people the value of skilled art,
both as a professor and an artist. Evelyn Calicott
also had something to teach us: that some art reaches
beyond the studios, museums and galleries where the
called the art of loving.