If you are anything like me in the fact that I LOVE to spend most of my free time during the weekends attending and appreciating the thriving and growing local art scene, just let me warn you that this Saturday is quite the art smorgasbord for your creative appetite. If you don’t make yourself aware of any or all of the following events I’m about to discuss below, you may just wake up Sunday morning kicking yourself instead of admiring your latest addition to your own collection. Trust me; this is one holiday weekend you won’t want to miss out on.
To be fair and easy, I’ll just map out just what your perfect personal art crawl should resemble if you don’t want a moment to delay once you leave your house until you head back home for sleep after the day. For starters, roll out of bed and roll on down to the 3rd Annual Flatrock Music & Arts Festival. This Saturday, May 29th, from 10am-4pm, you will not find a dull moment or person at Coleman Park. Heck, it might even be walking distance from your backyard for what little I know about you! A day filled with music by the likes of BlackHawk, Like Candy Red, Irene Kelley and others side by side with over 50 local Nashville Artisans (the most notable and noteworthy in my backyard being magpie etc.), there is enough children’s activities, food and multi-cultural fun to make you feel like you are a kid again and have earned and now actually look forward to a brief afternoon nap.
After you awake from your relaxed slumber with the day half did, preferably in a hammock and a slight front porch breeze, mosey over to The Green Wagon anytime from 1:30-4pm and grab a light snack with purpose at the Sweet Relief Bake Sale. Your taste buds, stomach and heart will thank you for in turn of grabbing some of your favorite treats to give you fuel for the rest of your art crawl ahead of you into the afternoon and night, even your dentist will smile big knowing that all the money you give for the various local sweet foods are directly benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Now with a full-belly and hearty appetite for more art, you have a choice to either stay on the east side of town or head downtown or do a combination of both.
If you stay on the east side beside The Green Wagon, you will have a plethora of options within this month’s edition of ArtEast (formally known as the East Nashville Art Stroll). Several East Nashville Galleries and small businesses (such as Art & Invention, Billups Art, Fanny’s House of Music and Bongo Java East and others) are as excited as ever to support and feature more than a combined 80 local artists. Typically the regular hours for all the mentioned and more are from 6-9pm, but you can just as easily stop by and see or check individual galleries for different and expanded hours.
If you cross the river back into town, I advise that you spend your time and money at The Arcade. I’m not playing games with you. Not only can you literally watch the space grow at the always fun Blend Studio from noon-3pm while either learning more about erika johnson’s uproot project or get your hands dirty making seedballs for your own garden or yard in preparations for next week’s opening of the re:seed project via the one-of-a-kind art of Alesandra Bellos, you can also find nightlights that you won’t find anywhere else in the world but by Matthew Shelton in his Lightboxes show at the MIR Gallery from 6-8pm. Before the beautiful light boxes go out one last time in this exhibition’s gallery space, there will be a closing reception musical performance by the artist playing the guitar and mbira, accompanied by cellist Nora Barton. It is a treat you shouldn’t miss to celebrate the end of such a fulfilling crawl/run and day all around town.
I believe it is very important to not waste any day or not appreciate the people we all build our own worlds around. We are truly blessed to live in a city so talented and close-knit. Whatever you decide to do and however you spend your holiday weekend, be sure to make the most of it. I know there are bigger problems and current things in the world to help (like the BP oil spill and world hunger among others), but I personally like to think about the global while focusing on helping out with the local. I know I’m gonna start doing my part by helping the local artists and local art in general. What are you gonna do?