American Idol hopeful, Rose Fraser, plays in the Grand Lobby of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Monthly Archives: July 2010
In support of Ms. Julia Martin’s latest artistic endeavor…and for the betterment of our Beard Casa…Friday, my wife visited Julia’s studio here in Nashville
and came home with this:
About Julia’s great adventure in her own words:
“I invite you to follow along (http://julia-martin.com/blog/) as I embark on the most ambitious creative adventure of my lifetime, packing up my paint gear and setting off to document the unforgettable faces and landscapes of our continent. Along with this opportunity comes an ***opportunity for you.
My journey begins with 10 days on an island on the French river in Canada, then back to the U.S. via the Michigan border, across the country through the northern states, down the coast of California to weave my way back toward home sweet Tennessee. Much like my approach to painting, this journey begins as a broad loose stroke. The coarse of which will be refined as I go, leaving me the freedom to fill in the details of my adventure as it unfolds. I will fill you in as well through the blog with maps, photos and stories.
Along the way, I ‘d like to make key stops and work on location. My goal will be to produce a minimum of two paintings per week for roughly 8 weeks that I will also be sharing through my blog. I want you to tell me what you would like to see in the work when I return home, i.e. places you have seen that moved you in a particular way, or places you have longed to see but never had the time…
I will also be stopping in major cities to scout out new galleries and round out a national network that will help my business and the businesses of my fellow local artists grow exponentially.
***Here is where I am able to present an opportunity to you. Over the next 2 weeks, beginning JULY 8th – JULY 22nd, I am opening my studio to a group of friends and collectors. I am flush with an assortment of fresh pieces, most of which have been created in the last 6 mos. Some of which have not yet been shown to the public. In an effort to raise funds I am offering up to 40% off. This is a one-time offer that ends on July 22nd and all of my galleries have been notified to make the same offer. If you or someone close to you has ever had a desire to purchase a piece of my work, now is the time to leap!”
If you are a Southern lady & lover of whiskey, you will love this tune. If you are an appreciator of a well-written song, you may just love it too. This is Russ Keller & His Crew playing for a Nashville flood, Harpeth Valley, FLOODraise… didn’t do so well in the setting up of the camera…but I think you will get the gist.
Do you remember the good old days? You know; the not-so-distance kodacrhome memories of life before Harry Potter or Twilight series, before Miley or Taylor Swift could even talk or attempt to hold a note, or before there was anything like internet viruses or email scams that constantly ask you to donate your bank account information for the cousins of African Kings. Well, I often think about those days of my budding youth when there were glorious shows and adventures outdoors in the summer sun at such places as Starwood Amphitheatre, Opryland, or even free admission to Riverfront Park for the latest and greatest up-and-coming musicians to stroll through town to enlighten teenagers’ soul education beyond the honky-tonk hubbub or most recent installment of MTV’s “REAL” World before we knew what the thirsty meant in “Thirsty Thursdays.” Ahhhh, the good old days, eh!
Now I’m not going to jump off an imaginary, hopeless ledge and promise you that any or all of those great things will come back, or that all those terrible things will go away, but I can share with you some things that are similar in their own rights and might also bring a smile to your face starting this week in the Nashville area.
First things first, GOOD free music has arrived just outside our doorsteps yet again (pause to celebrate and possibly fist pump at your cubicle or run in place in your seat like Shaggy from Scooby Doo)! Starting this Saturday, July 10th, 2010, from 3-6pm, Musicans Corner-Free Music in the Park will happen at Centennial Park’s southwest corner! Aspiring to be a central point where all of Music City (did I mention it’s free and open to all) can gather to perform and enjoy its eclectic mix of world-renowned music, Musicans Corner-Free Music in the Park is scheduled to take place every Saturday from here on out (or at the very least until the next Miley or Opryland Mall pops up and replaces it). Anyways; come on out this Saturday to the major kick-off event with Mayor Karl Dean (don’t worry, he’ll be smiling, dancing, shaking hands and holding babies…not playing any instruments) and special performances by quality acts such as Damien Horne, Sam & Ruby, Mikky Ekko, Mindy Smith, and CW & The Dynamites. Aren’t you excited (no question marks…don’t answer…just come out)!
And speaking of old school art, I have a treat for you at two classic local hangouts this weekend to get you outside of your normal schedules. First, also this Saturday, July 10th, The Parthenon’s West Gallery is proud to open the exhibition Spatial Schemes: Observations of Nature-paintings by Nashville artist Lisa Rivas. Running from July 10th-October 30th of this year, and open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9am-4:30pm (and summer months open on Sundays from 12:30-4:30pm as well), Rivas is over-the-moon excited to bring her large computer-generated prints on rice paper to The Parthenon’s archetypal architecture. If you want to stop by this weekend and then come back next Friday, July 16th, from 6-8pm for a free and open to the public artist’s reception, be Rivas’ guest.
Lastly, aside from making the effort to visit all of the rest of the local galleries for fun-filled art that is sure to brighten up your life, I say why not drive on over to The Hermitage to see living history at Sundays Live! presenting, “The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry.” This Sunday, July 11th, in repeated afternoon programs from 1:30-4:30pm in and around the backyard of the mansion, The Hermitage, legendary home of President Andrew Jackson, is ready to take those who wish to step back in time and learn about in-depth and witness history with their own eyes with the comfort accessibility of modern plumbing and other nice amenities and refreshments on the side of course. Talk about mixing the good old days with the new, eh?
And that is about all I have to say about that and this weekend at the moment. Thanks for coming and sharing the good word about art in our community. As you were … busy but happy.