Yes, thanks to Modern Family returning this week I am obviously in quite the festive mood. This weekend not only contains my youngest brother’s 21st birthday celebration (which I hope my other brother will help contain to an extent), but it is filled with a plethora of artistic celebrations throughout the city of Nashville at every turn you wish to take. As promised in the title, I will try to show a little bit about a lot of stuff going down that is just what you want to see.
To kick things off for an appetizer, why not stroll on over to The Rymer Gallery for their cordial See, Sip, and Support party to honor their 3rd anniversary-which oddly enough coincides with that of Jack Daniel’s 160th birthday as well! Friday, September 24th, from 6-9pm, The Rymer is featuring new works to SEE by Charles Clary while you people of age might SIP a little taste of Jack Daniel’s 160th Birthday Bottle as you learn about the delicate process behind this esteemed Tennessee whiskey and SUPPORT more flood relief by purchasing artwork (10% of all art sales from the event is going directly towards The Community Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund.
If you then wake up on Saturday with the feeling like last night’s party was just that, a perfect appetizer for the rest of the weekend, then you are in for a treat. And speaking of treats and parties, Saturday marks the 2nd birthday of Kat Martin’s petastic doggie bakery, See Spot Eat. With free pupsicles & pupcakes, contests, games, prizes, ice cream, and lots of more fun galore, why not jumpstart your Saturday, any time from 11am-5 pm at 2815 Bransford Avenue, to help make See Spot Eat’s 2nd Birthday PaWty the best dog gone party you’ve ever been to … ever!
After you and your little dog leave the pawty on Bransford, your chariot awaits for you to drive on over to see Alphabet Art from 2-4pm at the Out Central Cultural Center at 1709 Church Street. Simply put, the Music City Sisters have put together quite the show that will teach you how to spell fun. And after you leave there, you can rest for a second at Cloud 12 Gallery at Wonders on Woodland (1110 Woodland Street) as they present The Artistry of Mid-Century Modern Chairs. This wonderful concept at Wonders on Woodland is an exhibit and sale of important chairs from the 1950’s and 1960’s from such distinguished designers as Hans Wegner, Adrian Pearsall, Nana Dietzel, Grete Jalk and equally cool chairs by other well-known and unknown designers.
But trust me, when the music stops at Wonderland, don’t worry if there aren’t any seats left to sit in for if you travel to the wonder in the world next door at Art & Invention Gallery, you will find a treasure not too far away from Never Never Land. Meg has once again opened her doors to the dynamic Proto Pulp-Classic Books of the Future. Running from September 18th-October 17th, this Saturday, September 25th, from 6-9pm, marks the public open reception for this year’s stellar line-up of children’s book authors that you’ll soon hear about all over the place. This year’s featured artists are Julie Sola, Greg Morneau, Bill Elliott, Bethany Taylor, and Athena Workman.
Proto Pulp is different from other exhibits that I’ve ever seen because not all of the ideas are finished on the shelves or walls. It is true that each of the participating artists are aspiring children’s book authors in their own rights, yet the exhibit is a mix of several completed book projects alongside various pieces of art, designs and prototypes for future books to be completed whenever they get completed. One book that I’d like to feature because I was privy to a sneak preview of the finished product that will be on sale at Art & Invention Gallery is Little Girls are Evil written and illustrated by Athena Workman. Having dedicated this extraordinary work to her two daughters who Workman admits is ‘more sweet than evil,’ Workman creates 26 alphabetical characters and worlds that each have characters and worlds of their own. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s universally classic imagery mixed with Edgar Allen Poe’s clever play on words, Workman has drawn a pretty picture of some little girls that don’t always like to paint pretty pictures for others outside of their worlds. From Agatha Ackerbury to Zelda Zoetrope and everyone in between (my favorite is Cordelia Coppersloth), take a look, its in this book, its nothing like Reading Rainbow has ever seen or suggested before … and that’s a great thing, here!
So whether you are turning 2, 3, 29 or 160 and/or looking for a party, pawty, or anything good to get into this weekend, take a peek at all of the above at the very least and just try to have a bad time … you can’t! And if you don’t want to go anywhere else but one place for the duration of the entire weekend without traveling, you can just plop yourself at the 32nd Annual TACA Fall Craft Fair at Centennial Park. I highly suggest you check out Booth A88, where Friday (from 10am-6pm), Saturday (from 10am-6pm), and Sunday (from 10am-5pm) you’ll find the ever so delightful and creativity of Lindatwist Jewelry and Twisted Sisters Art creations alongside others.
Whatever you get into, be well to each other and enjoy safe travels.
As you were, busy but happy!