Hear ye, hear ye, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has invited you, me, and everybody over tonight, January 27th, in order to find you well, stay warm, and celebrate the conclusion of their 125th Anniversary Lecture Series. As always, it is open to the public and FREE of charge. Tonight there will be a reception at 6:15pm followed by a lecture from painter TL Solien at 7pm. With art that can be found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Tate Gallery in London, the National Gallery in Australia, the Singapore Art Museum, among many others, Solien’s paintings are well known worldwide for mixing together familiar pop imagery inside introspective worlds of humor and drama. I have been fortunate enough to attend a handful of such lectures at Watkins in the past and I have always had great times while learning a good deal about important people in the art world gracing Nashville with their artwork and presence.
Now be, now be, it be the time of year that we all begin to gear up for a month dedicated to true and commercially driven love within February. Now, I don’t want to necessarily skip ahead or past this weekend which I am sure all of the galleries will be open and open to give you great art and superb creative conversations to get there and the love started, but to get to the heart of this piece I must and just did.
You see; a good friend, good artist, and even better person that does so very much for the city and people of Nashville largely unnoticed is doing something truly remarkable with another local treasure in town. In a unique effort to bring together art, hearts, and wine lovers in Nashville, Rumours Wine & aRT Bar, 12th South, will be “Going Red” for the entire month of February. Rumours will be hosting Atrial Articulations, an art exhibition by local artist and activist Lori Anne Parker.
Parker, who in mid-2009 at the young age of 38 had two heart attacks followed by an emergency triple-bypass surgery (found to be caused and then necessitated by a rare heart condition called spontaneous coronary artery dissection-SCAD). After surviving such and ordeal, Parker has continued to process her experiences through art and writing. She felt beyond fortunate to not only be alive but also to then become one of 15 national spokeswomen for the American Heart Association’s 2010-11 Go Red For Women campaign. Beginning her work with that cause during this past December by visiting and talking to various people across the country, Parker met Rumour’s restaurant owner Christy Shuff not long after a mutual friend passed along Parker’s story and both brainstormed over what they could do to make a local impact for the cause.
It didn’t take long for both to realize that the combination of the wine and centralized social setting provided by Rumours 12 South with that of a local artist’s literal heartwarming story and art could lend itself to a profound experience to be had and learned from many people in the area. The end result, and to all of our good fortunes, is a calendar of various events during the entire month of February to look forward to attending and rejoicing.
To jumpstart such a schedule of events, Parker and Shuff would like for me to welcome thee and everybody else you know to go on over to Rumours Wine and aRT Bar in the 12th South District this coming Monday, January 31st for the Go Red Wine Social and Art for the Heart launch, from 6:30-8:30pm. The special night’s launch will include enlightening announcements about Art for the Heart month events as well as casual conversations with National Go Red Spokeswomen Lori Anne Parker and Rolanda Perkins about the faces of heart disease in women, which will begin at 7pm. A side note, noteworthy for those who cherish the vine, happy hour wines will be available for $5 a glass.
I will shed light and give more depth as the other following events in conjunction with Rumours and Go Red occur, but here is a brief outline for you go ahead and mark your calendars or blackberries or wherever you need to mark them down to remember for now:
–Thursday, February 10th = Go Red Wine Tasting/$20 per person (6-9pm) where 50% of wine tasting proceeds go towards the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign.
–Saturday, February 12th = Artist’s Reception (4-6pm) to honor Lori Anne Parker’s art exhibition Atrial Atriculations (on view from Jan. 31st-Feb. 28th).
–Monday, February 14th = Art for the Heart Valentine’s Day wine dinner where Rumours will contribute 20% of wine dinner proceeds to American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign (Reservations recommended-call 615-852-9043).
–Thursday, February 24th = THE Art for the Heart Wine dinner (seating at 7pm and you will need to call to make a reservation).
Did I mention that Rumours will contribute 40 percent of all art sales to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign? Well, I think I just did. The bottom line is that Go Red is a chance for Lori Anne Parker to inspire you to become more aware of your own heart health (especially who didn’t fit the bill for someone to have heart health risks before it happened) as well as a chance for Christy Shuff and Rumours to inspire other local Nashville businesses to Go Red in the future. Together, we can all help make a positive difference as long as we have the heart to do so.
So, before I go for now (sometimes I feel like I need a jingle like the original Mickey Mouse Club to sign off, don’t you?), please take a moment to not only pass along the event information above to others you know would love, but to also remind yourself that we are lucky to live in such a city that has tremendous creative talent and such down to Earth people willing to share it.