It’s not quite the heat of summer or the bitter cold of the winter. September is not only the start of REAL football, for me it is when nature turns on itself and transforms green leaves into natural art outdoors. Funny thing is, the Nashville art scene is turning over and transforming in its own right beginning from the very start of this September.
So with kind haste without wasting your time, we’ll jump right in. One major thing happening this Thursday, September 1st, is all about Nashville Arts Magazine. On Thursday, Nashville Arts Magazine will launch a brand new website that will provide comprehensive and instant daily news and reviews of the city’s vivacious art scene. ArtNowNashville.com will provide and publish much needed overnight reviews from everything art including symphony, opera, jazz, dance and theatre performances alongside reviews on all of the visual arts and film scenes. Nashville Arts Magazine is not stopping what they are already doing with its monthly in depth look at the Nashville art world, they just wanted to expand on what they are already doing. Another epic thing happening this Thursday, September 1st is going down at Zeitgeist Gallery. It is where two internationally known artists (who both studied art in college in various TN college and universities respectively) will have a joint opening reception from 5-8pm. Me simply writing that both Kurt Wagner and Wayne White will be there as well should pretty much say it all, or at least it should give you all the reasons you need to get your butt over to Zeitgeist that opening night. For everyone that a child of the 80’s, you might remember that Wayne White nearly single-handedly created the backdrop for great childhood memories we all look back on so fondly. Specifically, White is the Chattanooga, MTSU grad, native that took his love for illustrating and puppeteering and created a world like no other. White was the brainchild behind the oober-creative designs for the hit television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Yeah, I said it, but White did it! White has gone on to also do legendary work in music videos (my favorite was Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight”) and all other forms of media. For the past few years, he has been most recognizable for his works with ‘word paintings’. Last year, my wife and I felt honored by White’s presence and talk about his life-long journey through art while visiting Watkins here in Nashville. It was there where we were able to talk with him in person, thank him for his work and for sharing his experiences, and have him sign a copy of his huge book that chronicles the path of his artistic career up to the present time period. If you drop by Zeitgeist Gallery for the opening reception on Thursday, September 1st, from 5-8pm, you can do the same thing! Need I say more?
I might not need to, but I shall. Again, also on Thursday, the first of the month, just down the street from Zeitgeist Gallery is the Hillsboro Village Art Walk. Also from 5-8pm, there are a plethora of receptions, shows, and events hosted by various locales located in Hillsboro Village. The long list made short, here are a few spotlights in that neck of the woods I think I might just have to check out. The Raffle giveaway will take place at the Belcourt Theater, Jeff Bertrand will have work at Clothing Xchange, Wendi Strauch Mahoney will be showing at SEE EYEWEAR, Brian Nash will showcase at Provence, Colleen Wandel will be at Fire Finch, Brad Keen is at Pangaea, Candice Sone is at Retropolitan, Casey Pierce and David Hellam will be showing at Fido through September 13th, Micah Smith and Ashley Owens are over at Hot & Cold beside some lovely snacks, and I’m definitely not going to forget about Sarah Shearer’s latest showing at Rodney Mitchell Salon.
It kinda sounds like Thursday is Saturday this coming week, but don’t be mistaken … it’s just a mega-fun Thursday. The first Saturday of the month will again be like another first Saturday of the month. Because it is a holiday weekend and I’m also celebrating my second wedding anniversary with my all-time favorite artist (efharper), SHOUT-OUT, I will save most of the descriptions of the newest exhibitions opening around town for next week. But before I log and run off, I will give you a little teaser. If you are around downtown this coming Saturday, September 3rd, I suggest that you mosey on over to The Arts Company to check out Charles Keiger’s “Inside Out: New Paintings” and also COOP’s September exhibition of work by Dawn Cerny over at The Arcade, Space 75. If you meander to either place on Saturday night alongside the First Saturday Art Crawl from 6-9pm, then you are sure to see a lot of other amazing new art at such places as Twist, Blend, Estel, Rymer, Tinney, and everywhere else that I’ll type about the next time you read this.
Until then, be well, be safe, and be kind to one another. Art, like life, is what you make of it. I find it easier and happier to appreciate it than being too much of a critic. Talk amongst yourselves and enjoy your day.