Hello, hello, hello! Have I got a doozy of a report below to share with you today? Yes, I most certainly do. I’ve got a lot of art, a lot of creativity, and a lot of events filled with love to go around the city many times over. That said, let’s get started without further ado.
First, I feel the need to remind all of you artists out there that you still have until this coming Sunday, April 1st at 5:30pm to fill the pages of an online album of adult artists’ works for the Frist Center’s Facebook Fan page. They had sent out a CALL FOR ARTISTS this past month seeking works of art inspired by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’exhibition “To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection.” Basically, check out this link to get inspired and inspire others last minute before Sunday closes that door of opportunity- http://fristcenter.org/submit-a-work.
Second, let me give a quick reminder of sorts about Watkins and this Thursday, March 29th. Continuing Watkins’ Visiting Artists Series, the multidisciplinary artist Harrell Fletcher (renowned for his socially engaged, collaborative multimedia projects) will have a reception beginning at 6pm that will be followed by a discussion led by Fletcher about his unconventional approach to art making held in the Watkins Theater. The event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC to attend.
After originally posting this yesterday two things have come to light. First, the lecture mentioned above at Watkins this Thursday, March 29th, by Harrell Fletcher has been cancelled because of an unforeseen family emergency. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Second, I got an email informing me that the Nashville Cultural Arts Project (NCAP) and zeitgeist gallery have announced the spring 2012 “Insight? Outta Sight!” lecture program that kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28th. The lecture program, all scheduled to be held at zeitgeist gallery in the next few months, is a series of participatory potluck forums designed to ignite creativity and discussion about contemporary art and social engagement. This Wednesday there will be food/drinks at 6pm and the discussions beginning at 6:30pm. The featured guest this week will be artist/writer Sharon Butler (who not only maintains the award winning art blog “Two Coats of Paint,” she is also a professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University and divides most of her time between New York City and Washington D.C.).
With the above out in the open, now I can get to the heart of this week’s post … literally. The first of two events this week that will touch you to the core of who you are is a fine arts event benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. This Thursday, March 29th, from 5:30-7:30pm, “Art at the Artesia” will have attendees tour five exclusive homes of the Artesia development (2905 Parthenon Ave.) while meeting and viewing the works for sale of 10 renowned artists (Jason Erwin, Shirley Fachilla, Holly Fister, Leslie McCallen Gilbert, Deann Hebert, Kem Hinton, Michael McBride, Dorsey McHugh, Merry Beth Myrick, Lorna Sanders and James Threalkill). Admission for the showcase if FREE … HOWEVER, donations are welcomed of course since that is more than half the point here. For more information, to make a donation or to RSVP, please contact email@example.com or call 615-343-4000. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to keep families close by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals (see www.rmhcnashville.com).
And now for the biggest event in the state going on this weekend that will leave your soul smiling with a newfound sense of community, creativity, and love for your family, friends, people off the street you don’t know yet, and life in general. I’m talking about SHINE (A Benefit for Kim Collins). Everyone’s friend and local outstanding musician, Kim Collins, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. You may have already literally heard Kim before from her bands The Smoking Flowers, Kim’s Fable, The Buddies, or Pale Blue Dot. Kim not only has a voice like a rocking siren that can and does hit every note in the book (also taking her spot occasionally all in the same song behind the drums, accordion, guitar, and every other instrument I can think of while always doing it well), but anyone that knows her knows about her heart of gold (it’s only a stereotype because it’s true). SHINE is a one-night music and art extravaganza taking place this Saturday, March 31st, starting at 7pm at Mercy Lounge. I truly think that if you are 18 years or older, you don’t want to miss out on this legendary night all for Kim during this rough patch on her journey as she walks her road of healing. Online tickets are no longer available but you can purchase tickets at the door at a minimum of $15. Did you just ask me who else will be there? Well, try Will Hoge, David Mead, Bare Jr., Daniel Tashian, Joe Marcs Brother, Fleming & John, Human Radio, Judson Spence, and many more for starters! There will also be a silent auction on site where you will get some of the finest art and gifts money can buy for a great cause (all proceeds will go to Kim Collins and are tax deductible). If you can’t be there in person and/or would like to contribute to Kim’s recovery online, please visit www.giveforward.com/fundraiserforkim. Every penny will add up and help tremendously towards Kim’s battle and recovery.
And with that, I guess I’ll see you at the show Saturday where we all plan to SHINE!
Have a great day and even better week ahead.
Thanks for sharing with others about all of the above.