Just when you think another month is winding down and there’s not much to do other than gear up for the firs weekends of the next month for more art and fun times to be had, you remember why April is indeed the bestest month of the entire year! With the school year ending for many, many find this time as a blessing for beginnings.
Speaking of blessings, before I get into the Nashville scene, I’d like to share with you something very special from a distant relative of mine that is involved with a unique opportunity with art and humanities on the other side of the globe. Her name is Ellie Johnston and she is an inspiration to all young adults trying to do amazing things for others in need. In her latest project, she is working with the Sattya Media Arts Collective (www.sattya.org), a creative hub and resource network for artists and the community of Kathmandu. Similar to the art scene in Nashville, it is a location filled with incredibly passionate, creative, and welcoming locals that just want to create a sustainable and noticeable network of art. Unlike most of Nashville’s art scene, there isn’t a lot of support outside of the arts to help cultivate and captivate the local artists. I’m writing this today because Ellieand her friends are launching a new project on arts and sustainable design called Hariyo Chowk (green courtyard). It is aimed to turn small plots of unused land into a community green space which will be FREE and OPEN to the public so that everyone wanting to can share art and knowledge about sustainable living (or just a beautiful space to get away from the chaos of the city). You know, like so many places and opportunities that we Nashvillians have and shouldn’t take for granted. Basically, I just want to share with you a unique opportunity to help art and the environment where a friend of mine is living at the moment. See www.kickstarter.com/projects/sattya/hariyo-chowk.
Now, coming back locally from the global scene virtually and physically, enter the Nashville art scene this week. This Thursday, April 26th, Watkins College is presenting their annual Graphic Design senior exhibition titled Batch No. 5 over at Houston Station (434 Houston Street). From 5-8pm, the Watkins Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree candidates of Adam Jeremy Agee, BooMarie, Sarah Klearman, Matt Pickett and Tiffany B. Poulouse will be on hand to in turn present their portfolio showcases for one-night only. FREE and OPEN to the public as usual, there will be a variety of work projects on view ranging from advertising, package design, branding, illustration, and multimedia. For more specific information, see www.Batch5show.com or www.Watkins.edu.
Then, fast-forwarding to Saturday, April 28th, there is a big happening happening outside on the MontgomeryBell Academy(4001 Harding Road)from 11am-4pm. The so-called happening happening is the Endada Music & Arts Festival. Admission is COMPLETELY FREE for you to see the showcase of a wide array of high school and professional bands, artists, food vendors, spoken word, theatre, and film for all-ages. Some of the bands present will be King Arthur, Honey Locust, Boy Named Banjo, Lovedrums, and The Bellet Family Band. Some of the artists on site will be THE Myles Maillie, Danielle McDaniel and the Clay Lady Co-Op, Elizabeth Foster, and over 30+ more professional and student artists. And some of the food vendors on location to suffice your creative hunger will be THE Mas Tacos, Grilled Cheeserie, Moovers & Shakers and more. Did I mention there was also going to be tons of spoken word, theatre and film as well? Yes, I did and there will be. Feel FREE to come on out and support all of this local talent to be loved and appreciated.
And mark your calendars because Saturday/Sunday is the last time that you can catch “Scratchy Spaces” by Elizabeth Ferrill over at the COOP Gallery in The Arcade, Space 75. It has been showing the entire month of April, but you have one more chance this weekend to drop by and see the printed, painted, and sculptural works of surprising surface and material combinations that will surprise you beyond the surfaces you see and feel.
Also on Sunday that is very much noteworthy and back to Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film yet again, YOU are invited by Watkins and Handmade & Bound Nashville to Dinner & Bikes on Sunday, April 29th, from 7-9pm. You’ll be able to buy Zines, eat a FREE vegan meal prepared by the vegan chef, Joshua Ploeg, and talk about biking with Joe and Elly of Microcosm. You can check their tour of the south at www.dinnerandbikes.com, but you need to RSVP beforehand to let everyone know how to split up the FREE vegan food and Turnip Truck donated produce as well.
And to mark your calendars again, YOU should go ahead and prepare yourself for a highlight worthy of sharing a week early, in Jon Morgan’s ONE NIGHT show for his fresh and groundbreaking photography. NEXT Saturday, May 5th, from 6-10pm, at 328 Hill Avenue, Jon Morgan’s “American Dreaming” show will surely put your eyes and heart further into focus within your local world than ever before. I will remind you next week about this, along with other major opening receptions going down, but I thought this would be worth you planning just a tad bit earlier than usual.
Until then, be well and be nice to others and yourself. Thanks for dropping by and sharing with all of your friends on and off Facebook.