As you may or may not remember from last week’s post, I know sometimes time can get kinda hazy for many during a holiday weekend, I briefly threw out the notion that the city and artists within our city need to find better ways to collaborate and progress together. Well, I’m not going to just say something and not show you a way or two where YOU, the artist, can jumpstart the interaction and prove your worth to the city and people within it. That said, is it ever too early to talk tomatoes? The answer is NO!
Talking about TOMATOES, I am so happy that it is that time of year again for Meg and Bret to roll out the festivities to all who would like to help and join in on the fun. They have just announced recently the most recent call to artists, patrons, vendors, and the like for all to see and share to everyone you know who wants to be a part of the party. August 11th will mark the 9th annual Tomato Art Show in East Nashville! It is a wonderful experience by all and a perfect chance for any artist or vendor to make a positive impact on the thousands of people that visit 5 Points that lucky day. If this is something that you are interested in getting involved with, by all means do the following NOW: 1-Submit 3 examples of your CURRENT tomato-themed work to Art & Invention for jurying (via website or in person). It doesn’t have to be about tomatoes, but I think it won’t hurt your chances for more fun making it. Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces of artwork for the show (at least one of them MUST be ‘tomato inspired’). The art that isn’t tomato inspired should be inspired by other fruit and veggies. The deadline for entries is just around the corner on July 1st. All work must be ready to hang when turned in by July 22nd if accepted for the big show. There is an entry fee per person of $10. There will be a $250 cash award for Best of Show and $200 cash award for Emerging Fruit or Vegetable and several other cash merit awards too. Visit www.tomatoartfest.com andwww.artandinvention.com or call Meg at 615-226-2070directly to get this ball rolling. This is something that every artist and local business should be a part of in some fashion or another. If you don’t, I’ll just say it … don’t be stupid! There!
And if you are itching for something not as veggie or fruity, feel free to join the call for artists for Untitled’s Summer Show 2012 called HOT MESS. It will go down June 15th, from 6-10pm at Welcome to 1979. To register to be in aHOT MESS, go to www.untitlednashville.org/participate! Either show, you won’t lose.
Speaking of Fresh Art, leave it to The Arts Company to showcase signature work by a variety of artists this Summer. Beginning in June, selected series of artists that represent a range of mediums and styles will be on hand in the gallery with a surprising range of talent from Nashville-based artists. Featured at their stop of the First Saturday Art Crawl will beWayne Brezinka and David Robert Farmerie. June 2nd, from 6-9pm, Brezinka’s paintings and other works will be right beside Farmerie’s splendid photography. Farmerie’smost recent series, Seven Deadly Sins, was commissioned by a museum seeking a 21st century idea of the seven deadly sins that are both very exciting and contemporary to see in person.
Also around the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, you can stick to 5th Avenue to see two other fine galleries atTinney Contemporary and The Rymer Gallery (if you miss out on seeing all three in one night the night before on June 1st for the Collectors Art Night-5:30-8pm). At Tinney Contemporary, they are please to present Anodyne Frontiers by John Folsom. It is comprised of mixed media painted photography presented on wood panels. I find the theme close to my hometown heart because it features landscape images from KY (albeit mostly at Shaker Village near Pleasant Hill, KY, but I did take a field trip there once as a kid last century). The Rymer Gallery is showing Director’s Choice: Next Generation- featuring new work from Savannah College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art graduates. This show will run though June 30th.
Just across the street from this art good/madness on the same night, you should definitely, while in the neighborhood, check out The Arcade and all it has to offer. Specifically, I give you three good spots to check off the list for the night. First, the coop gallery in Space 75, from 6-9pm, will be showing Keeping Time by Alicia Eggert. In keeping with the theme of time, she is including drawings, photography, and kinetic sculptures that create and reveal the hidden mathematics of life (like the book Tinkers of sorts). That said, there will be a Pulse Machine, an electromechanical sculpture with a human lifespan that was made in collaboration with Boston-based artist and engineer, Alexander Reben on location for the opening reception that should be a blast to see. Second, over at Blend Studio, artist Denny Adcock will be presenting his lastest Carved Utilitarian Wooden Bowls. Speaking of time, these said carved bowls have in one way or another existed since the beginnings of civilization. It is a functional, historical, art lesson literally in your face to enjoy. Third, as seen in the picture below, you won’t want to miss out on Emily Sue Laird’s TOTEM work at twist etc. gallery at the same time. I’ll let you see it and talk for yourself. Fascinating stuff all around really, don’t you agree?
That is all for me coming out of a holiday weekend. I don’t want to keep you here all day, but I very much appreciate you taking the time as always to read this and share it with all of your friends. I know the artists appreciate it very much too.
Thanks and much love,
PS- a major PS that is- the best local band that guarantees your socks to be knocked off even when you’re only sporting flippy floppies to the bar, EASTERN BLOCK, is playing aFREE show this Friday, June 1st, at Mercy Lounge at 9pm. Alongside Josh Foster, The Gills, and The Future, Eastern Block will knock your socks off (twice written because it’s the truth)! Tell your mama, your dog, and let your dad and the cats follow you there! You’re welcome.