Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cat out of the bag

Well, I might as well write about the elephant in the room before I get rolling on the rest of the fun around town this week. After passing around the “Call for Authors” to several friends in the literary loops around town, a nice reporter for The Tennessean broke the silence of my surprise for August with a bang within moments after talking on the phone together. The story, the beginning of East Side Story is right HERE (again, click HERE). Luckily, we plan on being open for the Tomato Art Fest beside Art & Invention at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, on Saturday, August 11th. But enough about me and my crazy ideas for a bit, and sticking with the mater theme, check with Meg at in order to see how you can still get involved with helping the most fun festival in Nashville all year long (FACT).

Without further ado, this leads me to write about this week at hand. Friday is going to be a doozy…a fun doozie at that. To kick things off on Friday, July 27th, at noon, you should (if you are free to leave work for a solid lunch break) drop by the Frist Center Auditorium (FREE admission, first come, first seated) to hear Leigh Ann Baird, Gina Hancock, Simon Amstutz, Simon Peachey, Dave Piper, and Jim Schorr come together and speak about “Managing Landscapes.” The panel discussion will be very enlightening and add a lot of depth to the experience of viewing the current exhibition at the Frist.

Then, still on Friday, from 5-7pm, over at the Currey Gallery at Watkins, you’ll be treated to a one-night-only exhibition like no other. The exhibition and reception is for Watkins College’s pre-college program that features paintings, drawings, graphic designs, and films by some fabulous artists (go to 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.). Admission is FREE and the art will be priceless. Wait, that was a joke, it probably does have a price if you ask, but you need to be there to ask. The after party for the Watkins shindig will be at Mercy Lounge. Take it from me, the party will be at the concert by the local band MONAthis Friday, July 27th, at 8pm will be a blast. They are playing with Empires and Kink Ador. You can plan ahead or get your tickets at the door.

Saturday night, July 28th, will be the last chance that you can see the “Unessential Night.” From the artists of Grizzly Grizzly, Saturday will be the last chance you can see the show of the Philadelphia collective at COOP in The Arcade gallery. The exhibition, featuring the work of Jacque Liu, Matthew Alden Price, Ruth Scott, Mary Smull, Cindy Stockton Moore, and Josh Weiss includes painting, book arts, mixed media, and sculpture galore. Ironically, seeing this exhibition on its final night would make your night everything but unessential in the grand scheme of things.

Well, now that I got all of the above out of the bag, now I can get back to working on the house and East Side Story ideas with my wonderful bride. If you want to know more, as we are busy developing the logo and website with the wonderful people at Proof Branding in town, you can follow us on Twitter @eastsidestorytn. With that written, thanks for taking the time to read this and share with others as usual. It takes a village and I love my village.

Have a wonderful week ahead … because you can.

much love,


A little bit of everything for everyone

As mentioned above, this week’s art offering around town has something for just about everyone. I won’t dance around the music this weekend. I won’t promise that I will miss the late late (or early early depending on your schedule) showing of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday either.

To kick things off tomorrow, July 19th, at noon, the Frist Center is welcoming members and newcomers to Curator’s Tour: Constable: Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum. If you choose to accept this rose (wait, sorry … that is from The Bachelorette because “my pets” had it on the television the other night of course) or admission, Frist Center Curator Trinita Kennedy will take you on quite the trip as she explores the role of the oil sketch in the artistic practice of John Constable (1776-1837) and discover why he is viewed as one of the great innovators in British landscape painting. Plus you can always get lunch at the café while you’re at it. Not a bad deal at all.

Then, also tomorrow, from 6-9pm, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s student summer show Council by Co. H will have a reception in the Brownlee O. Currey Jr., Gallery on campus (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.). Exhibitions run through July 26th, but this will be a great reception for you to attend and see the paintings, videos, photography, and sculptures beside the talented students who created them.

Skip ahead to Friday, and smack dab in the middle of said music I’m not going to dance around (At least on paper, I can’t say for sure yet in person.), to Cause A Scene House Show #16: Star & Micey with Carolina Story. It’s at 5008 Longstreet Drive in Brentwood, from 7:30-11pm, $7 dollars with advance RSVP (by emailing and $10 at the door, and guaranteed to be an amazing show. Trust me, the Carolina Story show last Friday was as close to perfection as I’ve ever heard live (not just because they are so nice and good friends either). They are just that good. And as for Star & Micey, I’ll let Paste Magazine speak for them as they just named them the #1 spot on the list of 12 TN Bands You Should Listen to Now. So yeah, it should be one of the best shows around and worth the roadtrip.

Skip ahead again to Saturday for a little bit of everything artistic, and you’ll find yourself at RAW Nashville: Mixology. Appropriately titled, Raw Artists Nashville will present to you the latest in music, art, fashion, and everything creative in general at another one-of-a-kind party. This Saturday, from 8-11pm, $10 presale and $15 at the door, all of the fun will take place at Mercy LoungeRAW is a great organization that provides up-and-coming artists in all creative realms with the tools, resources, and exposure that all artists need to survive and thrive.

On Sunday, the best treat is saved for last. That’s right, the East Nashville Grassy Knoll Movie Night Series, located on the side lawn @ Bongo Java East, and held at sundown, is showing the instant classic HIGH FIDELITY weather permitting. On top of viewing a great movie in the company of great people while donating a few dollars to help Second Harvest, there will be a few chances for your to also enjoy a few of Nashville’s best new food items, beer selection, and other local businesses. Like I said, it’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

Enjoy your day and weekend ahead too. Be safe and kind, even in traffic detours beside not so nice people.

much love,


Last minute storm of art

Like the random acts of rain this past week out of the blue and from behind the blazing sun, I intend to pop-up a few last minute storms of art just over the horizon. And without further ado, here it be.

First, let me begin this week’s post with that of a noteworthy experience at the Frist Center. Thursday, July 12, at 6:30pm, in the Rechter Room, there will be a one-of-a-kind artist’s forum featuring that of Erin Anfinson, Mark Hosford, and Kristi Hargrove … and it’s FREE! This sort of forum is put together so that the artists can discuss the thoughts and processes behind their work all the while allowing visitors and participants to also be a part of a dialogue about the artistic process. The mentioned featured artists currently are showing at the Frist Center in Metamorphoses.

Also on Thursday, July 12th, from 5-8pm, you can stroll down to the strongly attended and represented Hillsboro Village Art Walk. The receptions, shows, and events hosted in most every Hillsboro Village shop and restaurant have really snowballed into quite the epic event not to be missed by one and all. To shoot the boot this go ‘round, this current festive date will also celebrate Bastille Day in the Village a wee bit late. It is FREE and YOU are invited.

Speaking of being invited, also during the Hillsboro Village Art Walk, Zeitgeist is welcoming YOU to A Bigger Picture. Hans Schmitt-Matzen is unveiling the second installment of the summer exhibition series in that of Aeriel Maneuvers. This installment consists of thickly applied oil paint on black and white aerial photographs. It will be good, clean fun for all from 6-8pm.

Then, for a brief note about Friday, you might want to know about a little shindig on Music Row. In simple terms, I’ll state the facts. Why not check out Works On Paper: A diverse, sweeping survey that includes old and new masters this Friday, July 13th, from 6-8pm, on the music row roundabout at Haynes Galleries.

Following up the short week this weekend, you should definitely check out the Second Saturday at 5 Points in East Nashville for all of the art and life that you can handle or invent … Art & Invention if you will … and I will. Aside from staying close to home, the second home for some of us on the East Side Story is found at the Frist Center yet again. This Saturday, July 14th, at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3pm, in the Upper-Level foyer, Kids Club will be Quilting Abstraction. Registration is required by calling 615-744-3357 and it is FREE. Kids, 5-10 years old, that attend will try their hands at a mixed media weaving project, inspired by the Creation Story exhibition. And then you can finish up the weekend on Sunday, July 15th, 2 pm, at the Frist Center Auditorium/Studios, and also FREE of charge, you can enjoy the classic retelling of the story “The Woman Who Ate All the Cakes.” Designed for children 3 years old and older, Artful Tales is a monthly interactive family program that combines storytelling with hands-on art making. The new version of where a kid can be a kid.

And with that, I need to hit the ground running offline again. But don’t fret, I won’t let you out of Nashville’s heART’s reach for too long. See you soon.

much love,

PS- I almost forgot to mention a big shout out to Ian White Tattoo at the new Edgehill Village location this Saturday, July 14th, with his undertaking of The Black Flag Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie Apprentice Tattoo Party. FREE Black Flag “Bars” Tattoos for all who attend who are 18+ with valid ID. The tattooing starts at 2pm and there will be a limited amount in case you wait too long to arrive. This is a wonderful chance to see Ian’s new shop and bring some good old fashioned BBQ potluck that will start at 5pm.

After the fireworks fade

Let’s quick recap the week so far- It rained (hallelujah!), some wonderful doors of opportunity have opened the past two days for positive changes that I’ll write about later this month as they further develop, we did a perfect midnight float in on the Duck River with family and friends (sponsored by family who own and run River Rats Canoe Rental), and now we are relaxing with the sights and sounds of fireworks all around (and we are pretty sure that the percentages of fireworks to imagined, random gunshots are actually heavily tilted towards fireworks for a positive change). I didn’t eat any hot chicken, but it has been quite the trip so far this week. That said, the forecast for the rest of the week looks just as great as the first half. I’ll get right to a quick review for the week to come, but here is a link to click to listen to as you read that involves said positive changes in the near future.

First, This Thursday, tomorrow, July 5th, there is one last firework that hasn’t gone off yet that is sure to blow your mind and world. It is the art and closing reception for local artist Duncan McDaniel’s latest series called SwarmMcDaniel, a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate and working studio artists as well as a professional art handler, is pretty much top notch. His innovative, ahead of the curve style will light up your head like a bottle rocket exploding under water (it can happen, saw it last night). This display that I’m talking about is at the gallery at the Belcourt Theater and it is FREE to see. The closing reception will be from 5-6:30pm. Don’t miss it!

Then, this Saturday, July 7th, you pretty much need to find yourself around the downtown area for the monthly first Saturday of the month art crawl. As previewed last week,Tinney Contemporary is showing a stellar exhibition called The New Real, The Arts Company is opening Experience the Art of Visual Improvisation by Thornton Dial and Gee’s Bend Quilters (same artists seen at the Frist Center of the Visual Arts with different works), and the rest of The Arcade studios will be open and ready to welcome you to new art as well. Basically all you really need to know is to drive, park, and walk around downtown at all of the galleries any time from 6-9pm. Also Saturday, July 7th, at the same time, still downtown and just around the corner from the rest of the gang in the preceding paragraph, the Tennessee Art League is having a wonderful exhibition opening reception for Ev Niewoehner, Musical Expressions. Niewoehner, a former teacher and now full-time working artist, is proud to show the latest work that is dominated with the subject of music.

Looking ahead for another sneak preview as I did last week for next week this week (confusing?), I want to let you know about something going down on July 10th in case I don’t get around to telling you before that day. Tuesday, July 10th, from 5:30-8pm, Belmont University’s Leu Art Gallery and The Tennessee Arts Academy is proud to present Barry Buxkamper’s Inside Out/Outside In exhibition alongside the TN Arts Education Association’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition and Connections: Tennessee Arts Education Association’s Member Exhibition. Sounds like a mouthful because it is. Buxkamper, a Nashville-based artist and educator, is a skilled painter that beautifully weaves narrative and art historical references together with ease and humor. He will also have small sculptural works included as well.

Also, I want to remind all of YOU that YOU can still become a participating Tomato Art Fest artist if you contact Meg, sign up, pay the minimal $10 entry fee, and get your work in on time to Meg over at Art & Invention by July 25th. Go to the website to check out how amazing of an opportunity and no-brainer it is for YOU to want to participate in and then contact Meg to sign up at Trust me, it will make life more fun to get involved any way you can. That’s a fact.

I’m looking forward to talking with you soon about other things on the horizon. Please share with all you know and stay posted.

Enjoy your 4th and the week and years ahead for that matter.

much love,