Monthly Archives: January 2013

The month of love and art on the rise

With the first of the month just around the corner, there will certainly not be a lack of places to visit and things to see this coming weekend.  Like the tide, high times tend to rise and arrive on our Nashville shores at the beginning of the month.  I’ll provide the water below and allow you to surf wherever you like.


This Thursday, just before the 1st of the month, you can get a head start on the weekend with one of the best.  Artist Tiffany Dyer is very excited about her latest solo exhibition titled “Don’t Look at Truckers and Always Wear Clean Underwear.”  Located at Gallery 121 at Belmont University, this Thursday, from 5-7pm, Dyer will have an opening reception and talk about her work that addresses “society’s guide for raising a girl.”  The talk will start promptly at 5:30pm.  In a city that has more substance than surface, just imagine how much substance will be talked about and shown underneath the title of this exhibition.  Trust me, it will end January with a fun bang.

Then, Friday will be jammed packed full of activities and fun galore.  I might as well do the outline thing to make it easy on your eyes and plans ahead.  Try the following: (in my ranked order nonetheless)


1)  Party with Meg, Bret, Victoria, and more at Art & Invention Gallery from 5-7pm.  Victoria Schwab, one of Nashville’s brightest and best author on the global rise, is having a party to launch her latest work “The Archived” that will include book signings, good jokes, good company, sweets to eat, and possibly a glass of champagne for those of age and up to it.


2)  Join another opening reception party just south of town with the amazing Lesley Patterson-Marx to celebrate her latest art.  From 6-9pm, at O’More College of Design (423 South Margin Street, Franklin, TN), Lesley is ready and excited to share her latest exhibition of printmaking and mixed media artwork.  The show will be on view until the end of March, but Friday will be a great night to meet and talk with the artist herself.  She is a real nice person.  You should support her art.

3)  The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is opening “Tracing Time/Marking Movement” in the Gordon CAP Gallery.  San Francisco artist Camille Utterback uses four interactive installations which link computational systems to human movement to explore the relationship between the Physical and Digital.  It is a wonderful trip for anyone in front of a live computer generated animations further explore the relationship between painting and kinetic imagery.


4)  Party at The Plowhaus?  Yes, there is a party at The Plowhaus.  From 6-9pm, Michael ClenDening will be showing his 3D art created from constructed and found objects while Johnny Lee Park’s sensual nudes complete the walls and show titled “Machinisms and The Body.” Oh, and there will be wine too.


5)  Another month means another Collectors Art Night on 5th Avenue of the Arts in Downtown Nashville.  The event, always hosted by Paul Polycarpou, editor of Nashville Arts Magazine, is a progressive event highlighted by art talks at The Rymer Gallery, Tinney Contemporary, and The Arts Company.  Cocktails begin at 5:30pm.  At 6pm, LA Bachman and Susan Maakestad will talk about their spectacular art at The Rymer Gallery.  At 6:45pm, Lisa Weiss will talk about her latest work at Tinney Contemporary.  At 7:15pm, painter Jane Braddock will give an in-depth conversation at The Arts Company.  The event is FREE, as always, but RSVP’s are required.  You can RSVP by empaling


Out of outline form, I can now throw a few things from Saturday, February 2nd, your way.  You can do all of the art crawls around downtown surrounding The Arcade and one you should stop by first or last before leaving should be the one at Blend Studio.  Bataille and Spider: An Exhibition of selected work by Philippe Pirrip will be ongoing from 6-9pm.  The artist will be on site that night and I’m sure he won’t be the only artist walking around for you to meet and greet with around downtown.   But before you even get to Saturday night, you should make it a point to mark your alarm clock for 2pm.  It is then when you need to check out Southern Word and everything they have to offer at East Branch Library, 206 Gallatin Road.  The Black History House’s Freestyle Gallery, some of the city’s top freestyle artists will take prompts from the audience and weave them into powerful message about the past and the future.  If you aren’t excited by the last sentence, please click on right now and feel the flow.


Sunday will be a day for football, but I’d like to let you know about two more things before I go this week.  First, I need to let all you artists out there know about a project budget ready to allocate $150,000 for one artwork or multiple, related artworks.  Southeast Davidson Public Library and Regional Community Center is having a national call to artists to design, fabricate, and install artworks before March 2014.  You have to be above 18 years of age with a minimum of 2 years professional experience.  The deadline for submission is Friday, March 8th, at 1am Central Time.  You can check more out here-


Last but not least, to combine art, music, and Nashville’s growing literary scene, you can get all of the above in one spot next Tuesday, February 5th, at Rumours East at 7pm.  It is then when and where I will host the next East Side Storytellin’ show.  It is an hour of readings and original storytelling via songs and published books.  The first 35 people to call Rumours East at 615-262-5346 to RSVP get in FREE.  The featured music will be performed by Jonathan Sexton and the reading will be performed by New York Times Bestselling author Alice Randall.  You won’t want to miss out on this.  More information can be seen at  Pick up your cell and call in now.  You don’t need to wait until the last minute because it has been packed for each show.


I hope this reaches you well and you have an amazing week and weekend ahead.


much love,



Today, Tomorrow, and Every Day Hereafter


As usual, the subject matter wrapped in the title of my post pretty much says it all.  Because there isn’t much time to waste to get this hot on the press, read on.

TONIGHT, at 5pm, with a reception following to 6:30pm, at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Gallery, “Prison Galleries: Imagining Justice from the Inside Out” will be celebrated.  In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, Sarratt Gallery exhibits outsider art work together with members of Vanderbilt University Department of Philosophy and that of prisoners on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.  And in the spirit of dialogue, Sarratt Gallery presents a series of paintings, sketches, and sculptures created by said prisoners on death row.  The artwork is very powerful and pretty much says it all.  Also tonight, at 7pm, in Langford Auditorium, there will also be a special event with Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration and the Age of Colorblindness’ as part of Vanderbilt Martin Luther King Day.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 22nd, will be another blow your mind day and night.  You better call Rumours East NOW at 615-262-5346 in case there are still seats available to witness the 6th installment of East Side Storytellin’ hosted by mE!  Tomorrow will be another round of Nashville author readings, Nashville musicians singing, and creative conversations to boot.  Wait, did I fail to mention that it is FREE to attend and that all you have to do is call and be one of the first 35 people to do so?  You better get on the phone now and check because there won’t a free seat open at 7pm sharp when we start and author Barbara Nowak (co-author of The Saucy Sisters’ Guide to Wine) and musical instant legend of Julie Lee take the stage.  Seriously, this thing is taking a wonderful life of its own.  Come be a part of the magic.

Then, Thursday, January 24th, another FREE event is going down that will be fun for all involved.  Marathon Music Works is having an event open house from 6-10pm.  It is a chance for you to ask questions about hosting your own events and the possibilities that are there to be had by all who dare to dream and do things.  Side note, there will be a cd release show party for Brazilbilly from 8-10pm.  And if you can’t make it by Marathon Music Works, you should drop by the 5 Spot at 9pm to see East Side Storytellin’ alum Melissa Mathes and her band Luella and the Sun blow you away with a new rockin’ sound.  Just saying, you don’t have to wear skinny jeans to be cool these days.  Showing up is more than half the battle.


This weekend looks pretty chill all around and I’m sure there will be plenty of places to visit and find good things and people, but I’ll leave you this week with a call for artists.  Antioch High School has issued a call to artists for a community-wide art exhibition examining identity.  The exhibition, called “Frist Antioch Community Exhibition (F.A.C.E.), invites artists of all ages, in all media, from all areas of the city to explore the theme of IDENTITY from personal visual perspectives.  The exhibition will open at The Crossings Event Center February 28.  This exhibition is being organized by Antioch High School students with the assistance of a team of Antioch faculty and staff members of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.  Better late than never, artwork is DUE by January 25th.  Contact Emma Lancaster for more information at NOW!


Have a great week like no other, better than any other in fact.

much love,


Thankful and sorry at the same time


I’m very thankful for the new beginnings of 2013 and the opportunity to write to you again here today.  I’m sorry that I had to take a week of word vacation on this site last week because 2013 kicked off with a bang.  As we always do about this time, I promise not to waste time while letting you know all of the goods on what is going on around town this week and weekend in the art world of Nashville.

Wednesday, January 16th, there will be a celebration of free speech in town.  In fact, This Wednesday, from 8-11pm, at Cafe Coco (210 Louise Ave.), Honest Lewis will host A Night of Free Speech absolutely FREE.  With an open mic and sign-in at 7:30, you can tell your best story alongside special guests like Amanda Oliver, Cody Joe Bottoms, Pablo Scruggs, Jake Bailey, Ross Norton, and many others.  Nothing like an open mic and a bunch of local storytellers getting together to kick off your creative week just right.

This Thursday, January 17th, leave it to some forward-thinking artists to start some clever new traditions.  The Building, 1008C Woodland Street, will be the host site of Plowhaus presenting Third Thursdays at The Building.  A new monthly event series, it will be an effort to promote the collaboration and intermingling of artistic disciplines to reach new goals creatively.  This Thursday will be hosted by Ned Evett the Glass Guitarist and will feature: visual artists- Michael ClenDening and Johnny Lee Park- and musical artists- Reckless Johnny Wales and Moonshine Annie, Dave Gibson and Daisy Dern, Sergio Webb, and The Dulcimer Darlings.  Tickets are $10 presage, $15 DOS, and available at The Groove (1103 Calvin Street).

Fast-forward to Saturday and you’ll find a day that has more things to do than time in the day or night.  This is certainly a common problem in our city and so I’ll do my best to let you know what I’d go to if time and location weren’t an issue.

It would go something like the following for Saturday, January 19th:

*10-3pm, I would go try my best at a workshop called Puzzle Boxes put on by Jennifer Knowles-McQuistion of Brown Dog Bindery.  Located at 535 4th Avenue South, bring your own lunch and an appetite for creativity.  It is a great way to learn basic box making.  You will have the chance to make a box that has a false bottom with a hidden drawer and a sliding panel.  All supplies are provided with a tuition of $75 and all you have to do to register is reply to

*Noon-4pm, I would get my read on by going to the Inglewood Public Library for a very special Indie Book Signing with TEN authors.  The participating authors will be Julie Cassar, Amy Miles, Amy McClung, Catherine Converse, Quinn Loftis, Ella James, Jamie Loeak, Jenny Phillips, and Lisa Morgan.

*6-9pm, I would drive over to 427 Chestnut Street to witness a smorgasbord of local art at its best all around.  At Threesquared, there will be an opening party for Casey Pierce’s New West: An Introduction.  New West is six large-scale paintings of Casey’s latest works.  Down the hall at Seed Space, there will be an opening of Vesna Pavlovic’s Real Images.  Also down the hall, at Ground Floor Gallery, you can meet the artists Amy Hutcheson, Randy Purcell, Robert Bruce Scott, and Shana Kohnstamm from 7-9pm to celebrate in Ground Floor’s inaugural juried exhibition, From the Ground Up.

*8:30pm, I would high-tail it over to Mercy Lounge and The High Watt to check out the one and only Luella and the Sun with Sturgill Simpson and Josh Farrow … enough said.

At this point, you might want to go home and get some rest.  You have plenty of NFL to cheer for on Sunday AND you can get back out one last time before Downton Abbey starts  to catch a solo show at The Bluebird Cafe.  Pretty much the only thing better than NFL and church and Downton Abbey to finish up a Sunday, it will be first come, first served and seated at 6:30pm for Carolina Story!  For this week’s Sunday Night Spotlights, there is NO COVER CHARGE!  There will be a Writer’s Night that will follow, but I can’t think of a better way to enjoy your Sunday night than catching a FREE Carolina Story show!

Wait, this just in, you can catch Carolina Story for FREE at The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday at 6:30pm and then drive back across town to see the equally legendary married couple, Kim and Scott Collins, aka The Smoking Flowers, at 3rd & Lindsley at 8pm to finish your best week of 2013 yet on the radio and in person.

I hope all of the above treats you right, and know that just around the corner, speaking of radio, stay tuned and prepare yourself for next Tuesday and be where I’ll be at for sure.

Here is the information:

Tuesday, January 22

East Side Storytellin’:

The Saucy Sisters and Julie Lee

7:00 p.m.

Rumours East

FREE; Reservations required at 615.262.5346

East Side Story has partnered with Rumours East and WAMB 1200 AM/ 99.3 FM radio to present East Side Storytellin’—an evening of book readings, musical performances, and author/musician interviews designed to elaborate on the stories behind these creative processes. East Side Storytellin’ is held at Rumours East, located at 1112 Woodland Street in East Nashville, the first and third Tuesday* of each month at 7:00 p.m. Chuck Beard, owner of East Side Story, host the event which is recorded by WAMB to air on the radio station the following Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Recordings of the show may also be found on East Side Story’s website  This event is FREE but space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling Rumours East at 615.262.5346.

Authors The Saucy Sisters will read from their book Guide to Wine followed by a musical performance by Julie Lee.

Thanks and good day your way!

much love,


Happy New Year!!

Although I may be a day or two late, it’s better late than never right?! I think that everyone is still in a transitional haze between years and moments this week as I have found it a blur trying to schedule anything in my own personal calendar- more or much less on here or other social media spots. Maybe it’s a change in perspective after surviving another so-called apocalypse 🙂

That said, here are a few things that jumped on my radART this week. I’d like to briefly share it with you as a beautiful accompaniment to your own schedule. First, this Friday might inspire you in more ways that one. One way specifically, you might try to stroll over to the always intriguing The Plowhaus Gallery on 729 Porter Road in order to check out “Nashville Portraits Show.” The show will feature photography by Robin Dodd and Mickey Bernal. Dodd will be debuting her Portraits of East Nashville Women: a series of works featuring the female movers and shakers of East Nashville seen through Dodd’s unique and beautiful vision. Bernal will counter with colorful portraits of Nashville’s equal male standouts. It will show from 6-9pm with wine and live music.

Saturday night will allow you to enjoy yet another First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl at all of the usual and extraordinary (much better to use than unusual) art galleries and spots about and around The Arcade. First, you can catch the closing reception for Tinny Contemporary and Hyunmee Lee’s “Silent Gestures.” It has been quite the success and this will be one last party for the show. Lee’s large, abstract canvases delight in the union of opposites, where vast fields of carefully delineated color and expanses of blacks and wits intermix with expressive lines and painterly brushstrokes. Simply, it is pretty, amazing, and pretty amazing.

Also, down the street and around the corner at The Arts Company on 5th Avenue of the Arts, they will be ringing in the New Year with “Of Things To Come.” It is a gallery tradition of previewing new work, new artists, and new plans for the New Year. This year will include Judy Nebhut, Brad Wreyford, Robin Venable Kenny, and Denise Stewart-Sanabria. There will be plenty of photography, paintings, and sculptures to go around for all art lovers. Beginning January 5th, from 6-9pm, and continuing through January 25th, this show will blow you away.

Another thing that will blow you away is the Disposables show at the Downtown Presbyterian Church from 6-9pm on Saturday.  It is a benefit for The Contributor featuring photography by homeless and formerly homeless newspaper vendors.  It is FREE admission, with $5 suggested donation, food by Porter Road Catering, and entertainment by Whit and Al Hill, Adam Chaffins with Millicent Martin, Lynn Taylor with Graham Gray.  It will blow you away with the art and humanities we are surrounded by on a daily basis.

But isn’t what 2013 is all about … blowing you away in a pleasant way? I do believe so. So why stop doing the best of what we’ve started in 2012, you ask? No question about it, we will not stop having amazing shows with East Side Storytellin’. This coming Tuesday, January 8th, we will host our next show at Rumours East with some of the best people I know in town. You can visit the happy hour from 5-7pm, but at 7pm you better get to your seats that you already reserved to witness the first East Side Storytellin’ of 2013- a year where we really take off with ideas. The featured author will by Cary Graham (writer of “Remnant”) and the musical stylings of married couple that will totally folk you up, Jenny & Tyler. Seriously guys and gals, it is a must see experience, and it’s FREE! All you have to do is call Rumours East at 615-262-5346. You don’t want to miss out. You know you don’t!

Jenny & Tyler

Thanks for reading the following above and helping spread the good word. It takes a village and we have such a wonderful village and time here in Nashville. I look forward to writing more this year and keeping all of us on the same page for all that is yet to come.

Enjoy your day and week ahead.
As you were, busy but happy,