Hello again my friends. I’m sorry for the last minute shout but tis the week and my schedule to tell you about what is going on around town. I won’t waste your time.Tonight, I repeat … TONIGHT, over at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film, you catch the Watkins 2011-12 Visiting Artists Series Kick Off shindig. Tonight, with a reception at 6pm and a lecture following at 6:30pm in the Watkins Theater, the Mexican Printmaker Artemio Rodriguez will be available to sign prints and books after his presentation. Rodriguez is a contemporary artist whose bold black and white graphic works are rooted in the long tradition of Mexican printmaking. It will be quite fantastico!Tomorrow, Friday, November 18th, be sure to check out the FristCenter’s showing of the “Femme Fatale” Film Series: Double Indemnity. Inspired by the current exhibition of Tracey Snelling’s “Woman on the Run,” this 1944 classic with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck making their way through out aCalifornia of shady streets, supermarkets, and stucco houses. Sound familiar? The movie is FREE with seating being first come, first served in the Auditorium and it begins at 7pm.
Also Friday, November 18th, you can stop by LeQuire Gallery in Green Hills from 5-7pm for the opening reception for local legend Franne Lee’s latest works of art. Franne Lee, artist, is an exhibition that will be filled with every aspect of Franne’s delightful imagination. Because everything artistic with Franne is always so fantastical and creative, I really can’t tell you anything about it other than it will amaze you. All I can say for sure is that it all will be exhibited through December and you should stop by to check it out.
Then, this Saturday, November 19th, marks the perfect time to drop byBryantGalleryto bypass the holiday rush just around the corner. That’s right, The Christmas Show is starting. BryantGallery, starting November 19th, from noon-5pm, will be presenting 20+ artists showing work suitable for gift giving of any holiday occasion. It is a bit early, but it might just be the perfect time to get exactly what you want if you are looking for something totally original, priced reasonable, and made locally.
And speaking of something fun going on throughout the entire weekend ahead, you definitely need to know about the weekend of fun to be had at Cheekwood. On Saturday, November 19th, at the ‘Kids Corral’ from 10am-2pm, kids of all ages can make western-inspired art and craft projects, pioneer crafts and frontier games. There will be guided tours at 10am and 1pm. At noon there will be a demonstration and ‘fly by’ by S.O.A.R (Save Our American Raptors). And then on Sunday, November 20th, from 1-3pm, there will be live music by the Craig Duncan Cowboy Duo and a guided tour to boot.
Also Sunday, November 20th, back at the Frist Center is Artful Tales: “Never Rush to Judgment: The Mongoose and the Snake.” Back in the Auditorium and FREE; first come, first served again, Artful Tales is a monthly interactive family program that combines the oral tradition of storytelling with hands on art-making activities to explore the stories and cultures mentioned from around the world. This month’s story about the mongoose derives from an Indian folktale. This program is part of theFristCenter’s wildly successful Connecting Cultures exhibition. And to top all the above off, Monday, November 21st is Senior Monday at theFristCenterfrom 10am-5:30pm. Seniors receive half-price admission, free admission for them if you bring a canned food item for Second Harvest Food Bank, and discounts galore in the gift shop and café surrounded by live music from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s prived by Snappy Pappy from 12:30-1:30pm.
That is all … back to the grind and loving it.
Thanks for dropping by again.
As you were, busy but happy.
ps- Before I forget about the best thing around combining books and art this weekend around town, you need to know that local artist Jeff Bertrand is having a “Turn the Page” (a Yeoman’s Book show) show this Saturday, November 21st, from 6:30-8pm at Yeoman’s in the Fork (4216 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064). Bertrand is back to giving some old books new life and a new look by creating art on and in the covers and pages while exploring methods of his creative depth. He has incorporated paint, photos, skeleton keys and colored thread to add to the overall feeling of the works. It is truly remarkable work as always if you ask me. Don’t miss out!