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A long, fun, and winding week

Hello everyone.  With the help of more fun events planned and the humidity finally kicking in gear, this coming week will be a hot one for the books.  I won’t beat around the bush or make you sweat any more than you already are right now.  Here is what’s up.


Tuesday night, you know where I’ll be.  I won’t be alone while witnessing another round of East Side Storytellin’ at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street).  Starting at 7pm sharp, and outside if no sight of rain, you are invited to enjoy a FREE night of amazing readings and original music.  Author Todd Dills will be featuring stories from his most recently published work called “Triumph of the Ape” alongside the musical talent of Mike Willis of the Cumberland Collective.  If you’d like to get a little bit familiar with Todd and Mike before you make plans to meet us all at Fat Bottom on time and have a spectacular evening, you can read Todd’s feature story that was just published this week about music and writing in Music City for Chapter 16 right here-


Then, on Wednesday night, you should skip Broadway or anything pop country (as usual) and just stick to the Backyard Opry instead.  At 6:30pm, at 2134 Acklen Avenue, you can pay a mere $15 to hear the greatest live music going down around with the most endless solo cup going too.  The musical fund raiser will help Operation Stand Down Nashville, and the music lineup will be nothing to sit down on for sure.  As of right now, and growing, the lineup includes The June Brides, Altererd Statesmen, Sweetbriar, Chris Scruggs, and a cast of many many more.  It will be quite a treat.


Thursday, oh Thursday, you have a treat like no other.  You need to visit Ed Nash Art Studio (1015 West Kirkland Avenue, Unit 414) at 7pm to take in a one-night event for the ages.  Jason Brown and his Brehman Collection, in collaboration with East Side Story, will be presenting an extraordinary evening of letter readings.  This is not your mama’s letters either.  Doors will open at 7pm with music from The Gypsy Hombres, followed by a performance piece by Matthew Marcum of Sideshow Fringe.   The famous letters, originally written by the likes of Ernest Tubbs, Patsy Cline, and many others in all sorts of historical backgrounds and highlights, will be read by the likes of Jonathan Marx, Libby Callaway, Dane Cardiel, Ed Nash, Paul Polycarpou, Paul Burch, and many others.  After the letter readings, there will be more music and spirits and an art reception of the original letters and the latest from Ed Nash.  The event is FREE to attend and there will be the food truck “Your Dish Is Our Command” on site as well.  If you don’t have plans for Thursday, mark this event on your calendar.  If you do have plans already, change them and thank me Friday morning (via email of course).


Friday night sparks a fun time at Cheekwood.  May 24th marks the first of continual Fridays thru November 8th where summer musical acts will supply an eclectic Music City soundtrack to the exhibition “Light: Bruce Munro” at Cheekwood. There will be live music in several locations in the Garden, specialty cocktails, cash bars throughout the Grounds, Dining in the Pineapple Room, and everything is open until 11pm.  Go see it for yourself.

Moving along to Saturday, you have another round of fun choices.  One that I recommend is to go to “an Exhibition.”  This Saturday, May 25th, from 6-10pm, Untitled will play host to another evening of thrilling entertainment, uncensored art, and a variety of carnival desires at a FREE, 18 and up, art event in East Nashville’s East Room (2412 Gallatin Avenue).  Cirque Du Burlesque will titillate with burlesque, thrill and awe with fire eating feats, and endure the classic bed of nails among other things.  Blue Moves will provide modern dance while Blaque Masque will mesmerize with belly dancing galore.  Music will be played by Kirabelle Frabotta, Fable Cry, and DJ Tha Blackheart.  Body painter Tia Adams will be on site and Kiki will be giving tarot readings.  Oh, and there will be some awesome art to see and buy as well.  Talk about a fun night to be had by all!

And with that, I’ll let you celebrate this week and holiday weekend as you wish.  Just around the corner, immediately after the holiday ends, on Tuesday, May 28th, from 4:30-7:30pm, at 101 Lea Avenue, you can enjoy a reception for Sher Fick’s exhibit “Coping Skills.”  There will be an artist talk at 6pm, and you are all welcome.  The only thing is that you need to RSVP at alumni@frnmail.com.

And like that, I’m out.

Hope to see you tomorrow night at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. at 7pm!

much love,





A quick view from a small computer

I can’t think of words to relate this week’s listing of art happenings around town to check out besides jumping right into the ship … or boat … or talking about the talk about a“View From a Small Boat.”  Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 28th, from 10-11am, you might want to take your lunch break early and listen to award-winning photographer and adventurer John Guider talk in person.  Guider, who built his own small, motor-less boat and launched it in the Cumberland River and traveled the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico to Key West and then back up the entire East Coast of Florida, will be at Vanderbilt Divinity School (411 21st Avenue) talking about his several year journey while featuring his extensive portfolio of photographs showing the water and land and the people along the way.  Trust me, the story and photos and John in general is very much worth you taking a moment to listen and learn from his extraordinary experience.  Not only will you hear about his journey so far, but Guider is also going to speak about his upcoming trip up the Atlantic coast to New York City in that same boat.  It is definitely an excellent chance to vicariously be a modern day explorer.  Did I mention that the talk is totally FREE and open to the public?  Well, it is.

And speaking of FREE events that are open to the public, fast forward to Thursday night for the monthly Hillsboro Village Art Walk throughout the Hillsboro area.  From 5-8pm, on Thursday, March 1st, you can dip in and out of the various shows, receptions, and events in about a one block radius.  I highly recommend a few stops specifically.  Specifically, I would drop by the Belcourt Theater to view artist Holly Davis’ cool series of prints in her series called “I have a desire for candy.”  Then, since you’re in the neighborhood you might as well walk up Hillsboro to Zeitgeist for the big show.  On the way there, glance over at Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery featuring a diorama by Michael Eadesbefore joining the party.  The pARTy that I’m typing about is“Indeterminacies” featuring Alan Valentine(President/CEO of the Nashville Symphony) presenting Blair School of Music’s Blakemore Trio for a one-night performance and discussion.  All that, combined with Vesna Pavlovic’s “Search for Landscapes” (showing through March 17th), will be aHillsboroVillage art walk for the ages.

Then, Saturday looks like it is going to be one for the ladies.  Specifically, starting Saturday, March 3rd, at 7am, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, you can check out Jodi Reeve’s new series “W is for Woman” which will be available to see during the business hours of Dunn Bros. Coffee (until April 30th).  What a great way to start your morning or cup of Joe any day of the week when near the corner of Church and 4th Avenue.  And speaking of being in that neck of the Nashville woods, Saturday night will allow you to go art wild in The Arcade.  At Space 75, at the COOP gallery, you’ll be able to see the opening for “sightlines (CEL)” by artist Daniele Genadry from 6-8pm.  On top of that, if want to hearGenadry talk about her art, you can visit a Public Artist Talk on Thursday, March 1st, at 7:30pm at the Lila D. Bunch Library (same building as Leu Art Building) on Belmont’s campus.  Now, back to Saturday night, same Arcade building, in Space 69, from 6-9pm, there will be another opening reception for the solo exhibition of the prints, drawings, and collages of Tiberu Chelcea sponsored by 40AU and HAUS Rotations called “eCartacacoethes.”  I’ll once again let the artwork speak for itself, but you should just go down there and check it all out.  There are other galleries, artists, and creative folks that will be there waiting to share their art and passion for the local art scene that is taking the year over like this warm winter weather.

I literally have to run.  Have a great week and be nice to each other.

much love,


Three wise things

After an epic adventure involving close friends, music, mud, new friends, more music and more mud, I am already fast approaching this week ahead as a recovery week for my mind, body, and soul.  Beginning last Thursday and fast-forwarding through the weekend that was, sometimes too much is just enough … just perfect.  The rain is falling and slowing down everything around.  Here are a few gems I have in my mind this week to share with you around Nashville and art.  Take from it what you will and know that I appreciate you reading these words.

I need to start off by making a correction of sorts that was (as most things are) out of my control.  The Symposium in September for the Parthenon was cancelled, but now it is re-scheduled!  The Parthenon is happy to announce that their Symposium from September, called “Really, Really Early Music: Songs of Ancient Greece” will be held this Thursday, December 8th.  A concert, lecture by the Nashville Early Music Project at the Parthenon will begin at 7pm.  A reception will follow and admission is totally FREE, but reservations are required (call 615-862-8431).  The presentation will discuss issues and difficulties in reconstructing and resurrecting the music of ancient cultures, and the concert will feature performances of surviving ancient music from the Golden Age to the early Christian Era … really, really fascinating stuff.

Similar to last week when Thursday’s instant classic music from Carolina Story playing on the Eastside leading the way into a memorable weekend of art and living all around, this week’s music leads the way right into a historic East Side finish of sorts.  This Saturday night, December 10th, from 6-9pm, marks an Open House Reception at Studio East for “The f-Stops Here.”  This grandiose event that you shouldn’t miss is a juried exhibition of recent work by six Nashville photographers that are not only great artists, but really great people as well.  All six participants are members of an underground group of female photographers located in Nashville and throughout the mid-South.  Comprised of Andee Rudloff, Emily Naff, Kay Ramming, Laura Carpenter, Stacey Irvin, Wendy Whittemore, with the Juror Sharon Lee Hart, this special exhibition will only be on view for TWO DAYS alone!  After the reception Saturday night, the doors at Studio East will be open on Sunday, December 11th, from 1-4pm to wrap up the show.  As mentioned previously, Studio East is going to make a transition in the coming months into Lockeland Table (a new restaurant scheduled to open in early Spring 2012 and become not only a reflection of life on the East Side of Nashville but also a leader in local restaurant style, food preparation and education, and originality in all facets … basically the Studio East of food).  To help along this transition from the extraordinary things that owner John Guider and studio partner Stacey Irvin have enjoyed and produced in 3 short years of creativity and excellence at Studio East, the reception for The f-Stops Here, the final exhibition at Studio East, will have a reception menu prepared by the renowned chef Hal Holden-Bache, an artist with food in his own right and co-owner and executive chef of Lockeland Table

If you are around the area this weekend, it would be an honor for John and Stacey, all of the participating artists in this one-of-a-kind photography show, and the next tenants of the historic spot of 1520 Woodland Street if you take the time to pay homage to the wonderful work that has been accomplished there since 2008, what is to come in the near future for the fresh new Lockeland Table, and to bid John and Stacey farewell to that memorable address as they embark on new creative adventures located in the heart of Nashville from new and different spot.

Then, after you good-bye to Studio East one last time on Sunday, continuing with the Frist’s Holiday Concert Series after last weekend’s superb showing from the very talented Blair School of Music’s Suzuki Strings last Saturday and the stellar group Nashville in Harmony last Sunday, this coming Sunday’s show on December 11th won’t be anything short of amazing either.  This Sunday, at 2pm, FREE admission in the Frist Center Auditorium will allow you to fully appreciate The Nashville Flute Choir as they get you revved up to visit the rest of the museum and truly start celebrating the holidays up ahead.  It is a great way to wrap up your weekend like a holiday gift after beginning it with music again on Thursday night and then rambling around all of the festive galleries and art shows around town the rest of the weekend. 

This is a very special time of year for galleries, art, and local artists in general.  Please find the time to help support the marvelous talent that we are fortunate to have in our city of Nashville.  The efforts you make to help these creative folks will bear imagination and original artistic creations for years to come.

So come, come with the kick drum!

much love,


Long week = longer weekend of fun ahead

And that’s a good thing for all of us going forward … fact.  It all starts with mending your heart actually.  Mending Hearts, a non-profit community and treatment center that provides shelter, hope and healing to homeless women who suffer from substance abuse and/or mental/emotional disorders, is seeking donations to support the Moms and Kids programs.  They don’t want handouts for nothing.  Mending Hearts is having a banquet and auction TONIGHT at Rocketown!  Through story and song, you are invited to come out and support Mending Hearts tonight starting at 5pm.  From 5-6pmthere will be a silent auction and it will be followed at 6pm by the rest of the program and dinner.  Rocketown (located at 601 4th Avenue South) is honored to host such an event that will raise much needed money for the Moms and Kids program at Mending Hearts and to help Mending Hearts also properly rehab their newly acquired buildings purchased with the help from last year’s big event.  All donations and questions should be directed to Jennifer Hall:jenniferjessicahall@gmail.com.

With that said, I need to give a shout-out to the past and present at hand.  The past- last weekend I forgot to mention a nod to the 2nd annual “Salon des Refuses” at the Tennessee Art League that had a special pre-holiday art sale to benefit the Tennessee Art League.  Located at 808 Broadway, you might want to stop by and see the leftovers of their smaller and less formally finished artwork still available for purchase in the sale including works of canvas, paper, sculpture, jewelry, textiles and other stuff.  The present- alsoTONIGHT is another chance for you all to witness the rising local band Eastern Block at 12th & Porter (114 12th Avenue North) starting at 8:30pm sharp.  You won’t regret it!

Also going on right now something that you won’t regret being a part of is a one-of-a-kind kickstarter project that is made for kids and the kids inside all of us.  Local artist Lindsey Bailey has created a collaborative art project called Deliciously Happy.  It is a multi-faceted project that will culminate in a gallery installation at Belmont University with your help to complete.  It is a project about showing how important art is as a tool to spark people into sharing ideas and working together.  An offshoot of Bailey’s graduate research, the gallery show features partnerships with students from 3 Nashville-area schools: the University School of Nashville, Bordeaux Elementary, and Lead Academy and sculpture students from Belmont University.  Students of each school will construct social issue-based stories and create coordinating performance paraphernalia.  Each workshop session and the final performance will be documented in still images and video.  To this point, Bailey has completed 12 of the 24 workshops through self-financing it, but NOW help is needed to reach the finish line.  The project needs more supplies, an editor to pull all of the videos together, and transportation for the students to attend the gallery opening to see their work and talk about it to the public is also needed.  Take a look at the project and how your help will help it become realized and help make a difference for the future … the kids of today.  See that link HERE-www.kickstarter.com/projects/586300314/deliciously-happy.

All of the above brings me to this coming Saturday, November 12th, 2011.

First, if you are looking for unique, LOCAL, one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family, then yet again you should drop on by the next Porter Crossing Arts Market this Saturday afternoon from noon-9pm at the intersection surrounding The Family Wash.  It is FREE, INDOOR, and is a wonderful experience to be had by all every second Saturday of every month between September-December.

Second, The Arts Company is hosting the 2nd annual Ads2Art Charity Art Auction with the help of the Advertising Federation of Nashville.  The purpose of this event is to raise awareness for the Nashville Advertising and Arts Community and to also raise funds and awareness for the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s 5th Avenue of the Arts initiative.  The event will start with a Patrons Party and gallery tour at 6pm and the Ads2Art Event will go from 7-9pm.  It is $35 for admission at the door and $45 for the Patrons Party and event admission).  There will be food, beverages, jazz, and a chance to bid on some amazing works of art.  It is all sponsored by Nashville Arts Magazine and its feature editor Paul Polycarpou will serve as the guest auctioneer for the art live auction.  You can RSVP by contacting Samantha Pyle at 615-305-3460 or Samantha@werkshopmarketing.com.

Third, you should definitely at some point this weekend or month stop by The Rymer Gallery to see the legendary local photographer John Guider and his new work called “View From A Small Boat.”  Here is a sneak peek of what you’ll see HERE.  Simply put, Guider sees and captures things that we feel.  He is that good.

I think I’ve given you plenty to think about and go out and see for a few days ahead.  There is always more out there beyond the above, but I hope that you find everything you are looking for.  Thank you for reading and sharing with others.

much love,


Getting by with a little help from mE friends

Today is a special day.  Aside from the rain cleaning and clearing the air temporarily free of pollen that has been swarming all around as of late, there is a unique event taking place tonight that is also bringing a refreshing breath of clean air to the Nashville Art scene.  I’ve talked about and am talking about the artists’ reception to celebrate the launch of the “Nashville’s heART” television series on NECAT Music City Arts 9 (Comcast cable channel 9)

Tonight, April 12, from 6-9pm, YOU and all of your friends are invited to come down to NECAT’s PEG Studio (Building 110 on the campus of NSCC-120 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN) to join in celebration of this epic occasion.  You will have a chance to meet the artists featured in the inaugural episode of Nashville’s heART (efharper, William ‘Dooby’ Tomkins, and Miranda ‘Mecca’ Crump), see and buy their latest works of art on display, and enjoy a live musical performance by Mr. Hazelwood and the New Transcendentalists (also featured in the inaugural episode).  It will be quite the shindig with a lot of good-hearted and amazingly talented people that you should get to know better regardless of what you may or may not have already planned for tonight.

If you by chance have not witnessed Nashville’s heART on channel 9 to this point, you can catch see the initial episode running again and again on channel 9 every Wednesday at 5:30pm and Sunday at 6:30pm until the next episode airs in a few months (Don’t worry, I’ll gladly keep you up to date and posted as it comes along).

And typing about other good people in the neighborhood doing a lot for the local art scene, I would like to spotlight two amigos doing some very extraordinary things this week. 

First, Meg Nordmann, Production Manager and a big heart at Nashville Arts Magazine, is going to be the Emcee at “A Gershwin Spectacular”/NJO Writer’s Night Concert this Friday, April 15th, 8pm, at the Turner Music Hall, Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt).  The Nashville Jazz Orchestra (NJO) is a nonprofit organization that strives to preserve, promote and advance big band jazz.  Writer’s night has become an annual event and this year, local arrangers are challenged with putting a signature stamp on the works of a master in GershwinMeg, a big part and supporter of the local art scene, is ready to put her own stamp on the event and special night for the arts.  The tribute concert is open to the general public and tickets will be available the night of the event.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and Vanderbilt employees, $10 for students, and $5 for Vanderbilt students (Box Office opens at 7pm accepting checks and cash only).  There will be FREE parking available at the garages nearby, so yet again you don’t really have much of an excuse not to attend.

econd, if you don’t already know about John Guider (his photography and his current adventure), then you certainly should!  Guider, a world-renowned photographer is currently in the middle of his own amazing race of sorts.  Titled “The Great Loop”, Guider has returned to sea … again.  In 2009, he built his own boat, launched in into the Cumberland River, rowed and sailed to the Gulf of Mexico, and all the while making photographs and writing as he camped along the riverbanks.  Now, he is continuing his great exploration of America’s Great Loop by spending another 2 months traveling the Gulf and East coasts of our great country.  The purpose of his travel project is to record and create a visual exhibit that tells the special story of America’s waterways and the people who live there.  Because this fragile territory is scraping to survive in the midst of natural and unnatural disasters such as storms, global warming, etc, Guider’s work is a very important and vital dialog of our changing world and environment.  It’s very possible that many of the places and people he’s recording will be gone forever within the next 50 years.  If you’d like to jump onboard (figuratively) and/or help fund the project (literally), visit Guider’s website and update page HERE.

Before I go for this week and prepare myself for tonight’s fun to be had at NECAT (remember Nashville’s heART’s party I wrote about above?), I would like to encourage you to visit something a little more close to home than the East coast treacherous waters.  During this glorious month of April, I suggest that you visit Art in the Arcade.  Specifically, you should take a stroll down to #’s 75 &77 and see Adam Henry and Emily Mae Smith’s works in Neon Sigh: a new collaborative exhibition between the New York based artists on view for the first time in Nashville.  The show, running through April 23rdin the combined spaces of COOP and Twist (renamed Twistcooparcadia for the duration of the exhibition), is a diverse show of paintings, sculptures, drawings and collages.

So there you have it.  The rain is starting to stop and the gray skies are less gray by the second.  It looks like there is going to be a little light and life after the storms after all.

Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

much love,


Life after rain (aka-get up out of your seat or take your seat with you and do something fun)

The theme for this story and my stellar weekend ahead in general. by David Hellams

Excuse mE, Mother Earth, but did Nashville as a whole do something directly to cause this terrible ongoing BP oil disaster or anything else out of the blue we are unaware of to deserve this past month’s onslaught of water from the skies above? It doesn’t seem like anybody is really happy about the level of storms we have been through recently except the weatherman’s agent. I personally felt like I was Bad Luck Schleprock from The Flintstones cartoon with a torrential rain cloud overhead escorting me back to Nashville yesterday on my blinding drive home. Weather that we cannot control, among other things I’ve learned, is simply something we can’t control … something we have to just … well, weather!
That being said, there are a few things left in our own worlds that we CAN control besides our attitude and attitudes towards collectively boycotting BP until the recent disaster has been fixed. Starting today and lasting throughout this weekend, I can think of at least four for your Thursday’s wonderful weekend forecast off the top of my head to give yourself and others relief from any more downfalls. Side forecasting note, I’m always looking for a good publishing agent if you know of any.

First, to keep the flood assistance fresh in mind and present in all our wallets, Art After Hours is presenting a citywide artistic opportunity that supports victims of the Nashville flood with “Art Saves Lives.” Today, June 3rd, from 5-8pm, Art After Hours and The Nashville Association of Art Dealers (NAAD), in cooperation with The Cumberland Gallery (Green Hills), Gallery One (Belle Meade Galleria), LeQuire Gallery (Charlotte Avenue/Green Hills), Local Color (on Broadway) and Zeitgeist (Hillsboro Village), will be donating 10% of all this evening’s art sales. Other galleries participating in Art After Hours include (but not limited to) The Arts Company, Midtown Gallery, Bennett Galleries, Richland Fine Art, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, among others. Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Parthenon at Centennial Park present exhibitions free to members and with a fee to non-members.

Second, for more focus on flood recovery in our hearts, feel free to join SNAP (The Society of Nashville Artistic Photographers) and many others for Focus on Recovery: a photography auction where all proceeds will be matched by corporate sponsors and will go to Rebuilding Together Nashville to purchase materials to rebuild homes devastated by the May floods in Nashville. With a preview party at 211 South 17th Street, East Nashville, tonight, June 3rd, from 7-9pm, and the actual auction at the same locale tomorrow, June 4th, from 6-10pm, this is a grand opportunity for you to obtain priceless images taken and donated by the likes of Nashville’s finest photographers such as Jack Spencer, John Guider, Stacey Irvin, members of Aerial Innovations Inc, other members of SNAP and much much more for a worthy cause.

Third, if you haven’t already planned a pretty picnic around your favorite Love Bird for Saturday, why not go to church a little bit early this weekend to remind yourself of all that is good in your life. While you are there, at the Downtown Presbyterian Church to be exact, you can more easily than not also take in the first solo exhibition by local representational artist, David Hellams. During the regular Downtown Art Crawl hours, from 6-9pm this Saturday, May 6th, Hellams has organized his new paintings in canvasses that add up to either a complex of many rooms within the church or a narrative with many separate threads. Sound confusing and yet very much appealing … welcome to the world of a priest. Lucky for you, Hellams will be present to answer any questions you have (about his art specifically-please hold religion questions for Sunday). This is one sermon you’ll be glad you witnessed.
Fourth, and finally, I just wanted to mention a quick note about two special artist receptions. One is A Refreshingly New Twist: featuring new works by both Twisted Sisters Art and Lindatwist Jewelry Creations at Euro Décor (531 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN) this Saturday, June 5th, from 6-9 and Sunday afternoon, June 6th, from 1-4pm. And another is for Celestial: works by Anna Jaap, Steven Knudson, and Ian Kessler-Gowell at Estel Gallery also during the First Saturday Downtown Gallery Crawl this Saturday, June 5th, from 6-9. I’m sure I’ll write more about Ian’s spectacular glass blown creatures before the extended show ends next weekend, but this is just another great opportunity for you to see the art and talk to the artists behind the work that impresses you in person.

Whew, that felt like a lot to relay to you on short notice. I’ll be around here and there all week, but thanks for continuing to read along and spread the word about the ongoing, often times underground and expanding art community of Nashville. It may not have the bright lights of the honky tonks, but it definitely makes you feel better the morning after. Like a superb gift that keeps on giving, help do your part … help support Nashville’s local art!

Thank you!
Chuck Beard