Two weeks in a row and the lead has something to do with timing … yes it is. It is perfect timing to say a BIG thanks to everyone who made the efforts to come out and be a part of a wonderful night all around at 427 Chestnut Streetlast Saturday night to support Threesquared, Seed Space, Vinea, Number, and more! Despite the rain and other randomness (like the train that goes about 2 mph every time I wanted to get to or go home from the party), it was a fun-filled, successful night for everyone that came out which is always nice for a change. Nothing was forced by anyone and everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves. OH, and the latest issue, Number: 71, is HERE! It’s really nice when people inNashville get together for creativity’s sake and simply enjoy the moments as they come. I know that it can be difficult at times for many to live in a city that is so full of creative music and art (the best always seems to be the people not in the charts, on the television or radio, or in the public eye all the time) to disregard any opening or concert because you may think that their is going to be another one the next night (sometimes the case), but that just makes it that much better for those organizing events and showing their creative work when people do take the time to come out … and simply enjoy. Everyone wins!
And speaking of coming out to something that a local artist is putting together to not only let you into their fantastical world behind the curtains, and actually teach you how to do a little bit of the majestic things he does, world-renowned, best in Nashville (fact) photographer Jack Spencer has organized TWO photographic workshops this month. They are taking place at his studio and on location in Nashville and although there is a tuition fee, I’m fairly sure that you’ll agree that it is beyond worth it to learn from such a talent. Did I mention that each workshop has a limited class of 10 students?! So whether you want to attend and learn from Jack (assisted by Jon Morgan … yes, the same AMERICAN DREAMING Jon Morgan you may recall) on May 18-20 or May 25-27 this month, you better go HERE and sign up like NOW!
I’m sorry to be on such short notice with that photography workshop information but I just heard about it. You know what, I’m not sorry. In fact, another thing in town that is short notice, someone who plays the most amazing original music that is not yet on the billboards, and will never make you bored … Bill (that was some minor wordplay there so try to stay with me here). The point is that The One and Only Bill Davis is going to be playing the legendary Music City RootsTHIS WEDNESDAY, May 16th, at the Loveless Barn! The One and Only Bill Davis is superb by himself, but when he heard that Music City Roots was going to move the seating this week and have an ol’ fashioned hoedown, he decided to invite over 12 others to join him onstage to really tear the barn down with goodness all around. I hope to see you on the dance floor with me and my wife, but please don’t ask to cut in … I’d hate to throwdown at the hoedown and mess up my business socks.
Then, on Thursday, May 17th, you should be happy to know that the next RAW Artists Nashville event (The Blend) is going down from 8-11pm at Mercy Lounge. It is a 21+ event, $10 presale or $15 at the door. The aparent dress is cocktail attire or Havana Nights themed. So you can go straight from a barn hoedown to little Havana on the next … only in Nashville. Well, probably not only in Nashville, but it sounded good at the time to type. Either way, RAW will be on site with a new blend (pun intended) of artists, singers, fashion designers, etc.
But, in case you don’t want to get in the mix of HavanaonThursday night, there is another great option for you to get out and make the most of as well across town at Zeitgeist Gallery. As part of NCAP’s spring 2012 Insight? Outta Site! participatory potluck forum, Zeitgeist Gallery is very happy to welcome artist Rehema Barber. A curator, arts administrator, adjunct/part-time faculty member at the University of Memphis and Memphis College of Art, and friend of a lot of my friends (on and off Facebook), Barber will be there to ignite creative discussion about contemporary art and social engagement. The food/drinks will be from 6-6:30pm and Barber’s talk will be from 6:30-7:30pm. You can join in the fun for either or both, but please bring a dish/drink/question to share with everyone.
After you get enough art and food to ease your hunger, Friday is going to be a fresh day for you to get your imagination and collaboraton going again. In fact, Lindsey Bailey, Rebecca Kinslow Berrios, and Camilla Spadafino are going to put together Imagination and Collaboration: A Boys and Girls Club! Located at the Metro Arts Commision’s Gallery and Roof Top Terrace (800 2nd Avenue South), from 3:30-5pm, these three amigas are having an “After School Art Filled Playdate” for Lockeland Design Center children and parents. You should totally come hang out with them and enjoy Lindsey Bailey’s art collaboration combining her imagination with those of Ms. Kessler’s second gade students and the handy work of the entire school’s art happening scheduled for field day.
Also Friday, May 18th, besides it being my Mom’s birthday,Vanderbilt University‘s Space 204 is presenting a new installation by Quintin Owens titled “Aesthetic Predicament.” With an opening reception from 5:30-7:30pm, Owens’ work is a gathering of past memories and experiences in which he utilizes a wide range of materials, from clay to balloons and taxidermy and construction materials. If it’s a matter timing that you might not come to the opening reception, don’t fret because they’ll let you come in and visit and see it until it is gone on June 29.
And speaking of timing, The Art of Time is happening this Friday, May 18, at Whiskey Bent Saloon’s Frontier Room (306 Broadway) from 6-9pm. The Art of Time will be an evening filled with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and exciting live and silent auction items featuring local artists where the proceeds will assist the Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC) and the many programs serving family caregivers of Tennessee. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased HERE or by calling the TRC office at (615) 269-8687 or emailing email@example.com.
Maybe after doing any and/or all of the above, you might be ready to go home for the weekend. It’s fitting that StudioHome Sweet Home is having Art Show: An Evening with the Arts this Saturday, May 19th, from 6-8pm at 120 Highway 76 in White House, TN. Home Sweet Homeoffers a wide range of unique gifts and collectibles on the regular, but this particular evening will have its doors open to invite you to refreshments, meeting the artists, and an evening of music, art and good company. Home has hardly sounded as fun (for most people).
And if you can’t make it okay to the day when most people rest and you don’t want to simply stay at your actual home on Sunday, here is one last show (literally) that will pull at your heart strings to the core. On Sunday, May 20th, from 2-4:30pm, at the Green Hills Library, the largest GraceArt solo show yet will be on display. The Final GraceArt 2012 Spring Show: Grace Walker Goad-The Art of Autism is a comprehensive and diverse exhibition all made by Grace, the daughter of local art patron and writer Leisa Hammett. All of the art will be for sale on site, all going to a wonderful story and young artist, and there will be lite refreshments and special musical entertainment to enjoy as everyone gets a good lesson about the art and cause of autism in general.
I’ll let you go wherever you want to go from this point this week, but know that any and all of the above will be great fun. In the end, timing is always perfect to enjoy it. Enjoy your day and your week ahead they way you want.