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It’s the best month of the year already!

Yes, even if you can’t believe it yourself, it is already APRIL!  I’m so excited about this news that I’m going to give you the best gift I know that I can and that you will most certainly enjoy to kick things off right.

TONIGHT, April 2nd, at 7pm sharp, I will be fortunate to host yet another fabulous East Side Storytellin’ at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street).  You should call ahead at 615-678-5895 to reserve a table if you know you will have plenty of people with you, but otherwise it is a first come, first seated arrangement and you should get there early for this one because it will knock you off those seats once we start at 7 prompt.  The very talented comedian/author Melanie Vare will be reading excerpts from her book “stories to get you through That Time of the Month.”  Not only will Melanie be featured, but the unique musical duo on the rise, The Rough and Tumble (www.theroughandtumble.com), Mallory Graham Ellison & Scott Tyler, will be playing some of the best original music to date and sharing the stories behind them too.  It will be a wonderful way to kick off the best month of the year indeed.

Also tonight, if you can’t make it over to Fat Bottom Brewing Co., you should make it a point to continue driving down Main Street until you hit 2915 Gallatin Pike and find yourself and some fun at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium.  It is there, from 7-10pm, where you’ll find a night of free speech hosted by Honest Lewis and DNR Publishing.  There will be a mix of written and spoken styles and subject matter and everyone is welcome to get up and share their ideas (no one will be turned away until the time runs out).  Everyone is encouraged to have a few refreshments, like Zanie’s you might say, and everyone will have a great time.

On Thursday, April 4th, you can enjoy some terrific art and music as a tribute show to the Delmore Brothers that serves as a benefit show for Ronald McDonald House.  Going down at Mad Donna’s, from 9-11pm, there will be ample amounts of local bands to help get the music and word out about the talented country music pioneers and stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930’s.  There will be no lack of local talent in the house.  In fact, Sherry Bond, daughter of Johnny Bond, will be storytelling in between musical acts.  For more information on the Delmore Brothers, visit http://www.delmorebrothers.net or just show up to Mad Donna’s at 9pm on Thursday!

On Friday, April 5th, while I’m busy celebrating my birthday with Elton John (I’m betting he won’t try to embarrass me by singing Happy Birthday but we’ll see … Elton is such a pranker), Nashville will be having the April Collectors Art Night.  As usual, there will be a great line-up of artists and talks for everyone to enjoy.  At 6pm, at The Rymer Gallery, Bernie Taupin will be on site to discuss the 20 year visual art retrospective of himself- an iconic lyricist in his own right.  At 6:45pm, The Arts Company will have Denise Stewart-Sanabria to talk about her new series called “Altar-nate.”  Then, at 7:15pm, Tinney Contemporary will have a conversation between local artists Anna Jaap and Carla Ciuffo about their latest works called “The Resonance of Beauty” and “Stasis.”  All 3 events are hosted by Paul Polycarpou and Nashville Arts Magazine.  They are free to attend, but you must RSVP at 5thAvenueOfTheArts@gmail.com or contact any of the 3 galleries directly.

Saturday, April 6th, marks a day filled with so many things to do.  First, from 11am-3pm, if you meet under the pedestrian bridge, you’ll have a chance to paint with artist Andee Rudloff on a unique community art project.  You’ll have a chance to paint a bus with a  cool mural and at the same time be a part of a film … performance art at its finest!!

Then, still on Saturday, it being the first Saturday of the month, you can bet your bottom dollar that the best of times will be found downtown around the Arcade.  As always, from 6-9pm, you can take the art walk and tour and get lost with some of the most creative folks around.  At Blend Studio (79 Arcade), you can see Familiar Terrain: Selected works by Leigh Anne Chambers.  Her work considers major social ordering and how a society determines what is tasteful while engaging domestic materials to challenge traditional notions of art.  You can come out, taste it for yourself, and see what you think firsthand!  There will be other art openings all around.

If you are venturing outside of downtown and the city in general, you might find it fun to head over to 1128 College Street, Clarksville, to Gallery for Art at No Egrets Tattoo Studio.  This Saturday, from 6-10pm, “Unveiling a Muse” will be, for a lack of a better word more fitting, unveiled!  One of Nashville’s favorite models, Nina Covington, will be at the heart of all of the images pulled together for one show from a variety of photographers.  These are photos that are rarely seen in one large collection featuring various photographers so you don’t want to miss your chance to view and appreciate this art.  The event is FREE to attend, donations are always welcomed, and there will be desserts and a DJ on site.  You need more?

Other than the above, could you ask or need for more?

Enjoy your day and week ahead and be nice to one another out there.

much love,

chUck

http://www.eastsidestorytn.com

http://www.nashvillesheart.com

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Art, Mustaches, and MORE!

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s kick things off with the mustache part of the subject above. This Wednesday, at 6pm, if you find yourself at Rumours East, you’ll find yourself at Rumours East’s 2nd Annual Mo Party with a lot of stuff for everyone. Their second annual Movember Party to raise funds & awareness for men’s health will have mustaches (can’t say that enough, right?), drink specials, Early Times Fire Eater Whiskey Tasting Station, raffled prizes, and a photobooth to capture classic moments all night long. Also, they have 2 tickets to give away for Bassnectar’s 360 New Year’s Eve Show!

And speaking of parties, rest up Thursday morning so you can hit up both of the shindigs that night. First, from 4:30-6:30pm, Sarratt Art Studios are having their 22nd Holiday Art Festival. They are having an opening reception for 22 artists. You can purchase handmade Christmas gifts, and their will be an ample amount of printmakers, pottery, jewelry, photography, and more to be seen and purchased. You can see more about what the night has in store at Sarratt athttp://www.vanderbilt.edu/sarrattart/holiday-arts-festival/. Secondly, also on Thursday, from 6-9pm, at Erabellum (Artisan Co-op- 1800 8th Avenue South), there will be another great holiday preview party. It will be a golden opportunity to get the first shot at the original creations and finds of 30 local artists, craftspeople and vintage dealers. There will be beer, wine, soda, and a hot chocolate bar!

Then, on Friday, November 30th (my sister and my dog’s birthday by the way in case you need more of a a reason to celebrate something on Friday), you can have a killer time at Zeitgeist Gallery listening to Maria Finn from 6-7:30pm. Finn, a Copenhagen-based artist that has published 5 issues of her magazine “Plum Velvet,” will present her latest issue on the theme of “Hidden Narratives.”

Also Friday night, you can find even more talks with the monthly Collectors Art Night on 5th Avenue. If you RSVP at 5thAvenueoftheArts@gmail.com, then you are more than welcome to join in on the fun to be had at 3 locations side by side by side. At 5:30pm, The Rymer Gallery will start the evening art talks with a conversation with artist Herb Williams about his new crayon sculptures and oil paintings. At 6:45pm, Tinney Contemporary will feature artist Hyunmee Lee to talk about her new exhibit “Silent Guestures.” And at 7:15pm, The Arts Company completes the collaborative conversations with photographer Jerry Park and his “WorkSpaces: Artist’ Studios” (with co-curators Anne Brown and Lain York). The event is FREE if you RSVP!

You may want to go home early and rest on Friday because the rest of the weekend is a fun marathon of art and gifts. Saturday, if you stay around downtown from the night before, you can enjoy all of the 1st Saturday Downtown Art Crawl at all of the galleries. One in particular that will be more festive than ever (and that’s saying a lot since it is always festive) is twist art gallery. They will be celebrating a mini craft fair from 6-9pm in order to celebrate a very Merry Twistmas! Yes, I said it. Side note, the COOP gallery will also be poppin’ with some spectacular glass art from Virginia Griswold (no relation to the Christmas Vacation Griswold family though). Side side note, Lipscomb’s Open Gallery will be hosting the work of graduating BFA students Mariel Bolton, Nick Doty, and Jessica Richardson that varies in video, performance, and sculpture art.

But if you want to know where I and several hundred of my good friends will be on Saturday, December 1st (pretty much all day long until 9:30pm), Art & Invention Gallery will host their 11th annual Holiday Art Show. It includes work from over 100 artists (I’m married to one), featuring smaller works of art and handmade artisan wares. Whether you are looking for paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery, glass work, furniture, fiber art, Christmas ornaments, boots, vintage clothes, books, book art, and pretty much anything you are looking for, then you’ll find it at Art & Invention or at The Idea Hatchery stores just beside it (don’t forget about Bryant Gallery across the street too)! Seriously, if you can’t find it at any of the stores and galleries at 5 Points and Fatherland, then you probably don’t need it. Until 9:30pm, you really don’t have any excuse not to stop by for holiday shopping. Need food? You have several quick spots in I Dream of Weenie and Wrappers Delight food truck close together–and don’t forget Lockeland Table right up the street that can’t be beat! We’ll also have plenty of holiday music every where you turn. Side note, DJ’s HIS & HERS will be on hand spinning festive holiday songs on vinyl.

Point being, you really have to be an enormous humbug not to have a fun, festive weekend this week. Take a few notes from above and help spread the love to everyone you think needs a little pick-me-up this week. Good people + good art = good times.

much love,
chUck

www.nashvillesheart.com
www.eastsidestorytn.com


Good moon rising

As you may or may not remember from last week’s post, I know sometimes time can get kinda hazy for many during a holiday weekend, I briefly threw out the notion that the city and artists within our city need to find better ways to collaborate and progress together.  Well, I’m not going to just say something and not show you a way or two where YOU, the artist, can jumpstart the interaction and prove your worth to the city and people within it.  That said, is it ever too early to talk tomatoes?  The answer is NO!

Talking about TOMATOES, I am so happy that it is that time of year again for Meg and Bret to roll out the festivities to all who would like to help and join in on the fun.  They have just announced recently the most recent call to artists, patrons, vendors, and the like for all to see and share to everyone you know who wants to be a part of the party.  August 11th will mark the 9th annual Tomato Art Show in East Nashville!  It is a wonderful experience by all and a perfect chance for any artist or vendor to make a positive impact on the thousands of people that visit 5 Points that lucky day.  If this is something that you are interested in getting involved with, by all means do the following NOW:  1-Submit 3 examples of your CURRENT tomato-themed work to Art & Invention for jurying (via website or in person).  It doesn’t have to be about tomatoes, but I think it won’t hurt your chances for more fun making it.  Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces of artwork for the show (at least one of them MUST be ‘tomato inspired’).  The art that isn’t tomato inspired should be inspired by other fruit and veggies.  The deadline for entries is just around the corner on July 1st.  All work must be ready to hang when turned in by July 22nd if accepted for the big show.  There is an entry fee per person of $10.  There will be a $250 cash award for Best of Show and $200 cash award for Emerging Fruit or Vegetable and several other cash merit awards too.  Visit www.tomatoartfest.com andwww.artandinvention.com or call Meg at 615-226-2070directly to get this ball rolling.  This is something that every artist and local business should be a part of in some fashion or another.  If you don’t, I’ll just say it … don’t be stupid!  There!

And if you are itching for something not as veggie or fruity, feel free to join the call for artists for Untitled’s Summer Show 2012 called HOT MESS.  It will go down June 15th, from 6-10pm at Welcome to 1979.  To register to be in aHOT MESS, go to www.untitlednashville.org/participate!  Either show, you won’t lose.

Speaking of Fresh Art, leave it to The Arts Company to showcase signature work by a variety of artists this Summer.  Beginning in June, selected series of artists that represent a range of mediums and styles will be on hand in the gallery with a surprising range of talent from Nashville-based artists.  Featured at their stop of the First Saturday Art Crawl will beWayne Brezinka and David Robert Farmerie.  June 2nd, from 6-9pmBrezinka’s paintings and other works will be right beside Farmerie’s splendid photography.  Farmerie’smost recent series, Seven Deadly Sins, was commissioned by a museum seeking a 21st century idea of the seven deadly sins that are both very exciting and contemporary to see in person.

Also around the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, you can stick to 5th Avenue to see two other fine galleries atTinney Contemporary and The Rymer Gallery (if you miss out on seeing all three in one night the night before on June 1st for the Collectors Art Night-5:30-8pm).  At Tinney Contemporary, they are please to present Anodyne Frontiers by John Folsom.  It is comprised of mixed media painted photography presented on wood panels.  I find the theme close to my hometown heart because it features landscape images from KY (albeit mostly at Shaker Village near Pleasant Hill, KY, but I did take a field trip there once as a kid last century).  The Rymer Gallery is showing Director’s Choice: Next Generation- featuring new work from Savannah College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art graduates.  This show will run though June 30th.

Just across the street from this art good/madness on the same night, you should definitely, while in the neighborhood, check out The Arcade and all it has to offer. Specifically, I give you three good spots to check off the list for the night.  First, the coop gallery in Space 75, from 6-9pm, will be showing Keeping Time by Alicia Eggert.  In keeping with the theme of time, she is including drawings, photography, and kinetic sculptures that create and reveal the hidden mathematics of life (like the book Tinkers of sorts).  That said, there will be a Pulse Machine, an electromechanical sculpture with a human lifespan that was made in collaboration with Boston-based artist and engineer, Alexander Reben on location for the opening reception that should be a blast to see.  Second, over at Blend Studio, artist Denny Adcock will be presenting his lastest Carved Utilitarian Wooden Bowls.  Speaking of time, these said carved bowls have in one way or another existed since the beginnings of civilization.  It is a functional, historical, art lesson literally in your face to enjoy.  Third, as seen in the picture below, you won’t want to miss out on Emily Sue Laird’s TOTEM work at twist etc. gallery at the same time.  I’ll let you see it and talk for yourself.  Fascinating stuff all around really, don’t you agree?

That is all for me coming out of a holiday weekend.  I don’t want to keep you here all day, but I very much appreciate you taking the time as always to read this and share it with all of your friends.  I know the artists appreciate it very much too.

Thanks and much love,

Salud,

chUck

www.nashvillesheart.com

PS- a major PS that is- the best local band that guarantees your socks to be knocked off even when you’re only sporting flippy floppies to the bar, EASTERN BLOCK, is playing aFREE show this Friday, June 1st, at Mercy Lounge at 9pm.  Alongside Josh Foster, The Gills, and The Future, Eastern Block will knock your socks off (twice written because it’s the truth)!  Tell your mama, your dog, and let your dad and the cats follow you there!  You’re welcome.


Another month of love and art

I can’t think of a better way for theNashvilleart scene to kick off the 2012 month of Valentine than what it has in store for use around town this week.  In fact, I can’t even think right now about how to build it all up or elaborate more on the events than simply coming right out and telling you where and when to go see them all live.

First, forget your two for Tuesday deals and delay it two more days after that for Thursday.  This Thursday, February 2nd, go west my friends to the Hillsboro Village art walk.  It is there, starting at 6 pm, where you’ll find two of my favorite things going down this Thursday.  From 6-7:30pm, you can turn the corner to The Belcourt to find Jeff Bertrand’s “Turn the page” exhibition.  Combining classic books with instant classic portraits of classic authors and other historical characters, Bertrand’s style is more than remarkable and original cover art; it is both remarkable and original. By using used books as backdrops, Bertrand allows you to gain depth in his latest exhibition into his creative world that is truly beyond words.  You won’t be able to judge his entire scale of art by these covers, but it is definitely a wonderful beginning for all those willing to take the time to see them.  Then, just down the street at Zeitgeist Gallery, you can catch the opening reception for Vesna Pavlovic’s “Search for Landscapes.”  The artist will be present from 5-8pm for her first solo exhibition at Zeitgeist.  Often described as other wordly in her own past exhibitions, “Search for Landscapes” develops around a group of found slides which depict one American family’s travels around the world during the 1960-80’s.  So take your own trip down the west side of town Thursday night to join on the fun, take your own pictures, and write your own stories with those who are doing it for a living.

Then, speaking of hanging side by side with spectacular artists, you won’t have to look any further than this month’s Collectors Art Night on Friday, February 3rd, from 5:30-8pm.  The event is FREE but limitations of space always require an RSVP (by emailing5thAvenueOfTheArts@gmail.com or contacting any of the 3 galleries to RSVP).  With Cocktails beginning at 5:30pm, the party really gets going at 6pm at The Arts Company.  At6pm, at The Arts Company, 3 prominent Nashville art collectors in Jack Spencer, Billy Frist, and David Conradwill be discussing what draws them to photography and why.  Then at 6:45pm, painter Ed Nash will be at The Rymer Gallery to speak about his current series opening this weekend at The Rymer and how his evolving deep spirituality translated to the canvas of his abstract artwork.  Finally, at7:15pm, New York painter Peri Schwartz will be on location at Tinney Contemporary to take on questions about her new paintings and drawings in “The Architect Within.”  Overall, it is a perfect blend of artists, art talk, and amazing art that reflect a solid week and weekend of fresh art around town.

As far as the weekend and Saturday, February 4th, goes, the First Saturday of the month Downtown Art Crawl will be jam-packed with opening receptions, art aficionados, and loads of gallery walks.  One in particular that I want to highlight involves Nashville’s heART’s close friend, Nashville-based artist Lori Anne Parker-Danley.  She is bringing her “The Garden of Evolution” to Twist Etc. from Feb. 4th-26th.  A multimedia installation, this exhibition includes a new series of mixed-media painting, additional works, found objects and effects, and a sound component by local guitarist and composer John Danley.  On top of the creative artwork by Lori, it is no coincidence that this ‘body-centered’ exhibition opens the first week of American Heart Month to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign by ‘Going Red’ on opening night and 10% of the artist’s proceeds will be donated to Go Red For Women.  As always, I’ll let the artist tell the rest of the story.  That said, she will be at the opening reception thisSaturday night to share her heartfelt creativity and story.

I have to run, literally, but I hope this is a good preview of another amazing week and month ahead for you all.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing these events and stories to others that you think will care.

much love,

chUck


As you wished

As I promised last week, this week is filled with enough art activities aroundNashvilleto keep you busy until the New Year … all in one weekend!  Without wasting your time, let me begin with Thursday night’s antics.

Regardless of whether you are lucky to find the time and/or email for a very special HOME concert tomorrow night, Thursday kicks off the weekend stretch of shows and artastic events all over town to get your out and about.  You can be sure as always about this time of the month that the Hillsboro Village Art Walk will be kicking it per usual with all of their fantastic shops, artists, and deals for you to fully enjoy.  One location I highly recommend dropping by thisThursday, December 1st, anytime during the 5-9pm Art Walk, is Zeitgeist.  This Thursday they have invited Nashville’s own, Hollow Ox, for an evening of crafted sound from a four-piece stellar ensemble of musicians. Also while there, you can catch artist Ward Schumaker’s “Geography Lessons” that will be on view through December 17th.  Geography Lessons is a showing of works on paper and handmade/handbound books.  And speaking of handmade books of art, Nashville’s Brown Dog Bindery will be at the Sarratt Holiday Festival this Thursday for you to meet the artists and their work on opening night, December 1st, from 4:30-6:30pm.  While perusing the Holiday Festival, you can shop with a purpose this Holiday by supporting regional artists (THAT should be a theme here and everywhere for your holiday shopping in my humble opinion).  It’s Sarratt Art Festival’s 21st Anniversary and it might just be the best yet (207 Sarratt Student Center).  Brown Dog Bindery will be on hand from Dec. 1st-11th with various times throughout and celebrating big time on December 4th from 4-6pm for Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival’s 21st Birthday party in case you wanted to know.

But before you go and get all festive out on the nightlife Thursday night, why not pre-game it over on the East Side of town to see their Watkin’s 2011 Senior Graphic Design Show called “Roast.”  Roast will feature works by BA Graphic design degree candidates Ryon Nishimori, Chris Stewart, and Anna Stout this Thursday, December 1st, from 6-9pm, at Anode (926 Main Street).  The one-night-only exhibition is FREE, open to the public, and will have refreshments on hand provided by Beve coffee.  Then, after you stop by that show to get a little education on, you can roll over to the pARTy that is a benefit art exhibition, sale & cocktail reception!  From 5-8pm, at 716 Division Street (next to FLYTE), “POW! Pop culture …” is a group exhibition that explores the various iconic artifacts of popular culture including mass advertising, mass product design, celebrity, and Americana.  10% of all art sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Nashville and will also serve as the launch for “Habitat for Artists”; a new partnership of creative talent and Habitat initiatives.  Sponsored by Budweiser and FLYTE, you know there will be ample amount of cold beverages at hand if you wish to partake.  There will be paintings, a short film, and also Richard Courtney (Co-Author of Come Together: The Business Wisdom of the Beatles on site to speak and sign books.  The exhibition isFREE and also open to the public so go tell a friend and run and tell that.

After all that, Friday seems to understand that you were all over the town the night before and really lets you relax by offering a casual night at the 5th Avenue of the Arts Downtown Nashville Collectors Art Night.  This Friday, December 2nd, from 5:30-8pm, you can obtain a few more cocktails to get back into the saddle again, with appetizers by Sambuca and desserts by The Cupcake Collection, and then enjoy art talks the rest of the evening.  At 6pm, at The Arts Company, you can join a conversation with painter Charlie Buckley and photographer Chuck Trotter about their Nashville-centric exhibits.  At 6:45pm, at The Rymer Gallery, join them and local collector and designer Susan Bashamspeaking about the art of purchasing and placing fine art.  At 7:15pm, be there at Tinney Contemporary to listen to New York-based artists Jaq Belcher talking about her new exhibition, Suchness, that features her process of creating beautifully patterned and complex works from single sheets of paper meticulously hand-cut (Suchness actually has an opening reception the next night, Saturday, December 3rd, at Tinney Contemporary from 6-9pm).  The 5th Avenue of the Arts is a RSVP event to attend.  To RSVP, please email5thAvenueOfTheARts@gmail.com like NOW.

And then there was Saturday, the first Saturday of the month of December.  Nothing gets me in a joyful mood about art and creativity quite like seeing original work from Twisted Sisters.  Lucky for all of us, they will have art at “See Art, Love Art, Buy Art!”  That’s right; this Saturday, December 3rd, from 10am-5pm, you can find the latest Twisted Sisters art at the Tennessee State Museum as part of theHoliday Artisan Bazaar.  Admission to the event is FREE, and I promise you that you won’t find any gift as original as these anywhere.

Then, if you feel the creative bug after seeing Twisted Sisters’ art, in the early afternoon, from 1-4pm, you can venture to Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film to visit their Open House.  There will be ample amounts of FREE, hands-on activities and demonstrations by faculty instructors in clay, printmaking, metal casting, book making and more.  All of this is fun is provided as a preview to Community Education’s “Unleash Your Creativity” Winter/Spring 2012 session.  It’s never too late to learn something new, and you never know … Watkins might just have the thing you are looking to get into this coming year in your spare time.

But back to that spare time you have Saturday night.  Here is a rundown of a few highlights around town that you can skip and jump to throughout the night:

 

*Art and Invention Gallery is having their Holiday Art Show Opening Night Party!  From 6-9:30pm, join Meg and Bret for their 10th annual “Holiday Art Show.”  A group of over 75 artists have handmade smaller works of art perfect for the holiday shopper looking for whimsical, exquisite, and everything in between in all price ranges to leave you happy and satisfied.

*While on that side of town, don’t forget to drop in at theBryant Gallery Christmas Show that will run through Christmas Eve.

*Or to see the great deals at the Hip Zipper!  Hip Zipper is proud to have their very own Holiday Open House from 6-9:30pm.  The Holiday Halls of the Hip Zipper will be “Decked Out” for the season with festive delights for you to enjoy and take with you.  Not only that, they offer a 25% OFF your total purchase when you ‘Check-In’ to Hip Zipper through Facebook while at the Open House!

*And before you leave the East side, don’t forget to make an appearance at the always fun Studio East before they shut their doors at that location for good to make way forLockeland Table in the coming year.  While they are stillStudio East, they are celebrating an artist’s reception this Saturday, from 6-9pm, for Paul Harmon’s latest work.  JoinJohn and Stacey for the big pARTy and open house!

*Downtown you will never be bored.  I say drop by the Arcadeto find a few regular spots of fun at the same location.  You never go wrong with Twist that’s for sure.  You can stop byCOOP to see “live-prime-real-time: Matthew Page, Dmitry ‘dima’ Strakovsky.”  You can mosey down the hallway to Blend Studio to see the opening reception for“Small Work: By 12 Nashville Artists” at the same time.  I will go into more detail for the above next week, but it is worth checking them out this weekend during the open receptions.

*Also Downtown and at the same time, be sure to take notice of LA Bachman.  She and others will be a part of the opening reception for “Small Packages Exhibit” alongside the “Gifty Pleasures Exhibit” at The Rymer Gallery from 6-9pm.

*Bennett Galleries Nashville will also have an opening reception for the annual exhibition of new works by Scott E. Hill.  If you are around, don’t miss it!

*One more gift for the night, since I’m on a roll here and have a little more time to divulge all this information your way, you should know about the deal that the Tennessee Art Leaguehas going on.  They have a special event for December in the form of a Holiday Art Sale!  TAL will again offer extraordinary smaller, framed and unframed artwork, created by its talented members at special, greatly-reduced prices.  Portions of the profits of any artworks sold will go to TAL’s Building Fund.  Also: found at Premiere GalleryRay Sandusky’s exhibit of“Lids & Finials,” and found at Ethel Smith Gallery, Elizabeth LaPenna’s New Horizons exhibit.

But before I leave you here for a much needed rest, be sure to mark your calendars, if for nothing I’ve said above so far this week, to visit The Family Wash this Saturday night at 9pm.  It is there where you will not only find the best food to warm your belly and soul during the cold weather, but you will find yourself back at HOME with the sounds of Humming House and the soon to be legendary Carolina Story!  Carolina Story has been hard at work for months on their new album called “Home”, and they are throwing a CD Release show/party at The Family Wash for everyone that wants to join them and the fun.  I have heard the CD and I must say that I’ve had it on repeat for several weeks now in my rotation everywhere I go.  It is very impressive and worth listening to … over and over :).  YOU can either buy a copy for you and all your friends at the live show or HERE!  Released online as of yesterday, Carolina Story shot up past the likes of James Taylor, Gillian Welch, and other household names on the iTunes singer/songwriter list all the way to #2 … FACT!  Christmas has come early again indeed!  Boom … go get you some.

I hope to see you at one or a few of those places above, but with or without you, there will be a fun time had by all who do.

much love,

chUck

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But back to that spare time you have Saturday night.  Here is a rundown of a few highlights around town that you can skip and jump to throughout the night:

 

*Art and Invention Gallery is having their Holiday Art Show Opening Night Party!  From 6-9:30pm, join Meg and Bret for their 10th annual “Holiday Art Show.”  A group of over 75 artists have handmade smaller works of art perfect for the holiday shopper looking for whimsical, exquisite, and everything in between in all price ranges to leave you happy and satisfied.

*While on that side of town, don’t forget to drop in at theBryant Gallery Christmas Show that will run through Christmas Eve.

*Or to see the great deals at the Hip Zipper!  Hip Zipper is proud to have their very own Holiday Open House from 6-9:30pm.  The Holiday Halls of the Hip Zipper will be “Decked Out” for the season with festive delights for you to enjoy and take with you.  Not only that, they offer a 25% OFF your total purchase when you ‘Check-In’ to Hip Zipper through Facebook while at the Open House!

*And before you leave the East side, don’t forget to make an appearance at the always fun Studio East before they shut their doors at that location for good to make way forLockeland Table in the coming year.  While they are stillStudio East, they are celebrating an artist’s reception this Saturday, from 6-9pm, for Paul Harmon’s latest work.  JoinJohn and Stacey for the big pARTy and open house!

*Downtown you will never be bored.  I say drop by the Arcadeto find a few regular spots of fun at the same location.  You never go wrong with Twist that’s for sure.  You can stop byCOOP to see “live-prime-real-time: Matthew Page, Dmitry ‘dima’ Strakovsky.”  You can mosey down the hallway to Blend Studio to see the opening reception for“Small Work: By 12 Nashville Artists” at the same time.  I will go into more detail for the above next week, but it is worth checking them out this weekend during the open receptions.

*Also Downtown and at the same time, be sure to take notice of LA Bachman.  She and others will be a part of the opening reception for “Small Packages Exhibit” alongside the “Gifty Pleasures Exhibit” at The Rymer Gallery from 6-9pm.

*Bennett Galleries Nashville will also have an opening reception for the annual exhibition of new works by Scott E. Hill.  If you are around, don’t miss it!

*One more gift for the night, since I’m on a roll here and have a little more time to divulge all this information your way, you should know about the deal that the Tennessee Art Leaguehas going on.  They have a special event for December in the form of a Holiday Art Sale!  TAL will again offer extraordinary smaller, framed and unframed artwork, created by its talented members at special, greatly-reduced prices.  Portions of the profits of any artworks sold will go to TAL’s Building Fund.  Also: found at Premiere GalleryRay Sandusky’s exhibit of“Lids & Finials,” and found at Ethel Smith Gallery, Elizabeth LaPenna’s New Horizons exhibit.

But before I leave you here for a much needed rest, be sure to mark your calendars, if for nothing I’ve said above so far this week, to visit The Family Wash this Saturday night at 9pm.  It is there where you will not only find the best food to warm your belly and soul during the cold weather, but you will find yourself back at HOME with the sounds of Humming House and the soon to be legendary Carolina Story!  Carolina Story has been hard at work for months on their new album called “Home”, and they are throwing a CD Release show/party at The Family Wash for everyone that wants to join them and the fun.  I have heard the CD and I must say that I’ve had it on repeat for several weeks now in my rotation everywhere I go.  It is very impressive and worth listening to … over and over :).  YOU can either buy a copy for you and all your friends at the live show or HERE!  Released online as of yesterday, Carolina Story shot up past the likes of James Taylor, Gillian Welch, and other household names on the iTunes singer/songwriter list all the way to #2 … FACT!  Christmas has come early again indeed!  Boom … go get you some.

I hope to see you at one or a few of those places above, but with or without you, there will be a fun time had by all who do.

much love,

chUck


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,

chUck


Raindrops and memories keep fallin on my head

 

Well, well, well, this rain today has made me kinda tired.  It has also made me kinda speechless too.  In fact, it rained so hard this morning that I didn’t even think about texting while driving-a fact my wife would greatly appreciate any day of the week.  I can’t wait to get a smart phone that texts for me while I drive.  Heck, I can’t wait for the car (smarter than a smart car for that matter) that drives for me while I text.  I remember back in the day reading in some magazine about such a car, and seeing pictures for it too, but I guess I’ll have to just throw those false memories of the future ahead in the same files as those cool self-adjusting/drying shoes and the hover-skateboards I saw in “Back to the Future II.” 

Well, well, well, typing about movie memory lane suddenly just reminded me about a few things going on this week that might just bring a smile to your face as well.  First, this Thursday, September 29th, the Hip Zipper Vintage Clothing store is hosting a party to pay homage and help support the Belcourt Theatre.  Located at 1008 Forrest Avenue in Historic East Nashville, the Hip Zipper is opening its doors from 5-8pm to provide a fundraising “Silent Movie House” with an evening of shopping, recalling the stars from a Golden Era, and rolling out the red carpet for cinema refreshments and silent movies while they not only preview their vintage fall best, but tribute the Belcourt Theatre’s treasured history.  One of my favorite places in town to see movies or concerts, the Belcourt Theatre opened its doors in 1925, the same year our house opened its doors too, as a ‘Silent Movie House.’  In their honor, the Hip Zipper is donating 25% of the proceeds from sales on Thursday night to the Belcourt and for every $25 you spend, you get 25% off!  Everyone’s a winner winner chicken dinner!

Then, when you come back to the future on Friday, September 30th, you can whisk away your troubles aside and stop by the next Collectors Art Night on 5thAvenue of the ArtsThis Friday, from 5:30-7:15pm, The Arts Company and The Rymer Gallery will yet again present intimate and insightful art talks by their featured artists and special guest collectors.  The evening is FREE, valet parking in front of Puckett’s is FREE, but RSVPs are required (see details at www.5thAvenueOfTheArts.com).  With cocktails beginning at 5:30pm, The Arts Company will feature painter Tony Breuer at 6pm and The Rymer Gallery will showcase Vadis Turner at 6:45pm.  And may I suggest that when you stop by Puckett’s, you should take notice of “The Hogfather.”

And if you have so much on Friday night around Downtown, I don’t foresee anything wrong with leaving your car down there and coming back again Saturday night to celebrate the 1stin style.  In a perfect world, without time and other plans, you could easily catch up on every art opening without missing a thing.  But, in an almost perfect world, you might find it easy to stop by a few of the following below anytime between 6-9pm during the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl:

-Drop by #44 in the Downtown Arcade to celebrate the artist reception for John Reed.  He is over the moon excited to be showing a series of his new work that represents the past 2 and a half years of his studio painting.  It is the first solo exhibit of the work, and it is meaningful series of paintings that were inspired by historical images of the South (“depicting common lives, emotions, and struggles of the people who forged the strength we find in today’s Southern culture”).  The show will run until Halloween.

-While still passing through the Arcade, don’t you dare walk by without checking out the fun Twist is dishing out this month.  Twist is featuring Leah Grimaldi with a lot of paintings that I think, from the brief shots I’ve seen so far, are twisted … in a great way.  And just down the balcony, before you get to the always fun Blend Studio, take a few pictures in front and beside the Twist etc. exhibition focused on the Nashville photography group called SNAP (Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers).

-Just around the big balcony fans, you might find yourself smack dab in front of the COOP gallery in #75.  During the month of October, COOP is pleased to present the multi-media work of Oklahoma-based artist, Peter Froslie.  As a child of the 80’s, I am very excited to see how Froslie has made his recent objects (sculptures) from children’s toys that he hacks-such as Etch-A-Sketches and other stuffed animals (kinda like the Toy Story toys but real and kinder).  Other work by Froslie in this exhibition relates history and investigating global relationships through a range of media and technology; fun and deep stuff all in one spot!

-Then you can get your music art fill on at Tinney Contemporary as they present “The Man Who Shot Rock: Works by internationally-recognized photographer and musician Jonathan Postal.”  As seen in the Joan Jett print, the Memphis-based artist was concerned with capturing a moment that was raw, honest, and timeless combined with a unique and quirky style of beauty.  In this exhibition, all of the shots are musically inspired from some of the most iconic musicians in the past 40 years.  It is sure to be a similar rock time machine as the fabulous Warhol Live! was at the Frist recently.  This exhibition will run until November 19thand also have its opening reception this Saturday, October 1stfrom 6-9pm like the others from Saturday above.

Before I sign off for now, be sure to register and sign-up for Untitled’s GLOW Show coming around the bend on October 7th .  If you or another friend is interested in participating, you need to register before the deadline of October 2nd  by midnight at the following address: http://www.untitlednashville.org/participate/glow/.  GLOW is always a wonderful show for all who partake and attend.  Don’t miss out if you are willing and wanting to be involved!

Well, well, well, I’m starting to get tired again so I should let you go back to your day at hand.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing the news above with others you love and who love art.

As you were, busy but happy.

much love,

chUck