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@artobernash 2013 comes to an end with a bang!

It always happens, at one time or another. There have been countless songs and careers made from the very thought. All good things must come to an end. I recently had a friend, who just so happens to be one of my favorite authors around, come to the bookstore and tell me the story about her dog having to be put down this past week. It was sad that she no longer gets to hang out with the friend any longer, but she didn’t have to hang on. It was just time. Age catches up with all of us. That said, October, whether we hate to admit it or not, is ending this week. There, now that I have that out of the way and in front of us, we can move on forward to and through this situation together.

This week, like every single @artobernash week this year, will be amazing and one for the record books. For, among other reasons, it is fitting that the last week of @artobernash of this year coincides with the first weekend of the next best month of the year in November! I think there’s a Semisonic song in there somewhere, but I won’t sing it for you right now. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better way to appreciate what you have than to go without for a bit. Starting today, October 28th – Friday, November 1st, a bunch of Nashvillians will be taking the SNAP challenge. This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on what would be the weekly SNAP (food stamps) allowance in Tennessee for 5 days, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to subsist on SNAP. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks. Tonight, at 2905 12th Avenue South, at 6pm, you can join a ton of great people for a simple potluck, hear from a panel about the effects of SNAP on our community, and meet other SNAP challenge participants. Or just SIGN UP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FeN1DinGdlw4lqlw090_fp7k5PUgi5su7tKudMCR-uI/viewform

This just in … author Jenny Moshak, former associate athletic director for Lady Vols basketball, will be at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B) tomorrow night from 5:15-6:30pm to read from and discuss her new work, Ice ‘n’ Go.  Ice ‘n’ Go is a culmination of the breadth of knowledge and unique insight from Moshak’s more than twenty-five years of work in major college sports.  Moshak will be on site to talk about the book, read, sign, sell, and enjoy conversations about everything she wants as long as you show up.

This Wednesday, October 30th, from 9:30am-5pm, at the Downtown Public Library, you can experience the 2013 Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville’s Arts, Culture and Creative Future with some of the bestest people in town. FREE with registration, and presented by Metro Arts and The Nashville Scene, Nash-Up is an excellent way to properly close out the amazing Artober month of arts activation in Nashville. It is a day-long summit featuring panels and sessions that will explore Nashville creative industry through discussion and dialogue. You can visit http://www.artobernashville.com for more details and registration information, join the conversation with @NashUp, or REGISTER HERE: http://exclusives.nowplayingnashville.com/websales/pages/TicketSearchCriteria.aspx?evtinfo=64460%7E2e3b07db-943b-498e-bdad-828333a81424&epguid=8345fc8d-a380-4bbc-844b-9d80231b15c2 

Then, this Thursday, HALLOWEEN night, October 31st, from 7-11pm, Porter Flea is gonna get weird. There will be a spooky night of costumes, drinks, and a strange art sale to go with. Some of our favorites will be selling limited editions of their most chilling works, including Boss Construction, Kangaroo Press, Monkey Ink Design, Arcade Death, Dangworthy, Sawtooth Printhouse, Luke Howard, and more. There will be drinks, outdoor B movies galore, a guest DJ, and costume prizes. It is a 21+ event, and this is the ultimate way to finish @artobernash 2013 with the ultimate bang. The show is called Full Bleed. Skip over Friday for resting for Saturday and the FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWLS and various other art to be had. I have four things in four different places to suggest so I don’t smother you with one spot or a list of everything to do … no spoiler alerts here (for the most part).

Here is my list (in no order of favorites):

1- From 6-9pm, at Blend Studio (79 Arcade), coinciding with the rest of the 5th Avenue Downtown Art Crawl all around, you can experience “New Southern Vernacular: work by Greely Myatt, Ted Lauritzen Wright, and Dwayne Butcher.” All of the artists will be present on opening night, and you can see more information here- http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/BRS.cgi?section=article&issue=137&article=2012-09-03-

2- From 6-9pm, at CoLab Nashville (230 N. 4th Avenue, Suite 105), you can join the fun with Untitled’s Pop-Up Art Show. You can find more information about to get involved and/or visit here- http://www.untitlednashville.org/register/pop-up-art-shows/ 

3- At 8pm, at 808 Fatherland Street, you can commemorate a splendid Saturday by seeing “Commemoration Of All Faithful Departed” with the likes of the fabulous Janelle Bonfour-Mikes and Ben Burr. Post-Halloween, on All Souls’ Day, this is a FREE event that will have experimental dance, poetry, and performances all around. All I can promise is that it will be AWEsome.

4- Zeitgeist (516 Hagan Street, Suite 100, behind Greer Stadium in historic Wedgewood/Houston) is pleased to present two new ensembles that comment on impermanence and passing moments from Nashville-based multimedia artist Patrick DeGuira and NYC-based photographer Gieves Anderson. From 5:30-9pm, this event is in conjunction with the ARTSMUSIC @ WEDGEWOODHOUSTON weekend and the Cheekwood Museum of Art Pop-up for the “More Love” exhibition. All venues participating are FREE and OPEN to the public to attend.

Then, to finish off Sunday right, November 3rd, The Eastwood Ensemble Presents: Chamber Music Underground at The Cappellino Home at 5pm (714 Setliff Place). This is your chance to experience classical chamber music the way it was intended-inside a home with East Nashville style! Wine and snacks will be provided, along with a performance of music from Dvorak, Schumann, and more. This series by The Eastwood Ensemble has been featured TWICE as a Critic’s Pick in the Nashville Scene. Basically, it is a relaxing fall evening of music with a casual, friendly atmosphere with some of the best musicians around. No dressing up is needed. The event is a fundraiser for Eastwood Ensemble’s future community projects as they move closer to becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization. The event is 21 and UP. You must get tickets before and they are limited. Get them HERE (and share the link, please) – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/493539

art by Clay Brunton

art by Clay Brunton

Before I go, I’d like to give you a head’s up for the 1 year anniversary East Side Storytellin’ show coming up at Mad Donna’s on Tuesday, November 5th, at 7pm, with the likes of Keel Hunt, Park Chisolm, and Vanderbilt University Press. Check us out at http://www.facebook.com/eastsidestorytn for more info. East Side Storytellin’ is also FREE to attend. Check this out – http://eastsidestorytn.com/east-side-storytellin-24-where-old-hazelwood-met-new-nashville-ghost-stories/

Until I see you or your read this again, be nice to each other and have a great finish to the best @artobernash yet!

much love,

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.nashvillesheart.com

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Rain, rain, but don’t go away

We sometimes have to get drench before we appreciate what it feels like to be dry.  But then again, is Nashville ever really dried up in  terms of things to do and fun to be had?  The answer is no.  This coming week is no different.

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One thing that opened this past Saturday, and that I think you should make a point to drop by for in the upcoming weeks, is Tinney Contemporary’s “Disorderly Notions:  New Work by Patricia Bellan-Gillen.”  It opened on July 6th, and will run through August 17th.  After years of studying cultural, dream, mythological, and religious symbols, Bellan-Gillen is mixing personal narratives with fairytales with her drawings that confront viewers simultaneously with beauty and awkwardness, mediating grace with humor, and achieving a weird elegance … something like life.  The result is a show that is worth visiting if you have the time.

Also, if you have the notion and time to get cultured within the city limits beyond Broadway, head on over to Seed Space at 427 Chestnut to celebrate 50 years of videoart with Magmart’s organized video project of “100X100=900 or 100 videoartists to tell a century.”  100 videoartists from around the world were asked to create 100 video artworks, each of which is based on one year of the 1900’s, matched randomly.  As a partner of this project, Seed Space will screen sets of 25 videos according to this schedule during normal office hours (10am-2pm):

July 8 and 10- screen 1st set
July 15 and 17- screen 2nd set
July 22 and 24- screen 3rd set
July 29 and 31- screen 4th set

August 5 and 8- screen 1st set
August 12 and 14- screen 2nd set
August 19 and 21- screen 3rd set
August 26 and 28- screen 4th set

Also this coming Wednesday, July 10th, artist Ezra Whitson is having an art opening at Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville (801 Percy Warner Blvd).  From 7-9pm, if you are not scared to be totally blown away by Ezra’s mad art skills, you need to check yourself and your schedule and be there!  Seriously, be there!

Fast forwarding to Saturday, July 13th, head your butt on over to East Side Story at 1pm with your mom, kids, and everyone you know’s moms and kids for an extraordinary book reading, signing, performance by Herman of Herman’s Journey!  See more about Herman here- http://hermansjourney.com/book, but get excited … this will be a blast for kids of all ages.  Yes, I’m talking to YOU!

Then, later in the afternoon, after your nap possibly, head to Zeitgeist (516 Hagan Street, suite 100) for “The Medium’s Session:  a group exhibition curated by Patrick DeGuira.  From 5-8pm, YOU, and everyone else you know in public, are invited to witness a diverse collection of art made by a diverse group of artists who engage with a dialectic between logical matter and the periphery of the unknown.  The word and exhibition title of “Mediium” refers to the notions of a channel, derived from the word séance, which acts as a commentary on the devoted activity of art making.

Then, after you get your fill of the medium, head back East to Poetry in the Brew.  Going down at Portland Brew East, 1921 Eastland Avenue, from 6-8:30pm, you will be amazed by a free round of local, open mic poetry.  Robin E. Wilson will be featured, but a ton of other locals on the rise will be present as well.  You should give poems a chance.  Despite what Chet says, pun intended, Poetry doesn’t Sucks! Chet might be there too.

Talking about Poetry in the Brew makes me remember that it’s That Time of the Month again.  Specifically, That Time of the Month will be at Cafe Coco (210 Louise Avenue) yet again on Sunday, July 14th, at 5pm, and letting the guys run the show for their annual takeover.  The show, “Boys will be Boys,” will be taken over by the talented likes of Bob Clark, Michael Boegh, Landon Lyon, Gary Jenkins, Christopher Pilny, and with a token mama to round out the show template in reverse with Renea Dijab.  Get your tickets at the door or ahead of time at boyswillbeboys.brownpapertickets.com.

Another blockbuster show on Sunday, July 14th, that you NEED to know about and witness for yourself, is THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE!!!!!!!  They will be playing at 7pm in town, and you don’t want to miss a chance to see these two (the rough and the tumble).  What, you think I’m just going to hand you the keys to the car on this and give you everything?  I’m gonna let you do a little work and click one step further for your next clue on where to find them so you can listen to their extraordinary stuff along the way.  By the way, Sunday’s attendance is not just welcome, it’s required as a fellow Nashvillian (I can hear Mallory typing now).  Donations will benefit the Holiday Awareness Campaign.  Go to www.facebook.comtheroughandtumble to find more details.  You’re welcome.

And, before I go, I must let you know about the upcoming East Side Storytellin show on Tuesday, July 16th, at 7pm sharp.  At Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street), we’ll be celebrating another round of readings and music with the likes of John Minichillo and Tommy Womack!  Put it on your calendars and I hope to see you all next Tuesday, if not before at most of the above.

As you were, busy but happy,
much love,
chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com
www.nashvillesheart.com


No Rest for Nashville

Wow!  Just when you think nothing is going on around town after the storms have cleared, yet again Nashville’s creative hub strikes back with a vengeance and great fury of fun.  See below.

Today, at 6pm, at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, Nashville Food Bloggers invite you to Dinner and a Movie to Fight Hunger: A screening of “A Place at the Table” and Food Advocacy Fair hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, The Tennessean, Delvin Farms, and Tech Works.  The documentary is a film by the people who brough you “Food, Inc.”  It follows 3 families struggling with food insecurity to show how hunger poses serious economic, social, and cultural implications.  After the show, the fair will teach everyone ways to get involved with the fight against hunger locally with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Community Food Advocates, the Society of St. Andrew, The Cookery, Hands on Nashville Urban Farm, The Nashville Food Project, The Nashville Mobile Market, Martha O’Bryan Center and Nashville Grown.  Find out more about the event at http://www.givingtable.org/food-bloggers-against-hunger.  A wonderful dinner will be provided too. You can purchase your $12 ticket today to hold your spot here- http://fighthunger.eventbrite.com/.

Then, on Wednesday, Co. H is excited to host a talk from Nashville-based artist Chris Roberson at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film.  In room 804, at 9:10pm, kick off the 1st of the month with Roberson and his show “Work & Play.”  We all do both, and it will be nice to hear from the artist about how he does the same at such a high level.

Thursday, May 2nd, you can stay in town or out.  If you want to drive to Clarksville for their First Thursday Art Walk for May, there will be an opening reception from 5-8pm at the Framemaker of photographer and heck of a nice woman in Melanie Davis.  The show will be on display the entire month of May, but this will be another chance to chat it up with the artist.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  If you stay in town,  you should, without a doubt, get a glimpse at some future East Side Storytellin’ alumni in Allen Thompson and Don Gallardo respectively.  Both will be playing alongside The Craig Jackson Band at 9pm at Soulshine Pizze Factory  (1907 Division Street).  Don Gallardo will be the featured musical guest for East Side Storytellin’ at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. on May 7th at 7pm (mark it now!).

Friday begins the epic first weekend of the month art crawl and opening receptions.  This Friday, from 4-6pm, at Ensworth High School, Audry Deal-McEver, Susan Harlan, Julie Keller, and Stephen Zerne will be showcasing new work at the Ensworth Theater Gallery.  The works will include and be inspired by local landscapes and plant life.  It will be called “Indigenous: 2013 Spring Art Exhibit.”

Not to be overshadowed, Watkins’ seniors sour “Up, Up and Away” in the multi-disciplinary showcase from 5-8pm at the Tennessee Art League by the same name as quoted.  BA degree candidates Jordan Bickimer, Kellie Bornhoft, Ann Catherine Carter, Kristin Fowler, Rachel Growden, and Pam Jolly Haile, will be featured.  The show begins on Friday, but is also a part of the downtown First Saturday Art Crawl on the 4th the following night.  The Arts Company and Nashville Fashion Week Executive Committee invite YOU to a preview reception and NashvilleFashion Week 2013 Wrap Party presenting Norman Lerner and showcasing his vintage fashion photography from the 1950’s-70’s in NYC, and also Deb Burton Calagna & Laura Camien showcasing their newest LollyDee Collection based on vintage clothing and jewelry inspired by Mr. Lerner’s photographs, from 5:30-7:30, upstairs at The Arts Company.  Space is limited and FREE, but RSVP at art@theartscompany.com no later than May 2nd.

As Saturday, the 4th, begins, you will have your pick of many events to attend.  Sticking close to The Arts Company, downstairs they will have “Personal Geometries: Painting & Sculptures: A Visual Journey by Brad Wreyford.”  From 6-9pm, like the rest of the crawl, you will be entertained.  OPEN Gallery will be presenting the Nashville premiere of works by Caroline Wells Chandler.  The setting for this show is The Arcade, the title is inspired by William Blake’s poem “Auguries of Innocence,” and Chandler’s work uses crafts to build a complex web of symbols, signage, and relationships in between.   Again, you will be entertained.  Basically, if you find yourself downtown at the art crawl this Saturday at all, anywhere you go, you will be entertained.

On Sunday, a day of rest with your friends and family, you may want to scoot on over to 708 Fatherland Street in East Nashville to buy something for your mama.  Marla Faith and Nila Frederiksen, from 2-4pm, are selling hundreds of works for just the occasion.  They will have tons of works in all sorts of mediums, all price ranges, all styles, and all subjects.  You can see more at marlafaith.com, but know that if you go to any of the above … you will be entertained.

I hope you have a lovely day and week ahead.  If anything else, be nice to one another.

As you were, busy but happy,

much love,

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.nashvillesheart.com


Snow, Rain, Spring, and Everything in Between

Hello and hi ya!

After a rainy, get together with your friends, new and old, kinda weekend, lucky for us we have more opportunities this weekend to get up, get out, and do somethings.  Lucky for us, most of it will come to you if you just let go and let it happen.

If you are anything like me, you might take a moment or two at the beginning of this week to gear up properly for those things to come.  You have ample amount of time to do so the first few days until Thursday pops itself out and smacks you in the face in a good way.  On Thursday, March 28th, this is the first day of the rest of the days this week to pick your lovely, creative poison.  Over at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film, at 6pm, another round of artist talks and presentations will go down as part of their annual program that welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators, and critics to the campus and the community.  This time, this Tuesday, social practice artist Harrell Fletcher, will have a reception for his work at 6pm, and then he will discuss his unconventional approach to art making at 6:30pm in the Watkins Theater.  The event is FREE to attend and the everyone is invited.  You can find more about the artist and the art series at www.watkins.edu/visitingartistsseries.

Also on Thursday, also at 6pm, over at Cotten Music (434 Houston Street, Suite 131) Zeitgeist and AIA Middle Tennessee presents another round their series called Indeterminacies.  This is the first installment of the Sprint 2013 Indeterminacies program and it will feature the Nashville-based composer and musician Todd Lombardo.  The moderator will be musician, educator, and critical thinker in that of Josh McGuire.  McGuire is a Senior Lecturer in Aural Skills at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and Lombardo is currently playing acoustic guitar for Dobro legend Jerry Douglas and bassist Viktor Krauss.  This event is also FREE and open to the public.

Then on Friday, March 29th, at 8pm, you might want to get on over for some great music to 318 Elberta Street.  Elberta Presents: Charlie Whitten, Erin Rae, Glassfields, and The Rough and Tumble.  It is a jam-packed line-up with tons of heart and wonderful sounds.  I want to give a quick plug here for The Rough & Tumble (www.theroughandtumble.com) because they will be the featured musicians on the next East Side Storytellin’ on the following Tuesday, April 2nd, at 7pm sharp at Fat Bottom Brewing Co (900 Main Street).  I’m just saying, you should be at both events in this paragraph for sure.  For more details on the Elberta Presents, check out www.facebook.com/events/387761267987743/.

Saturday, March 30th, is bringing sunshine and good times to the table (not sure about the sunshine yet but for sure on the good times).  Located at 1820 21st Avenue South, from 9am-6pm, you will find the EraBellum Spring Pop-up Market for your enjoyment.  This pop-up market in Hillsboro Village is a natural extension of Nashville’s newest artisan co-op.  It will be filled with cool, local handmade and handpicked goods.  There will be handcrafted jewelry, apothecaries, art, woodturned bowls and gifts, purses, paintings, ceramics, greeting cards, vintage clothing, home accessories, and much more!

And, once you’ve had your fill of Hillsboro Village and the market, you can venture back to the East Side for the rest of the night.  One major happening that you shouldn’t miss is “Afghanistan Through the Eyes of a Soldier”: a collection of photographs and video by Duran Bunch at Bryant Gallery.  Bunch, a former high fashion model from Nashville, shows some epic work from his recent tour as a US soldier.  Bunch has gone from Nashville, to the major runways of high fashion around the world, into the frontline of the Afghanistan turmoil, and is back in town to help spark conversation through art.  The Bryant Gallery (1113 Woodland Street) is always committed to showcasing local artists, unique viewpoints, and unexpected avenues of art and express.  One great note about this show is that proceeds from sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project … great art for great causes!

Aside from said shows and events above, there is always more to visit and see around town right now.  Spring time is here and ready for everyone to get up, get out, and do everything!  Don’t let the rain, cold winds, or pollen count keep you down.  I hope to see you around.  I’ll be at East Side Story if you want to come say hello in person.

Enjoy your day and be nice to one another.

much love,

chUck

www.eastsidestorytn.com

www.nashvillesheart.com


Books and more!

Well, after a stellar day at Watkins this past Saturday for their spectacular Handmade & Bound Festival (saw one of my most favoritest teachers I’ve ever had that I haven’t seen in nearly a decade out of the blue that totally made my good day even better), the book fun for all you book lovers around Nashville doesn’t have an end in sight!  This weekend will be filled with activities galore surrounding the 24th annual Southern Festival of Books at the War Memorial Plaza.  From October 12-14th, you can visit downtown Nashville and bombard yourself with over 200 authors offering readings, discussions, and book signings.  Basically, you can get your paper fix downtown and then drop by East Side Story on your way back home to let us know how much fun you had, who you saw in person, and what you bought.  We like to hear your stories too.

Now back to the art scene of course.  I’d like to set aside a paragraph to mention that my good friend and neighbor in The Idea Hatchery, John Cannon, is having his official Grand Opening during the always fun Second Saturday at Five Points.  Amidst the already amazing shows going on at Bryant Gallery (Gary White), Art & Invention, and Winters on Wonderland, at the heart of all of the creative madness you will find John Cannon Fine Art at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit C- right behind me in B!  Saturday, October 13th, from 6-9:30pm, you can stop in to enjoy some wine and hors d’oeuvres and register to win a painting.  John will be donating a portion of day-of-event proceeds to Frankie’s Friends, a nonprofit that involves emergency and specialty care for pets with cancers and other diseases.  Not only can this guy paint out of this world and have a ton of amazing works already finished and for sale on the spot for you to take home with you, but this guy’s got a heart bigger than the space he runs.  You can check out more information at http://www.johncannonart.com and just drop by his party and space during open hours.

To backtrack one second and let you know about fun things going on before Saturday with music and art for FREE, look no further than LIVE ON THE GREEN on Thursday night and the fabulous pictures by Nashville-based photographer Caroline Allison found at Zeitgeist (1819 21st Avenue South in Hillsboro Village) on Friday.  First, on Thursday, you need to dive into the October holiday season head over heels and find yourself enjoying the local, legendary musical act of Here Comes The Mummies headlining Live on the Green at around 8pm.  It is just great fun for the family and kids of all ages.  Then, on Friday over at Zeitgeist, you can enjoy the new photos by Caroline Allison.  Her latest work, called “More Than You Know”, speak to themes of miscommunication and rewritten histories.  Allison, a graduate of Sewanee, is currently a faculty member at Watkins College of Art, Film, and Design … talk about full circle here with this blog post, right?  Oh well, both events will be a good time.

And speaking of a great big deal of fun that goes behind making history and keeping it in the neighborhood, you should definitely come out in drones to the Shelby Park Centennial Celebration.  Saturday, from 10am-5pm, this FREE event will observe the rich history, nature, and beauty of the park.  Activities are being developed by a team of community volunteers donating their time and resources and dedicated to creating a day full of merriment and celebration in one of Nashville’s oldest parks.  There will be art and live performances to entertain a diverse audience … that means YOU!

So that is your week and weekend in a nutshell.  I hope that is enough to keep you busy and happy, but mainly happy.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and please share with other friends on and off Facebook.  If anythings else, stop by East Side Story for movie night in our front yard this Friday night and hang out for a bit.  We’ve got local books y’all!

much love,

chUck

http://www.nashvillesheart.com

http://www.eastsidestorytn.com

 

ps- also Friday, check this out just in below!!!!!!  BIG NEWS!!!!!!

Join Mayor Karl Dean (aka The HOLY GHOST because he is EVERYWHERE!) for a groundbreaking celebration for the 5th Avenue of the Arts District.   11:00 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2012 on the Plaza of Fifth Third Bank  at Church and 5th Avenue, North

Fifth Third Bank will host “Fifth Third Friday” with activities including the Nashville in Harmony chorus and Puckett’s Food Trolley. Prize giveaways and Hatch Show Print will be on hand crafting commemorative Artober posters!

After remarks, Mayor Dean will lead a gallery walk along 5th Avenue, including The Arts Company, Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary. The walk will feature free cupcakes from the Cupcake Collection, gallery tours and free passes to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

A NASHVILLE HISTORIC OCCASION NOT TO BE MISSED

All of the galleries on 5th and in the Arcade, plus the other businesses on 5th Avenue, North, are ecstatic about these changes–soon to be new street lights, new sidewalks, outdoor dining, and even a piece of sculpture being commissioned by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission as a public sculpture commorating the sit-ins that took place in this  block in the 1960s.  It’s all a part of Nashville changes going on all around the city.

Come be a part of it.  It’s all a part of the city’s Artober celebration of the arts.


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


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!
Salud,
Chuck Beard