The first week of July is a time of national celebration, and Nashville’s art community will keep up the festivities through the weekend. Start off with a relaxing summer night at the Franklin Art Scene on July 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Boutique MMM, a women’s shoe store, will transform into an art space with three local painters—Vandy prof Pam Francis, mixed-media artist Victoria Bilyeu, and landscape artist Karen Philpott. Gallery 202 hosts a painting party with resident artists Dana Kahan and Abby Coon, among others.
On Saturday, July 7, begin the evening with an Architecture Tour at the Frist Center at 4:30 p.m. Move downtown for the First Saturday Art Crawl. Highlights include Tinney Contemporary’s The New Real, curated by Sarah Wilson. The show brings six artists to Nashville for a spectacular show (see our full article on page 42). The Rymer Gallery opens Know Place, which features the paintings of Michael Brown. The dream-like paintings feature dark washes and scratched surfaces. The Arts Company unveils a historic selection of works by Thornton Dial and the quilters of Gee’s Bend to parallel the Frist exhibit by the same artists (read Kevin Gordon’s compelling article about the show on page 29).
Zeitgeist Gallery offers its next installation of A Bigger Picture, with Hans Schmitt-Matzen’s Aerial Maneuvers on July 12. Usually, Zeitgeist openings coincide with the Hillsboro Village Art Walk on the first Thursday of each month. This July, though, the Art Walk will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., to ring in the French holiday of Bastille Day. Alliance Francais will be on site, French music will ring from Provence, the Nashville Ballet will perform a flash-mob style spectacle, and art will adorn the retail spaces.
The 14th also offers festivities across the river with Second Saturday at Five Points. Bryant Gallery, closed for the month of July, will open its doors for the night. Enjoy works by Donna Rizzo, Bill Brimm, greenDANIEL, Libby Byler, and Lena Lucas.
On July 19, Nashville welcomes a new addition with the Edgehill Village Art & Music Crawl. The Dahlhauser Gallery joins the Studio and Rockology for a fun night out, with live tunes courtesy of Music City Pickers.