GJCC Art Galleries, Now-April 30th, 2016

by Ara Vito

April 5-9 brings the highly-anticipated Nashville Fashion Week, an event that celebrates all aspects and varieties of fashion and art in the community. Many photographers, designers, and sketch artists have been inspired by the world of fashion, and the current exhibit at the Gordon Jewish Community Center Galleries features some of the best examples of this inspiration. Several Nashville-based artists and others from out-of-state have lent their talents to this creative endeavor.


Gowns by Mary Hawkins and Lee Ann Hawkins

Included in the exhibit are exquisitely-crafted paper dresses by Lee Ann Hawkins, wire work by Lee Ann’s daughter, Mary Hawkins, paintings by Michelle Trachtman and Brian Nash, and photography by Keron Psillas. Fashion-inspired sculptures by John Petrey will be added to the collection several days after the opening.

Carrie Mills, "Dreaming," mixed media

Lee Ann Hawkins dress with bow

Gowns by Lee Ann Hawkins

Also featured will be a new series by Carrie Mills, who has created mixed media works by elegantly combining fashion illustrations with photographs and other images. Mills, the curator of the show and resident curator for the GJCC Art Galleries, is a Brooklyn native whose professional design credits of work, inspired by a combined love of architecture and beauty as well as a fascination with the local fashion scene, happened to coincide perfectly with Nashville Fashion Week.

Fashion.Architecture. Art Series (1)

Carrie Mills, Mixed Media

“I have been wanting to pay homage to the growing fashion scene in Nashville and I thought, what better way than to curate a group showing of ‘Fashion as Art?’” says Mills. “Having lived in Nashville almost 24 years now, I am truly excited to watch the Fashion landscape of Nashville evolve and find its’ place in the global village. Curating this show is my way of honoring all that I am with all that is!”

Carrie Mills, "Dreaming," Mixed Media

Carrie Mills, “Dreaming,” Mixed Media

Carrie Mills, "City Lights," Mixed Media

Carrie Mills, “City Lights,” Mixed Media

This labor of love has been two years in the making, and is sure to interest anyone who enjoys all forms of fashion and art. The exhibit is currently on display and will be complete with Petrey’s added pieces by April 12th. It will be available to view through April 30th with an open reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, April 13th from 6:30 – 8:45 pm; the community of Nashville is invited to celebrate the show—and, coincidentally, Carrie Mills’ birthday—with an evening of food, music, and art appreciation. The Gordon Jewish Community Center Galleries are located 801 Percy Warner Blvd. Nashville, TN. For more information about the galleries and exhibit, visit www.nashvillejcc.org.





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