December 2016

Cumberland Gallery Hosts Local Fare to Benefit Nashville Food Project

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Barry Buxkamper, Amour, 2016, Watercolor on paper on panel sealed with beeswax, 14” x 12”

Nashville may well be the hippest “It” city in America, but that doesn’t mean everyone who lives here is doing OK. According to the Nashville Food Project, a charitable group that helps feed the hungry, one in five people in Nashville lacks access to enough food to support a healthy lifestyle. Frustratingly, nearly 40 percent of all food in the city gets wasted.

This month, Cumberland Gallery is joining forces with the Nashville Food Project to address this problem. To celebrate the season, Cumberland Gallery is presenting Local Fare, a group exhibition and community event featuring the gallery’s unique roster of artists and invited artists from the greater Nashville area.

Carol Stein, Cumberland’s director, says she learned of the Nashville Food Project from her husband, one of the charity’s biggest boosters. After investigating the charity for herself, she came away deeply impressed with its volunteer spirit.

“The volunteers at the Nashville Food Project come from everywhere,” says Stein. “They have doctors, lawyers, nurses, accountants, and people from all walks of life preparing the food, and the meals they cook are exceptionally good and healthy.”

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Bob Durham, Orange and Chocolate, 2016, Oil on linen, 12” x 24”

Many of Cumberland Gallery’s top artists have agreed to create new works to benefit the charity. Artists participating in Local Fare include Kell Black, Amanda Brown, Susan Bryant, Barry Buxkamper, Jeff Danley, Robert Durham, James Gibson, Don Gilbert, Warren Greene, Red Grooms, Johan Hagaman, John Henry, Bill Killebrew, Ray Kleinlein, Marilyn Murphy, Billy Renkl, Andrew Saftel, Greg Sand, Max Shuster, John Wilkison, and Terry Williams.

A percentage of the sales from the exhibition will go directly to the Nashville Food Project, says Stein. The gallery will also accept donations on behalf of the project. This exhibition will open Saturday, December 3, and run through January 14.

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Ray Kleinlein, Orange and Purple (Two Cointreau Bottles), 2015, Oil on canvas, 20” x 24”

Sponsored by Yazoo Brewing Company and Lipman Brothers, Inc., an opening reception will be held on the evening of Saturday, December 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cumberland Gallery. Hors d’oeuvres will be generously prepared by volunteers of the Nashville Food Project. Many of the exhibition’s artists will be at the reception.

For more information, visit www.thenashvillefoodproject.org and www.cumberlandgallery.com.

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