October 2017

The Clay Lady’s Campus–October 14

On October 14, an annual evening that connects artists and patrons in a unique way will return when the sixth annual ARTable is held at The Clay Lady’s Campus.

The interactive event brings a roster of dynamic, local artists together with art enthusiasts who have the opportunity to watch and ask questions about how they turn raw materials into unforgettable pieces.

Randy L Purcell, Bee Wing #5, 2017, Ink transfer on beeswax, 6” x 12”

“This event gives the guests an opportunity to ask the artist questions about their creative process while the process is being demonstrated,” explains Matt Fischer, the founder of ARTable and owner of one of its sponsors, Picture This Creative Framing. “I am not aware of another local event that is as focused on the artist’s creative process as ARTable.”

This year will bring attendees in touch with Phil Ponder, Randy Purcell, and Larry and Tracey Rogers.

“All of the selected artists for ARTable were chosen in part because of their interesting processes that are a perfect fit for this type of event,” says Fischer. “An interesting process will create an informative dialogue between the guest and artist about the process of creating art in different mediums.”

Ponder is best known for his prints of skylines and historic buildings. He will demonstrate his watercolor technique as he creates a new skyline portrayal of Nashville for attendees.

“Phil’s attention to detail and the fact that he literally counts the bricks to accurately reproduce the buildings he paints is not only awe-inspiring, but a great start to a wonderful conversation about his unique creative process,” Fischer says.

Purcell, a mixed-media artist, will be transferring ink onto beeswax, creating a mosaic-like effect for his piece.

“Randy has taken the encaustic technique to a new level that is totally his own,” explains Fischer. “What he uses for the color in his paintings is amazing to watch and always creates a ‘wow’ moment when the image is finally revealed.”

Phil Ponder, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, 2016, Pen and ink and watercolor, part of a larger piece called Broadway, 26” x 8”

The Rogerses will demonstrate different firing techniques to create unique pottery.

“Larry and Tracey are showmen in demonstrating their creative firing processes,” says Fischer. “The transformation of each piece from beginning to end is unexpected and beautiful.”

In addition to sessions with the chosen artists, the event will feature a menu from local restaurants, seasonal beer and wine, and dessert. All proceeds from ticket sales and the event’s live auction will go to Leadership Donelson-Hermitage, which provides participants with leadership training and skill development.

ARTable will be held on October 14 with a preview party starting at 4:30 p.m. and the main event held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Clay Lady’s Campus, 1416 Lebanon Pike. For more information, please visit www.leadershipdh.org/ artable.

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