November 2017

John Cannon, Lemon, Oil on canvas, 12” x 9”

On November 11, York & Friends Fine Art in Belle Meade will hold its annual holiday open house, a yearly celebration for one of Nashville’s preeminent galleries with a focus on featured artists.

This year’s event will take place all day, host a jewelry trunk show, and introduce visitors to six local and regional artists.

“As always, we hope to introduce our gallery to new faces as well as remind our regular clientele of the wonderful selection of artists we offer,” says Ron York, who has been in the gallery business for more than 25 years, six of them with his latest gallery. “Although we change out our featured artists on a monthly basis, we’ve realized customers can become overwhelmed with reception invitations . . . The holiday open house is a great way to kick off the gift-buying season.”

Though York stopped offering jewelry some time ago, he decided to feature a one-day trunk show last spring and, following its success, will do so again for this open house. The jewelry has been made by Nancy Scofield- Germyn, who lives in China part-time and purchases her material through pearl markets there.

One of the featured visual artists, Nashville native Polly Cook, has been working with York for more than 20 years, introduced to him by Tennessee’s poet laureate Margaret Britton Vaughn. Through paintings and ceramic representations reminiscent of Modigliani, Cook captures pivotal moments of romance.

Polly Cook, Train to Paris, Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 24”

“In a town where artists’ styles seem to overlap often, Polly has remained unique and true to herself,” explains York. “I have not seen anyone with a similar painting style or who can match her pottery pieces.”

The open house will feature over 25 paintings and ceramics by Cook. York anticipates that visitors to the gallery will be able to sense Cook’s feelings as she created the work they see.

“I think of Polly’s work as emotional,” he says. “In my first years of representing her, I would find her work would often reflect her relationships. Colors would be bright and happy when in love and then dark and moody when a relationship came to an end. Titles are often a line from poetry and there are hidden meanings in many of the works if you look closely.”

Attendees of the open house are sure to discover much that they did not know before, whether that be new artists or the layered mysteries within the works themselves.

York & Friends Fine Art, 107 Harding Place, will feature its holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 11. For more information, please visit www.yorkandfriends.com.

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