Franklin Art Scene
Friday, June 1, from 6 until 9 p.m.
Experience historic downtown Franklin and see a variety of art during the Franklin Art Scene. Gallery 202 is featuring artist Vicki Sawyer and will have over fifty of her smaller works in the show. Sawyer says this show is a celebration of ten years of painting from the inspiration “If Birds Can Build Nests, Then They Can Make Hats.” Parks on Main is presenting oil paintings by John Cowden, whose collection includes portraits, Nashville landmarks, famous athletes, musicians, and serene seascapes. At Imaginebox Emporium see paintings by Cory Basil as well as sculpture and prints. Outdoor Classic Structures is showcasing wood carver/mixed- media artist Essence DeVonne whose subject matters and mediums range from hand-carved pop art cartoons and musicians, to mixed-media butterflies and abstract paintings. Twine Graphics is exhibiting new work by Ryan Rado, which focuses on details of contrast and texture. Enjoy art by Mary Jo Graham at The Cellar. Finnleys is displaying paintings by Megan Matthews. Franklin First United Methodist Church is hosting Mary Ann McGinley, whose art is a combination of her love of maps, flowers, and patterns through the use of printmaking and oil paring on wood. Photography by Jen Vogus is also being shown at the church. Photographs by Jen Vogus’s special education students from Centennial High School Transition II are on view as well. Their exhibit, Able Voices: Sharing Who We Are Through Our Photographs, displays images of the people, places, and things that are most important to them. For more information and the trolley schedule, visit www.downtownfranklintn.com/the-franklin-art-scene.
First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown
Saturday, June 2, from 6 until 9 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of art under the lights on 5th Avenue. The Arts Company is holding an opening reception for Contemporary Visionaries: A Modern Approach to Outsider Art, a collection of paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works by artists Butch Anthony, Amy Lansburg, Charlie Lucas, Justin Robinson, and married artist team Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber Olds (see page 47). Tinney Contemporary is unveiling James Perrin’s solo exhibition Heterogeneity, a new collection of large-scale paintings (see page 34). The Browsing Room Gallery is presenting Artists at Work: Resident Artists of the Downtown Presbyterian Church, an exhibition of work by DPC artists Tom Veirs, Cary Gibson, Megan Lightell, Lauryn Peacock,
Hans Schmitt-Matzen, Sarah Shearer, and Richard Feaster.
In the historic Arcade, artist Mike Martino is showing new series of screen prints including the screens and materials to make these prints at Blue Fig Gallery.
Mary Hong Gallery is exhibiting works by illustrator and artist Guy Gilchrist, known for his work on comic strips such as “Nancy” and Jim Henson’s “Muppets.” A variety of mediums including hand-inked comic strip panels, hand-painted stringed instruments, pen-and-ink drawings, and rare cartoon memorabilia will be included.
Hatch Show Print’s The Haley Gallery is opening Sonnenzimmer’s Shape Song, the collective work of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. For parking and trolley information, visit www.nashvilledowntown.com/ play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
Uptown Crossing Parking Garage
The corner of West End and 21st Avenues
On your way from the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown to Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston, stop by Uptown Crossing Parking Garage where Brian Tull is painting three large-scale murals. Tull’s painting-turned- mural, The Highway Has Always Been Your Lover, is complete and will remain on view permanently. The murals vary in size, with the largest being around 50’ long by 11’ tall, and the compositions of all feature cars in various landscapes.
Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston
Saturday, June 2, from 6 until 9 p.m.
From Hagan to Houston to Chestnut and beyond, Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston offers a broad range of artistic experience. abrasiveMedia is opening Eyes Up, Nickels Down, a collection of installations by Brian Somerville. Somerville sculpts beasts; layered with humor and personal symbolism, his creatures explore human relationships and the beast within us all. Julia Martin Gallery is unveiling their annual group exhibition, BEVY, including work by local and international artists Andrew Weir, Beizar Aradini, Bill Miller, R. Ellis Orrall, John Paul Kesling, Keavy Murphree, Megan Watkins, Rachel Wayne, Sharan Ranshi, and Tara Walters. David Lusk Gallery kicks off the summer with Vestige, a guest-curated photography exhibition by Sam Easley and Jason Owen featuring work by Caroline Alison, Coriana Close, Kevin Cooley, John Duckworth, William Eggleston, Catherine Erb, Huger Foote, Kristi Hargrove, Shannon Randol, Kathleen Robbins, Jack Spencer, Jeane Umbreit, and William Wegman. CONVERGE is hosting a closing reception for Potential of Clay: Old School Farm Pottery, which showcases the clay work of Old School Farm Pottery, as well as personal work from Founder Julia Whitney Brown, Pottery Teacher and Coordinator Rebecca Blevins, and Studio Assistant Jo Mechan (see page 82). The Gallery at Fort Houston is presenting their Annual Summer Showcase, which will serve as a preview to new work, as well as a retrospective of the first half of 2018. Over 20 visual artists and craftsmen will be exhibited. Zeitgeist is featuring two shows: Public Performance by Simon Roberts brings together works from the photographer’s two series The Last Moment and Sight Sacralization: (Re)framing Switzerland (see page 60). Still We Move by Jered Sprecher is an exhibition of large-format paintings guided by the artist’s urge to form a delicate balance between instability and stability. At Channel To Channel enjoy founder Dustin Hedrick’s exhibit Cobwebs & Catacombs (see page 88). For more information, visit www.artsmusicweho.wordpress.com.
East Side Art Stumble
Saturday, June 9, from 6 until 10 p.m.
Take a drive down Gallatin Pike to Red Arrow Gallery for the opening of two solo exhibitions by three artists. Print-making collaborators Lauren Kinney and Patrick Vincent are presenting large-scale woodcut prints on Japanese paper titled We the Beast. Ohio native Nick Stull is showing All the Water We Have Is All the Water We Ever Had, a series of portrait and figurative-based paintings. Southern Grist Brewery is displaying loosely realistic acrylic paintings of Nashville Predators players by Rodan. For updates on the East Side Art Stumble, visit www.facebook.com/eastsideartstumble.
Smyrna Art Crawl
Saturday, June 9, from 5 until 9 p.m.
Part of the Depot District Arts Fest, a month-long celebration of the arts, the Art Crawl features works from local artists displayed in the Historic Train Depot, Smyrna Assembly Hall, and the Carpe Artista Training Center. For more details, visit www.depotdistrictartsfest.com.
Germantown Art Crawl
Saturday, June 16, from 6 until 9 p.m.
Tour the non-traditional art spaces of Germantown to see an array of artworks by a variety of artists. As you make your way through the neighborhood, stop at these key art spots: 100 Taylor Arts Collective, Abednego, Wilder, Bits & Pieces, Bearded Iris Brewing, and Alexis & Bolt. For updates and more information, visit www.facebook.com/germantownartcrawl.
Jefferson Street Art Crawl
Saturday, June 23, from 6 until 9 p.m.
Celebrating their two-year anniversary this month, the Jefferson Street Art Crawl offers a unique and inspiring artistic experience. The Garden Brunch Cafe is featuring selected works by local artists, including Joseph Love, Sheree Greider and Kyro Wolf. The visual artwork is a Celebration of Black Music Month with the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival and PacFest Nashville. Thaxton Waters is bringing back Art History Class with Sitting at the Welcome Table (Post-War Cooking). The history lesson will celebrate black culinary traditions while examining social and economic influences on black health. Viktor Le, a Nashville-based chef and artist, will prepare tastings inspired by the history lesson. The event is hosted by the Susie Brannon McJimpsey Center. Cultural Visions is highlighting Detroit artist LaShun Beal, who works across mediums inviting viewers to join his spiritual journey to create without limits. Woodcuts Gallery and Framing is exhibiting two- and three-dimensional works from Colombia-born and longtime Nashville resident Jairo Prado. One Drop Ink is showing abstract works on feminism and beauty—both inside and out—by Veronica Leto. One Drop will also be hosting Southern Word’s open mic cypher during the art crawl. Please stay updated and view the map at Facebook.com/JSACTN.