Ground Floor Gallery’s New Digs

Next month, Ground Floor Gallery + Studios will reopen at 942 4th Ave. South. From the press release:

Announcing Ground Floor Gallery’s Grand Reopening featuring “Utopia: Can it Stay Dream” in the gallery’s new home located at 942 4th Avenue South in Nashville. The show opening and artist talk with the Culture Laboratory Collective and members of the international group–Brian JobeRyder Richards and Ian F. Thomas will coincide with the monthly Arts & Music @Wedgewood/Houston Saturday July 5th from 7- 10pm.  

For the past two years Ground Floor Gallery + Studios has been located in the old Mays’ hosiery mill on Chestnut Avenue. The charm of the gallery’s former space with its original windows and hardwood floors, that feature yellow stripes from the mill’s operating days ran across the floor of the gallery, will be greatly missed by the artists of the Ground Floor. Having said that, the new, larger space with heating and air conditioning will be welcomed as summer comes to Nashville. 

As she was packing up her studio to move, Janet Decker Yanez, artist and director of GfG+S stated, “I am so excited about our new space on 4th Ave S. which will allow for year round studio production, more gallery programming and special events. We’ll miss the other artists in the building but the spirit of the Chestnut will forever give us a certain strength knowing that it is our old stompin’ ground!”

Ground Floor features the open studios of Janet Decker Yanez, Mandy Brown, Heidi Martin Kuster, and Anne Daigh. I love visiting Ground Floor because their work is as different as their personalities. Martin Kuster‘s geological impressions are as elemental as her down to earth personality. Mandy Brown‘s crowd paintings show the same openness and dynamism you’ll find in a conversation with the artist. Janet Decker Yanez‘s work is intense and personal—sometimes playful, sometimes dark—and always distinctive.

The artists present a not-to-be-missed opening show,  Utopia: Can it Stay Dream? by Culture Laboratory Collective. The Collective offers reflections on Utopia, where “there remains a dream of the perfect place or person, a possible nostalgic future designed outside of cynicism with intellectual optimism.” 

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Robert H. Goddard, The Ultimate Migration, 1918. Showing at Ground Floor Gallery + Studio, July 5th, 2014.

Decker Yanez bills the new studio as a perfect stop between the art crawls downtown and in We-Ho. Regardless of where you’ll be Saturday, July 5th, do not miss this!

 

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