Two Weekends of Art Crawling in July

This month, a tiny dream of mine is coming true: Nashville’s Downtown art crawl and its Wedgewood-Houston sister will happen on different weekends! Downtown kicks off tomorrow, Friday July 3 at 6:00. Make sure you hit COOP Gallery’s exchange exhibition with the New Orleans collective Staple Goods. The press release says that the collective functions out of what used to be a grocery store in the St. Claude Arts District, which shows how much the city has changed since I lived in there in 2005. (Arts district you say? Do tell!) I love COOP’s exchanges with other cities (you can read Laura Hutson’s article about its Nashville artists exhibiting in Brooklyn here), and I’m thrilled have some NOLA blood in the Arcade this month.

Earlier this week, I posted an interview with Briena Harmening, a textile artist and painter from right here in Tennessee. Harmening has a solo show at Blend called “I Bet You Think This Show Is About You,” and it will feature many of her crocheted paintings and sculptures. Also in the Arcade, Earbellum will have a group show including work from Ben Griffith. Ben brought us Tiny Galleries, which by the way is a great thing to do when you’re downtown (hint hint.) I was lucky to do a segment on WPLN about Ben, and working with him was tons of fun. He makes me happy.

The Arts Company opens Americana, an exhibition of LIFE Magazine photographers, including Ed Clark, Loomis Dean, Alfred Eisenstadt, John Loengard, and John Dominis, as well as sketches by artist and illustrator Ernest Hamlin Baker, as well as other gallery faves. WAG will have work from senior Casey Payne. Make sure to make your way over to Hatch Show Prints’ Haley Gallery, which will have monoprints by Master Printer Jim Sherraden. 40AU will have local printmakers Megan Kelley and Lindsy Davis.

Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston will be Saturday July 11, and I’m looking forward to several show openings there.

It would sweet if everyone collectively is like, “It was so wonderful have two weekends of art. We should do it all the time!” (looking over at you, Zeitgeist and Fort Houston. ❤ <3) But I’ll take this month for now.

Bring an umbrella. xoxo

June Art Crawlin’

I’m gonna go ahead and say it: I rarely went to art galleries and shows in New York. Feeling characteristically like I wasn’t good enough (or something), I felt it was worlds away from the cafes in which I brooded and read, brooded and read. No more, not here!  While this may be an unusual sign of maturity in me, I attribute it more to my feeling that Nashville’s art scene is wonderfully unpretentious. I find that people are approachable and excited about what they see and what they’re doing.

If you haven’t made it to Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl yet, this is your chance. Saturday June 7, Nashvillians take to the galleries and warehouses to sample the latest from artists of Nashville and beyond. This month’s art crawl is extra special because it is preceded by the Porter Flea, a huge flea market in the gargantuan Track One at 4th Ave and Chestnut where you’ll find handmade goods and wares. (Also, there will be food trucks!) If you were sad that you missed Kelli Shay Hix’s exhibit at 444 Humphreys, go see her at the flea and buy some of her paper craft.

The Scene’s got the low down on the crawl here. I’ll add that 40AU in the arcade downtown is showing work by Miranda Herrick that looks terrific. Curator Megan Kelley writes, “With roots in the traditions and practices of textile work, Herrick questions the necessity of using pre-packaged ‘artist materials’ when confronted by the inherent creative potential and overabundant availability of what society commonly views as ‘waste.'”

Work by Miranda Herrick. Photo credit: Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Work by Miranda Herrick. Photo credit: Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Herrick will be also be leading a group workshop at Turnip Green Creative Reuse on Monday, June 16th, from 10 to noon, focusing on reclaimed materials as a source of creativity and exploration.

Nashville has two art crawls–one is downtown (6:00 – 9:00); one is inWedgewood-Houston (5:30-9:00), a neighborhood south of downtown (and my home hood!) See you out and about!

Coming soon to NYCnash: Confessions of a Northerner and my travels in East Tennessee.