Two top tier events are happening Thursday on 4th Ave! First, Ground Floor Gallery and Studios hosts an opening for “ReFreshed,” an exhibition of A.I.R. artists from New York City and beyond. A.I.R. Gallery (standing for Artists in Residence) was the first nonprofit, artist-directed and maintained, all women art gallery in the U.S. It opened in 1972, when New York City’s art scene was becoming more market driven, and galleries were still predominantly showing male artists. Women artists required a space and voice, and A.I.R. was born. Today, its membership includes artists around the country, and 33 of them will be showing work at 942 Fourth Ave. Ground Floor always makes for a fun visit because its six artists keep open studios. They consistently have the best snacks, and Thursday will be no different: beer and grub from Czanne’s. 5 – 8 p.m.
Then, head over to Platetone Printmaking, Paper and Book Arts. Founded by Lesley Patterson-Marx and her students in 2004, Platetone is a community art space in — you guessed it! — printmaking, paper, and book arts. On the first Thursday of each month, they host an open studio with hands-on creativity. Thursday, Platetone members Loreal Barker-Brown and Carrie Cox will be teaching visitors about indigo and dying paper and fabric. If you choose to join them, you’ll take home a tiny booklet and a pouch to put it in that you dye yourself.
Nashville is enjoying the high tide of a legit printmaking movement, and Platetone is part of the reason why. I always try to attend their first Thursdays and, although first a bit shyly, take part in their free workshops. What I like most about Platetone is that the members are welcoming and make their creative work so accessible. They have a spirit of community and curiosity that makes the center buzz. And as a studio, it’s pretty cool. They’ve got etching presses, large workspaces, printing presses old and new, and even some wood shop tools. They’re always open to new members, so if you’re in need to studio space, equipment, and a really swell artistic community, remember to thank me later.
Platetone is located at 535 4th Ave. There is parking in back. Event is 6-9 p.m.
Did I mention there’s snacks?