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Button Art Show Tonight

Button Art ShowSomething different for art seekers tonight: a couple dozen local artists will be showing (and selling!) artwork that is confined to the space of a button. Artists of diverse media will show their stuff in Button Art Show. Expect photographers, painters, designers, graffiti artists, illustrators, flower pressers, dead bug enthusiasts, and more. Organized by Helen Gilley, the work looks to be fun, irreverent, and punk. Artists include Jessi Zazu Darlin of Those Darlins, Stephen Watkins, and Logan Zane Hunt, who just the other day, according to his Facebook timeline, offered free coffee to all after Bongo Java confronted him about letting homeless folks hang on his porch. (Really Bongo? That’s fucked up.)

What? Button Art Show

When? Tonight, Saturday September 26, 8-10 pm

Where? 1223 Battlefield Dr. Nashville, TN

Bring cash to buy buttons.

4th Avenue Thursday!

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.

"Jewel Cave from Another Planet." Sally Resnik Rockriver. The artist will be showing work at "ReFreshed."

“Jewel Cave from Another Planet” by Sally Resnik Rockriver. The artist will be showing work at “ReFreshed.”

"DIY Juche: Abacus for Political Prison Camp (200,000 Prisoners)" by Julia Kim Smith. The artist will be showing at "ReFreshed."

“DIY Juche: Abacus for Political Prison Camp (200,000 Prisoners)” by Julia Kim Smith. The artist will be showing at “ReFreshed.”

"The Book of Neglects" by Patty Smith. The artist will be showing in "ReFreshed."

“The Book of Neglects” by Patty Smith. The artist will be showing in “ReFreshed.”

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.

Platetone hosts an indigo dying workshop Thursday at 6 p.m.

Platetone hosts an indigo dying workshop Thursday at 6 p.m. Photo from Platetone.

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?

Shop Local: Nashville Farmers’ Market

New Yorkers pining for the Union Square Green Market, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, or the Park Slope Farmer’s Market will find solace in Nashville’s Farmers’ Market. Open seven days a week, Nashvillians can find everything from local honey to an assortment of succulents. Plus lunch! The market includes an enclosed food court, featuring Indian, Jamaican, Mexican, and Southern cuisine.

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Shoppers can root through bins of veggies to their hearts’ content. The strawberries are especially sweet right now, and at $4 a quart, take a few! Check out this handy seasonality calendar to know what’s good.  (May is all about the greens.)

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On the north end, Gardens of Babylon supplies the herbs for your window box garden and then some, with funky lawn furniture and these crazy stone faces as well.

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At the south end, check out the flea market on Fridays and Saturdays for bargain socks, hand blended soaps, and African fabrics.

Third Friday of every month you can do it all at the Night Market with music and booze.

My boyfriend and I were approached by a camera crew and asked to sign a little girl’s gigantic card for her mom. It’ll be on Kid President, the adorable web special that’s all about doing good, so look for us! Happy marketing!

Weekend: Prepare to be rocketed into the fourth dimension of craftiness. 

This weekend, Tennessee’s craft men and craft women will convene for what looks to be an all out celebration of things crafty.  Two hundred vendors will set up shop in Centennial Park for three days. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, watch artisans practice their trade, and hit the food trucks. This is my kind of weekend!

Friday and Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5.