There is “Awesome Art” in August

Last updated on October 3rd, 2014 at 04:53 pm

‘The Enlightenment’ by Milixia Morón photo: Haynes Galleries

‘The Enlightenment’ by Milixia Morón
photo: Haynes Galleries

August in Nashville is a hot time for art lovers, as many of the city’ galleries are hosting special events, premiering new exhibitions, and displaying significant works by established and upcoming artists.

Collectors Night Friday, August 2, begins at the Rymer Gallery at 6 pm with a look at Jeff Green’s exhibition, ‘Unbridled,’ bold abstract works with multiple layers of paint, pencil, and oil pastels on Arches paper. At 6:45 pm, Patricia Bellan-Gillen will discuss her new solo exhibition, ‘Disorderly Notions’ at the Tinney Contemporary gallery. At 7:15 pm, the 17th annual ‘Avant-Garage Sale and Vintage Boutique’ will be previewed by guest collectors discussing their favorite selections at The Arts Company. These Art Talks on 5th Avenue of the Arts events, hosted by Paul Polycarpou and Nashville Arts magazine, are free, but require an RSVP prior to the event, to:

August 3, the first Saturday Art Crawl begins at 4:00 pm and runs until 9 pm in the galleries on the 5th Avenue of the Arts, including the three just mentioned along with the Tennessee Art League, on the West side of the avenue, and the galleries in the ArtCade on the East side of the avenue, between Church Street and Union.
‘Reclamation: A Green Benefit,’ a collaborative fundraiser for both Untitled and Turnip Green, seeks to paint Nashville in hues from the greenest part of the spectrum by encouraging local artists to explore reused materials that would otherwise be destined for landfills. Saturday, August 3 this sustainable and creative one-night art show runs from 6-10 pm at Turnip Green’s new space at 535 4th Avenue South. At COLAB (in the Wells Fargo Building) at 230 4th Avenue North, join Untitled for their Pop-Up show that Saturday from 6 pm until 9 pm.

‘The Art of Drawing: Line, Texture, Form and Light’ runs through August 17, featuring works by such masters as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, and Andrew, Jamie and N.C. Wyeth, and Milixia Morón.
“Drawing is at the heart of all representational art,” said gallery owner Gary Haynes. “It all starts with drawing, whether with a brush, pen, pencil or just a stick. But a drawing doesn’t have to be just the beginning. It can be an end. A beautiful, expressive, captivating end.”

‘Women Painting Women: A Room of One’s Own,’ a collection of work by women artists who follow in the figurative tradition of depicting the female form, opens with a reception from 6-8 pm on Friday, Aug. 23 at Haynes Galleries, 1600 Division Street, on the Music Row Roundabout.

“I strive to paint these kinds of themes not only because I like them but also because I love the feeling they transmit to me,” said Milixa Morón, a Venezuelan artist. Her work often includes symbols or mythological references that make her paintings at once contemporary and timeless. “For a while I become them. I feel their knowledge, their pain or agony, their power, their mystery.”