The summer season is upon us, and the art scene is really heating up in June. The first weekend, you should take advantage of some of the many free art events and activities in the Music City.
Friday, June 3
Centennial Art Center’s Summertime Dreams Series brings whimsy and storytelling illustrated in paint…and 99 bottles. The show will open with an artists’ reception Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5-7pm. This gallery event is free and open to the public. Illustrations set to canvas and sculpted in clay will be the subject of Centennial Art Center’s Summertime Dreams exhibit. This dynamic exhibit of three local artists will take the viewer on a colorful journey of landscape and storytelling, one paint stroke or clay bottle at a time. Jonathan Richter’s colorful and provocative paintings, Amy Krimsier Sterling’s 99 Bottles and other clay sculptures and Didi Foster’s expressive paintings from will turn the gallery into a summertime storybook.
All three exhibiting artists are formally trained in a variety of mediums and each excels in both 2-dimentional and 3-dimensional artwork. Their versatility of talent and awareness of their craft is expressed in each piece, creating a unique continuity throughout the gallery space.
Didi Foster’s Summer Dream Series captures a simpler and slower time in an attempt to present a moment of calm mediation in today’s world of constant interruptions and continual business—a reality she knows all too well working in a public building like Centennial Art Center and having been raised on the bustling west coast in Santa Rosa, California. Didi has a BA in Studio Art (Painting) from Sonoma State Rosa Junior College. She also studied drawing in at the Instituto de Artes Tecnicas y Aplicadas in Jaén, Spain. Didi began her employment at Centennial Art Center in 2013 after being a student of clay at the art center since 2010. She now serves as gallery manger and program coordinator. She also teaches an acrylic painting class on Wednesday evenings. Her paintings are thoughtful and expressive, both in color and composition. She uses unique perspectives in an effort to engage the viewer with each piece, and her use of imagery creates an intentional exchange with the viewer. Didi hopes her collection of paintings, “…present the viewer with the opportunity and place to slow down and just ‘be’ for a few minutes.”
Jonathan Richter is a public spaces painter and mixed media artist living in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his BFA in Illustration from Otis Parsons School of Art and Design with a focus on painting, animation and holography. Because he paints in public spaces, his physical surroundings highly influence the progress of each piece. His works are a blend of improvisation and skill and his first few “haphazard” brushstrokes quickly take on more sophisticated shapes allowing the viewer to create a narrative through their own subjective experience. Jonathan’s paintings have been exhibited and collected in Los Angeles and Nashville, and his animated films have been included in film festivals internationally. Jonathan’s work has also been featured in Nashville Arts Magazine and has been compiled into a book published by Rabbit Room Press.
Illustrator and clay artist, Amy Krimsier Sterling, relocated to Nashville from New York City, where she earned an MA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to this, she earned her BFA in Animation from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Amy creates visual art in a variety of mediums. Her work tells stories via printmaking, ceramics, paper, watercolor and oil painting, and anything else she can get her hands on. Her work is whimsical yet engaging; Amy finds inspiration from real life encounters and day dreams alike. In this exhibit, she will highlight her most recent series 99 Bottles, a collection of animated clay sculptures. In addition to being a long-term artist in the pottery program at Centennial Art Center, she also teaches a Drawing/Painting class on Tuesday evenings as a guest instructor.
The exhibit will be on display through July 21. Centennial Art Center Gallery is always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday –Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 4
On Saturday, June 4th, Woodcuts Gallery and Framing will be exhibiting Memories: The Ludie Amos Retrospective. Meet Ludie Amos at the opening of her exhibition on June 4, 2016 from 1 to 6pm, and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Ms. Amos uses intricate collage and quilting techniques to convey three dimensional scenes on two dimensional surfaces. Doll making and folk sculpture are also staples of her work. Ludie incorporates 81 years of experience as an African American female to tell intricate stories through her pieces. Born and raised in the South, she delicately weaves scenes that express the experience of African Americans there. Located minutes from Downtown Nashville at 1613 Jefferson Street, Woodcuts has a wide variety of original artwork and is prepared to provide inspired custom framing for each piece. Call (615) 321-5357.
After the Woodcuts show, head over to the Frist Art Center and then to the Downtown Art Crawl. Architecture Tours of the Frist are offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and are free to attend. An ASL interpreter will be available the first Saturday tour of every month. If you like, view Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975, which celebrates the visual dynamism and spirit of innovation characterizing Italian coachbuilt cars, concept cars and motorcycles produced during the post–World War II economic revival; Inka Essenhigh: Between Worlds, which also continues through October 9; and The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, which continues through July 4; regular admission rates apply for the exhibitions, and visitors 18 and younger are always admitted FREE. Call 615.244.3340 for more. The Frist is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (Martin ArtQuest closes at 5:30 p.m.); Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; and Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m.
Setting the Stage for Fresh Art Summer at The Arts Company features new work by Daryl Thetford (photography), John Nikolai (photography), Philippe Guillerm (sculpture), and Edward Belbusti (sculpture). The exhibition will officially open during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown on June 4, 6PM-9PM; continuing through June 21, during regular gallery hours, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Saturday. www.TheArtsCompany.com.
See TRACINGS, a solo exhibition of new work from Zack Rafuls in The Browsing Room Gallery at Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave. N. June 4 – July 25th with an opening Reception: Saturday, June 4 6:00pm – 9:00pm during the Art Crawl. Zack Rafuls was born in Miami, FL, and lives in Nashville, TN. He received his BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film in Nashville in 2015, and in Fall 2014 studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as participant in the AICAD Mobility Program. Currently, Rafuls is co-curator of mild climate, an artist-run space in Nashville’s Packing Plant building in the Wedgewood / Houston district. He has shown in both solo and group exhibitions in Nashville, and has exhibited nationally in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. His work can be viewed at zackrafuls.com, and more info on mild climate can be found at mild-climate.net.
Blend Studio at 79 Arcade will be hosting Creative Inheritance, new paintings by Giro Gabayoyo Saturday, June 4 at 6 PM – 9 PM. Artist Statement By Giro Gabayoyo: “Ever since I was a child in the Philippines, I enjoyed creating art out of inexpensive materials. I grew up in a home where my mother and aunt constantly worked with fabrics, as both were seamstress. I was fascinated by the prints, patterns, colors & style in fabrics especially when my mom & aunt made quilts. After I migrated to the US, my love for arts was reawakened and found my self-painting. Clean and expressive visual images are usually how I start my practice. I achieved that by using oil paint and palette knife. Prints from fabrics had been incorporated into my paintings. The words of my mom about good color combination always echoed in my mind .The memories of my happy childhood and love of my family always inspired me to paint.
“My art is an integral part of my life. It gives me freedom to express what is inside of me. It helps me to convey my deepest thoughts and feelings. It also helps me to celebrate beauty and give value to the simple things around us. Early in my life, my mother & aunt had influenced me to appreciate simple materials & turn them into art. Until now, whenever I see ordinary materials, it ignites my imagination to turn them into visual images that can entertain, connect, and heal. It can also celebrate achievements in life and transform feelings that can indeed give a sense of satisfaction.”
Corvidae Collective Gallery at 11 Arcade hosts an exhibition guaranteed to excite fans of the Tarot. Eighteen Artists from around the globe represent the major tarot arcana each on a 14×18 deep cradled birch panel. Opening June 4, 6-9 PM, the exhibit runs through June 30; the gallery is open 12-5 PM Tuesday – Saturday. Here’s the lineup: Nom Kinnear King – High Priestess; Samuel Araya – Magician; Brynn Elizabeth – Hermit; Laurie McClave – Empress; Megan Buccere – Justice; Scott Kirschner – Tower; Terry Montimore – Death; Kamille Freske – Star; Michael Armenia – Fool; Karen Short – Emperor; Nina Covington – Temperance; Symantha Jones – Hanged Man; Mani C. Price – Devil; Tammy Mae Moon – Moon; Linsay Blondeau – Sun; Bella Harris – Lovers; Heather Rose – Hierophant; Amy Pragnell – Judgement; Jackie Cheuvront – Strength; Kevin A Taubman – Chariot; Lea Barozzi – Wheel of Fortune; and Lisa Eisenga- The World.
Wedgewood / Houston (nicknamed WeHo) has long been a neighborhood driven by strong artisan relationships and has functioned as a historic home for many artist studios. Every month, they open their doors for all Nashvillians to experience a free art and music walk. To coincide with Art Night in Nashville, the walk begins at 6:00 PM on the first Saturday of every month. Minutes from downtown, WeHo has dozens of venues, commercial galleries, artist-run studios, and co-working spaces exhibiting groundbreaking art each month. Their peak season runs from March to November, with monthly attendance peaking in the thousands. Check out David Lusk Gallery and Zeitgeist, neighbors at 516 Hagan St. near Fort Negley and the Adventure Science Center.
Zeitgeist is open and has a phenomenal exhibition titled time // lines by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis. One of the major themes in the show is the arbitrariness of time and the way we tell time. The piece, Revolutionary Minute, is based on a way of telling time that uses ten hour days, in which each hour consists of 100 decimal minutes, and each minute of 100 decimal seconds. The day is the same length no matter what clock you use, and it points to the arbitrariness of our 24-hour days.
“The artists allude to the impact of invasive plants, the inaccuracy of all timepieces, and the concerns of injection induced earthquakes caused by the oil/gas industry. Ultimately, the work points to an underlying human desire to be in control.”
Seismographic Pencil creates a visual drawing based on the amount and magnitude of each day’s earthquakes. There are a lot more earthquakes happening all over the world than we are aware of, and seeing them laid out this way raises questions about our impact on the earthquakes. Many occur naturally, but there has been a recent increase in earthquakes due to human impact on the planet, like fracking. Seismographic Pencil uses graphite pencil, motor, worldwide earthquake data stream, gsm micro controller, and a table; it generates drawings based on real-time seismic activity, representing geologic time. You‘ve got to see it to get it!
time // lines challenges the conventions of timekeeping through three interconnected sculptural, sound, and drawing-based works. Collectively, they transform the gallery into a large clock – each work focusing on a distinct scale of time – the geologic, the biologic, and the engineered. The artists allude to the impact of invasive plants, the inaccuracy of all timepieces, and the concerns of injection induced earthquakes caused by the oil/gas industry. Ultimately, the work points to an underlying human desire to be in control.
Other major pieces in the show include: Invasive Species (chain-link, kudzu, soil, buckets), which promotes the growth of kudzu across a large chain-link structure, representing biologic time; and Revolutionary Minute (steel pipes, fan, French revolutionary timer) that resonates from the tones of a large chime synchronized to French Revolutionary Time (an outdated metric timekeeping system. It is also known as binary time, or internet time,) representing engineered time.
Seismograms (graphite on paper, 19” x 25”) are available for $200.00 each; $600.00 framed; they are daily drawings generated from Seismographic Pencil over the course of two months of earthquakes. For more, call 615-256-4805, or see them online at: www.zeitgeist-art.com
Opening Saturday 4 June, 5-8pm and running through July 2, 2016, with a gallery talk on Saturday 18 June 18 at 11am, guest-curator Betsy Wills of the blog Artstormer, takes over the walls of David Lusk Gallery-Nashville. Her exhibition, A Show of Hand, brings together twenty artists from across the country and beyond whose artworks showcase a distinctive and skilled artistic hand. From one-line drawings to neon sculpture, A Show of Hand aims to spotlight the many ways the artist’s hand is prevelant in his or her work.
The exhibition brings together several artists that Wills has highlighted on Artstormer, others whose work she knows from her hometown, Nashville, and others that are long part of the DLG program. Matt Kleberg (Brooklyn NY), Shawn Smith (Austin TX) and Mark Evans (London) and others all have international careers but no former Nashville presence; they join Tad Lauritzen Wright, Greely Myatt, Anne Siems and others from DLG; and those from Nashville include Emily Leonard, Jimmy Abegg, and Alex Lockwood.
Sometimes the presence of the hand is subtle, other times it’s very overt. In Elliotte Puckette’s paintings a network of lines twists and curves instinctively, while Greely Myatt hand-carves cedar into giant punctuation marks. In many pieces the artist’s hand is visible through the method of craft, as in Alex Lockwood’s folded paper works. Elsewhere, we see the hand through the unique wielding of tools, as in Tad Lauritzen Wright’s paint drawings and Leslie Holt’s embroidery. The show also explores the notion of gesture – the natural movement of the hand. This is the central theme of Hans Schmitt-Matzen’s neon sculpture based on his young son’s drawing, and Emily Leonard’s gestural flowers. Artists like Mark Bradley-Shoup and Matt Kleberg show us how the hand can be overridden in an artwork through hardedge linear compositions that embrace clean lines.
Artists include (alphabetically): Jimmy Abegg,,Mark Bradley-Shoup, Carroll Cloar, William Eggleston, Mark Evans, Howard Fonda, Tyler Hildebrand, Leslie Holt, Terri Jones, Matt Kleberg, Emily Leonard
Alex Lockwood, Greely Myatt, Elliotte Puckette, Hans Schmitt-Matzen, Anne Siems, Shawn Smith, Jen Stark, Mary Wagner, and Tad Lauritzen Wright.
Artstormer is an art blog curated by Nashville-based writer and art collector Betsy Wills. The site spotlights emerging artists of all genres – from Joel Brochu, who created a portrait from thousands of cupcake sprinkles, to the less sweet Wim Delvoye, who tattoos his work on the backs of live pigs. In her words, “the world is one big art show.”
David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. For further information contact Sara Estes at 615-780-9990 or email@example.com.
Also in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, Seed Space Art + Tech Lab, 1201 4th Ave S, Ste 131 will host a closing reception for The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living) By Mary Addison Hackett June 4. The project ends June 6.
The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living) is a conceptual piece/socially engaged artwork in which Hackett mends items in need of repair as a starting point for a discussion about labor, use-value, and exchange. Hackett began the project in 2015 using her own items of clothing and linens that were worn or damaged. The result of the repairs is not invisible perfection, but instead a unique and useful mend that commemorates the original labor involved in the making of the item, whether it be mass-produced or handmade. By presenting the repair as a valuable action through her labor as an artist, Hackett hopes to encourage others in similar activities to counterbalance overconsumption.
For the project at Seed Space, Hackett’s mended work clothes will be on view during the exhibition. During the opening reception and gallery hours, Hackett will have a small workstation where she will sit and mend. Visitors may bring in an item to be repaired on site or left for donation. At the end of the exhibit, there will be a closing reception celebrating the repairs. Through this exchange, members of the community will have an opportunity to participate in a reflective and accessible cultural experience.