Jefferson Street Art Crawl returns July 23

Paul Polycarpou [left] leads a discussion of the art of Ludie Amos [right] at Woodcuts on the eve of the  inaugural Jefferson Street Art Crawl last month

Paul Polycarpou (left) leads a discussion of the art of Ludie Amos (right) at Woodcuts on the eve of the inaugural Jefferson Street Art Crawl last month.

Come out and celebrate the second iteration of the Jefferson Street Art Crawl. It will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The Jefferson Street Art Crawl (JSAC) is a monthly event every 4th Saturday of the month to showcase the Jefferson Street and North Nashville artistic communities. It is hosted by a collective of businesses in the area which include, but are not limited to: The Garden Brunch Café, Woodcuts Gallery and Framing, The Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge and Gallery, and One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour and Gallery.

This monthly event highlights the brilliant culture of visual, performing, and non-traditional artistic practices of this area. Jefferson Street, which became the commercial center of this traditionally Black section of Nashville (also referred to as Black Athens of the South for the number of colleges and universities established for Blacks in the area), is still rich with history, commerce, and of course ART.

Businesses on and around Jefferson Street are will extend their normal business hours to be places for art crawl participants to patronize between stops. Garden Brunch Café is at 924 Jefferson Street, The Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge and Gallery is at 1305 Jefferson Street, Woodcuts Gallery and Framing is at 1613 Jefferson Street, One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour and Gallery is at 1106 Ed Temple Blvd., about two blocks north of Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore, which is located at the corner of 28th Avenue North at the junction of Jefferson Street and John Merritt Boulevard.

“We will have appetizers and music, and feature the art of Michael McBride, James Threalkill, and Joseph Love,” say the folks at the Garden Brunch Café. Get your Muhammad Ali, Prince, Nina Simone, or Black Lives Matter t-shirts at the Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore, or stock up your book and/or film/video library with Hidden Colors 4 or other titles, if you like. Woodcuts will continue to feature the incredible artwork of Ludie Amos and others.

If you wish to take the shuttle, it will make its first rotation starting at 6pm at the Garden Brunch Café. To maneuver the art crawl, you can travel on the free shuttle, there are biking options, or you can walk the breadth of the art crawl and enjoy the atmosphere of this richly historic area of Nashville. The shuttle will rotate every 15 minutes until 9 pm. Bicycles can be rented from Green Fleet Bicycle Shop at 934 Jefferson St. for $10 or nearby B-Cycle stations (5th & Monroe in Germantown or the Farmers Market).

The mission of JSAC is to provide a platform for the artists in the North Nashville area by which they can promote their work, grow their audience, maintain a consistent connection with their fellow North Nashville artisans. The extended mission of the collective is to preserve the identity of the area, as well as the culture of the institutions that built the historic value for which the community is known.

Come experience the magic that is Jefferson Street!