Art Crawling around town

Don’t miss the Jefferson Street Art Crawl this weekend, on Saturday, September 24, as the merchants on Jefferson Street corridor once again provide splendid opportunities to experience art offerings at Woodcuts, Garden Brunch Cafe, Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge & Gallery, Alkebu-Lan Images and One Drop Ink. The Jefferson Street Art Crawl is every fourth Saturday from 6-9 pm.

Next Saturday, October 1, the monthly Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl and the Wedgewood / Houston Art Crawl occur from 6 – 9 pm. All events listed in this article are free and open to the public.

The Arts Company Fall Art Season is highlighted by a new exhibition opening in October — Intoxicated by Color: New Paintings by Edie Maney — presenting new abstract paintings, some on canvas and some on small marble squares. Maney’s paintings express through color and technique — sometimes bold, sometimes subtle — her visual perceptions gleaned from her extensive travels and other encounters. The exhibit will open during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, October 1 with a reception from 6-9 pm; and continue through October 28, during regular gallery hours, 11 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts, North.

David Yarrow Wild Encounters runs September 24 – October 29 at Tinney Contemporary, 237 5th Avenue of the Arts, North, Nashville, with an opening reception during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown October 1st from 6 to 9 pm. The Wild Encounters US Book Launch and Signing with the Artist is Saturday afternoon, October 1st at 2 pm.

Kit Reuther returned to David Lusk Gallery – Nashville for a second solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Weights and Modules features a new group of works completed in the past year that push Reuther’s signature minimalism to new heights, through October 8. DLG is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood. A reception for this exhibit is on Saturday, October 1st from 5 – 8pm.

Next door to DLG, Zeitgeist Gallery at 516 Hagan Street #100 Nashville, TN 37203 is open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm. Go there NOW and catch the amazing exhibition, Keep It Warm, before it closes on Saturday, Sept. 24. This is an awesome ensemble exhibition featuring painting, photography, sculpture and video from Tennessee by David Anderson, Ashley Doggett, Wrenne Evans, Michael Hampton, Aaron Harper, Will Morgan Holland, Juliana Horner, Morgan Oglivie, Jamin Orrall, Zack Rafuls, Kate Roebuck, and Elise Tyler. After it closes, artists Jeremiah Ariaz, Josh Elrod, and Christopher Roberson exhibit October 1 – 29, with an opening reception Oct 1, 6 – 9 pm.

On the 8th of October enjoy the East Nashville Art Stumble at a variety of participating galleries throughout East Nashville.

Saturday, October 15th brings the new Germantown Art Crawl, whch is rapidly becoming a favorite of this author. It starts earlier, at 4pm, and runs until 9pm, giving you more time to hang out and enjoy the art, the libations, the food and the friends that make art crawling the one of the best weekend activities this town has to offer.

Don’t miss the Inaugural Athens of the South Music and Arts Festival — a free festival to benefit a local charity that will bring together the community in Nashville for a day of music, art, film, theater, food, activities, and more. Athens of the South’s goal is to offer Nashville a free music and arts festival as a way to unite and strengthen our local community through inspiring sonic and visual experiences.

Set to take place on October 22nd, 2016, in East Nashville’s beautiful East Park, Athens of the South Music and Arts Festival is kicking off its first year with an impressive line-up of Nashville-based musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, performance artists, food, activities, and more. AOTS is free, family-friendly, dog-friendly, and open to the public. The organizers believe in the power of community support for the arts, and hope to see you at East Park on October 22. This event is FREE to the community.

Spotlight: James Threalkill
Exhibition at Vanderbilt

Knowledge is Power by James Threalkill

Knowledge is Power by James Threalkill

A Creative Solstice: An Art Exhibit by James R. Threalkill opens on Friday, September 23, with a special luncheon from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. The luncheon and exhibition are in the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center / Black Cultural Center Building on the Vanderbilt University Campus in Nashville. The luncheon is in the Auditorium, while the exhibbition is thouhgouth the center’s building. The luncheon and exhibition are free and open to the public.

James Threalkill in his studio

James Threalkill in his studio

James R. Threalkill is a former Vanderbilt University athlete and art major who previously served as the Art and Community Services Director for the Edgehill Center, Inc., and as the Arts Liaison and Diversity Manager for the City of Nashville in the Office of the Mayor. James has been painting for more than 40 years and won an Emmy Award for Set Design in 1994, for a mural project coordinated with youth from the Edgehill community, for the Viacom Cable Network. He is a former art instructor at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.

James was the commissioned illustrator for an upcoming book about Coach Ed Temple and the history of the Tennessee State University Tigerbelles. He previously co-illustrated a successful children’s book series entitled; “Visions: African American Experiences” that was featured on “Sesame Street.” James earned “Best of Show” honors in the Central South Art Exhibition and the Actor’s Theatre Annual African American Art Exhibition.

James’ work is included in numerous corporate and private collections. James traveled to Soweto, South Africa in 1995 to coordinate a mural with youth living in Soweto, to pay tribute to South African freedom organizers. He visited with President Nelson Mandela during that journey. He has traveled twice to Colombia, South America to lecture and participate in an artists’ residency program to motivate and empower youth in various Colombian cities. He was a guest lecturer for the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.

James currently serves as the Regional Director for Diversity & Inclusion for Skanska USA, a construction management company. James is based out of Skanska’s Franklin, Tennessee Office and is a native of Nashville.

“My blessing of art talent is enhanced by the enjoyment I receive from the creative process and the emotional responses that it generates from the viewer,” says Threalkill. “I’m grateful to share such a gift with those who appreciate the aesthetic qualities that art brings to our everyday lives.”