Monday, July 7, 2008

First Saturday Art Crawl

The first Saturday of each month, downtown Nashville art galleries host an Art Crawl.  A number of galleries, many of which are in the downtown Arcade, open their doors from 6-9 PM to introduce Nashvillians to a host of contemporary artists.  In addition to viewing the art, patrons have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and talk with artists and other visitors.
While all of the galleries are within walking distance, a shuttle is available to take visitors to galleries that are a few blocks from the Arcade and 5th Avenue.

We toured a number of galleries last evening, including The Showroom, TAG Art Gallery, and Twist Art Gallery in the Arcade, and The Rhymer Gallery and The Arts Company on 5th Avenue.  I took the photo of The Rhymer Gallery (below) from Twist on the upper level of the Arcade.  

The two pieces I enjoyed most last night were sculptures.  The first, in the Rhymer Gallery, was a cat made entirely of yellow and blue Crayola crayons.  Unfortunately, I don't remember the artist's name.  The second was a metal sculpture done by Brother Mel, a Marionist monk/artist.  His story is quite amazing, and I'll share it at another time when I show you his work.

The poster featured in the main photo today (top) is an ad for the Art Crawl.  You may recognize its unmistakeable style as it's done by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest letterpress print shops in the country.  Since the late 19th Century, Hatch has designed and made posters for musical artists, circuses, festivals, carnivals, restaurants, and more.


Isadora said...

What a wonderful way to build a community and promote artists. Bet it will be a great summer.

Anonymous said...

That is a wonderful idea.

Como está o reformado?
(Reformado = pessoa que já não trabalha)

Jim said...

Neat to see a thriving art district.

Virginia said...

An art crawl once a month????? I would be in heaven. Might have to drive up, eat some ribs at Corky's and join the art crawl.

Halcyon said...

They have an art crawl in Memphis too. My husband and I always talk about going, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I think we play too much golf. :)

Looks like you had fun!

Lynette said...

Super fine fun time. Here one are has a First Thursday, another area has a Last Thursday, and I don't know but I'll bet there are some other days devoted to art galleries' staying open late. Wonderful post, Chris.

Brent said...

What was the artist's name who freated the "for the love of money" piece?