With the East Nashville Super Bowl weekend behind us, it can be difficult to weather the aftershock of the East Nashville Tomato Art Fest success and the unreliability of the weatherman (or weather person) telling me that I should dress for 110 degree heat and then drive smack dab into a monsoon of rainclouds and awful drivers. I’m sure you are in the same boat with me, or beside me, but either way let’s all please remember to look both ways and use our turning signals. That said, I CAN confidently predict pleasant times ahead for all of us beyond the current storms this weekend around the Nashville art scene. I’ve been told about a little bit of good things in a lot of good places and I’m more than happy to share them with you as you have so graciously taken the time to read along with me.
Before I get going here, let me say again how much fun was had by all that came out and beat the heat under umbrellas, mater fans, occasional shaded areas and a plethora of cool artwork that overflowed out of Five Points during the East Nashville Tomato Fest. From the 5k start to The Mary Nails show, Bret and Meg and the rest of the vendors and artists should be extremely pleased and proud of the efforts made and accomplished this past weekend. I didn’t see a sad face in the crowd (I once saw a few older kids close to complaining about the heat and then, almost serendipitously, they were handed free popsicles from a booth in front of Art & Invention Gallery and everything was back to better than ever).
Okay, so a definite stop spot for the entire family this weekend should be at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Not only can the whole family fully appreciate the ARTini on Friday, August 20th, 7pm alongside the free American folk music by Mary James, aka Mean Mary, in the lobby from 6-8pm, but Sunday, August 22nd, from 1-5:30pm is FREE Family Day! Thanks to the FREE Family Day Sponsors of Nashville Parent and First Tennesee, everyone can explore and enjoy a day of discovery and creativity filled with fun art activities surrounded by the current exhibitions of Chihuly at the Frist, The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957, and the Presence or Absence: The Photographs of Tokihiro Sato. Did I mention this fun-filled day at the Frist on Sunday is FREE!?
If your kids or the kid inside you starve for more art that is outside the box this weekend, I can suggest that you go to the Science Fair or see art by a Twisted Sister in person. Let me explain. Science Fair is a wonderful exhibit at Estel Gallery by R. Ellis Orrall. Never having been in a science fair before in his life, R. Ellis Orrall decided to make his own out of a number of mixed media for your enjoyment! It has a little bit of everything fun you can imagine and this fair will close down on August 28th.
And then there was the Twisted Sister. Now I’m not talking about Dee Snyder; I’m talking about the brilliant artwork by Linda Hobdy of Twisted Sisters Art and other gathered company. Just off the beaten trail, at the Harpeth Art Center & Gallery in Pegram, TN, care to look and you will find a splendid sculpture exhibition titled “Fusion of Dimension.” The show features the works of famed French Sculptor Philippe Faraut, Sylvia Hyman, Sydney Reichman, Ben Caldwell, Lundy Cupp, Rose Littrell, Twisted Sisters Art and more. I know for a fact that a few of you reading are already out of your seat and ready to see a blend of some of Tennessee’s best sculptures working in various mediums and styles along with the amazing work by Faraut.
Back to life; back to reality. I’m in seat writing as you are now reading and trying to think beyond the current storms and see better weather ahead for all of us. Let’s hope the forecast above helps in a positive light. And if it doesn’t, check out this goodwill story (click HERE) to make you smile a bit bigger on a cloudy Wednesday. We always have hope … and love!