HELLO books, art, and book art!
To kick off this wonderful Artober, I am proud to let you know about Handmade & Bound Nashville, Vol. 2 over at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film this weekend (beginning tonight!). Tonight there is a community book sculpture going on, tomorrow there is an opening for the gallery exhibition in the Currey Gallery from 6:30-8:30pm, and Saturday is the Handmade & Bound book arts festival and marketplace from 11am-4pm (2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard). Honestly, it is THE BEST festival around town other than the Tomato Arts Fest in my humble opinion and its just getting started. What could be better than a bunch of book art and book art artists meeting in one place to visit and talk with and buy from for FREE?! … not much I say :)
Then tomorrow night, from 5:30-8pm, Collectors Art Night will be going down yet again at The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary. All 3 events are hosted by Paul Polycarpou and Nashville Arts Magazine. Tinney Contemporary kicks it all of at 6pm with Jack Hastings and Arlyn Ende, then The Rymer Gallery has some fun talks at 6:45pm about new works by Natalie Dunham and Luke Hillestad, and then The Arts Company will close shop at 7:15pm with some works with John Baeder and Jim McGuire.
And then on Saturday, October 6th, more than 60,000 of your closest friends will enjoy 55 performances on 5 stages and stroll the World Market, Children's Area, Teens United, and the Global Village. The new Metro Arts Bazaar will feature local artisans selling their hand-crafted artworks. This annual festival is a very unique opportunity to Celebrate Nashville. This all goes down at Centennial Park.
Also on Saturday, aside from Dave and Kat getting married, you should take a look at the student-run art gallery OPEN, in the Arcade downtown by some Lipscomb students. It will be a "One Person Show" by Jen Delos Reyes, the night of the Fifth Avenue Art Crawl. It will go down in suite 57, from 6-9pm and will only be open by appointment other than every Fifth Avenue Art Crawls. Also at the Arcade on Saturday night, you should go by Blend Studio to see an exhibition of New Sculpture by Brad Reagan and skip over to 40AU to see Salo: Selected Works by Chasen Igleheart. You can check out the rest of the Fifth Avenue Art Crawl by visiting www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
I think that that pretty much says it all for now on my end of things this week. I have some more exciting ideas taking shape this month that I'll definitely keep you posted with, but I do want to give you a head's up for next weekend for one thing in particular. Saturday, October 13th, you really should make it down to the Shelby Park from 10am-5pm to celebrate Shelby Park's 100th Anniversary!
That is all … for now.