Chosen by readers of USA Today and 10Best, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville needs your vote by noon on March 31, 2014 to be selected as the one of the Top 10 Best Public Gardens. Located on 55-acres of the historic Cheek estate and eight miles southwest from downtown Nashville, Cheekwood is bursting with colors this spring as 100,000 tulips line its blooming gardens. One-of-a-kind exhibitions and family events are planned as the doors open for the season this weekend.
Returning to this part of the country is internationally renowned artist, Patrick Dougherty, with his Stickworks exhibition. As Cheekwood’s 3rd Annual Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence, Dougherty knits and weaves twigs, sticks, and saplings into an amazing, swirling sculpture known as Little Bitty Pretty One. Seeking help from volunteers to harvest local saplings, Dougherty has created over 200 masterpieces for over 20 years throughout the world. Locally, his Snake Hollow sculpture was on display in 2012 at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Ky. His latest exhibition of Stickworks will be on display at Cheekwood from March 22, 2014 thru March 2014, and photographs of his previous works may be seen thru June 29, 2014.
In a rare exhibition of transforming simple grass into sculptural art, Modern Twist also opens at Cheekwood on Saturday, March 22 thru Sunday, May 25, 2014. Seventeen artists combine their creative and technical skills in a display of 34 of the finest Japanese bamboo works of art. This exhibition not only educates the public about an art form that has been part of the Japanese culture since the 8th century, but raises awareness of how bamboo has benefitted their society in the areas of architecture, construction, cuisine, music, literature, art and poetry.
Demonstrations, crafts, and a Japanese tea ceremony take place on opening day with times listed on the website.
In conjunction with Modern Twist, the Museum of Art at Cheekwood is hosting Japanese Woodblock Prints from March 22 thru May 27, 2014. Selections of these prints come from the internationally renowned collection of Joseph and Judith Barker. The Barker Collection prints, from the late 1800s to the middle of the twentieth century, showcase Japanese traditions through fine art, skill and craftsmanship.
In addition to these exhibitions, Cheekwood is hosting family activities throughout this weekend. Come visit and see why Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art should be named one of the Best Public Gardens. Don’t forget to vote!