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ARTober Nashville
ARTober Nashville

The air is crisp, the smiles are plenty, and ARTober is finally here again! Aside from reading about everything below and coming back for more on a weekly basis as usual, do yourself a big favor and check out and share the following link all month long-

Side note, in celebration of the 3rd anniversary of Artober Nashville, Main Street Gallery is offering half off art gallery rentals for the month of October! $150 includes a one week gallery rental, 3 hour opening reception, on-site parking, wireless internet, 100" drop-down screen and projector, PA system and on-site manager. Email to book your Main Street Gallery Artober show!

Now, back on the event track, let's agree with the people of Artober with promoting and kicking off the month in style with East Side Story. More than the only all local bookstore, East Side Storytellin' has become quite the bi-monthly event over the past year. Free to attend, combining the best of local authors and musicians performing amazing shows, there's simply nothing like East Side Storytellin' anywhere around town. Tonight, October 1st, at 7pm sharp, over at Mad Donna's (1313 Woodland Street), painter Jonathan Richter and poet DKM will be reading and speaking about their book Subjects with Objects. They will be followed by an original music set by the band Bulb, and then the event will have a casual conversation that I will moderate with all of the above about their creative processes and ties to Nashville. You can buy good eats and spirits during the show and merch on the side. It's over by 8:30pm so don't worry about bedtime if that's what you're thinking about. It will be an absolute blast by all!

Also tonight, at 6pm, at Events on 3rd (209 Third Avenue North), you can participate in an old school contest of spelling. Specifically, it is a fast-paced, grown-up, group spelling bee complete with an open bar and free food. 6 spellers per team, $50 donation per person, the games are from 6:30-9pm. Every dollar donated supports NALC, Nashville's Literacy organization. If you can't attend, or if you are attending another party or East Side Storytellin' (to keep it real and real honest here), you can donate online at http:// donate-now/.

Skip on over to Thursday, October 3rd, and you can skip on over to The Hermitage (4589 Rachel's Lane) from 8am-5pm to help with a one-of-a-kind community art exhibition. Myles Maillie is in need of some AWEsome volunteers to help install over 3,000 boxes everyone has been painting. If you aren't already in the volunteer system, please fill out the form on the link below before coming to help- 1MBfuyHXnK4UvvgfRE864_lQVYe xC4EW5L61c4JdPlms/viewform. The exhibition will be this weekend and fun for everyone to witness and talk about in person … truly a village coming together for a common, extraordinary cause/show. If you have questions, please email:

Also Thursday, from 6-9pm, you can join some of Nashville's coolest print shops in a night of wild printmaking! 8 local print shops are banding together to host Nashville's first Print Crawl. Participants will begin at one location, pick up their paper and print for the first section of a custom poster, then head on to the next destination to continue making art! By the end of the night, each participant will have a completed poster of their own. Over the course of the night, you will visit Isle of Printing, Platetone Printshop, Grand Palace Silkscreen, Sawtooth Printhouse, Kanagroo Press Limited, k2forma, The Goldsmith Press, and finish the night with a celebration at Fort Houston in the Houston/Wedgewood Arts District! Talk about a hell of a night for art's sake!

After that kind of bash, you might want to prepare yourself. That was just the appetizer. Both Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th, mark the 3rd annual Handmade and Bound Festival over at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd)! There will be workshops, sketchbook shows and collections on display, and pretty much all of the best bookbinders, paper-makers, and book artist that walk this city … and Earth! See these links and get in on the action- &

Also on Saturday, the first Saturday of the biggest art month of the year (ARTober = fact), you will have more than a handful of options to take on the town for your creative appetite. Check out the following, in no particular order:

- at 5:30pm, head over to Fort Houston for their Arts and Music (500 Houston Street)

(the rest are from 6-9pm like regular art crawl hours)

-at Blend Studio, go see Public/Private: work by Suta Lee

- at Viridian Condominium (415 Church Street), there will be an AK Llamas party, in honor of a special exhibition of almost the same name, filled with creative surprises that you won't want to miss.

- at 40AU, drop by for Not Modern: new work by Jonathan Rattner & Jonathan Johnson.

- at SPACE Gallery in The Arcade as well, go see Brandt Hardin's new solo exhibit. It will be the first exhibit where he'll be displaying paintings only (no markers allowed!).

- rounding out the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood shows, there will be a Pop-Up Gallery during Artober Nashville featuring a selection of contemporary art from Cheekwood's ground-breaking fall exhibition entitled More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990's.

There are plenty of other galleries celebrating the beginning of the best month of art all year round. Don't limit yourself to what I write about. Go out, explore, get lost, and find out for yourself all that is out there to be found. We live in a very cool time and place at the moment for art's sake.

And with that said, I think I'll rest on Sunday, and right now. I hope to see you at all of the above … well, at least tonight at Mad Donna's :)

Thanks for taking the time to visit this post and sharing with others. Enjoy your day and each other via kindness. We need more art and kindness, in my humble opinion.

much love,

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