With every new beginning, it comes from another beginnings end. The ending happening this week is the fabulous L. A. Bachman's closing reception at The Rymer Gallery tomorrow, March 12th. her series, "Give and Take," will have a closing reception tomorrow evening. If you are close by, you should pay a visit and celebrate a wonderful exhibition's closing with an evening with art and music. If you wanna see a cool video about the exhibition and L. A., click this here- www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiwEp7egXUo
Then, on Wednesday, March 13th, from 5-7pm, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is having an opening reception for their latest exhibition, "Four Hundred Years of British Art." It will run from March 13-June 15, 2013. It will include examples of 18th-century English portraiture and so many historical works of art. It is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph Mella, director. For more information, please visit www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery.
Thursday brings a real treat. Located at Belmont's University's Leu Gallery, artist Dane Carder will have an opening reception for his first solo exhibit of new works in quite a long time. From 5-7pm, the party will be on. At 5:30, Dane will give an artist talk about his work and it will truly be one for the ages. Dane's work, recently covered in Nashville Arts Magazine, has a very Southern nostalgic feel to it mixed with history, humanity, and a bridge from the past to the present. Each canvas tells a person's story and it will enlighten you on the spot.
On Friday, there are two unique events and places to visit at your own pace. First, Metro Arts is celebrating "Retro Metro" with a celebration of the 50th anniversary as a consolidated government. "Retro Metro" is an exhibition that captures a glimpse of the city's art and culture scene at that time. There are playbills, posters, photographs, and other artifacts from the vaults of Cheewkwood, Circle Players, Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, and more. The show opens on March15 with a gallery chat and community discussion led by Metro Arts executive director Jennifer Cole, Anne Brown, and Paul Polycarpou about the history and future of Nashville art. The Metro Arts Gallery, if you've never been there, is a treasure located on the 4th Floor of the Metro Office Building at 800 2nd Avenue. South. Second on Friday, from 6-8pm, you can attend the opening reception of "hideout" by Scott Smallwood at Seed Space (427 Chestnut Street). "hideout" is a quiet, immersive soundscape based on environmentally-empowered sound circuits made of solar-powered sound circuits, wood, recycled materials and solar panels.
Saturday, March 16th, from noon-6pm, at Safe House Tattoo Studio (1201 Villa Place, Suite 203, www.safehousetattoo.com), there will be a "Get Busy Givin' Tattoo Fundraiser." There will be $50 flash designs, raffle prizes from donors like Ian White, Tim Sena, Life Fitness Academy, Fleet Feet Sports, King Baby Jewelry, Griffin Technologies, Just Dandy, Splinter Art, Timmy B, Climb Nashville, Friendly Arctic, Edgehill Cafe, tHERE, Platinum Salon, Coma And Live, and many more. 100% of money raised will go to the Barga Family's adoption fund. See more info on their story here- www.lifefitness-academy.com/donate/ Sign-ups start at noon and tattooing starts at 1pm. There will be free hot dogs, and lemonade will be sold by the Barga family children. Raffle prizes will be called at 6pm ($20 for 1 or $50 for 3), and there will be some incentives for the first 20 people who buy $50 worth of Tickets.
Then, after you leave the Barga party at 6pm, you can drive on over to Scarritt-Bennett and the Bennett Hall to see "Living a Legacy: A Conversation Between Friends" from 6-8pm. The friends talking in this case will be led by Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson and are Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Mary Catherine Bateson. It is FREE but limited seating so RSVP is requested and donations are appreciated. Cole is educator and current director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Bateson is the renowned writer and cultural anthropologist (and daughter of legendary anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson). A book signing will occur after the talk.
Finally, when Sunday appears, you can get your first glimpse of what Nashville Folk + Skool is all about. From 2:30-4pm, there will be a community singing gathering exploring songs about coal, mining, miners, and their communities. Come sing the stories made famous by Darrell Scott and John Prine, iconic Jean Ritchie, Hazel Dickens, Kathy Mattea, Daniel Martin Moore, Becky Buller, Brett Ratliff, Nathan Bell, and others. Lyrics will be provided and the workshop will be led by Kelsey Wells. This will also take place at the Scarritt-Bennett Center (1008 19th Avenue South).
I'm guessing this is enough above to keep you busy for a minute or two this week. Now go out and enjoy it! Be nice to one another while you're at it.