AMERICANA ART SUMMER 

at The Arts Company / July 2-22

 

Photography and sculpture will dominate Americana Art Summer at The Arts Company, the July group exhibit at The Arts Company, opening during the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, July 2, 6-9 pm.  The exhibition will focus on our changing American culture through photography and sculpture, featuring iconic LIFE Magazine images by Ed Clark and other LIFE photographers; new photographs by Jerry Park and Michael Nott that capture dramatic changes underway in the rising landscapes in and around Downtown Nashville; as well as a new collection of small clay sculptures by Paul Craig; plus, related selections of paintings and sculpture from the gallery archives.  Also on tap will be a variety of sculpture indoors and out, including pieces by Brad Sells, Edward Belbusti, and John Petrey. The exhibition continues through August 23, during regular gallery hours, 11-5:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts, North.  For more information, visit www.theartscompany.com. 

About the Exhibition

This mid-summer exhibition, one of three gallery group exhibitions this summer at The Arts Company, features:  documentary photography--Jerry Park’s images of Nashville in transition; photojournalism—Ed Clark and other LIFE Magazine photographers’ focus on iconic Americana historic occasions and icons; and current street photography by Michael Nott—capturing Nashville street life in public places in a rapidly-changing Downtown Nashville today.  In addition, the gallery will showcase selected large and small pieces of sculpture indoors and out, including John Petrey’s Tess, a new mixed media sculpture.  Since this is a July-themed exhibition in the middle of a presidential campaign, and the July 4th weekend, there will be a few pieces of political or patriotic American folk art added to the group exhibition.  
A new collection of small clay sculptures by Paul Craig—The Stone Age Collection—is a playful commentary on “how things have changed” in American culture today. Craig explains, “Everyday items that I grew up with are like artifacts from the Stone Age to kids today—so why not make those items in stone as if they had been unearthed during an archaeological dig?” Craig recommends that “if you are 20-something (or younger), ask a 40-something (or older) what these items are!”