American folk art of the 20th century has been understood to be folksy art of the people—“untrained, rural, loner artists” living mostly in the South, usually in poverty, and generally untrained and uneducated as artists. At the beginning of the 21st century, some of these artists are coming to be viewed as significant American artists whose contemporary artwork has helped shape our modern visual culture, artists who will have a lasting influence on other artists, collectors, and audiences for years to come.... Read full article here.
Jerry Park's recent photographs pointed a lens at the creative process itself, taking viewers into the workspaces of artists and designers all over Nashville. His latest work images the outdoors, capturing the natural beauty that can be found all over Tennessee's rural roadways. The photographs make up Park's new book, Slow Roads Tennessee: A Photographic Journey Down Timeless Byways. Seeking to evoke a sense of nostalgia in the photographs, Parks shot his scenes with a plastic film camera. The soft focus and dark corners of the images recall vintage photographs with all the light leakage effects you might find in a favorite Instagram filter. Take a look at the exhibition at The Arts Company, and take home a book for under the tree.
Anna Marchetti from StyleBlueprint spotlights Christine Patterson for their "Southern Artist Spotlight."
Nashville scene spotlights Christine Patterson's show in their monthly roundup for First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown!
Online lifestyle brand StyleBlueprint featured the Emerging Artists Showcase in their October Happenings.
Margaret Littman mentions The Arts Company in an article discussing Nashville's blossoming art scene.
"Artist Mandy Rogers Horton found a revelation in the aspirational images of Restoration Hardware catalogues and shelter magazines. And through this glossy detritus of our lives, she has spun a new art style of conceptual collage art."
-Karen Parr-Moody, Nashville Arts Magazine
"The InFlux ceramics collective also revels in upsetting the assumptions that might separate craft from art, and you can see just what I'm talking about when they park their large U-Haul-cum-mobile-art-gallery outside The Arts Company this Saturday night.Moving In will surely draw a crowd on Fifth Avenue, but even if you have to wait in a line, this display of work by Kelly Kessler, David Taylor, Meghan Borland and Audry Deal-McEver will be worth the wait. Kessler, Taylor, Borland and Deal-McEver founded InFlux, and they each call Nashville home.
Speaking of The Arts Company, the biggest show on Fifth Avenue this weekend will be Mandy Rogers Horton and Jodi Hays' new exhibition at the space. Horton and Hays are popular, well-established locals, and having a chance to see their work in the same space makes this a no-brainer stop on the crawl. Expect abstract architectural and landscape paintings from Hays, and expect the unexpected from creative chameleon Horton." -Joe Nolan
Sara Estes stopped by the gallery to preview LaVon Williams' show for The Tennessean and here is what she had to say about it: "As a whole, Williams' art seems to respond to an innate desire to tell an important story about the triumphs and the sorrows of the African-American experience. 'He’s not just playing, he’s passionate,' said Brown. 'He can’t not do what he’s doing.'" Click HERE to read the full article.
The results are in and Nashville Lifestyles has named the top women in business whom they believe to be "moving this city forward." Who is in the top ten? Our very own Anne Brown!
“He has a boldly theatrical tableaux, very sparse and clean. His work is fun to look at, and it seems a little crazy. It is the kind of work that you want to go back and see again and again, because you are going to discover something else. His work is like life; it is never going to resolve itself,” Anne Brown, owner of The Arts Company, comments. Read the full article here.
Charles Keiger—Thinking Theatrically opens with a reception at The Arts Company on June 6 during the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown. The exhibition is on view through June 26. For more, visit www.theartscompany.com.
John Petrey's exhibition was highlighted in the May issue of Nashville Arts Magazine by Gracie Pratt. "Petrey’s sculptures provide insight into the fascinating capability of clothing to mask, to protect from, exposure to suffering, difficulty, or pain. While alluding to the soft, pliable materials such as fabric in his designs, the materials used are harsh, defensive, and strong. It is a paradox of what is expected contrasted with what actually is." Read the full article here.
Cassie Stephens, an Art Teacher from Johnson Elementary, interviews Charles Keiger along with her students to provide a unique perspective on his upcoming exhibition, "Thinking Theatrically." Read the full article here.