Going for a swim with the delightful “Divers” duo by Kensuke Yamada ⛱ Born in Kamakua, Kanazawa, Japan, Kensuke moved to the US 10 years ago as a foreign exchange student. Kensuke remarks, “In my struggle to learn the language and communicate through speech I gained a strong empathy for the universal experiences that seem to provide the undercurrent to language ... In my sculpture I seek figurative extensions of these shared experiences. ... I hope for my work to fill the space between two seemingly distant things, to provide a connection and this create the story of you and me.” #ofthingstocome (“Divers” by Kensuke Yamada, 13 x 10 x 6 in. porcelain and luster)
Have you seen these incredible hand-sewn pieces by Lisa Kokin yet? 👀 Created out of the tiniest pieces of shredded money (!) they definitely require a second glance. Kokin explains, “I like money in its shredded state because it is stripped of value and power. Worthless, it becomes just so much green and white confetti. It is literally not worth the paper it’s printed on. ... Stitched together with metallic thread into textile fragments or wrapped around wire and made into crowns, the material is re-contextualized with a new value and purpose.” Lisa is a welcome addition to our 2019 roster. Come in and take a closer look through January 24th! #ofthingstocome
Introducing Nick DeFord to our 2019 artist lineup! In this series, DeFord begins by selecting obscure vintage game boards to serve as the canvas and narrative for his intricately hand sewn sequins. DeFord is an artist, educator, and arts administrator who resides in Knoxville and is also currently the Program Director at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. We can’t wait to see what else he has in store for us this year! (“Bermuda Triangle” by Nick DeFord, 19 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. hand sewn sequins on Game Board) #ofthingstocome
Can you find all the 🐓🐓🐓 in this skirt? This month we’ll be introducing several new artists here that are joining us this year, starting with local artist Johnny Nelson. ✨“Spring Cotillion” is one of two pieces in our current exhibit that is informed by the written works and personal myths of author Flannery O’Connor. Nelson received a MFA in sculpture in the late ‘70s and spent the next thirty-odd years “muddling about” in construction, film, and museum business. In 2003 he began painting oil on canvas after years of designing large backdrops and scenery for the stage and film. Presently he maintains a studio in Nashville and is an exhibit specialist for the local arts industry. See Spring Cotillion in our “Of Things to Come” exhibit running through January 24th. . . . . . . . (“Spring Cotillion” by Johnny Nelson, 78 x 50 in. Oil on Linen)
✨TOMORROW ✨We’ll be reopening just in time for January’s FirstBank First Saturday at 6-9 PM. We can’t wait to show you new work, new artists, and a new look at our gallery for an exciting 2019! Sign up for our monthly newsletter to be the first to know on all the latest happenings for this year, link in bio 👌#Nashville #theartscompany #newyear #gallery #art #kensukeyamada #nickdeford #johnnynelson #jeffhand #lisakokin #cassidycole #rockyhorton #charleskeigerart #stacywidelitz #stevesnell #denisestewartsanabria #experienceart
While the downstairs gallery gets a refresher, our new Director of Exhibitions, Brian, is bringing our upstairs space to life! We like to consider this special space our best kept secret 👌 If you’d like a tour we will be available by appointment today and tomorrow, 11-5. Give us a call and see for yourself!
Just one more day to find that special one of a kind gift here at The Arts Company! We will be closing our doors this Saturday for the holidays and reopen before FirstBank First Saturday on January 5th to get the gallery ready for a fresh New Year with a special renovation to the downstairs gallery. We will be available by appointment so call or email us to schedule a time to see our upstairs space! Until then, we wish the very best to you and your loved ones this holiday season. (“Holiday I” by Hollie Chastain, Mixed Media on Vintage Book cover)
Happy Friday! If you’re still needing that special gift for the season consider swinging by the gallery for our Holiday Arts Market. We have a diverse selection of original work from the vintage book cover creations of Hollie Chastain to the rich exploration of color and shapes of Jan Chenoweth to the fun interactive lights by Jim Suruda. There is something for everyone on your list here at The Arts Company! #holidayartsmarket #originalart #Nashville
Feeling festive? “Pecking Orders” by @denisestewartsanabria_ certainly has us in the holiday spirit! We’ve got a little something special for everyone in our 22nd Annual Holiday Arts Market opening this Saturday 6-9🎄🦜 (“Pecking Orders” 14 x 18 in. Watercolor on paper, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Contact the gallery for details and availability)
Holy “Stix and Cones”, Batman! Here’s local artist Tony Sobota’s fresh take on the new Nashville ✨ . . . . . (Stix & Cones, 45 x 45 in. Mixed Media on Panel. Contact the gallery for details and availability.)
Listen up fellow art lovers! 📣 It’s no secret Tiffany Ownbey’s papier-mâché work has been a huge hit here at The Arts Company. We’re thrilled to share her whimsical approach to modern relationships in her new series of mixed media on panel. Stop in and take a closer look at Ownbey’s clever approach to layering sewing patterns and ephemera to make these pieces like “Connections” come to life. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am-5 pm.
Dan Bynum’s “Felicity Phono” has us singing to the tune of a new show at the gallery! 🎶 The fantastic group show with @danbynumart @tonysobota and @tiffanyownbeyart opens during FirstBank First Saturday, November 3 6-9pm!
Looks good enough to eat 😍Swing by for our opening reception during Art Crawl this Saturday 6-9 pm as Denise Stewart-Senabria dazzles us with her new “Anthropomorphic Cuisine” series, joined by Haiku paintings by Dane Carder and sculptural woodwork from Brad Sells. See you there!
"FIORI I" by Rocky Horton (48 x 48 in., oil on canvas)
We can’t get enough of the sneak peak / detail shots from @denisestewartsanabria_ !! Her paintings will be exhibited at the gallery in October so be on the lookout for more!
"Solitary Climber" by Bill Starke (cast bronze, 31.5 x 2.5 x 2.5) Available now at the gallery! Stop by or reach out for more information.
Thank you to everyone who came out for the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown this past weekend! Be sure to stay tuned for what's happening in October... you won't want to miss it!
Sneak peak of our exhibition opening this weekend featuring Laura Nugent’s paintings! She will be talking an hour before the art crawl at 5pm on Saturday here at the gallery - you won’t want to miss it!
New work by James Threalkill in the gallery! Currently in the window: "Jazzy Thoughts" (40.5x40.5in. Acrylic on canvas)
We are excited to open up the application process for new interns! Share or tag someone who might be interested! .
"The Arts Company internship program is designed to introduce participants to the inner workings of an art gallery. Interns gain a valuable understanding of what happens behind the scenes of exhibitions, art crawls, special events and every day gallery life."
Visit www.theartscompany.com/internships for more information!
Admission free, FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive atmosphere with participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade – all welcoming the community to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art.