Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Arts Company will be closed today. We will be re-opening tomorrow at 11 AM to continue our #SideBySide special exhibition. We apologize for any inconvenience — please email us firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
Swipe for details 👉 One of our artists for February’s #SideBySide exhibit, Mandy Rogers Horton, took the diptych idea and turned it around for her mixed media collage pieces. She says about her creative interpretations for the show, “The theme of this exhibit gave me the chance to reconsider some of the traditional notions of the diptych such as horizontal arrangement and identical scale between panels ... In poetry, a line break in the middle of a sentence interrupts the predictable flow and invites new interpretations to each word and their relationships. Likewise, the break between the panels in my diptychs disrupts the predicted flow of the forms and their reflection tempting the viewer to ponder relationships between the parts.” See her “Mirror” series before the show ends February 26th!
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How do YOU crawl? 🎨🥂A huge thank you to everyone who came out for February’s #SideBySide opening during FirstBank First Saturday —Always enjoy seeing everyone loving the work as much as we do. And a special thanks to the artists who helped make this special exhibition possible! #Nashville #art #seehowwecrawl
Tonight! #SideBySide showcasing contemporary diptychs from current and new gallery artists. Opening during FirstBank First Saturday 6-9 PM. (Featured: “Double Edge Sword” by Nick DeFord, Hand-Sewn Embellishments on Game Boards)
Get ready for a new exhibit opening during this FirstBank First Saturday, February 6, 6-9 PM! ✨ “Side by Side” will be a contemporary twist on the diptych, allowing our diverse range of artists to take the concept of a two part piece and put their fresh spin on the traditional form. Visit our website for more info and stop in to see their creative interpretations this weekend!
Artists include: @kefrancisart @holliechastain @nick_deford @roger.halligan @m.rogershorton @denisestewartsanabria_ @darylthetford @chadwick_tolley @bradsells #sidebyside #firstbankfirstsaturdayartcrawl
Last (but by no means least) new artist of the month for #OfThingsToCome2019!
________________________________________________________ Did you know Jeff Hand’s bold, flat and colorful fabric-based work derived from his upbringing in a family of quilters?
Described as ironic “post-Pop” his witty visual commentaries on current culture are constructed from a fun variety of materials - cloth, felt, plastic, glitter, fake fur - anything that can be molded, stitched or stuffed.
After viewing Hand’s New York solo show at Plus Ultra Gallery, Ken Johnson of The New York Times described Hand as a “...conceptualist’s comic.”
__________________________________________ We can’t wait to share more of these talented artists in the months to come! Stay tuned for more art, more artists, and more fun for 2019 ✨
Last hour for #OfThingsToCome2019 ⏰ Just two more new artists to go! Here we have photographer/composer Stacy Widelitz who is stunning us with his look into every day life.
——————————— Widelitz started composing professionally at the age of nineteen, but made his breakthrough with the song for Dirty Dancing “She’s Like the Wind” co-written with Patrick Swayze. Widelitz went on to score for both movie and television features and win multiple awards, including the AirPlay award from BMI.
Widelitz was always an avid travel photographer and in 2015 became fascinated with the faces he encountered on the streets and cafes of Tuscany, and began photographing them in black & white. A fan of film noir and classic street photography, he discovered those influences in the photos he took. He soon realized that he has spent his life capturing emotional moments through music, and that photography was another important form of expression for him. He continue to take subsequent trips to Havana, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Tuscany again in 2018. He is now focusing on his hometown in Nashville, TN.
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This snack smiles back 🐠 One of the new artists we’ve brought in this month is Steve Snell, who refers to his work as “adventure art”. In effort to creative heroic narratives for the present day, this adventure and community-based practice has led him to a variety of experiences, ranging from floating the Connecticut River in a couch-boat to a random encounter with Alex Baldwin while bikini girl across Western Massachusetts! Catch the “Snacks on a River” series this week before #ofthingstocome2019 draws to a close! (“Goldfish Cracker” by Steve Snell, 12 x 16 in. Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper, Framed.)
🌬 It’s a windy day here in downtown Nashville and only a few days left for #OfThingsToCome2019
Make sure to stop in this week to get the preview of our exciting plans for the upcoming year 🙌
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.
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.