"Artist of the week"

"Artist of the week", "Rod Daniel", "photographs"

Artist of the Week: Rod Daniel

Rod Daniel, a Nashville native and graduate of Vanderbilt University, has returned to Nashville following his 25 years as a successful Hollywood director. Following his time in Vietnam as an army lieutenant, he began as a television advertising producer and commercial director in Nashville, then Atlanta, and then Chicago. His Hollywood career began in 1978 when he joined WKRP in Cincinnati as a director. From there, the list of Hollywood credits is long, with television shows from Newhart to Magnum P.I. to Everybody Loves Raymond to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. His theatrical releases include Beethoven’s Second and Teen Wolf, as well as many other episodes for television and additional theatrical film credits. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

He has been actively engaged in developing his fine art photography portfolio over the last fifteen years, combining his motorcycle travels with photography on the road.

To see more of Rod Daniel's photography click here.

"Artist of the week", "aggie zed"

Artist of the Week: Aggie Zed

We recently received a new shipment of Aggie Zed sculptures in the mail. Two boxes full! It was like Christmas, we love getting any new artwork in but two boxes filled to the brim with small porcelain people and creatures is a real treat, especially since we had no idea who we would find in the boxes. It turns out that within an hour: 19 people, 5 elephants, 5 fish, 5 cats, and 4 bull trophies appeared and created a small army on our table. These fascinating sculptures seem to intrigue all audiences who can't help but stare into their small little eyes and marvel at their ever so delicate fingers. Even the animals are mystifying due to their mid-action poses. Aggie Zed sculpts with the intention of presenting art with humor and poignancy both of which are achieved through her fist sized figures.

If you are an Aggie Zed lover or are just hearing about her for the first time please stop in to take a look. You will be delighted with what you see and will more than likely be able to relate to one of these small figures as they all have a personality all their own.

Box one FULL of petite sculptures

The first out of the box, elephants on parade

Brian proudly displaying what he just unwrapped

Our new sculpture army!

The aftermath - two empty boxes and lots of packing material.

"Artist of the week", "Ed Clark"

Artist of the Week: Nashville, Saturday, July 20, 1946

On this one afternoon and evening, photojournalist Edward Clark, Nashville native, recorded the familiar weekly ritual of the Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman Auditorium. People arriving by truck, bus, and car from North Carolina to California; standing in line, hanging out backstage, on stage, and in the standing room only audience, and autograph seeking at the stage door. These photographs combine many legends - The Ryman, The Opry, many revered country music artists, whose careers were already at high tide in the 1940s - and Clark himself.

Clark had already recorded, or would soon record in LIFE Magazine, many of the images by which we remember the 20th century. Clark literally captured moments in time when the country music fans of fifty years ago lined up and the stars revved up for an evening at the Opry at The Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

Ed Clark's Opry series contains over 100 images. The photographs were neither printed nor published at the time. The negatives were tucked a
way in obscurity until 1994 when a chance discovery led to the development of a collectors' portfolio of selected images. Photographs from Clark's personal collection, including the entire Opry series, can be seen at The Arts Company so come in and visit!