Friday, October 19, 2007

Crafty People: NCM accepting goodie bag submissions now! (deadline: Nov. 15)

The Nashville Craft Mafia is accepting promotional items from all crafty people to put in our goodie bags for our winter "Stocking Stuffer" Show.

This is a great opportunity to get some attention from new customers and advertise yourself for free to hundreds of Craft-Hungry customers.


We will be making between 75-200 goodie bags, so submissions of at least 25 items would be most helpful (but any amount you can contribute will be accepted and used).

Items can include business cards, stickers, flyers, promo items, samples of your work, coupons, booklets, and other fun stuff.

Please contact me if you are interested in contributing.

All submissions due by Nov. 15th.


Nashville Craft Mafia

You will need to provide at least 25 promo items plus a show sample of your work for the goodie bags.
Goodie bag items can include can be pens, stickers, business cards, note cards, etc. Basically a promotional item for you booth.
Most vendors just make small items that represent their work. (like I am making votive candles to put in the goodie bags)
Look here for examples:

The show samples will go in the The Big Boss's Goodie Bag
The other 25 items (you can provide more if you want) will go in the cloth tote goodie bags
Any left over items will go in the free paper goodie bags.

  • 1st- The Big Boss's Goodie Bag will have one representative sample (approx.$10 value) from all our vendors to be raffled at the end of the day.( ticket proceeds to our charity)
  • 2nd- We will have 100 cloth tote goodie bags with random samples from all of our vendors that will be available for a donation to our charity
    • This bag will have the very best items we received from all our vendors and volunteered goodie bag contributors
  • 3rd- we will have 50-100 free paper tote goodie bags that will have business cards and small items from our goodie bag contributors



Saturday, Oct 27
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Plowhaus Artists' Coop
211 South 17th Street, East Nashville
$25 includes all supplies
Facilitated by Erika Johnson

An "ofrenda" is an altar, usually built in the home, to honor a departed loved one. We will discuss the traditional elements of a Dia de los Muertos altar (or offering), then create small personal shrines to celebrate the lives of those we have lost. The result will be a unique and personal work of art that engages both tradition and individual expression. Participants are encouraged (though not
required) to bring photographs (or photocopies) and other small items that relate to the person they wish to honor. Erika will provide a selection of wooden and metal boxes and a wide array of art supplies, tools, decorative materials and found objects. This workshop is designed for adults, but young people over 12 are welcome to participate with a grown friend or parent.

Here is a link to a useful website about the Day of the Dead and the tradition of building ofrendas:

For inspiration on making art in a box, please see this page about Joseph Cornell:

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Will Art for Food Art-Luck at DPC

call for works:

Will Art for Food Art-Luck at DPC
Nov. 3th
6-9 PM

Downtown Presbyterian Church invites artists to show for one night at the November Art-Luck.

bring your work Saturday after 12 and pick a spot to set up for the night. church members bring the potluck dinner and everyone eats and sees your work as part of the first Saturday art crawl. work is taken down after 9pm that night. our only request is that the art is appropriate for our children as well.

please contact Beth Gilmore so we will know to expect you :)

thanks, DPC

SPCA benefit - call for artists/crafters



Calling Crafters/Artists
Booth spaces available
cost: suggested donation of an item

WHAT: THE PET PROJECT - A SECOND CHANCE EXTRAVAGANZA INDOOR “YARD” SALE OF GREAT STUFF! Live music, Arts and Crafts by local artists, and a Bake Sale.
WHEN: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2007 9am until 4pm


We need donations of used or new yard sale items (clothes,furniture,books,baby items,cars,dishes,ANYTHING ! ) We are accepting donations now. Donations are tax deductible. The pretty girl in this picture needs a foster or forever home. Sweetie is a 1 1/2 year old cattle dog mix. Please visit our website at to see what we do.

To Donate: Call 615 354 3531 or Email

the (rabbit) : New Nashville art publication (& a launch party)

the (rabbit) philosophy:

Things are always changing and moving, but where is our movement? We know it’s here somewhere, in the individuals and in the groups they have formed. It exists in the artists and galleries and cooperatives and enthusiasts and in anyone else who gives a shit. And regardless of our different paths as individuals we are all in that latter category and we are looking for others who share our enthusiasm for the art taking place here and now.

We call ourselves the (rabbit).

This is an art publication made to be a record of the burgeoning art scene in Nashville. We want to be fertilizer for the healthy plumule of inspiration and competition that can materialize if we, the art makers and appreciators, challenge ourselves to seek out relevant and innovative artistic endeavors.

In a refusal to separate ourselves from the general public, we will be a giant ear or maybe a lot of tiny ears (and throw in some eyes for good measure) for all those who wish to share themselves with us. What we are seeking is the untapped voice of the creative community in Nashville. So feel free to rant and bash, praise and swoon over, react and laugh at all we're trying to show you. Just make sure you’re loud enough so we can hear you.

When all is said and done, and the newsies hit the street, we hope to give you something interesting to look at. We also hope that something in this rag will inspire you to challenge, feed, punch, love, argue with and (at the very least) regularly toast the amazing creative beings that surround you daily.

And we in turn raise our glasses to you.

Who started it:
Casey Pierce
Leslie Guimaraes
Lauren Jones

Launch Party:
date: Tuesday OCT. 16th
time: 6-9pm
place: FIDO 1812 21st ave. S.

We'll have wine.
It is also an art show.
Paintings from Casey Pierce, Joel Batey, and Nathaniel Brindley

Contact for more info & about submissions:

Nashville Craft Mafia - Call for poster designs (Deadline: Nov. 15)

We need a poster design for our Dec. 2nd winter show "Rock your Stocking".

Poster should reflect the theme of the show and be a little edgy.
Something along the lines of a funky stocking with indie swag pouring out of it.

Poster must be at least 300dpi , CMYK, and 11x17 (please add .125 bleed to all sides). Vector graphics encouraged.
Actual flyer/poster sizes: 4x6, 13x9.5, 19x13

Lithographs, Letterpress, Etching & intaglio submissions accepted too.

Poster designs should be submitted no later than November 15th.

"Rock your Stocking"
Date: Sunday December 2nd
Location: The Factory, Franklin TN
Time: TBA

Please email submissions in PDF format to

Friday, October 12, 2007

Apparel prints designer

Can you design kids' and women's prints for apparel?

I have a Nashville-area client who is expanding and needs more work than I have time to produce right now. They are currently looking for LOCAL artists who can produce:

Cute traditional prints for newborns: baby animals in allover prints, rabbits, baby elephants, teddy bears, etc.

(Later this year, they will be looking for: women's sleepwear prints)

This client pays quickly and I love working with them. If you are interested in having your work represented to them for use as apparel prints, email me for payment and commission details, with four or five jpegs of newborn designs for consideration, where you are located, and which CS version of Photoshop and/or Illustrator that you use. (Sorry, no designs painted on fabric can be considered.)

Contact: Jane Word

Nashville Craft Mafia - Winter Show (deadline: Nov. 15)

The Nashville Craft Mafia is now accepting vendors for our Winter Show.

Date: Sunday December 2nd
Location: The Factory, Franklin TN
Time: TBA
Vendor rates:

N.C.M. members: $60

Non-members: $75

Members of other Craft Mafias: please contact us for your show perks


No more that two vendors per booth

Booth sizes are approximately between 8x8 & 10x10 (Our floor plan is being approved by the fire marshal right now and then we will have the final booth sizes)

Please let us know if you need electricity for your booth. Booths with electricity will be limited, so first come first serve.

Payment & applications for booths will be due by Nov. 15th. All payments will be non-refundable once paid and approved. You will receive an approval by Nov. 20th and be sent a waiver form that must be signed and returned to us before the show date.

You can mail or email this information to us:

Please send us digital pics of your work (website etc.) or mail photos to us with your application (photos will not be returned).

Name (full):
Phone Number:
Business Name:
Please describe your craft:
Please tell us a little about yourself:
(background, have you participated in our shows or meetings?)

Email applications to:
payment to:

Snail Mail applications & payment via check to:
Nashville Craft Mafia
c/o Amy Culbertson
2946 Windemere Circle
Nashville, TN 37214

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

State of the Art: Contemporary Issues Lecture Series

State of the Art: Contemporary Issues Lecture Series
October 18 (7:00 p.m.)
November 16 (6:00 p.m.)
Frist Center for the Visual Arts - Nashville, TN Auditorium

This fall, the Frist Center presents State of the Art, a new lecture series designed to introduce the contemporary art world through presentations by nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field.

Peter Plagens—The Absolute Truth
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Peter Plagens, artist and contributing editor to Newsweek and Artforum, and former art critic and senior writer for Newsweek, will present an overview of the current moment in contemporary art, with a personal, philosophical, and probably quirky viewpoint.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery (New York), Jan Baum Gallery (Los Angeles), Galerie Grashey (Konstanz, Germany), as well as the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem,
N.C.) and Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.). Plagens is a former recipient of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in painting (1977, 1985) and art criticism (1973), and a senior fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program, Columbia University (1998). He has also held various teaching positions.

Katy Siegel—Contemporary Art in the Age of Extremes Friday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.
Katy Siegel is an associate professor of art history at Hunter College, CUNY, a senior critic at Yale University's School of Art, a contributing editor to Artforum, and a visiting professor at Princeton Univeristy. She is the co-author of Art Works: Money (Thames & Hudson, 2004), and more recently, the curator of the traveling exhibition "High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975," which will go to Europe this fall. She is the author of a major essay on Jeff Koons for his new monograph (Taschen, 2007), and has written widely on contemporary art and artists, including Takashi Murakami, Lisa Yuskavage, David Reed, and Richard Tuttle.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Call for poster designers - Untitled Winter show 2007 (Deadline: October 24th)

Wanna design the poster for the next show?

Here's how it works...

Contest: Artists bring posters to a meeting and those who attend the meeting vote for the design they like the most. The chosen poster design will be printed and distributed/hung all over town as well as posted on the internet as the official poster for the show. Artists are welcome and encouraged to design, print & distribute their own posters or promotional items for the show. Untitled will only pay for printing of the chosen design.

What to bring: A printout of your design. It helps to have it printed in the final size but it's not necessary. Just be sure that everyone will be able to see the image and get the idea of how it will be formatted for printing. It also helps to have most or all of the required text and images on the design.

Bring your designs to the regular weekly meeting on October 24th - 7:30pm at Kazu in Cummins Station.
(209 10th avenue south)

digital, drawing, painting, etc. The design should leave room for important text & images about the event. The final file will need to be ready for printing. Artists may collaborate as well. If you are an artist with an image but no graphic design skills, you will need to hook up with a designer who can format your image for printing and include the necessary information.

Size: Posters can be full color or not, up to 11"x17”. Please keep in mind that we also print small postcard size fliers.

The important text & images to include:

+ the untitled logo – prominently displayed, undistorted and at least 3 inches long (download here: )
+ the metro nashville arts commission logo, undistorted and 1-3 inches long (download here: )
+ show date - December 14, 2007
+ 6-10 pm
+ free
+ one-night-only art exhibit
+ uncensored art for unlimited audiences
Venue name or logo : Layl'a
venue address: 909 20th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
+ (easily legible)

You can put these in whatever order, font and configuration you like. Before printing, the final draft will be approved by PR chair and board members.


Need some inspiration?

Here is a link to our flickr group for examples of past posters:
Also, check out our past shows section on our website for more poster designs. (under construction)


Untitled Documentary - call for film crew

Untitled wants to document our Spring '08 show. The lead up to the show, the show, the clean up and the things that happen to bring up the lights.

By document, we mean we want to take moving pictures of all these things. We are humbled by the cost of all things related to actual film so we will shoot 'Film Style' on the best HD Digital Video format we can get.

Our goal is to have a very short clip for our website, and a half hour to hour version to pitch to Public Television and Art Channels.

Untitled Artists Group, Nashville, is a non-profit group; therefore, we will not sell or create profit for any individual with this project. It's for us; and people who want to sit and watch us in full motion pixels.

Planning has already started and we want you to be involved - We have a place for you, if you:

  • Have experience with making film and video, all phases, pre- through post production.
  • Have experience with Untitled but have no experience with film beyond the masterful super 8 or VHS work you did in sixth grade.
  • Have no experience with Untitled, or film and video, and can't spell documentary.

We want you.

Untitled wants anyone that wants to be involved because there'll be a lot of work - and it's a hell of a good time. Hard work like digging a ditch is hard work, good time like the laundry mat is a good time compared to digging a ditch.

If you're interested send your name and briefly tell us you're related experience or what you'd like related experience in - here: We'll meet to flesh out a team at the regular Untitled meeting, Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 at Kazu

Sorry, but if you're a pro we can only accept you're donated talents and or gear. We're not begging we're just pre-rejecting your offer to work for a rate. Our budget is less than zero. However, we will give you full rights to any footage you help shoot for your own project or as stock footage.

Plowhaus - Day of the Dead

Invitation to join The Annual "Day of the Dead" Show

Plowhaus Artists' Cooperative will hosting its 6th Annual Celebration of Dia de los Muertos*, the Day of the Dead, with a themed exhibit that will run from October 27th - November 11th. An opening artists' reception will be held Saturday evening, October 27th, from 7 - 11 to honor the tradition. Historically the reception features traditional and non-traditional themed art, food and drink, and music

*Throughout the month of October, families and villages across Mexico prepare for Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. On these days at the cusp of October and November, those who have died are remembered and their spirits are welcomed back for a yearly visit. Handmade altars, special food and drink, parades and plays, skull-shaped confections and toys, gravesite visits


Artist in Residency w/ David Chatt-Sarratt Art Studios(Deadline: Dec. 1st)

Sarratt Art Studios
Artist in Residency Program with internationally known bead artist, David Chatt.

Sixteen selected artists have the opportunity to work with David through the winter and spring of 2008 to learn bead weaving techniques through jewelry, vessels, and sculpture. A final exhibition displaying the groups work will be held at the Tibbott Gallery at University School of Nashville.

For more info about David Chatt, please visit

Interested applicants should send 10 images (slides or digital), a resume, and a letter of intent to David Heustess at:
Sarratt Art Studios
207 Sarratt Center
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2007 and there is no application fee.

The letter of intent should explain why you want to participate, what your goals for the program are, how you can collaborate with the group, and how you feel this program can influence your work as an artist.

Artists selected MUST commit to the following dates: January 25-27, February 8-10, February 29, March 1-2, April 11-13. In addition, recommended group work days will be held every Sunday between January 27 and May 4.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

website designer needed

Looking for someone to do website. We have the artwork, images (very organized) and all the copy, we just need to find a capable designer with a certain artsy flair and can start as soon as possible.

Please contact at

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Whole Foods Market Nashville - Call to Artists

Greetings Artist of Nashville!
This letter is to invite you to add part of your talent to the new Whole Foods Market Nashville, opening November 1 in Green Hills. We are asking several Nashville artists to partake in an art project of painted used guitars that will be exhibited in the café at the new Whole Foods. We are asking that you as an artist find a used- very used guitar at a local shop - I have been around a few shops and found several if you need a few leads on where to find one... (for this you will be reimbursed for to a maximum of $75 so keep your receipt). We are asking for acrylic painted guitars with some theme of Nashville or Tennessee (ie. Skyline, icons of Nashville, the Iris etc) The first ten artists to respond will be chosen and all works of art will need to be turned over to Whole Foods Market by or on October 29th. Your name will appear next to your piece in the café and we will auction them off in a year or so with proceeds going to a local Music Foundation of Whole Foods Market's choice (TBD). Once artists are chosen more detailed information will be sent you. A tax deductable form will be given to participating artists.

We hope you will be interested in this project! Please call me with any questions 512 577 9069. -Julie

Monday, October 1, 2007

Health Coverage for Artists!

Health Coverage for Artists!

Go to to learn about health coverage for anyone in film/video/TV, dance, theatre, fine arts, music, graphic arts, written and spoken word. This is a safety net for professionals who work on a project-to-project basis, and therefore have found it difficult or impossible to be covered in any sort of corporate or group membership plan. A spectrum of options is available, including lowest cost basic coverage to comprehensive maximum coverage plans, available to individuals, families, organizations and corporations involved in any aspect of the arts.

An Introduction to Italy by Lori Putnam

An Introduction to Italy by Lori Putnam
November 4
Two hours of instruction in oil followed by an Italian-style dinner. For more information, contact Lori Putnam at (615) 512-0929 or
Class at 2:00 PM, Dinner follows.
Registration required, this is a FREE event.

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance's Fall 2007 Workshops

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance's Fall 2007 Workshops Watkins College of Art and Design
October 18 - 21
Stan Townsend will present "Molding and Casting with Modern Materials," during which participants will learn all of the steps to make a one-part and two-part mold, as well as a mother mold and other castings. Ron Young will present "Patinas and Metal Finishes," during which participants will learn how to achieve beautiful patinas on all types of metals. For more information and to register, visit and click "Workshops and Seminars."

Open Studio with Alan LeQuire

Open Studio with Alan LeQuire LeQuire Gallery & Studio
September 6 - November 15
This class focuses on sculpting, but students are welcome to paint or draw. A model changes poses every other week. Alan will provide clay for sculptors and even fire pieces for students free of charge. Those wishing to paint or draw should bring their own supplies. Call (615) 298-4611.
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
No Registration, $25/session

The Ugly Necklace Contest

The Ugly Necklace Contest Deadline: March 15, 2008
Nashville, TN
A jewelry design competition with a twist- this is an opportunity to put together a well-designed and functional, yet ugly, necklace. To enter, take three snapshots or scans of necklace and write a short poem about it. Official rules and information can be found on line at

Memphis Germantown Art League Juried National Exhibition

Memphis Germantown Art League Juried National Exhibition Deadline: December 14
Germantown, TN
The Memphis Germantown Art League's Juried National Exhibition will be held at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre from February 20 - March 15, 2008. Cost is $35 for three entries. For more information, visit

call to artists - 12" x 12" A Small Works Show (Deadline: November 12 )

12" x 12" A Small Works Show Deadline: November 12
Murfreesboro, TN
The Art Department of Middle Tennessee State University invites entries for its second 12" x 12" small works, juried exhibition. There are no media restrictions. Works submitted may not exceed 12" in any direction including frame and base, in the case of three-dimensional works. Awards to be made will total no less than $2,100. For more information, visit

Historic Franklin License Plate Design Competition (Deadline: Oct. 17)

Historic Franklin License Plate Design Competition Deadline: October 17
Franklin, TN
A vehicle license plate has been approved for Franklin and a formal competition will determine its design. Design submission is free. Artists of all genres are invited to apply. Designers are asked to visualize Franklin's quality of life in 6x12 inches. For more information, visit

Call to artists - Interactions/Interruptions (Deadline: October 12 )

Interactions/Interruptions Deadline: October 12
Memphis, TN
Interactions/Interruptions is a temporary public art program that celebrates the UrbanArt Commission's 10th anniversary. This is a student call to artists. Four students from the tri-state area (TN, MS, AR) will receive $1,000 each. Artists should propose potential locations or types of locations for the proposed public art projects. The artwork will be exhibited during February or March 2008. For more information, visit