Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gallery Office Space for Rent - The Showroom Gallery in the Arcade

Gallery Office Space for Rent - The Showroom Gallery in the Arcade

quiet, professional, contemporary office space on one side of gallery
great space, quiet, sky-light, excellent exposure during the gallery crawl, good for events, rotating artwork etc!

open to having an artist in residence as long as the set up is minimal and not messy

Desk provided. Chairs, laptop and small file cabinet ok. Insurance required.

The Showroom Gallery
75 Arcade, Nashville, TN 37219 • P 347 306 1859 •

Holiday Art Workshops at Art & Invention Gallery

Holiday Art Workshops
at Art & Invention Gallery

Make your own:
Toys - $18
Picture Frames - $7
Stocking - $8
Ornament - $8
Cards - $4

Many surprise crafts!
Or… create your own Christmas craft idea with the supplies on hand!

CALL FOR DETAILS! (226-2070)

The Craft Table is set up all day, every day! Drop in any time!

Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm;
Sunday noon - 5pm**

(Reservations a MUST for groups of 5 or more, and for weekends)

Art & Invention Gallery
1106 Woodland Street (East) Nashville, Tennessee 37206

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: TSU Art and the Nashville Sign Project

TSU Art and the Nashville Sign Project

The Nashville Sign Project is a celebration of Nashville through letterpress (and other forms of printed ephemera that mediate on letterpress and/or the poster form). Tennessee State University’s Department of Art initiates the project alongside acclaimed artist Carl Pope. The project will culminate in a group exhibition at Tennessee State University’s Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery in October 2010.

Assignment Guidelines
-The work must be a reflection on letterpress or the poster/banner form
-The work can be any medium that considers the above reflection including digital work, video, painting, crochet, projection, drawing, etc. *
-Any quote or slogan by you, your friends, family or famous Nashvillian
-You must include the quote’s author
-Quote no more than ten words in length
-Banners have no word limit
-Past, present or future Nashville can be the subject of the quote
-To participate contact Jodi Hays Gresham, curator,

Letterpress: a very brief history
Letterpress, one of the earliest forms of printing text on paper, is a form of relief printing where the image surface is raised and the resulting image is pressed into the paper. Johann Gutenberg was the father of letterpress printing in Europe, but the Chinese had developed similar types of relief printing as early as the 2nd century A.D. Most of these early texts were printed from type carved from blocks of wood.
When the art of papermaking was introduced to western civilization in the 12th century it allowed printed texts to flourish. By the 15th century A.D., paper was abundantly available throughout Europe. This abundance, along with inventions such as moveable type (characters cast as individual letterforms) and mechanical presses allowed the number of printers and printed materials to soar. A rising literate middle class and movements including the Reformation and religious wars fueled much of this increase.
Today, much remains the same with letterpress printing. Text and image is still printed from a raised surface pressed into the paper. Movable type is still in use. However, the computer revolution has opened many new doors, but the distinguishable characteristics of letterpress remain unchanged. Text and graphic elements can be created digitally on computers and transferred to paper using photopolymer plates and metal engravings. Even with the current renaissance in letterpress printing, one thing hasn’t changed… each impression is still printed by hand, one color at a time.

Broadsides (Letterpress) Posters for Public Announcement, Nashville
Printed on one side only, broadsides were used to issue public decrees, new laws and general announcements. Usually they were quickly and crudely produced in large quantity and distributed free in town squares, taverns, and churches or sold by chapmen for a nominal charge. Broadsides are intended to have an immediate popular impact and then to be thrown away. Posters and items printed for short-term consumption are referred to as printed ephemera.

Hatch Show Print is one of America's oldest surviving show-poster printers, and it opens its doors to visitors who want an intimate view of printing's historical past. Founded in 1870, this still-working letterpress shop is credited with ...Hatch Show Print, also on Broadway, is one of America's oldest surviving show-poster printers, and it opens its doors to visitors who want an intimate view of printing's historical past.

* With few exception, artists must make arrangements for particular projection needs, please speak to Project Curator on specific technical questions.

Open Call for January Art Party - Artists in Nashville

Artists In Nashville has issued an open call for Visual Artists to
participate in January Art Party & on Friday, January 15th, 2010.

The event will be held at Center of Symmetry on Louise Street in West
End. Center of Symmetry is located at 212 Louise Street, Nashville,
37203 (next to Cafe Coco).

"Art Party" will run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We anticipate 100-
150 guests will drop by throughout the evening. Each guest will enjoy
appetizers, beverages and musical entertainment.

This is a great venue for creating relationships with the art
enthusiasts and buyers of art in our community.

At least ten spaces are available in this venue. Entry fee is $30 per
space. Deadline for receipt of application and entry fee is 1/8/2010.

For more information, please paste the following url into your

Questions should be forwarded to

Free Lecture at Frist Center "Thomas Hart Benton: An Epic Life"

Lecture at Frist Center
"Thomas Hart Benton: An Epic Life"
Thursday, December 17, 6:30 p.m.
Auditorium, FREE

Thomas Hart Benton was not only a famous American painter, but he was also a notable writer, musician, and spokesman for American country music. While best known as the leader of the “American Scene” movement of the 1930s, he also had a notable early career as a Modernist in Paris and was the teacher of the abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Join Henry Adams, author of the principal biography of Benton, as he reviews the trajectory of Benton’s life, and travels, which ranged from Gertrude Stein’s Paris to the highways of the American West.

Henry Adams is the author of Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original (Knopf, 1989) as well as the recent book Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock (Bloomsbury Press, October 2009).



Artists living in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisianna, Maryland*, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia*, Washington DC*, West Virginia*!

*Please note that DC, MD, VA and WV have recently been added to South Region
Juror: Barbara O'Brien, Curator, Kemper Contemporary Museum of Art

Postmarked by: Monday, January 4, 2010 (updated deadline)

New American Paintings competitions are conducted annually in each of five
regions of the country. Competitions lead to publication in our bimonthly
journal, New American Paintings, which, juried by curators from prominent
museums, has extended the reach of artists and expanded the resources of
collectors since 1993.

All styles and media are welcome, as long as the work is singular and two-dimensional.

Submission Checklist:

· Send four 8.5 x 11 inch printouts of current work, each labeled with your initials, the work's title, medium, and dimensions (no slides or disks)

· Current résumé

· Self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of your materials AND notification

· $40 entry fee (check made payable to "The Open Studios Press") SPECIAL OFFER: Subscribe to New American Paintings for $89/1-yr and waive the $40 entry fee! Simply enclose your $89 payment and shipping address with your entry.

Send Entires To:

The Open Studios Press
c/o New American Paintings SOUTH Comp.
450 Harrison Ave #47
Boston, MA 02118

Questions? Visit our online FAQ >>
For more information on New American Paintings: Visit our Website >>

If you have viewed our FAQ, and still have questions, please email us or call 1-888-235-2783

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dr Sketchys xxx-mas Session 12/20/09

Christmas time is here! and the Jolly Ol' Dr Sketchy was making a list, checking it twice and deciding who has been naughty and nice. When he got to the name of burlesque beauty Diletta Delight he knew she was the naughtiest of them all!

This month Dr Sketchys Anti Art School Nashville presents Diletta Delight as she poses using Shibari.

Shibari is the beauty of tight bondage. It is a Japanese artistic style of sexual bondage. The tying of rope into intricate patterns and asymmetrical positions makes the model the canvas and the rope being the paint and brush.

Sunday Dec 20th
The 5 Spot
1006 Forrest Avenue

For More Info Visit:



FRANKLIN, Tenn., December 10, 2009—Dickson sculptor Rose Reed Littrell will share her amazing talent to create animal caricatures during the free educational program of The Arts Council of Williamson County (ACWC), “Art: Up Close & Personal,” Monday, January 11, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Williamson County Public Library.
Originally from Franklin, Tenn., Littrell, who is a self-taught and trained artist, has developed her own style in a variety of art forms, often using painted fiberglass with steel armature or papier-mâché as her media. She explains that her art work “is deeply rooted In her love of all animals especially horses.”
Her most well-known work is featured in the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville where 15 life-size realistic and caricature sculptures of horses and cows become a focal point of the restaurant. Other works include a 28-foot long diorama at Bowie Nature Park in Fairview, Tenn.; fun sculptures at Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.; and extra large fiberglass “Bees” for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Her commissioned work has been sold and exhibited from San Antonio, Texas, to New York City, N.Y. Each piece of her art reflects a special love, gift and talent. She has previously taught at Tullahoma Elementary School in Tullahoma, Tenn., and Pegram Elementary in Pegram, Tenn.
Scott B. Hodes, director of visual arts for the Arts Council of Williamson County, points out, “The lecturers have been asked to share the experiences that have culminated in that artisan being able to fulfill the role of professional working artist in the community, such as background, history, choices and decisions, education and technique, work experience, and artistic and life influences.”
The Williamson County Public Library and O’More College of Design are sponsors for this series developed to educate students in the arts as well as those in the community who have an interest in the arts. The lecture series is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The main branch of the Williamson County Library is located at 1314 Columbia Avenue in Franklin. For more information about the event or the Arts Council, visit or call (615) 428-3845.
The Arts Council of Williamson County (ACWC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) service organization that exists to enrich the lives of the citizens of Williamson County, Tenn., by bringing the arts and people together. The Arts Council envisions a dynamic, lively and diverse arts community, which is accessible to all and which is a major cultural destination.

Marketing & PR Workshop for All (Types of) Artists Dec 19, 09

Marketing & PR Workshop for All (Types of) Artists: E-newsletters

12 noon on Saturday, December 19, 2009
At the Selection Center, 2960 Sidco Drive in Nashville, TN

Attend a workshop to learn the basics of e-newsletters, including who to send them to, when and how to send them. To submit your sample e-newsletter to be used in the presentation, click here. The cost is $35 for attendance or $25 for members/readers of Professional Sponsors. Cost includes lunch, networking, the workshop and Guest Speaker(s).

To register for this workshop, email and include December in the subject.

NOTE: Artists In Nashville is a Professional Sponsor of this event, so if you are a member of, you will receive the discounted price of $25!

CALL TO ARTISTS - Regional - Knoxville - Deadline: January 18, 2010


Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Art Gallery
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Gallery is now planning exhibitions for July 2010 through December 2011. Artists living within 250 miles of Knoxville are encouraged to submit proposals.

This premier not-for-profit gallery, located a few miles west of The University of Tennessee, programs six exhibitions per year, showcasing regional artists working in a wide variety of styles, media, and genres. The gallery can only show work that is (primarily) two-dimensional and ready to hang. Work must be appropriate to audiences of all ages. The TVUUC Art Gallery Committee reserves the right to pair artists for two-person exhibitions, but will also consider artists for one-person exhibitions as well as group shows by arts organizations. Exhibitions typically run for two months.
To learn more about TVUUC, please visit our Web site:
The nonrefundable entry fee for submitting a proposal is $30. The gallery provides publicity and hosts a reception for the artist(s) whose work is selected.
Artists should send up to eight slides or a CD with eight or fewer (jpeg, 1200 pixels on longest side of) images of the work (or type of work) they want to show, a one-paragraph bio-sketch, and a brief statement or description of the work. Slides should be labeled with the artist’s name, title, media, size, and top. Those who want the submitted material returned to them should enclose an envelope into which it would fit, along with adequate postage.

Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Proposals should be postmarked by January 18, 2010, and sent to:
Art Gallery Committee
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
2931 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Artists will be notified before March 15, 2010. For further information please e-mail Susan Lapekas (

Billups Art converting to studio space Jan. 2010 - East Nashville

Billups Art will be converting into working studio space, effective January 2010.
Looking for 6-10 artists to help with this endeavor.
Meeting with interested artists this Thursday evening and the week between Christmas and New Year's.
Located in East Nashville in the heart of Five Points.

If interested, please send an email to, with some
sort of bio/resume and some images or a link of your work.