Sunday, September 25, 2011

Nashville letter art project - Due 9-30-11

Nashville letter art project

A community-based Nashville art project, put on by myself, Nate Baker of I've lived in a Nashville for 15 years.

I'm asking people who have lived in Nashville to send me a letter. I'm creating a poster folks can download after it's finished. Full information is available at

The prompt is:

After [number] years in Nashville, I learned _______.

You don’t need to currently live in Nashville, as long as you’ve spent at least a year here. Just tell me something that’s true to you. Write as many of the sentence prompts as you’d like. It can be personal, dark, funny, general or about whatever you’d like. Below are all the details you need. If you have a question, post it in the comments.

For anyone who wants to participate, please send me a stamped letter by Friday 9/30 to participate.

Include one or more sentences in this format:

After NUMBER year(s) in Nashville, I learned _______ .

Write in your own handwriting on white, line-free paper.
Sign your name only as you’d like it to appear publicly.
Send your letter to:

Nate Baker
1414 17th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

I’ve been thinking of ways to encourage a deeper level of dialogue on the Internet. In the world of sharing for hundreds or thousands at the speed of a tweet, sometimes depth gets lost. I wanted to engage in something personal, direct and rare: like letter writing.

The work will likely be a poster-sized pdf you can print out. I’ll license the work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Nate Baker

Call to Artists Picture This Creative Framing and Gallery

Call to Artists

Picture This Creative Framing and Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the up coming gallery schedule for its Hermitage location as well as for Picture This on 5th in the downtown arcade gallery.

Please mail or email images to the gallery with a personal note telling us a little bit about who you are and what you do. If you mail them, they may be on a CD or photos no larger than 4 x 6. Please do not send slides. You may also email us your website in lieu of images. Emailed images should be in jpeg format. The images should show us the range of your work and subject matter. Include sizes and retail prices . Please also include your phone number and contact information! If you want us to mail your items back to you, please include a SASE. Please do not come into the gallery and expect to meet with someone without an appointment.


If we feel that your work is appropriate for our gallery, we will then contact you to discuss further. If you wish to have a signed agreement, please bring one with you when you bring your artwork or mail one if you are shipping your pieces.

Gallery Contact

John Reed, Gallery Director

FREE Workshops at Handmade and Bound Festival - Oct 1 2011

FREE Workshops at Handmade and Bound Festival - Oct 1 2011
Handmade and Bound Nashville, a  book arts festival for the entire family, will welcome dozens of vendors and feature a variety of workshops and lectures during the first edition of the free community celebration, set for Friday, Sept. 30–Saturday, Oct. 1, at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

Artists’ book, zine and comics authors, artisans, publishers, distributors and aficionados will buy, sell, trade and exhibit handmade and affordable publications and creations, as well as offer instruction and demos in miniature books, origami books, papermaking, printing, zine making, publishing, writing and bookbinding.

All events and activities are free and open to the public.

Sponsors for Handmade & Bound Nashville include Bongo Java, Jerry’s Artarama, Plaza Artist Materials, and Watkins Community Education department.

The festival launches Friday, Sept. 30, with a 6:30 p.m. reception celebrating the juried book arts and zine exhibition Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story, on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery (through Oct. 28).  Immediately following at 8:00 p.m. in the Watkins Theater is a screening of the award-winning 2004 documentary “$100 and a T-shirt,” a cultural analysis of the zine community directed by Joe Biel (51 min.).

In addition to the book arts marketplace on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Handmade & Bound will offer the following free activities for children and adults:

  •     Papermaking with Annie Herlocker, Watkins adjunct instructor – throughout the day
  •     Sidewalk mural drawing for kids of all ages with Watkins art students – throughout the day
  •     Proofpress printing with Cindy Marsh of the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at Austin Peay State University – throughout the day
  •     Wooden books demo by Jennifer Knowles McQuistion of Brown Dog Bindery
  •     Fine bindings and gold tooling demo by Bob Roberts of Gilded Leaf Binder
  •      Zines for Kids & Teens workshop by Kale Edmiston of Little Hamilton CollectiveStorytime for Children reading and fingerpuppets by Nathalie VanBalen, author of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice
  •     Miniature Books: Accordion Popup workshop by Jennifer Knowles McQuistion of Brown Dog Bindery  (no fee, but registration required)
  •     “The Art of Saying Something Worth Saving,” a discussion of language and text in art by Amy Wright of Zone 3 Press
  •     Quadraflip or Infinity Card workshop by Elizabeth Sanford, Watkins adjunct instructor (no fee, but registration required)
  •     “Toward a Self-Sufficient, Long-Lived Zine,” a discussion of independent publishing by Todd Dills, editor, THE2NDHAND literary zine
  •     Zine Readings open mic
  •     Saturday will also feature music from indie pop duo Kristy West (Guilty Pleasures alumna) and Nick Perreault and a food truck “food court” with several of Nashville’s most popular rolling restaurants.
    To reserve space in the miniature book and card workshops, email   For more information, contact the Watkins Library at 615.277.7427 or visit

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Free Workshop - Social Media and Your Art: Using Facebook as Marketing Tool. 9-24-11 RSVP.

Free Workshop - Social Media and Your Art:

Using Facebook as a Marketing Tool

Hosted by VMB, Virtual Media Assistants in conjunction with Sarratt Art Studios on September 24, 2011 9am-1pm in 112 Sarratt Student Center on Vanderbilt’s campus. RSVP required to

Are you struggling to get started in the growing world of social media?  Does Facebook intimidate you?  Do you want to increase your artwork’s virtual visibility? Virtual media assistants, VMB, are here to help.  VMB offers several virtual media services to assist artists looking to improve their online presence.

For the first time VMB is offering a FREE, limited entry, introductory workshop! This workshop will focus on teaching you how to set up and use a Facebook Page that effectively markets your artwork and business.  Tutorials on how to navigate Facebook, strategies on using Facebook to promote your artwork, and instructions on profile management will be offered.  We will also discuss creating an Etsy account that can be linked to your profile.

Please come join us in Sarratt Student Center Room 112 on Vanderbilt University’s campus on September 24, 2011 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided. CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 15! To RSVP please email or contact us via our website

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@VMBVMA) for updates and special offers!

CALL TO FILMMAKERS & VISUAL ARTISTS: 'ARTlightenment' - Late Submissions: 10-15-11



A Film and Art Festival in Nashville

Film & Visual Art Submissions Accepted Through Sept. 30, 2011

Late submissions up to Oct. 15,2011

For Presentation during the festival from Nov. 10-13

Jury Fee: $10 Per Submission


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 2011) -- Filmmakers and visual artists are invited to submit original works for "ARTlightenment" a visual art and film festival that will occur from Nov. 10-13 (Thursday-Sunday) at Celebrity Centre Nashville, 1130 8th Ave. S. near downtown Nashville. Artists may submit up to three original works for a jury fee of $10.  Those selected will pay a $40 participation fee.  "Best of Festival" and other awards will be presented to the winning filmmakers and artists. The festival will provide much-needed exposure for Middle Tennessee filmmakers and artists, and the theme of the event is “Elevate the Artist, Elevate the Culture.” Short films should be ten minutes or less.  Acceptable art submissions include paintings, mixed-media, photographs and sculptures.  All submissions should be suitable for general audiences.  Prospective participants may submit their film or their artwork online at For more information, visit or contact Robyn Morshead at  or (615) 668 0169.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Call for Emerging Artists - Visual Overture Magazine - Deadline 10-19-2011

Visual Overture Magazine
Featured Emerging Artists - Winter 2011
    Calling emerging visual artists everywhere! Visual Overture Magazine is currently welcoming submissions for the upcoming Winter 2011 “Featured Emerging Artists” juried exhibition-in-print which will display the work of 7 artists – each receiving two pages in the magazine showcasing their art, a short artist interview, and juror notes. Additional artists may be selected for smaller features. This publication opportunity gives artists the direct connection to hundreds of galleries, curators, and collectors who are all searching for the newest in all media of visual art. Deadline October 19, 2011. More details and application at

Call for Entries: Springhouse Worship & Arts Center 2nd Annual VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION. Deadline Sep 19 2011

Springhouse Worship & Arts Center 2nd Annual VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION and Reception

S a t u r d a y, N o v e m b e r 1 9th, 2011

Call For Entries

Submission Requirements

The Gallery at Springhouse Worship and Arts Center will be accepting art submissions for the 2011 Visual Art Exhibition from
September 1st through September 19th by MAILED CD or by EMAIL. Up to three pieces allowed per

For CD submissions, you may send up to three images and one detail. Postmark Deadline for your CD is September 19th, 2011. (CD’s

Please include: entry fee, artist name, title, medium, size, price, date completed, phone number & email
address, so we may notify you if your work is selected for submission.

will not be returned).

From 7:00 until 9:00 pm.

Thousands In Award Prizes

Mail the CDs and entry fee for each piece to: Connie Hutchison, The Gallery at Springhouse Worship and Arts Center, 14119
Old Nashville Hwy, Smyrna, TN 37167.

For Email submissions, you may email up to three labeled images and one detail to: Each image

should be of good quality and labeled with artist name, title, medium, size, price, date completed, phone number & email
address, so we may notify you if your work is selected for submission. You must mail in your entry fee for each piece, accompanied by the
above information, postmarked by the September 19th deadline.

Preliminary Judging will take place, viewing CD and Email entries, that have the proper information, received entry fee and received by deadline of September 19th,
2011. There will be no exceptions.

Artists of selected art work from CD and Email submissions will be notified, between September 26th thru October 8th, 2011. Chosen work must be hand delivered
to the Gallery at Springhouse, Friday, November 4th, from 4:00-8:00 pm. or Saturday, November 5th, from 10:00-1:00 pm. No entries accepted after 1:00 pm.

A d u l t s, 1 9 y r s & o l d e r

Entry Fee of $10 per submitted piece of adults, and $5 per submitted piece of youth, must be paid by cash or check at the time of submission. Entry Fees go
toward the People’s Choice Awards.

Artists must agree to allow selected artwork to be on display in The Gallery Exhibition area through February 25th, 2012.

We will accept original: Paintings; Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, etc. Drawings; Pencil, Charcoal, Ink, etc. Photography, Sculpture, Collage and Mixed Media. All work must
be original and completed within the last three years. Up to three submissions per person will be allowed. No works larger than 60”x 60”.

All work must be matted, framed and wired for hanging, with entry form and entry fee paid at time of submission. Paintings on canvas may be framed but is not

Work will be judged on Concept, Skill Level, Execution, Originality and Creativity.

Material Content MUST BE appropriate for children and family viewing. The Gallery reserves the right to reject any work considered objectionable.

Artists may list prices and sell their work during this exhibit. All sales will pass through The Gallery, but the artwork must remain on exhibit until the end of the
exhibition in February, 2012. Artists will be notified of this date. We are a nonprofit and Will Not receive a commission on sales. The artist receives full amount paid.

You are not required to sell your work. Simply list NFS, (not for sale) on the entry form at time of submission at The Gallery.

For Questions, Call Connie Marie Hutchison 615-969-3485/615-355-4495 or Email:

PURCHASE PRIZE AWARD $1,000.00! Sponsored by Journeys.

Sponsors and Prize Amounts will be announced at later date.

H i g h S c h o o l, 1 4 – 1 8 y r s

M i d d l e S c h o o l, 1 1 – 1 3 y r s

Call for Artists - Arte Laguna International Art Prize, Venice, Italy

Call for Artists - Arte Laguna International Art Prize, Venice, Italy

All artists, including painters, sculptors, visual artist, photographers, digital animators, performance artists.

The Prize is open to all artists, without any limit of age, sex, nationality or other qualifications. Each artist can participate with one or more artworks, in one or more sections.

The Italian Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), in collaboration with Arte Laguna, organizes the Sixth International Art Prize “Arte Laguna” aimed at promoting and enhancing the contemporary art.
Participants can choose the theme of their artworks and enter into five sections - Painting, Sculpture and Installation, Photographic Art, Video Art and Animation, and Performance.

December 2011.

November 11, 2011. See website for submission details.

Venice, Italy

International exposure in a renowned
Cash prizes from $10,000 and up
Five opportunities for artist residencies
Business for Art opportunity (for artists for submitting two works in one section)
Three festival or gallery exposition opportunities

Arte Laguna,
+39 39 041 5937242 int. 4

Art: Up Close & Personal: Deborah Gall -Painting -September 12 2011 - Wmson Cnty

Art: Up Close & Personal

Deborah Gall
September 12
6 - 7:30 pm

Williamson County Public Library
(main conference room)
1314 Columbia Pike
Franklin, TN 37064

In it's third year, the Arts Council is proud to present this evening series for 2011. Some of the most renowned local artists will share an up-close and personal glimpse into their lives and their work. The evening starts with a educational and interactive powerpoint presentation, followed by a question and answer period.




Creating art that invites the viewer to ponder and explore is Deborah’s primary goal.    A passion for excellence, beauty, and things spiritual is reflected in paintings that also reflect her love of texture and color, light and mystery. Cohesive in its brilliant hues and high-relief texture the body of work is diverse in its images and palettes.  Clients often describe Deborah’s work as bold in color yet peaceful in emotion; it is work that draws them into the painting.  The work embodies the power of divine love as it interprets the vision within Deborah’s spirit.

Deborah Gall was created to live a life of artistic and prophetic expression. Her formal training came at Valparaiso University (Indiana) where she earned a fashion merchandising & business degree.

With a stirred heart, in1984, Deborah began to explore the useof fabrics & threads as a means of artistic expression.  In 1986 she began professional sales of her art to students and friends.  For the next 10 years she personally sold her work to a growing client list and in 1996 expanded to galleries, interior designers, & sales representatives.  Internet marketing began in 1998.

  Abide Studio, a retail studio/gallery in Franklin, TN, was established in 2004.  It is the anchor of The Row @ The Factory, a community of creative working artists studios in the historic Factory at Franklin.  Here she expanded her 20 years of creative expression to include mixed media and acrylic painting.  In 2007 Abide Studio transitioned from a fiber art studio to acrylic painting and mixed media studio.  In the “open air” environment Deborah shares each painting with viewers and clients.

In 2010, Deborah began to take her work out to an expanding list of locales throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States through various art show venues.

 Deborah’s custom-designed & commissioned art for corporate & private clients continues to grow.  Her work hangs in private & public spaces across the US & internationally. As an experienced teacher, lecturer, and author in addition to being a successful artist, art studio landlord, and gallery owner, Deborah speaks on a diversity of subjects.  She shares her work and her passion with audiences and students “wherever the path leads”.

 In August, Deborah was invited to represent the Arts Council on the Main Stage at the County Fair. She painted 'Take Me to the Fair', which will be available for purchase in the near future. The painting is available for viewing in Building 12 of the Factory at Franklin, near Liberty Hall.



           The program is funded in part by The Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Program. This series has been 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.


Come mingle with some of the notable artists from our area and beyond.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

January 10: Snowed out, rescheduled for August
February 7: James Threalkill, painting
March 14: Mark Ivie, painting, model design, and sword choreography
April 11: Shelley Snow, painting
May 9: Rachael McCampbell, painting

Series resumes August 8

August 8: Alan Daigre, Furniture Maker & Hand Tool Craftsman
September 12: Deborah Gall, painting
October 10: Marcia Billig, public art and sculpture
November 14: Donna Rizzo, dance and ceramics

The series is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 428-3845 or email

Brown Bag Lunch Bunch - Copyright Law - Wmson County Sept 9 2011

Brown Bag Lunch Bunch
September's Guest:

Casey Del Casino
Del Casino Law, specializing in copyright law

September 9
11am - 1 pm

Casey has lectured at Vanderbilt as well as other Universities regarding copyright law. He will specifically talk about how an Artist can protect their imagery for miss-use / unauthorized publication. Casey will also talk about the creative artist & intellectual property.   In addition, he will also touch on when an artist pulls from another resource and uses images or objects in their artwork and how they can do that legally.

Del Casino Law is a full service entertainment law firm that I founded, after spending the last few years with some of Nashville’s large law firms. I decided once again to open my own office so that I could provide my clients with more economical and individualized attention for which I have become known in my more than 22 years of practice in entertainment and copyright law.

My experience as a musician and ten years experience as a music publisher in New York, working with artist-writers such as ABBA, Quincy Jones, Todd Rundgren and Foghat, among others, has provided me with a wealth of actual hands-on music business and publishing industry knowledge that shape my practice of entertainment and copyright law.

I have worked tirelessly for the rights of composers and other creators of intellectual property.   I have negotiated some of the largest co-publishing and recording agreements for artist/songwriters, as well as some of the largest agreements and catalog sales for songwriters.  I have renegotiated decade’s old recording and publishing agreements, resulting in new and improved terms for the benefit of artists and their heirs.

Del Casino Law’s sole agenda is to protect the rights of their clients by securing the best agreements for them in a comprehensive, efficient and economical manner.

Williamson County Public Library
(main conference room)
1314 Columbia Pike
Franklin, TN 37064

Call for Artists: Artfusion 2012 Williamson County - Deadline 1-20-2012

Artfusion 2012  Williamson County's premier annual visual art event.
Applications now available online!

The 6th annual Artfusion will feature fine art and high quality fine craft from regional artists.
Show dates: June 8 - 10

Applications available at
Application deadline January 20, 2012

Fall 2011 Open Studio with Alan LeQuire

Fall 2011 Open Studio
  with Alan LeQuire

  September 6th - November 22nd

  September 6th - November 22nd
No reservations necessary. Students may join at any time.
All skill levels welcome.

  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Alan supplies materials for those working in clay. Students who prefer to paint or draw should bring their own supplies.

Models change positions every third week.

LeQuire Studio
4304 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

For more information: 615/ 298-4611 or