By now I’m sure most of you know the drill. On the first Thursday of every month the art dealers in Nashville leave their galleries open late and give you free wine. You get to walk around and look at cool and not so cool artwork. You may even find something you want to buy, but it’s not just about buying stuff, it’s about enjoying local art with your community. The event takes place from 5-8pm. Here are some of the higlights.
- The Cumberland Gallery (Green Hills) presents Artist Interview: the irreverent Robert Durham. The second installment in an ongoing series, this event features a discussion with the long-time Nashville painter, in an interview format, exploring the theories and processes of his work. The discussion will begin at 6:30PM. Gallery One (Belle Meade Galleria) will showcase several new works by figurative sculptor Chad Await, a third-generation wood carver with works in the collections of Disney, Caesar’s Palace, entertainer Usher, and the Alabama Supreme Court
- LeQuire Gallery (Charlotte Avenue) is hosting Finer Things Gallery with a special benefit event during its “on the road” tour. Many of the artists represented by Finer Things have donated their work to be sold and 100% of all sales of work by Finer Things artists will go to support rebuilding the gallery.
- Local Color (on Broadway) celebrates the Fourth of July weekend with a Mexican Fiesta night including Sangria refreshments
- Zeitgeist (Hillsboro Village) opens the second of three summer ensemble exhibitions, entitled Right to Assemble. The exhibits showcase luminaries from the Nashville artist studio, university, and independent art scene. This month’s show features diverse artwork by Derek Cote, Todd McDaniel, Kristi Hargrove, Andrew Smaldone, and Ruth Zelanski.
- LeQuire Gallery (Green Hills) work by master potter, Tom Turnbull
- Parthenon, East & West Galleries (Centennial Park) continues the exhibition Hidden Gems: A History of Collecting at the Parthenon. Artwork from its permanent collection, the exhibition tells the story of art collecting at the Parthenon, which has its roots in the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Downtown) offers free music in the Grand Lobby. This month, Fuzzmuzz, a.k.a. Winston Harrison, is an electro-acoustic, ambient artist who will be recording this performance for a new CD
And, as always, some samples of what you’ll see in the galleries this Thursday.