Monday, March 03, 2008

the Tennessean writes about the Art Crawl

First Saturday Art Crawl promises diverse exhibits
Galleries open their doors for evening receptions



Saturday marks a new round of art openings downtown as art galleries throw open their doors for the latest First Saturday Art Crawl. Festivities last from 6-9 p.m. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

TAG Art Gallery’s latest show pairs Tennessee State University professor Samuel L. Dunson Jr. and sculptor Jason Lascu. Dunson is one of the city’s finest painters, with a highly developed, tightly constructed style. The title of his exhibit at TAG is Terra Firma, and the images in some way grapple with the idea of finding solid ground, whether physically or metaphorically. TAG is now located on the second floor of the Arcade, in the space formerly occupied by Dangenart Gallery. For more information, visit www.tagartgallery.com or call 429-7708.
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Danielle Duer's ( fov ) studio on the upper level of the Arcade hosts an exhibit of mixed-media books and digital images by Teresa VanHatten-Granath, chair of the photography department at Belmont University. Motherhood and family figure into these works, which like many artist’s books have a sculptural quality. More information is available at www.artatthearcade.com.

Twist Art Gallery, also located in the Arcade, hosts Rachel Hall Kirk’s installation The Big Payback. The artist describes her work as fulfilling “a personal fantasy in which I expose the vulnerability of people who often feel a sense of entitlement and superiority behind the facades of uniforms.” Visit www.twistartgallery.com for more information.

Tinney + Cannon Contemporary holds over its latest exhibit, featuring paintings by Atlanta artist Tony Hernandez. These solemn figure studies of children were inspired by the experiences of young people during the Holocaust. The gallery is located at 237 Fifth Ave. N. For more information, call 255-7816.

Just down the street, at 215 Fifth Ave. N., The Arts Company opens its latest exhibit, titled Works in Progress. On view will be new clay sculpture by Nelson Grice, landscape photography by Hollis Bennett, hand-painted photography by Kimiko, and paintings by Calvin Morton. For more information, visit www.theartscompany.com.

Downtown Presbyterian Church, at 154 Fifth Ave. N., continues its Lenten exhibit, An Emancipation Conversation. Artists include Julie Lee, Nathan Steele, D.J. Justice, Richard Feaster, Tasha French, Mark Sloniker, Elizabeth Streight, Beth Gilmore and others. In addition, the church hosts its monthly Art-Luck, a potluck dinner for art lovers; the 6 p.m. meal is followed by a 7 p.m. concert featuring Carry Nation, the trio of local singer-songwriters Sarah Masen, Sherry Cothran and Jewly Height.

A block away, The Rymer Gallery hosts an exhibit of paintings by Brett Osborn, a Wisconsin-born artist who conjures evocative landscapes from his memory. Currently located at 219 Sixth Ave. N., the gallery will move to a newly renovated 3,000-square-foot space on Fifth Avenue in May. More information is available at www.therymergallery.com.

Estel Gallery, at 115 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (formerly Eighth Avenue North), opens an exhibit of paintings by W.J. Cunningham. Titled Punim — the Yiddish word for “face” — the show consists of a series of tightly focused portraits. More information is available at www.estelgallery.com.