Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nashville Galleries Examiner ...No terrible twos about it!

No terrible twos about it!
July 30, 3:22 Pm
Chuck Beard
Nashville Galleries Examiner

There won’t be any clowns in outrageous get-ups or fake candles that never seem to go out no matter what technique you try to make your dreams a reality, but during this week’s First Saturday Gallery Crawl, August 1st, from 6-9pm, Twist Art Gallery will informally be celebrating its 3rd birthday with art and entertainment galore! You don’t have to bring a gift, just yourself and possibly all of your friends, but there is a good chance that you won’t leave empty-handed.
It has already been three years since Twist began on August 6th, 2006. To celebrate the huge event, Twist is not opening one BUT two new shows: a Mail Art show in Twist #58 and paintings by Angela Burks! It certainly has been a rollercoaster ride to get where Twist is today from humble beginnings, but Twist doesn’t seem to see any end in sight just yet. In fact, Joe Nolan recently reported for Nashville Public Radio on the diverse ways of how Twist Art Gallery is proving particularly innovative in ways it is branching out through technology and attracting potential fans and buyers during a time where art business sales are down.
Alongside Angela’s show opening, Twist is also opening their Love Letters to the Post Office; a Mail Art show. Lately, the Arcade Post Office has had close-calls with possibly having to close from orders by the U.S. Postal Service. Heartfelt for the art of handwritten letters and postcards, Twist is trying to help the cause against a possible lost art form by having loving postcards that were sent in and postmarked before July 24th to be displayed and sold at the Gallery Crawl for $5 a piece to support future Twist exhibitions in the Arcade.

Also on tap for the festive event will be the availability of the pictured, limited-edition Twist commemorative posters created by local artist Laura Braisden in both full-color or black and white options. You’ll need to arrive early because there are only 100 of those posters made specifically for this birthday party. There will be other fun surprises and souvenirs in store and more!
Again, I was told there would be no clowns in outrageous get-ups. On the bright side, there will be stellar music by Nashville’s own sensation, Eastern Block, to accompany all of the visual art inside the Arcade starting at 7pm. Trust me; this will be one birthday party you won’t want to miss! Did I mention no clowns?!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Twist turns 3 years old...Nashville Scene

You're Not Helping and Twist's Birthday Bash
It's Your Birthday
Joe Nolan
Nashville Scene

Time flies when you are having fun, and Twist Gallery founders Caroline Carlisle and Beth Gilmore have been having a blast growing their presence in the Downtown Arcade and becoming one of the must-see spaces on the First Saturday Gallery Crawl. To celebrate their third birthday, Twist will feature two new shows in each of its Arcade spaces. 73 Arcade will feature paintings by Angela Burks whose latest paintings have introduced graphic elements into her realistic portraits. Twist's space at 58 Arcade will feature a mail art show called Love Letters to the Post Office that is dedicated to the Arcade's 106 year old post office which has recently been threatened with closing. Try to snag a copy of Laura Baisden's great birthday poster and get there early for cake!

Reception, also celebrating Twist's anniversary, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 1.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

IN THE tennessean...Twist, it's three years and counting

The Tennessean

July 26, 2009

For Twist, it's three years and counting

Twist Art Gallery is opening shows in both its Arcade spaces during next Saturday's Art Crawl: paintings by Angela Burks in 73 and Love Letters to the Post Office, a collection of postcards created and sent to the gallery in an effort to save the Arcade post office, in 58. Twist is also celebrating its third anniversary from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

"There will definitely be cake," says Twist co-owner Beth Gilmore, along with Eastern Block performing downstairs and a limited edition third anniversary poster.

Designed by Laura Baisden, the poster features the familiar pink and green color scheme and "elephant" from Twist's logo. Embracing the elephant is just one example of how Gilmore and partner in art Caroline Carlisle have gone with the flow when it comes to their gallery.

After being introduced by mutual friend Lain York from Zeitgeist Gallery, Gilmore and Carlisle decided on their Arcade space a week or so later, becoming the second of two galleries there. Their name came from lists each compiled.

"I was just thinking it needs to be an action word and it needs to be short," Gilmore says. She also liked the symmetry of "twist." Andee Rudloff and Stacey Irwin designed the logo. "It's twist ties," Gilmore explains. "It does look like an elephant and we have come to love that."

They also love shows that completely transform their spaces. Lauren Kussro's 2007 installation of paper flowers suspended from the ceiling remains one of Carlisle's favorites. Gilmore remembers the Whole Milk show, also from 2007, featuring four Minneapolis-based artists who also created a 30-foot-by-80-foot mural on a wall between the Viridian condo high-rise and Downtown Presbyterian Church.

"This has really been a nice creative break," Carlisle says. She says low rent in the Arcade allows them to focus on more than being a commercial venture. "It's nice when we sell things and we hope to sell things, but it's not the whole reason we exist."

Love Letters to the Post Office in Twist 58 and Angela Burks' paintings at Twist 73 remain on view through Aug. 29 in the Arcade. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission fee. For information, call 888-535-5286 or go to">


Saturday, July 25, 2009

home from camp!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

new work etc.

Nashville Public Radio: The Arts Economy – A Tale of Two Galleries (transcript)

NPR The Arts Economy – A Tale of Two Galleries (transcript)

The Arts Economy – A Tale of Two Galleries (transcript)
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
By Joe Nolan

As the economic recession continues, the always-risky art business has proved particularly vulnerable. In January, art sales were down by half at the Christies and Sotheby’s auction houses in New York. Here in Nashville, WPLN’s Joe Nolan reports on the fortunes of two local galleries trying to attract the difficult art dollar.

Audio for this feature is available here.

(SOUND: Twist Gallery)

In downtown Nashville, the 106 year old Arcade building has become the epicenter of the city’s latest art scene. The first Saturday of every month, art fans head downtown for a Gallery Crawl, visiting the fourteen art spaces that call the Arcade and Nashville’s 5th Avenue of the Arts home.

Twist Gallery was one of the first venues to help transform the mostly-vacant Arcade, and was one of a handful of galleries that participated in the inaugural Art Crawl.

CARLISLE: “I’m Caroline Carlisle with Twist Art Gallery and we’re standing in the front room of Twist…”

The storefront gallery at Twist is displaying a show of drawings by two artists from Atlanta’s Beep Beep Gallery. Jason R. Butcher’s odd-ball narratives feature characters like a man whose his inner-child’s arms and legs are growing out of his chest. The exhibit spills into the gallery’s back room where an inventory of small retail items helps to pay the rent for Twist’s more challenging shows.

CARLISLE: “….handmade items, artist created things, t-shirts, vinyl record bowls, note cards, handmade bags and whatnot, all priced below $250. It could go from $3 on up, but we try to keep things affordable for people.”

By executing this one-two punch of challenging programming and savvy retail, Carlisle says Twist is effectively weathering a current dip in sales.

CARLISLE: “I would say we’ve seen a little bit of a slow down this year. The funny thing is we’ve seen more people in the gallery – less sales.”

Despite lean times, Twist has added an additional gallery on the Arcade’s upper level, adding to its space in the real world while it simultaneously increase their reach online.

CARLISLE: “We just recently added several features that we’re excited about. One is our shop button that takes you to our Etsy shop. I’ll click on that now.” is an Internet bazaar where the gallery can sell their artist’s work online. Twist also employs a blog, social networking profiles and Twitter to carry their exhibits beyond the gallery’s walls extending the Twist brand well beyond the Arcade.

CARLISLE: “That’s just how you do it now. You can’t just have a website or just have a blog or you can’t just have a physical bricks and mortar space. We haven’t quite figured out what it is, but I think we’re trying to and I think that’s the next step.”

Another gallery contemplating its next step is only 6 blocks from the Arcade. Although the two galleries are within walking distance from one another, Ruby Green has a different, longer story to tell, one that can sometimes feel a world away from the Avenue of the Arts that Ruby Green also calls home.

CAMPBELL: “I am Chris Campbell and I’m the founding director of Ruby Green, and this is what we call the main gallery. We have divided our entire gallery space into 5 working artist studios. We’re just trying to survive and pay our bills right now.”

The studios recall the venue’s roots as a collection of ramshackle artist spaces that Campbell transformed into a non-profit art gallery in 1998. Ruby Green quickly became known as one of the largest, most engaging art gallery spaces in Nashville. The gallery’s art-for-art’s-sake programming offered challenging installations, video art and experimental live music.


The interest generated by bands like German Castro as well as the gallery’s well-attended exhibits paid off in 2005 when the Andy Warhol Foundation recognized the gallery’s achievements.

CAMPBELL: “It was one of the best things that’s ever happened to I think Nashville’s contemporary art scene personally, because we’re in the books. We’re in the history.”

The Foundation provided Ruby Green with $135,000 dollars, allowing the gallery to hire some of its loyal volunteers.

CAMPBELL: “So for a few years we had paid employees and we were able to reach out and do a lot more and serve a lot more artists. But like all non-profits you still always have to cover all of your operating costs. It’s very rare to get money that’s going to go just for rent and electricity.”

Today at Ruby Green, the main gallery has come full circle. The newly-erected walls fill the formerly spacious room, and the artist studios are linked by a common hallway. Although this latest effort is creating income for the space, the gallery is facing greater challenges.

Campbell worries that possible downtown development plans for green spaces and new Convention Center parking may mean the end of the building that is the gallery’s ten-year old home, forcing Ruby Green to find a new venue even further removed from 5th Avenue and a Gallery Crawl that they already feel a world away from.

CAMPBELL: “I was told that 5th Avenue of the arts is a big elephant and that they can only eat a bite at a time and they’re starting up at TPAC so, you know, we’re at the end of the elephant. The other end (laughs).”

As of the airing of this report, the doors were locked at Ruby Green. The gallery has put in a 30 days notice with their landlord and will be leaving their space to search for a new home in the coming weeks.

For Nashville public radio, I’m Joe Nolan.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

robot postcards for the children

Laura Baisden's Twist 3rd Birthday Poster

Friday, July 17, 2009

Author Geoff Little's Book signing at Twist Gallery

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Eli Keszler and Ashley Paul at Twist

Experimental Music Jam at Twist

Twist and Jam
Joe Nolan

Nashville Scene

Forrest Bride veteran Ben Marcantel is playing the role of impresario this week, booking a pair of experimental composer/musicians at the Twist Gallery space at 73 Arcade. Eli Keszler's percussive compositions pepper vast, ringing, gamelan-like soundscapes with atonal punctuations, creating a sound like a haunted music box. Ashley Paul's muse is also drawn toward shadowy spaces, but it is the eloquent vocalizations Paul pulls from her keening woodwind phrases that make songs like “Dumpster of Love” uniquely her own. Expect both solo sets and some Wonder Twins-style collaborations from these two. Here's to hoping for more of the same from Marcantel and Twist

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Angela Burks show "You're Not Helping" at Twist in August

Five+5 art at Twist opening tonight

Nashville Galleries Examiner

Nashville Galleries Examiner
Chuck Beard

My, oh my, it’s already that time again for another downtown Nashville First Saturday Art Crawl. This Saturday, June 11th, the sun will set and the lights will turn on to shine on some of the finest artwork around. It’s by no means ‘two for Tuesday’ being that it is already Thursday and all, but I would like to take a moment to let you in on two locations-aside from your regular art spots all over town-that are sure to inspire you.
For sheer numbers and timing, you certainly don’t want to miss out on seeing two simultaneous exhibitions at the same place, both at the Twist Art Gallery. First on the list at Twist, Five + 5, is a group exhibition that is making a special stop in Nashville from July 11th – 25th having already spent a month in Tampa, Florida and Atlanta Georgia and heading towards Fresno, California after departing Music City. Including work from artists such as Cameron Brian, Robbie Land, Diran Lyons, Jasmine Schurrer, and Atsushi Tameda among five others is an effort featuring unframed works on paper from (5) art-affiliated artists and five additional guest artists.
Second on the list at Twist might be a favorite pastime of many people but with a change of the name. I’m not sure what you used to call it, I know my names were changed some what, but also starting this Saturday and running through the 25th of July is WE ARE GOING TO SPEND THE NIGHT AT MEEMAW AND POP-POP’S. This exhibition will focus on the work by artist Nick Stolle. A recent Watkins grad, Nick’s current show will center on themes of shame, longing, and hope.
Speaking of hope and major themes, my advice is to go out and see hope firsthand in person as seen in the picture above. All you have to do is make the quick hop on over to Tinney Contemporary any time between 6-9 pm to witness Donny Smutz’s Out of My Mind. An up and coming, self-taught, and often controversial, artist, one of Donny’s paintings in an exhibition last year was actually slashed with a box-cutter by a visitor who thought his depiction of Catholic nuns in random positions were irreverent. This time around, Donny’s latest controversial piece as seen above is a large acrylic representation of President Barack Obama hanging on a cross as a perceived savior beside Oprah Winfrey interviewing him in front of her flock all the while Ronald McDonald offering him a quick fix cheeseburger. There is a point that you’ll see in these surreal visions and you may even possibly find that point by attending the show that closes this Saturday and asking the artist himself.
My point is that you won’t see anything special unless you get out there and crawl … or walk … or just get up, get out and do something.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

SUMMERS Short Stories Collection @Twist Art Gallery

Geoff Little Booksigning
SUMMERS Short Stories Collection @Twist Art Gallery

Friday, July 17, 2009

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Twist Art Gallery

73 Arcade (between 4th & 5th Avenue, dowtown Nashville



The pleasure of your company is requested at Geoff’s booksigning.

Friday, July 17th at 7.30 p.m. Location is TWIST Art Gallery, nestled in the historic ARCADE in downtown Nashville. Best entrance is off of 5th Avenue. Actual address: 73 Arcade (near intersection of 5th & Church). Park free on the street (if you can). Gallery is upstairs.

Following the booksigning event - guests are invited to a private summertime celebration at The Fiction Faction Hangar & Dancery, located just down the block in a lost corner of an 1851 revivalist Egyptian temple.

For those of you who are unable to attend, you may like to know the link -

Copies will be for sale at the booksigning. Hope you can come.

Experimental Music Jam at Twist

Experimental Music Jam

Date/Time:Mon., July 13

Price: Free

Experimental Music Jam at Twist

Twist and Jam
Joe Nolan

Nashville Scene

Forrest Bride veteran Ben Marcantel is playing the role of impresario this week, booking a pair of experimental composer/musicians at the Twist Gallery space at 73 Arcade. Eli Keszler's percussive compositions pepper vast, ringing, gamelan-like soundscapes with atonal punctuations, creating a sound like a haunted music box. Ashley Paul's muse is also drawn toward shadowy spaces, but it is the eloquent vocalizations Paul pulls from her keening woodwind phrases that make songs like “Dumpster of Love” uniquely her own. Expect both solo sets and some Wonder Twins-style collaborations from these two. Here's to hoping for more of the same from Marcantel and Twist

Adore snail mail? Arcade art gallery wants your love letters

Adore snail mail? Arcade art gallery wants your love letters

Will Ayers • July 8, 2009 The Tennessean

While downtown dwellers and workers are crossing their fingers, hoping the 106-year-old Arcade Post Office won't be closed in a controversial cost-cutting measure, an art gallery just upstairs in the Arcade is adding its own voice to the fray.

Twist Art Gallery is asking fans of the Arcade Post Office, as well as devotees of the dying medium of old-fashioned mail itself, to create love notes to its beleaguered neighbor on postcards no larger than 5" by 7".

You need not be a professional artist to participate; the gallery owners just ask that you be creative. Postcards will be hung at the downtown gallery crawl on Aug. 1 and will be sold for $5 each to support future Twist art shows.

Twist Art Gallery in the Nashville Scene

We Are Going to Spend the Night at Meemaw and Pop-Pop's at Twist
Sleepover With Stolle
Joe Nolan

Inspired by a friend's online post, local artist Nick Stolle decided that We Are Going to Spend the Night at Meemaw and Pop-Pop's was a fine name for his new show of work at Twist Gallery's space at Arcade 58. The idea of Stolle spending the night anywhere that may afford him a sound night's sleep is probably a good idea for a young artist who has spent the last several months throwing his hat into the ring for the Nashville's Hardest Working Artist Award. Hot on the heels of a Watkins senior show that featured an exclamation point of a short play that he wrote, directed and acted in, Stolle has regularly cranked out new work that is sarcastic enough to sucker the hipsters, but sincere enough to move those with eyes to see.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Call for your Mail Art: Love Letter to the Post Office

Recently, our dear Arcade Post Office has been threatened with closing
by the U.S. Postal Service. While we all assume the end of paper mail
is at some point inevitable, we certainly have a nostalgia for actual
handwritten letters and postcards. The Arcade Post Office has been in
the Arcade since the very beginning, opening in 1903. 106 years later
- is it the end of an era? We hope not, but in the meantime, send your
heartfelt Love Letter to the Post Office via Twist Art Gallery, 73 Arcade,
Nashville, TN 37219. Please make it a postcard no larger than 5" x 7"
and postmark by July 24th.

We will hang your postcards in Twist 58 for the August Gallery Crawl.
Postcards will not be returned, but will be sold at the Gallery Crawl for
$5 a piece to support future Twist exhibitions in the Arcade. (It is our
third birthday after all!! And we hope to have many more.) You need
not be an artist to send us a postcard, but we hope it will get your
creative juices flowing.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Beethoven drawing ....part 1 .....meets drawing class