This coming Saturday, April 3, 6-9 pm, we will be setting up a Trailer Park Drive-In Theatre in our Avant-Garage Gallery at The Arts Company, mixing art and film. Selected trailers to be premiered this year at the Nashville Film Festival (April 15-22) will be projected onto one of the garage walls. Nashville Film Festival Planners will be on hand to meet and greet our guests and clue them in on what new films are coming this year. Representatives from the Watkins College of Art Filmaking Department will also be available to offer information about their film programs.
Our host for the event will be Nashville's own Elaine Wood, an artist in her own right and an avowed film groupie, on hand to greet guests in a great trailer park drive-in theatre she will set up and host in our Avant-Garage space. Elaine's diminutive Scamp trailer, hand-painted and outfitted by Elaine, is an artistic happening in its own right. We want guests to enjoy trailer art and hospitality as a backdrop for checking out film trailers from the forthcoming festival.
Other artistic highlights in connecting art, film, and hospitality include: larger-than-life 3-D gallery-goers created by Denise Stewart-Sanabria, located throughout the space to invite conversation with guests; and a group of Brother Mel's new pieces from his "On the Town" series, to be placed on the wall as on-site art and film critics for the evening.
The Avant-Garage gallery is situated on the way from our downstairs galleries to our upstairs galleries. Our front gallery downstairs will be full of April Street's gorgeous and intricate new paintings--accompanied by April herself on hand to meet and greet gallery-goers. And, as always, who knows what we will be showing in our upstairs galleries?
The Arts Company is pulling out all the stops to call attention to one of our primary Partners in Art--the Nashville Film Festival. It's our down home artsy way of presenting this year's preview of the festival, just barely two weeks before the films start rolling. As the film festival folks like to say it: "Something wonderful is about to happen."
Friday, March 26, 2010
The Arts Company is always aflutter when we present April Street's work each year. Last year we missed presenting her new work in a Fall show as usual, because her opportunities in Los Angeles would not allow yet another full body of exhibition-ready work all in the same year. But not wanting to wait through another year, we persuaded her to make an exhibition of new work for us in the Spring this year.
April is one of the hardest working artists we know, and one of the most inventive. Many of our customers have had a chance to meet and talk with her over the last decade. It is unfailingly interesting to follow her annual shifts into new ideas and challenges she creates for herself as an artist. This year is no exception. Those who already know her look forward to seeing what her work is like this year. Is it figurative or abstract or...? Those who haven't had a chance to meet her will want to know how on earth she can produce such intricate and thoughtful work - all by her hand, no gimmicks - and so much of it in just a year's time.
She will be at our place for her First Art Saturday opening reception this Saturday, April 3, from 6-9 pm. Now is your chance to catch up with this deluxe artist who is always willing to talk with folks personally about how she makes the paintings she makes.