So what if this week’s title isn’t the best of wordplay for the day after Easter and post HE has risen indeed. I found all of the eggs, candy, and even a real-life bunny that I could handle for awhile and besides that, the two events that I have in store for you this week to attend are the equivalent of experiencing the absolute bestest Christmas and New Year’s celebration back to back. Seriously, I can’t even do proper justice to get you hype about this weekend quickly approaching before the week even begins. If when I say the names of these shows and artists, which I certainly will do in a second, you don’t know … then you better recognize, ask somebody, and get your body ready for what’s about to go down.
It literally starts this Friday, April 29th, from 6-10pm at Ovvio Arte. That is the locale and time where one of Nashville’s most prized painters, Julia Martin, is primed and ready to hold your attention for a good while to come. Her new exhibition, HOLD ME, is a collection of new work that promises to surprise all who are familiar with her work and totally blow away all newcomers to her style. And typing about her style, Julia’s subject matter while making these newbies has changed a little bit from what most of her fans have come to know and love already. HOLD ME, with pieces made on both canvas and wood, investigates the physical work of painting itself and exploring how nearly every artist struggles with the question “what is a painting?”. The Artist’s Reception for HOLD ME is, I repeat, this Friday, April 29th, from 6-10pm at Ovvio Arte. The show will run from April 29thuntil May 21st. Fridays are fresh days and this Friday should be the freshest this year so far. Be there or be square.
And so … after you totally get rocked by Julia’s latest and greatest Friday night, you will have a day of rest (either after the Country Music Marathon or during it if you aren’t helping push Team MO along to the Half finish line or pursuing your own personal best time) in line to get prepared for a fantastical trip back to all the things we love about the 1980’s on Sunday with the always fun, Jeff Bertrand. Yep, Bertrand is back again to leave his creative mark on most of our fond childhood memories in an exhibition appropriately called “WE ARE THE 80’S.” After ending my favorite month of the year in style, I am not alone when getting excited to start the next month with new artwork from Bertrand and friends. Jeff has joined forces in “WE ARE THE 80’S” with out-of-towner Patrick Harris from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, because of their shared experiences with ArtoMat and similar styles and backgrounds. “WE ARE THE 80’S” will feature gnarly references to all of your favorite video games, super heroes, music and movie stars, and everything else radical from the 1980’s pop culture world. The show opens Sunday, May 1st, from 8pm-10pm and will run until June 11th. It takes place in Octane! Gallery, located inside of Kustom Thrills Tattoo at 1000 Main Street in the heart of East Nashville. Need I repeat … again; be there or be square.
But before I depart from this week’s heARt report, I really should remind you that today … TODAY, Monday, April 25th, 2011, is the very last day that you can stop by MIR Gallery (44 Arcade Building Downtown) to see Remaining Works and Days: an exhibition of drawings by Miranda Herrick. The gallery hours today are from noon-6pm. Do yourself a favor, take a break from the office, stroll on over to MIR, and check out and support Herrick’s work. Like I’ve written before, it truly takes a village. Help do your part; even if just by forwarding on this message and the above to others you think will care and be inspired by Nashville’s heART and art.
Let’s end April with a bang! Enjoy your day. As you were, busy but happy.