I can’t think of words to relate this week’s listing of art happenings around town to check out besides jumping right into the ship … or boat … or talking about the talk about a “View From a Small Boat.” Tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 28th, from 10-11am, you might want to take your lunch break early and listen to award-winning photographer and adventurer John Guider talk in person. Guider, who built his own small, motor-less boat and launched it in the Cumberland River and traveled the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico to Key West and then back up the entire East Coast of Florida, will be at Vanderbilt Divinity School (411 21st Avenue) talking about his several year journey while featuring his extensive portfolio of photographs showing the water and land and the people along the way. Trust me, the story and photos and John in general is very much worth you taking a moment to listen and learn from his extraordinary experience. Not only will you hear about his journey so far, but Guider is also going to speak about his upcoming trip up the Atlantic coast to New York City in that same boat. It is definitely an excellent chance to vicariously be a modern day explorer. Did I mention that the talk is totally FREE and open to the public? Well, it is.
And speaking of FREE events that are open to the public, fast forward to Thursday night for the monthly Hillsboro Village Art Walk throughout the Hillsboro area. From 5-8pm, on Thursday, March 1st, you can dip in and out of the various shows, receptions, and events in about a one block radius. I highly recommend a few stops specifically. Specifically, I would drop by the Belcourt Theater to view artist Holly Davis’ cool series of prints in her series called “I have a desire for candy.” Then, since you’re in the neighborhood you might as well walk up Hillsboro to Zeitgeist for the big show. On the way there, glance over at Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery featuring a diorama by Michael Eades before joining the party. The pARTy that I’m typing about is “Indeterminacies” featuring Alan Valentine (President/CEO of the Nashville Symphony) presenting Blair School of Music’s Blakemore Trio for a one-night performance and discussion. All that, combined with Vesna Pavlovic’s “Search for Landscapes” (showing through March 17th), will be a Hillsboro Village art walk for the ages.
Then, Saturday looks like it is going to be one for the ladies. Specifically, starting Saturday, March 3rd, at 7am, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, you can check out Jodi Reeve’s new series “W is for Woman” which will be available to see during the business hours of Dunn Bros. Coffee (until April 30th). What a great way to start your morning or cup of Joe any day of the week when near the corner of Church and 4th Avenue. And speaking of being in that neck of the Nashville woods, Saturday night will allow you to go art wild in The Arcade. At Space 75, at the COOP gallery, you’ll be able to see the opening for “sightlines (CEL)” by artist Daniele Genadry from 6-8pm. On top of that, if want to hear Genadry talk about her art, you can visit a Public Artist Talk on Thursday, March 1st, at 7:30pm at the Lila D. Bunch Library (same building as Leu Art Building) on Belmont’s campus. Now, back to Saturday night, same Arcade building, in Space 69, from 6-9pm, there will be another opening reception for the solo exhibition of the prints, drawings, and collages of Tiberu Chelcea sponsored by 40AU and HAUS Rotations called “eCartacacoethes.” I’ll once again let the artwork speak for itself, but you should just go down there and check it all out. There are other galleries, artists, and creative folks that will be there waiting to share their art and passion for the local art scene that is taking the year over like this warm winter weather.
I literally have to run. Have a great week and be nice to each other.