Nashville's First Saturday Art Crawl
Step inside Music City's art world with First Saturday Art Crawl. The first Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 9pm, art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view their latest exhibits. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like-minded individuals. Every genre of art can be seen bringing a truly amazing artistic experience. The Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl spans across all of downtown, allowing you too see everything at 5th Avenue of the Arts, 5th Avenue South, and in The Historic Arcade. Feel free to browse below to see what each gallery offers, and what they might feature on the next First Saturday Art Crawl. Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston is a new addition to this celebration of arts, welcoming guests into the WeHo neighborhood for a night of art and music.
Discover why Nashville was ranked the #2 Most Vibrant Arts Community in the SMU National Center for Arts Research Arts Vibrancy Index.
UPCOMING FIRST SATURDAY DATES OF 2016:
April 1 • May 6 • June 3 • July 1
August 5 • September 2 • October 7 • November 4 • December 9
Start your night at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts which gives an Architecture Tour at 4:30pm every First Saturday of the Month. Every inch of the building offers a piece of history to discover. Constructed between 1933 and 1934, during the Great Depression, the former post office is a prominent Nashville architectural treasure from the Art Deco period. The Frist Center’s First Saturday Architecture Tours are interpreted by certified American Sign Language instructors provided through Bridges, a Nashville-based organization that serves the deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing communities.
5th Avenue of the Arts
The 5th Avenue of the Arts is the location of several visual art galleries on one historic block including The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary. The Arts Company is known as a prime destination for fresh, original, and contemporary artwork in photography, painting, and sculpture, by emerging and legendary artists. The Arts Company offers a distinctive Nashville experience in a welcoming environment of over 6,000 square feet in a historic building. The largest contemporary gallery in the heart of Nashville arts district is none other than The Rymer Gallery. Their goal is to foster artwork that entices, engages, and lures artists, collectors, and enthusiasts to Nashville’s expanding art scene. Tinney Contemporary also focuses on presenting cutting-edge contemporary artwork from a large portfolio of internationally known artists. Make sure to stop by the Tennessee Art League an organization dedicated to promoting visual arts through changing exhibitions, and workshops.
The Arts Company
Rethinking Sculptural Forms: John Petrey
Brett Warren Photography Emporium
The Rymer Gallery
Ascend by Adam Thomas and New Works by Elise Wehle
Gold of Africa by Adam Shulman
April 1-May 6
5th Avenue South holds two galleries that are an absolute must when attending the First Saturday Art Crawl. Arts in the Music City Shop takes place right inside the Nashville Visitors Center at Bridgestone Arena and offers the chance to view some amazing art. Just down the way is the legendary Hatch Show Print. Owned and operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Hatch Show Print Haley Gallery showcases historic restrikes of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as Master Printer Jim Sherraden's monoprints. The appreciation, and contemporary interpretations found in the Haley Gallery, celebrates the classic wood blocks of the legendary Hatch Show Print. A sight to see, and a unique artistic experience in Music City during the First Saturday Art Crawl.
There is a shuttle made available to take you back and forth between 5th Avenue of the Arts and 5th Avenue South. Click here to view the shuttle map.
The majority of the art galleries can be found in the historic Arcade of Music City right across from 5th Avenue of the Arts. Built in 1902 the arcade is filled with different genres of art. Check out Corvidae Collective that focuses on local artisans, handmade goods, and curated antiques. Next, see the Hannah Lane Gallery showing Hannah Lane's vibrant contemporary paintings inspired by the world around her. For a diverse range of contemporary art and the opportunity for artists to merge with the community stop by Blend Studio. You cannot forget about Watkins Arcade Gallery (WAG). Witness the art from the many students who attend Watkins College of Art here in Nashville, as they put their work on display for all to see.
Also in the Arcade is The Coop, a curatorial collective made up of artists, curators, thinkers, and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville's dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging, new or under-represented artists/artworks in the community. Visual art lovers will need to pay homage to Carol Saffell's studio L Gallery. Another unique spot is the O Gallery featuring the work of Olga Alexeeva who specializes in contemporary fine art.
Photography buffs will need to experience Craig Brabson Fine Art Photography. Craig Brabson is a twenty year veteran in the photography business, and his work has been on display in many galleries and museums throughout the Southeast United States. Also, check out UltraViolet Gallery & Photography, a photography and art gallery home to Amiee Stubbs. The gallery space can be rented by artists and photographers who are interested in exhibiting their work during the Nashville Art Crawl.
The Arcade has so much to offer for the First Saturday Art Crawl. Here are a few more that you must see before you leave: 40AU, Andy Anh Ha Gallery, BelArt Studio, Studio 66, OPEN, Nostos Gallery, and Space.
And just minutes from downtown...
Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston
To coincide with the Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl, Arts & Music invites guests to a free art and music walk in the WeHo neighborhood of Nashville. Dozens of venues, commercial galleries, artist-run studios, and co-working spaces exhibit groundbreaking art each month.
Make sure you stop by contemporary art galleries like David Lusk Gallery and Zeitgeist Gallery, and creative, co-working facility Fort Houston on your art and music stroll. Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston is a 100% local event that takes you behind closed doors for a chance to experience new art, see live music and have a fun night out.
David Lusk Gallery
This Land, An American Portrait by Jack Spencer
March 14-April 15
March 4-April 29