A SUMMER OF ART ON 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS
Launches First Saturday - June 1, 2013
MAYOR DEAN TO UNVEIL 5th AVENUE OF THE ARTS STREETSCAPE
State-of-the-Art Lighting • Sidewalk-Dining • 2-Way Street
FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL EXPANDED
Outdoor Expositions • Visual, Performance, Culinary • Summer Hours
Nashville, TN – 5th Avenue of the Arts launches A Summer of Art on 5th Avenue of the Arts in the center of Downtown Nashville, during an expanded First Saturday Art Crawl June 1, with extended summer hours from 4PM to 9PM.
One of the first major art events of the summer will showcase 5th Avenue of the Arts literally moving in new directions, starting with this historic block being converted into a 2-way thoroughfare. In addition, the new Streetscape between Church and Union will be unveiled featuring aesthetic and technological improvements; First Saturday Art Crawl will be expanded with more artistic experiences and more venues participating; and Mayor Karl Dean will be on hand to unveil the newly designed art block by turning on the street’s innovative one-of-a-kind draped lights (approximately 5:15PM)! Illuminating the street’s visionary influence, 5th Avenue of the Arts is moving forward in the 21st Century.
“Nashville already has a worldwide reputation for music, and this new arts district will bring greater attention to the abundance of talented, creative people in Nashville contributing to the arts well beyond just music,” Mayor Dean said. “I am thrilled how 5th Avenue is being transformed into a space unlike anything else in Nashville, and I am confident this district will become an important center for the growing arts community in our city.”
The transformation of the 5th Avenue of the Arts Streetscape is a welcomed update for 5th Avenue North, and it is being designated as a visual arts destination for downtown Nashville. The streetscape will feature 16 new 30-foot light poles with a one-of-a-kind light canopy stretching across the street, enhancing nightlife for this artistic district. The sidewalks have been expanded to accommodate sidewalk dining, and the direction of the street is being converted to 2-way traffic to allow for better traffic flow and easier accessibility to the art galleries and culinary venues. 5th Avenue of the Arts will serve as a beacon for the business visitors at the new Music City Center, as well as Nashville residents.
First Saturday – June 1
First Saturday Art Crawl is the popular monthly art extravaganza featuring an alliance of diverse visual art galleries in proximity on one block. After almost 7 years, this event, reaching approximately 1500+interested art patrons per month, is being expanded. Beginning June 1, summer hours will be 4PM-9PM and the 5th Avenue of the Arts North block will be closed to traffic offering greater safety and more artistic possibilities, including culinary offerings from Puckett’s Trolley, Cupcake Collection Bus, to Signature Transportation having their party bus on the street, among others.
Mayor Karl Dean will turn on the lights at approximately 5:15PM, and The Downtown Partnership Performance Platforms will feature 12AM Band, Shagbark Trio and the Puppets from the Nashville Public Library (previewing the upcoming International Puppet Festival). The Lane Motor Museum will have three Art Deco-inspired cars on hand in support of Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles opening June 14 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Tennessee Performing Art Center and Tennessee State Museum will be represented on the street, and The Metro Arts Commission will present family-friendly, interactive art-making activities including chalk art and letterpress keepsakes from The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Hatch Show Print.
The art galleries on 5th Avenue will complete the artistic experience with special summer exhibitions: The Arts Company will present an inaugural series – Selected Contemporary Tennessee Artists: Five From Memphis – in association with the David Lusk Gallery; The Rymer Gallery will be presenting new original works by automotive fine artist Lory Lockwood; Tennessee Art League (the newest gallery on the block) will host The Chestnut Group’s Nashville Open Air exhibition; and Tinney Contemporary will welcome guest-curator Reni Gower with the powerful paper exhibit, Shadow and Light. Art at the Arcade and Twist Gallery will also be presenting a variety of new exhibitions.
About First Saturday
Admission free, First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive monthly visual arts event occurring on 5th Avenue of the Arts in the historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville. Presenting regional and world-renowned artists and artwork, gallery participants enjoy rare opportunities to meet and have conversations with the artists and to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. More than 20 art venues participate, including The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, Tennessee Art League, Tinney Contemporary, Art at the Arcade/Twist, & the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, among many more. A free shuttle, provided by Nashville Downtown Partnership, makes frequent stops to galleries on the periphery of 5th Avenue. First Saturday Art Crawl welcomes approximately 1,500+ attendees each month, bringing more attention and recognition to the established visual arts scene in Nashville, Tennessee.
About 5th Avenue of the Arts
5th Avenue of the Arts offers a diversity of artwork in galleries located on and around 5th Avenue in the heart of downtown Nashville. With Music City’s diverse genres of arts and entertainment opportunities within the city’s historic downtown entertainment district, the 5th Avenue corridor features over 20 art venues. Directly on 5th Avenue of the Arts are four galleries - The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, Tennessee Art League, and Tinney Contemporary. Residents and visitors from around the world have come to know downtown Nashville as a flourishing urban destination, where people are invited to walk, linger, look, dine, shop, and visit a wide range of distinctive venues.