THE ARTS COMPANY Presents Selections from the Gallery Art Vault: Photography, Painting, Sculpture
Opening During First Saturday Art Crawl
July 6, 4PM-9PM
The exhibition continues through August 26
Continuing through July 19
Five From Memphis:
Maysey Craddock, Hamlett Dobbins, Don Estes, Jared Small, and Twin—
Co-curated with David Lusk Gallery / Memphis
Nashville, TN – The Arts Company on 5th Avenue of the Arts presents two of its signature artists, Brother Mel, a Marianist monk and practicing artist for over 50 years, and Ed Clark, Nashville native and legendary LIFE Magazine photographer, in a summer showcase. Ed Clark’s remaining signed prints from his photo-essay of the Opry at the Ryman in July 1946 will be available; and a variety of Brother Mel’s sculpture and paintings will honor his 85th birthday. In addition, music-related art vignettes will be staged throughout the gallery. These exhibits open July 6 during First Saturday Art Crawl, 4PM-9PM (summer hours), and continue through August 26 during regular gallery hours, 11AM-5:00PM, Tuesday-Saturday. Additional information is available online at www.theartscompany.com or by calling the gallery at
ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS AND ARTISTS
Brother Mel: 85th Birthday Celebration
The Arts Company has celebrated Brother Mel’s birthday every summer since his first gallery exhibit in 1998. As usual, this year’s fest of his 85th birthday will include samples of the variety of his distinctive styles and mediums representing over 50 years of his dual life as an artist and as a brother in the Marianist order. Every summer, his Nashville area collectors and friends look forward to seeing new pieces. In this past year, St. Louis University has placed many pieces of his large sculptures at the entry points into their campus in downtown St. Louis. Brother Mel received a master’s degree in fine art from Notre Dame, and in 2011 was awarded an honorary doctorate of art by St. Louis University. Gallery owner Anne Brown wrote a monograph on Brother Mel’s dual life as a Catholic brother and artist—Brother Mel: A Lifetime of Making Art—in 2011. Signed copies will be available.
Ed Clark: Opry Photos from July 20, 1946
The Ed Clark series of Opry photographs—a photo essay taken on one day in July 1946 of the Opry at the Ryman—are the only remaining prints in this series, presenting a rare opportunity to view the photographs as well as to have the opportunity to purchase the selected remaining signed prints. Mr. Clark’s photographs are reminders of the influence of LIFE Magazine photographers on the history of photography. Mr. Clark, a Nashville native, began his photographic career with The Tennessean, and in 1936 was invited to become a stringer with LIFE Magazine. In 1944, he became the 17th full-time staff photographer with LIFE. The Arts Company presents signed photographs from his assignments from his private collection resulting from his assignments in Hollywood, Paris, Moscow, London, and Washington during the presidencies of Eisenhour, Kennedy, and Nixon. Mr. Clark died in 2000.
Selections from the Gallery Art Vault
The Arts Company offers a distinctive summertime experience of viewing the remaining iconic inventories of two legendary artists from the gallery art vault, with an additional focus this year also on smaller pieces from other gallery artists, plus music-themed artwork.
ABOUT The Arts Company/ First Saturday Art Crawl
Established December 1996, The Arts Company has become an arts cornerstone on 5th Avenue of the Arts in Downtown Nashville. Known as a prime destination for fresh, original, and contemporary artwork in photography, painting, and sculpture, by artists from emerging to legendary, The Arts Company offers a distinctive Nashville experience in a welcoming environment of over 6,000 square feet in a historic building. First Saturday Art Crawl, presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts, is a monthly visual arts event featuring an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively welcoming the public to explore the vibrant downtown Nashville art scene. Admission free, First Saturday Art Crawl welcomes approximately 1,500 attendees.