CHEEKWOOD ANNOUNCES A CELEBRATION OF TREES WITH NEW EXHIBITION BY LANDSCAPE ARTIST CHARLES BRINDLEY: TREES OF MYTH AND LEGEND
NASHVILLE, TN. – In early 2015, Cheekwood will host A Celebration of Trees, in honor of its Level IV Arboretum status. Rooted with an exhibition in Cheekwood’s Museum of Art, featuring works by noted landscape artist Charles Brindley, the celebration will tie together Tennessee’s Arbor Day, National Arbor Day, and Tu B’Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, or “the New Year for Trees” with a wide variety of education and public programs guaranteed to delight tree lovers of all ages.
With approximately 70 drawings and paintings, Trees of Myth and Legend will be a fitting tribute to an artist who has dedicated much of his career to bringing viewers into communion with the trees and landscape of Tennessee. Brindley’s highly representational drawings and paintings mesmerize viewers with their level of detail and multi-layered composition, capturing both the ageless beauty and fragility of nature.
“Brindley’s highly representational drawings and paintings mesmerize viewers with their multi-layered abstract elements, capturing both the ageless beauty and fragility of nature,” said Jochen Wierich, Curator for Cheekwood’s Museum of Art. “We are thrilled to unveil his recent drawing of our venerable chinquapin oak tree at the end of the Swan Lawn that was created specifically for this exhibit.”
“We couldn’t have chosen a better artist to help us celebrate trees,” said Jane MacLeod, President & CEO of Cheekwood. “We are honored to welcome Charles Brindley back to Cheekwood, and encourage our members and guests to find inspiration in his masterful depiction of nature and in the trees that make Cheekwood the spectacular arboretum it is today.”
Brindley held his first exhibition at Cheekwood in 1982 and exhibited as part of the Temporary/Contemporary series in 1996. In addition to the drawings of Cheekwood’s historic Swan Lawn Oak Tree, Brindley will exhibit other new work and many tree-related drawings and paintings from the past three decades, including his studies of trees at Glen Leven, the staircase at the Tennessee Governor’s Residence and the Wisteria Arbor at Cheekwood. This will be the first time all the drawings of Cheekwood’s mansion that Brindley made between 1999 and 2000 will be exhibited together in one room. Last year, Charles Brindley exhibited works at Glen Leven and will also exhibit works in 2015 at Belmont University.
Schedule of A Celebration of Trees Activities and Events
Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend
February 4 – April 19
Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am – 5pm
Lunch & Lecture
Tu B’Shevat: The New Year of Trees
Thursday, January 15
Tu B’Shevat in Israel; a tree with a Jewish origin as roots, innovation as its trunk and modern agriculture and environmental awareness as fruits. Tu B’Shevat, "New Year of the Trees", is a Jewish holiday, celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat and will occur this year on February 4th, 2015. In modern Israel, the holiday is still the cut-off date in the Hebrew calendar for calculating the age of a fruit-bearing tree and is also significant its focus on environmental awareness. In the lecture we will discuss the Jewish religious origin of the holiday, the ways we celebrate and speak about it in Israel and, since Tu B’Shevat marks the revival of nature, we will explore the modern agriculture and Israeli innovations in this field.
Guided Exhibition Tour: Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend
Saturdays & Sundays, beginning February 7
Join one of Cheekwood’s knowledgeable docents for an interpretive and educational tour of Charles Brindley’s exhibition Trees of Myth and Legend.
Guided Arboretum Tours
Saturdays, March 21 – April 25
A walk among Cheekwood’s magnificent dogwoods is one of Nashville’s favorite spring rituals! Join one of our expert garden guides to explore over 14 species and 23 cultivated varieties of dogwoods as well as many other flowering trees.
Lunch & Lecture
Charles Brindley: Exploring Creative Process through Quality of Emotion Experience
Thursday, February 19
Join us as Charles Brindley discusses his current exhibition, Trees of Myth & Legend. Charles Brindley is best known for exquisite rendering of his best-loved subject: trees. With approximately 100 drawings and paintings, Trees of Myth and Legend is a fitting tribute to an artist who has dedicated much of his painting career to bringing viewers into communion with the trees and landscape of Tennessee. The artist will address the broader creative process of personal journey through quality of emotion experience and the value of being alone with a subject. We will learn to incorporate these processes into daily life to develop an appreciation for the inspiration waiting just beyond our own doors.
Tu B’Shevat Celebration & Family Day
Sunday, February 22
2:00 pm – 5:00pm
Celebrate the Jewish New Year of Trees at Cheekwood’s inaugural Tu B’Shevat Celebration and Family Day. This event will feature live music and a tasting table representative of a traditional Tu B’Shevat Seder in the Museum of Art. Additionally, Lisa Silver, celebrated musician, songwriter, and Music Director at Congregation Micah who has recently released albums such as MOSAIC and Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat, will perform for families. Families are invited to enjoy a variety of fun, educational drop-in activities focusing on the joy trees bring to the world. They can take part in ‘tree’mendous art, sample fine fruit filled snacks, embark on a guided tree tour, and transplant a seedling to take home.
Tuesdays for Tots
Tuesday, March 3
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us to make a totally tree-mendous decoration in celebration of Tennessee’s Arbor Day on March 6.
Lunch & Lecture
Dogwoods: Great Plants for Southern Gardens
Thursday, March 19
Ask people what their favorite flowering tree is in the South, and dogwoods are sure to be near the top of their list. As the North American collection holder for dogwoods, Cheekwood displays dogwood species from around the world. Join us as we discuss some of the best dogwood choices for middle Tennessee. You won’t believe the incredible diversity of shapes, sizes, blooms, and fall color that can be found in the dogwood genus!
Drawing Workshop with Charles Brindley
Wednesday, April 8th
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
*The class will break for lunch mid-day. Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch or to get food close by.
$75 members / $100 non-members
Instructor: Charles Brindley
Enjoy a special workshop with renowned artist, Charles Brindley, in honor of his exhibition, Trees of Myth & Legend, in the Museum of Art. Spend the day learning drawing techniques from an accomplished artist on Cheekwood’s historic grounds and studios. The day will begin with a presentation discussing ‘branchology’, perspective, fundamentals of drawing, and creative process. A majority of the day will be outside, working directly from trees, architecture, or botanicals. The class will then return inside to concentrate on refining skills and wrap up. Don’t miss this opportunity to work one-on-one with the artist of the current exhibition!
Professional Development Workshop for Teachers
Project Learning Tree (preregistration required)
Saturday, April 11
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program that uses the outdoors as a classroom. Through interactive lessons, teachers will gain awareness and knowledge of the natural world, using our native forests as a foundation. Activities focus on engaging students in hands-on experiences that develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Cheekwood in Bloom
Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 25
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Celebrate National Arbor Day and the blooming trees of spring at Cheekwood! Join us for family-friendly, interactive performances and activities focusing on all things tree-related, including tree climbing, art activities, and tree seedlings available for transplanting at home. Additionally, demonstrations and tours will highlight tree care, tree protection, where trees come from and what they give us.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.
Cheekwood presents world-class art exhibitions, showcases breathtaking gardens, and offers education programs and seasonal festivals to school children and families as well as to the citizens of Nashville and its visitors. Its attendance and membership have dramatically increased in recent years, and the institution has become an increasingly accessible and relevant place in the Nashville community. In 2013, Cheekwood welcomed over 300,000 visitors, making us one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 12,000 member households.
Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.