ARTCLECTIC 2015 JURIED ART SHOW FEATURES 56 ARTISTS, FREE ART-MAKING FOR CHILDREN, POPCLECTIC MARKET, MORE OCT. 22-24
Oct. 23 Community Party: ‘Art Crawl’ Atmosphere Under One Roof and “Best Cheap Date of the Year”
NASHVILLE, TENN.—(July 27, 2015)—University School of Nashville (USN) presents Artclectic, Nashville’s premier juried art show and sale, Oct. 22-24. In its 19th year, Artclectic 2015 will feature work by 56 selected artists from across the U.S., family art activities, a Community Party (open to the public), a Patrons Party, and more. Visitors will enjoy hundreds of artworks, including paintings, sculpture, textile arts, prints, glass, ceramics, jewelry and furniture that range in price from $20 to more than $5,000. Artclectic attracts thousands of visitors during the three-day event that takes place at USN, located in midtown near Vanderbilt at 2000 Edgehill Ave. In addition, the event features POPclectic, a crafts market that will feature approximately 25 locally based artisans selling hand crafted and food items at or below $75. Proceeds from Artclectic support USN’s Artclectic Endowment Fund for Innovative Teaching. Artclectic is free to the public Saturday, Oct. 24. Reservations are required for the Patrons Party, Oct. 22; and a $15 admission is charged for the Community Party, Oct. 23. Information is available at www.artclectic.org, Facebook and Twitter. Chairs for Artclectic 2015 are Kobie Pretorius, Ginger Sands and Cameron Simmons.
"Nashville has such a uniquely vibrant creative community of musicians, artists, inventors, and innovators. With its theme of ‘Inspire, Be Inspired,’ Artclectic 2015 celebrates the creative process and the cycle of inspiration. Life inspires art and art, in turn, inspires life,” says co-chair Ginger Sands. “We are thrilled to present this diverse collection of visual artists whose work will entertain and inspire all who attend this signature community event.”
Tim Ozgener, president and CEO of OZ Arts Nashville; Susannah Scott-Barnes, owner of AshBlue; Susan Striepe, artist and docent at Frist Center for the Visual Arts; and Betsy Wills, ArtStormer blogger, served as Artclectic’s jurors. The quartet has composed a balanced and beautiful show with diversity in style, media and price. Approximately 200 artists applied for the opportunity to show their artwork. Of the 56 selected, almost half are acclaimed Nashville-based artists, with additional artists from across the United States. Returning artists from last year include Artclectic award winners Dakota Pratt, Taylor Thomas, Tim Lewis, Emily Holt and Kelly Kessler.
Visitors will view artwork and have the opportunity to talk with artists, who are on hand to discuss their work. A selection of artists from the show includes:
♣ Artist Grant Garmezy, of Richmond, Va., creates one-of-a-kind glass sculptures by hand at 2,000-degree heat. The resulting pieces, ranging from a delicate glass cowboy hat to a colorful glass deer skull, illustrate his inspiration of growing up on a working farm near Franklin.
♣ Artist Tim Hooper, longtime Nashville resident, creates narrative paintings that feature historical subjects—Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Abe Lincoln, among others—in dream-like settings.
♣ First-time Artclectic artist Leslie Haines of Nashville creates collages using hand-inked letterpress type, original drawings, old book pages, engravings, and other elements. Using digital software, Haines creates layered imagery with unusual, sometimes humorous, juxtapositions.
♣ Lost Boy James Makuac, a Nashville artist who paints images of his experience with civil war and struggle.
♣ James Floyd of Pensacola, Fla. handcrafts fully playable musical instruments from found objects.
♣ Photographer Matthew Hemminghaus of Vandalia, Mo., who photographs his personal free-range chickens in a variety of miniature scenes from found objects.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.: The Patrons Party offers guests a preview of the Artclectic gallery and the first opportunity to purchase art. Guests enjoy a variety of inventive tastings prepared by Merchants along with select beverages. Reservations are required. Tickets are $125 and available at artclectic.org.
Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.: The Community Party celebrates Artclectic with light fare from Josephine and a cash bar. Dubbed “best cheap date of the year” (The Tennessean’s Ms. Cheap), this party attracts city leaders, Nashville residents, arts patrons and trendsetters of Nashville’s arts scene. Open to the public, admission is $15 per person.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Artclectic is FREE and open to the public and features family-friendly activities. Visitors can explore the art gallery and the POPclectic market, create art at Scrap Exchange, meet professional artists, and more. Food will be available for purchase on Saturday.
POPclectic: This pop-up market offers a fine assortment of handmade items all priced below $75—from baked goods to clothing—created by local artisans. POPclectic closes at 4 p.m.
Scrap Exchange: Set up in the spacious art studios of the Tibbott Center, Scrap Exchange invites visitors to create their own artworks from colorful, donated items—spare toy parts, fabric scraps, feathers, odd junk and much more. Families with children especially enjoy this hands-on art-making activity. Scrap Exchange closes at 4 p.m.
Presenting Sponsor: Regions Private Wealth Management
Patrons Party Sponsor: Diversified Trust
Gallery Sponsors: American Constructors, Advance Financial, A+ Storage, Cornea Consultants, Paradigm Group, UAL, Dr. John Werther and West Meade Dental
Kick-off Party Sponsors: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; David Lusk Gallery, Tinwings
Gallery Friends: Donna Gilliam Interiors, Likewise Skincare/Skin Solutions Dermatology, SunTrust, Manuel Zeitlin Architects
In-Kind Friends: Bradfield Stage Lighting, Josephine, Lipman Brothers, Merchants, Sunflower Vegetarian Café, Bee Attitudes
About University School of Nashville
University School of Nashville (USN) is a K-12, independent, co-educational, non-sectarian day school established in 1975 as the successor to Peabody Demonstration School, established in 1915.