The Arts Company Presents Bob Bechtol - Contradiction to Coalescense

Opening During FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl—July 6, 6-9 p.m.

Continuing through July 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5 p.m.


NASHVILLE, Tenn.The Arts Company presents Contradiction to Coalescence, the inaugural Nashville exhibition for artist Bob Bechtol.  Opening during FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl on July 6 from 6-9 p.m., the exhibition will continue through July 25 during regular gallery hours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, at The Arts Company, 215 5th Avenue of the Arts, North.


About the Exhibition

Contradiction to Coalescence

Bob Bechtol’s current work incorporates gestural, expressive and abstract applications, as well as hints of representation, overlaid on grids. The structure of the paintings is arrived at through repeated rounds of combination, replacement, dissection, and reconfiguration of the work. For Bechtol, this is where the art happens – unexpected composition and coalescence born from conflict and contradiction. Bechtol is careful not to lead the viewer into any specific narrative or feeling about the work. For him, the process is the most important aspect.  It’s meticulous, technical and time-consuming.  The lines, shapes, color, and patterns continue to develop and reveal themselves as the process progresses.  The artist states, “The observation and integration of opposites is the process I use to achieve that end. In this latest work, avoiding narrative while highlighting process allows me to focus on form and intent.”

In addition to the Contradiction to Coalescence exhibition, The Arts Company will be showing new work from other gallery artists including Brad Sells, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, and more.


About the Artist

Bob Bechtol

Bob Bechtol earned his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1975, followed by an MFA from Edinboro University in 1980. Over the years, Bechtol has lived and worked and/or shown art in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. He and his wife currently live in Nashville.

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The Arts Company has become a cornerstone on 5th Avenue of the Arts in Downtown Nashville since 1996.  The gallery’s mission is to maintain a presence of distinctively fresh, original, and contemporary artwork in the middle of the downtown marketplace, welcoming individuals, businesses, and guests from around the world.  Known as a prime destination for photography, painting, and sculpture, The Arts Company offers an eclectic mix beyond the typical gallery model.  Our welcoming environment of over 6,000 square feet in a historic building provides customers with a distinctive Nashville experience.  The Arts Company maintains a series of partnerships with commercial and non-profit businesses and presents 12 inventive exhibitions a year that premiere during FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl every month.

FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl, under the management of Nashville Downtown Partnership, is a free event that occurs every first Saturday, 6—9 p.m., with approximately 20 galleries opening their doors to approximately 2,000 Art Crawlers. For 12 years, Art Crawl has featured art galleries on and around 5th Avenue of the Arts — founded by The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery and Tinney Contemporary. The appeal is generated by the chance to meet and converse with the artists, view artwork in a welcoming environment with a variety of entertainment options and complimentary refreshments; as well as ride the free Gray Line Art Crawl Trolley—hopping on and off at other art stops such as Art at the Arcade, the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Hatch Show Print and Haley Gallery, Music City Marketplace, 21c Museum Hotel and other boutique lodging, Studio 208 and the Downtown Presbyterian Church.  



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