I’m currently trying not to sneeze or take too much time away from the keys to rub my itching eyes right now. Every year I tell myself that I can be stronger than the seasonal allergies. I kindly yet firmly remind myself in the days leading up to the first onset that I can somehow overcome the allergic symptoms by pure will power if nothing else. Medicine is for the weak I say. Then, just when I think I might have done it, the eyes, throat, and ears all break down like a flat on the interstate. I caved in this year, AGAIN, and found myself side by side with another fallen allergic soldier searching for relief in the pharmacy aisle. Trying to convince the employees that I’m neither stoned from the bloodshot eyes or a producer of meth while picking up and reading the ingredients of every medicine on the shelf while debating on my cure of the season, I leave confident with the answer in hand while telling the other soldier good luck and that we shall win this war! With such verbiage and fervor, I’m not sure if I’ve convinced the employees about who I am, but I have found a good window to spend some time at the computer instead of attending to the effects of pollen.
That said, it might be a small window so here we go. And speaking of wars, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is ready to show its “Reflections of War: A Selection from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection.” This Thursday, March 24th, from 5-7pm, they will have an opening reception for the Reflections of War exhibition at the VU Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall. With the reception and exhibition FREE and open to the public, Reflections of War is an examination of war, conflicts, warriors, and soldiers through more than 40 works of art depicting a time span of over 1,500 years of art production.
Also this Thursday, March 24th, from 5-8pm, if you are tired of fighting your weekly battles at work and need a little reprieve, you should find some creative relief at the Art After Work Art Show. Quite self-explanatory in its title, why not head over to Hanging Around Art Gallery on 8th Avenue South before heading home for the night to join artist Kirk Seufert and other local artists excited to display their art and talk to art patrons who take the time to talk with them. It is last minute, and basketball is on as well among other shows you say you can’t miss, but Art After Work Art Show is a prime opportunity for art lovers to meet those who love to make art.
And then comes the weekend. This Friday, kick off your weekend with another fun ARTini at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. This Friday, March 25th, at 7pm, the Frist is having an ARTini on Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes. Included with gallery admission, this ARTini is an informal conversation to offer deeper understanding of a few works in the exhibition designed for everyone. Led by the creative and compassionate local artist and editor at the Frist, Lori Anne Parker (Ph.D.), this ARTini about the New York-based artist Simen Johan should be one for the ages. If you by chance miss out on the ARTini this Friday, the Frist will have another next Tuesday, March 29th at noon.
Also on Friday, March 25th, from 6-8pm (maybe an appetizer for the aforementioned fun at the Frist), there will be an opening reception for nationally acclaimed photographer Byron Jorjorian and his latest exhibition at The Parthenon. Titled “Missing Nature,” the exhibit at The Parthenon’s East Gallery that will be up from March 26-August 20 and features images of locations in Tennessee that have been protected by The Nature Conservancy. Following Friday’s opening reception also FREE and open to the public, Byron Jorjorian will be on hand to answer questions from the public about the exhibition on Saturday, March 26th, from 1-4pm. Admission to Saturday’s Q & A is included within admission to the museum.
By chance if you are itching as well and ready to hit the road for some fun, you should take full advantage of an Art Show at No Egrets Tattoo Studio (1128 College Street) in Clarksville, TN. This Saturday, March 26th, from 7-10pm, No Egrets Tattoo Studio is hosting an art show in its warehouse with a theme of retro television shows. The entire warehouse will be covered in funky and fabulous art that all reflect old school television shows, advertisements, and styles … no limits or censorship.
The local art scene and galleries around Nashville will be open as usual this weekend, but everyone is really gearing up to open Spring and April with a bang on the 1st of the month. On top of certain birthdays just around the corner (not to name names), and various art crawls from the West to the East and everything in between, Nashville’s next weekend’s art scene is already lit and about to blow up like the 4th of July. Stay tuned for all of that information early next week.
But before you go and run to grandpa’s old medicine cabinet to cure what ails you this season (insert double sneeze), let me tell you about two other things to ease your excitement for April’s openings. First, if you want to have fun indoors and in air conditioned, non-pollen air to finish off a great weekend ahead, return to the Frist this Sunday, March 27th, from 1-5:30pm to enjoy FREE admission and special family activities all day long (technically, all day means from 1-5:30pm). There you can enjoy a FREE Family Day of discovery and fun, filled with art and special interactive art activities based upon the current exhibitions inside the galleries. Second, after you fight off the Mondays and find yourself in the middle of the final week of March, you should head over to the Bluebird Café on Tuesday, March 29th, from 6-8:30pm to listen to the always wonderful Fred Wilhelm. Fred, father of Oscar and another on the way, is showcasing his stellar set list alongside a few other notable friends and collaborative songwriting colleagues in an event called Tin Pan South.
All that written, I need to go do a few things while I can still see clearly and talk to a few people without an ‘excuse me’ interruptions while the medication is still good. If you randomly find a cure for all allergies whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to throw some good news this way. I’m all ears (and throat, eyes, and runny nose too)!
Enjoy your day and weekend however you live it. Thanks for checking in and sharing the good news about Nashville heART. And don’t forget to turn on NECAT: Music City Arts 9 (channel 9) tonight at 5:30pm to watch our first quarterly episode of “Nashville’s heART.” In case you forget or forgot, OUR show airs on channel 9 every Wednesday at 5:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm.