The Tennessee Art League’s monthly art auction will be held September 21 from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited to join us for an opportunity to purchase high-quality artworks from Nashville’s premier visual artists at terrific prices. TAL will auction around 50 assorted paintings, photographs and other art. Prices start under $100. The Auction will help allow our nonprofit organization — the only cooperative professional art gallery of its kind in Middle Tennessee — to continue its mission to encourage and promote visual arts through art shows and sales, workshops, classes and community outreach. Light refreshments will be provided.
An opening reception for our October shows will be held Saturday, October 5, from 6 – 9 p.m. as part of the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s First Saturday Art Crawl. Each exhibition will run through October 31.
Hispanic Heritage Month: TAL will host a special exhibition commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month in conjunction with the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Look for works near our entrance by TAL Board Member Jorge Mendoza, as well as other representatives of Nashville’s thriving multicultural arts community. Image attached: It Is What It Is, by Jorge Mendoza. Acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 60″.
Broadway Gallery: Karen Matkosky :”I believe every thought has a counter thought, which creates a spark. That spark is what begins a painting. Painting is my way of studying the world. The goal is to find an edge to keep.” Nashville native Karen Matkosky was fourteen when she discovered an inherent need to express herself through art. At sixteen she discovered photo-realism, which led her to win several awards for excellence in drawing from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
After earning her high school diploma at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, she attended Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA, painting. Furthering her education she decided to study in Greece at the Hellenic Institute of the Arts, then in Bordeaux, France at the École de Communication Visuelle.
In July of 2011, Karen returned to her home in Nashville, TN, where she is routinely commissioned for portraits of children & pets, murals, book illustrations, and where she continues to actively purue her own unique vision. Karen’s paintings have appeared at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and in Encore and Nashville Lifestyles magazines. Image attached: Maarten Muller, acrylic on canvas. 16″ x 22″.
Ethel Smith Gallery: Art Seen : The Art Seen painting group was formed in March 2001 by a group of painters taking a pastel workshop at TAL. When the workshop was over, many expressed an interest in continuing to paint together every week. The stated purpose of Art Seen was and is to paint with peers on a regular basis to obtain feedback, encouragement and constructive criticism, and to actively seek out venues for the group to exhibit its work and for the social camaraderie. Art Seen has a reputation for quality, award winning work and often participates in charitable events. Three of the original members continue to paint regularly with the group: Christine Parachek Marshall, Carol Wiel, and Caryl Witt. Other current members of the group are Stephanie Helmey, Sally Murphy, Jamie Sanderlin Parks, and Fran Werner. Image attached: Three Dolls by Stephanie Helmey. Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″.
TAL Members’ Gallery: Artwork by TAL’s membership at large. Many mediums will be featured – oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, and pen and ink, as well as selected sculptures.
Poston Gallery: Exodus, Inc. : In Greek, the word “Exodus” implies that there is a path-way out. “Exodus” in Biblical context was the deliverance from or the act of fleeing or escaping harsh or unjust physical, financial, psychological, sexual, verbal and/or mental hardships and cruelties. Theologians & historians have described a will, resiliency and a faith deep down to be able to come out of what is the greatest affliction, tribulation or crucible periods in any group or individuals life. Exodus is coming out of something painful to arrive at a place of peace – where anything is possible, to walk in your promise, to find your own power!
Exodus, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that is dedicated and committed to bringing about awareness campaigns, education, hosting drives and helping victims on contact whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape, incest, bullying, stalking and teenage dating violence in our communities.
In December 2007, after only three years of existence and with the help of FOX 17 News, Exodus, Inc. collected, then donated, more than 10,000 toys for victims of abuse and their children. In 2008 and 2009 Exodus partnered with Starbucks and Panera Bread’s food donation programs to provide more than 8 tons of food to 22 programs that serve abused families. Recipients included Mercy Ministries, Morning Star Sanctuary, and the YWCA – which sent a letter stating we cut its food bill in half for the year. Exodus has also, with its partners Starbucks and Staples, collected well over 100,000 pieces of clothing for battered women and children. Image attached: Untitled by Shirley Marie. Watercolor on paper, 14″ x 16.”
Ongoing: Each month TAL members contribute artworks to be sold for $100 with proceeds to benefit the organization. This “$100 Gallery,” featuring paintings, drawings, photography & sculpture, is located near our front entrance. Purchases can be made through the TAL Gift Shop.
TAL regularly features works from TAL Vice-President Marlynda Augelli’s printmaking workshops with children in a continuing partnership with Middle Tennessee YMCA Art Embrace. Images from drawing and painting lessons taught weekly at TAL by Nashville renowned illustrator and portraitist Geralda Shockey are also exhibited.
TAL Gift Shop: TAL’s facility on 5th Avenue includes a vibrant storefront gift shop, featuring hundreds of unique and handmade artisan wares from local artists and craftspeople. Items include sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, wearable art, pottery, notecards, prints and small paintings, and holiday-themed decor. Pieces run from only a few dollars, up to investment-grade artwork. All major credit cards are accepted. Featured item: Jack by Marlynda Augelli. Giclee on canvas, 18″ x 24″.
TAL sells Patrons’ memberships for $20. Holders of the TAL Patron’s Card are entitled to a 10% discount on all purchases, classes and workshops; invitations to special events on Avenue of the Arts; and invitations to private Collectors’ Night events at TAL.
Founded in Nashville in 1954 as a cooperative member-based, nonprofit organization, the Tennessee Art League’s mission is to enrich the community and the lives of artists as a cultural center, educational facility and art gallery. TAL encourages and promotes visual arts through art shows and sales, workshops, classes and community outreach, and introduces art to non-artists. Our goal is to excite artists-to-be in their first experience of creating, showing and selling their art; and to encourage regional residents to develop their artistic talent in a process of self-discovery.
TAL recently launched an entirely revamped website with e-commerce capability. The new website URL is www.TAL5.com.
TAL’s regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. TAL is closed Sundays and Mondays. Additional hours for special events are occasionally announced. The Tennessee Art League is located at 219 5th Avenue North in Nashville. For more information, call TAL at 615.736.5000, or visit online at TAL5.com. Admission is free and open to the public. On-street parking is available as well as in area parking garages; the Nashville Downtown Library parking garage one block from TAL is recommended.