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August 24, 2013

Tennessee Art League features Threalkill, McBride for September exhibition

The Tennessee Art League has finalized its gallery exhibit line-up for September. The new exhibits will open as part of the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s First Saturday Art Crawl on September 7. An opening reception for the September shows will be held from 6 – 9 P.M. The Tennessee Art League is located at 219 5th Avenue North.  Each exhibition will run through September 27.


Broadway Gallery: James Threalkill & Michael McBride (Joint show)

Michael McBride served as Curator of the Hiram V. Gordon Gallery at Tennessee State University from 1995-2000.  He has been the lead artist on many community-based projects in Nashville, including Sister Cities Mural Projects as well as the Nashville International Airport’s “Arts In The Airport” program.  Mr. McBride was featured in Visions of My People: Sixty Years of African American Art in Tennessee, an exhibit organized by the Tennessee State Museum. Mr. McBride is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Board of Directors of “Arts In The Airport” at Nashville International Airport, as well as the boards of the Nashville Artist Guild and the Tennessee Art League.  A high-profile artist and art teacher, Mr. McBride earned his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Tennessee State University and his Master of Arts in Painting from Illinois State University.  McBride’s work is included in both private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. Michael has also illustrated children’s books and book covers for several publishing groups.


James R. Threalkill is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He began painting at the age of 13 with an oil painting set purchased by his mother who was the biggest supporter of his development as an artist. A graduate of East Nashville High, he was offered an athletic scholarship to Vanderbilt University by legendary football coach Bill Parcells to play football. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fine Arts and as an instructor for the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation’s art department, returned to the public housing communities of his own youth to teach art classes. He also taught classes in painting, drawing, and batik at the Centennial Art Center for youth, adults, and seniors. Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen appointed Threadkill to his cabinet as the City of Nashville Community Affairs and Arts Liaison. James was designated as a founding Board member of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and also served as a commissioner for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and as a panelist for several selection committees for the Tennessee Arts Commission.

James collaborated with fellow artist Michael McBride and Metro Nashville schoolteachers Gracie Porter, Claudette Mitchell, and Patricia Cousins to develop a groundbreaking children’s book series entitled; “Visions: African American Experiences” which later was featured on Sesame Street.  James’ creation “Gulf Coast Sunset” was featured in the Disney Movie “Snow Dogs” with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and James Coburn. James’ artwork is included in numerous corporate and private collections including; Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University, The Dollar General Corporation, The Tennessee State Museum, Columbia State Community College, Governor and First Lady Phil Bredesen and Andrea Conte’, Cal and Maggie Turner, actress Kim Fields, musician Kirk Whalum, NFL stars Eddie George, Marcus Robinson, Kevin Carter, and radio personality Tom Joyner.

Both McBride and Threalkill have featured works on television sitcoms, such as “Living Single”, “The Wayans Bros. Show”, and “The Jamie Foxx Show”.

Ethel Smith & Member Gallery: TAL Membership Show Exhibition space is filled with artwork by T.A.L.’s membership at large.  Many mediums will be featured – oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, and pen and ink, as well as selected sculptures.


Poston Gallery:  HAPI  The Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI), sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition, (MTMHSAC) will exhibit artwork by over 30 participants. HAPI provides the opportunity for persons with mental illness and addiction disorders to express creativity through art, increase self-esteem and self-confidence, and to combat stigma within the community about mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse by creating and displaying artwork. MTMHSAC includes representatives of mental health and substance abuse agencies, providers, advocates, consumer and families who work together to sponsor mental illness awareness events.  This exhibit will include a variety of mediums and styles from artists across Middle Tennessee.

Ongoing:  Each month T.A.L. 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 T.A.L. Gift Shop.


T.A.L.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 T.A.L. by Nashville renowned illustrator and portraitist Geralda Shockey are also exhibited.

Snake Necklace (Czech druk beads on wire) - Carol Wiel

Snake Necklace (Czech druk beads on wire) – Carol Wiel  ($40)

The T.A.L.’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.

T.A.L. sells Patrons’ memberships for $20.  Holders of the T.A.L. 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 T.A.L.

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.  T.A.L. 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.

T.A.L. recently launched an entirely revamped website with e-commerce capability.  The new website URL is

T.A.L.’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.  T.A.L. is closed Sundays & Mondays.  (Additional hours for special events are occasionally announced.)  The Tennessee Art League is located at 219 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219.

For more information, call T.A.L. at 615.736.5000, or visit online at  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 1 block from TAL is recommended.

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