The Tennessee Art League has a whole new look to go with its new gallery space at 219 5th Avenue North in the heart of Nashville’s “Fifth Avenue of the Arts.” In 2012, a decision was made to move from our previous location in order to participate in Nashville’s exciting new initiative to highlight and showcase area arts organizations.
TAL will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 6, from 6 – 9 P.M. Activities will include an art show and sale in all five of our galleries, as well as door prizes, food and live music. They will host a silent auction, offering an autographed guitar signed by various Hollywood personalities from TV programs like “House” and “Heroes.” Professional portraitists will complete “while you wait” images in 25 minutes. The TAL Member’s Gallery is showcasing our very popular $100 art sale and many other fine quality works on sale for under $500. There will be something to suit every pocketbook and taste! Purchasers of art from our galleries will receive a limited edition giclee by award-winning painter Ev Niewoehner. In addition, one lucky patron will receive a discount on art purchased from distinguished local artist and TSU instructor Michael McBride.
Our featured musical group, Duology (Barry Coggins and Joseph Brunelle), first earned national recognition as a winner of NPR’s All Things Considered 2004 Open Mic talent competition. Its members have been recognized at the Kerrville New Folk Festival and have performed alongside Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Phil Vassar.
As part of its Grand Opening, TAL will begin selling 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.
TAL will launch an entirely revamped website with e-commerce capability in July. The new website URL will be www.TAL5.com.
In The Galleries:
Broadway Gallery – The Florida Highwaymen: TAL will host the works of The Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 African American landscape artists active from the 1950s through the 1980s. In the 50s and 60s, amid the Jim Crow South where the stirrings of the civil rights movement were only just beginning, it was impossible to find galleries interested in selling artworks by a group of unknown, self-taught African Americans. The members sold their art directly to the public, going door-to-door to businesses and individuals, and peddling their work from the trunks of their cars. Rediscovered in the mid-1990s, today they are recognized as an important part of American folk history. More information: FloridaHighwaymen.com.
Ethel Smith Gallery – Carolyn Freeman: The TAL hosts the works of Carolyn Ladd Freeman in its Ethel Smith Gallery for the month of July. Ms Freeman was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico and raised in Arkansas.
“Art has always been my Companion….in one form or another. As an only child I spent hours filling thousands of pages of coloring books with Crayola crayons, learning to layer one color over another to get interesting results. At age 40 I discovered my beloved teacher, Juanita Green Parks. Mrs. Parks was Director of Art at Watkins Institute for over 30 years and continued teaching in a private studio after retirement. She was well known in the art community, having been a founding member of the Tennessee Art League, and was particularly instrumental in the Central South Art Exhibition. After her passing in 1990 a group of her students formed JGP Artists where we now have our own studio in Franklin,” said Freeman.
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 – Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville: The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville was created in the fall of 2004 by photographer Jack Spencer and a small group of volunteers, after witnessing first hand the tragic circumstances many of the young men still face in the Nashville community. In 1987, a civil war drove an estimated 20,000 young boys from their families and villages in South Sudan, Africa. Most were six or seven years old. There are approximately 150 survivors of this conflict, known as “Lost Boys,” residing in the Nashville area. The Foundation’s mission is to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Nashville by working with the Lost Boys and their leadership to create and fund a community complex. More information: thelostboysfoundation.org.
Each month TAL features works from TAL Vice-President Marlynda Augelli’s printmaking workshops with children as part of YMCA Art Embrace, and from drawing and painting lessons taught weekly at TAL by Nashville renowned illustrator and portraitist Geralda Shockey.
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.