Back in 2007, California curator Katie Shaw opened an art gallery in downtown Joshua Tree, housing it in an old building that featured a 15-foot red arrow sign that gave the space its name. Shaw is a long way from California now, but she brought the Red Arrow Gallery with her.
Shaw and her gallery will make their East Nashville debut this month with a display of drawings by Nashville artist Kate Krebs. Krebs’ work is fantastic and romantic: Taken together, her drawings create a narrative about a strange distant world, or perhaps some sexy, psychedelic spot within the artist’s own consciousness.
Krebs is a great choice for a new East Nashville gallery’s first show, and here’s hoping that Shaw and her Red Arrow are just the beginning of a new surge of visual arts venues in a neighborhood that mostly still relies on a few pioneers — like Art & Invention — to maintain a toehold in the gallery scene while art spaces across the river proliferate.