The Scene just dedicated an entire issue to photography, some of 2011’s best art shows were photography-based (Jose Luis Raymond’s Bestia Contra Bestia at Vanderbilt and William Eggleston: Anointing the Overlooked at The Frist were at the top of our short list), and an exhibit of photographs taken with a cheap cell phone camera was among Tinney’s most recent offerings. Put simply, photography, in its many shapes and forms, is a stalwart of the local art scene. That’s what makes the upcoming exhibit at Studio East Nashville so bittersweet. The sweet part is the fantastic work that will be showing — an exhibit of six local female photographers, including Andee Rudloff, Laura Carpenter and Stacey Irvin. (The latter co-founded the gallery with John Guider.) But what’s bitter is that this is the last exhibit at the East Nashville spot, which is closing its doors after four years. This spring The Lockeland Table, a restaurant led by chef Hal Holden-Bache, will fill the space, and Holden-Bache will prepare the menu for the opening tonight.