Printmaker Mark Hosford's Brown Recluse Boys is the perfect picture to hang next to your new baby's cribassuming you want your child to grow up to be Hannibal Lecter. A terrifying yet thoroughly captivating print that brings to life a child's worst insect nightmare, the gorgeously gruesome work sets the perfect tone for the title of this Cumberland Gallery event: What Were You Thinking? Billed as a casual conversational mingling of artists and patrons, the evening offers the chance to ask Hosford the titular question (though some questions may be better left unanswered), and to pick the brains of other exhibiting artists including Billy Renkl, Johan Hagaman, Marilyn Murphy, Kit Reuther, Barry Buxkamper, Ann Wells, Jeff Danley, Carrie McGee and Andrew Saftel. Other highlights of this month's Art After Hours:
Local artists literally paint the town red (and green, and blue, and yellow, and...) in Nashville, Artistically Speaking at Local Color.
Sculptor Susan Graves' Naked Chefs let their bare ceramic butts peek through their aprons at Midtown Gallery. (I smell a new Food Network show.)
Songwriters Billy Kemp and Jeni Hankins discuss their craft in another segment of Zeitgeist's Oblique Strategies series.
The Arts Company features a salon preview of new paintings by Bill Johnson and photographs of San Miguel by Suzanne Elmer.
Bell Buckle artist Sherri Warner Hunter discusses her recently completed large-scale work for the Governors Mansion and other current projects at Finer Things Gallery.
Belle Meade's Gallery One shows Differences in Common, mixed-media works by David Douglas and Tracey Lane.
LeQuire Gallery previews painter Marti-Jones Dixons Grey Gardens as well as new works from gallery artists Juliette Aristides, Joshua Bronaugh, Jonathan Mathews and Murat Kaboulov.
Thu., Sept. 3, 5-8 p.m., 2009