Creative flags, atmospheric oil paintings and the return of in-person showings prove April’s First Saturday art events ain’t foolin’

First Saturday openings offer avian watercolors, oil-pastel transfers, painted textile wall sculptures and much more

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It’s no secret that arts organizations are hurting — between decreased patronage and the unemployment crisis, a lot of our faves are struggling to stay afloat. News of two nonprofits expanding and securing a stable storefront and workspace is welcome indeed. Turnip Green Creative Reuse has l…

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MarketStreet Enterprises is soliciting pitches from artists to adorn the wall of the newish Gulch dog park. MarketStreet — a prominent developer of the Gulch responsible for the Bohan building, Pine Street Flats, the Thompson building and, indeed, our newspaper’s humble offices — will choose…

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In the 1967 Star Trek episode “This Side of Paradise,” the crew of the Enterprise beams down to the planet Omicron Ceti III with a grim mission: to catalogue the remains of a civilization that was destroyed by radiation. But what they find is a verdant land that’s humming with life, where ev…

Editor's note: Nerve is the first Scene-sponsored art exhibition, and it closes today. One of the most successful facets of the show has been the response to "Morning Prayer," a painting by the singular, idiosyncratic artist Shannon Lucy. She recently spoke with me about the painting and how…

As the controversy about Belmont University absorbing Watkins College of Art, Design and Film continues to unfold, students in a Watkins public art class are mounting a pop-up exhibition that students say “will pay tribute to Watkins and its contributions to the cultural life of the city as …

WIFE is a trio of L.A.-based dancers, choreographers and video artists named Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy and Nina McNeely. Although they officially disbanded — their last performance was in 2016 — each continues the work that they began with WIFE. I spoke with Leahy from her home in M…

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Nashville has been getting its share of frigid temperatures since 2020 kicked off last month, but from the looks of February’s First Saturday, we’re on fire. In addition to continuing shows and opening receptions at all the usual locations and venues, the evening of Saturday, Feb. 1, will fe…

This week, Metro Arts Commission announced the artists commissioned for a new public art project that will take place along the Nolensville Pike corridor. It’s a result of a long-term community engagement process led by Conexión Américas in partnership with the Salahadeen Center, the Greater…

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Joe Nolan is a 21st-century Renaissance man. He’s a poet, singer-songwriter and intermedia artist — as well as one of the Scene’s most longstanding cultural critics. In his new column "Critic/Ally," he’ll muse about art, culture and whatever else comes across his periphery. Strap in, fans of…

Under thoughtful leadership, a hotel can be a place that doesn’t just cater to tourists, but reflects the history and vitality of the local luminaries who make the city special. At Noelle, which is located at Fourth Avenue North and Church Street, Nashville's artists are part of the effort.

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Joe Nolan is a 21st-century Renaissance man. He’s a poet, singer-songwriter and intermedia artist — as well as one of the Scene’s most longstanding cultural critics. In his new column "Critic/Ally," he’ll muse about art, culture and whatever else comes across his periphery. Strap in, fans of…

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Like most Nashvillians, I love music. I’m always down for a good rock doc, and a portion of my home library is dedicated to books about music and musicians. When it comes to rock ’n’ roll, photography is the medium that best captures the spirit of the music and the people who make it. Just t…

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Joe Nolan is a 21st-century Renaissance man. He’s a poet, singer-songwriter and intermedia artist — as well as one of the Scene’s most longstanding cultural critics. In his new column "Critic/Ally," he’ll muse about art, culture and whatever else comes across his periphery. Strap in, fans of…

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Joe Nolan is a 21st-century Renaissance man. He’s a poet, singer-songwriter and intermedia artist — as well as one of the Scene’s most longstanding cultural critics. In his new column "Critic/Ally," he’ll muse about art, culture and whatever else comes across his periphery. Strap in, fans of…

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Artist Donna Woodley often chooses a prop as a springboard for a series of paintings. She couches serious subject matter in a playful context to invite you in — and then she hits you with the heavy. In her previous series, Black Women Rock: Painting Black Female Experience, she had her best …

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On the southeast edge of Brooklyn, an eerily quiet peninsula holds a veritable trove of trash. From the 1850s through 1920, the carcasses of horses and other animals from the streets of New York City were sent to Barren Island, where horse-rendering plants and garbage incinerators turned dea…