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Follow Your HeART to Area Art

Museums and Galleries Make Interesting, Intellectual Dates

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Cumberland Galley

Originally published in Green Hills Lifestyle

One phenomenon stirring in Tennessee’s capital has been the collective promotion of art by many small galleries to showcase collective exhibitions and events especially aimed at engaging the public.

Seed Space, at Track One, 1201 Fourth Ave. S, remains at the forefront of contemporary art practices, focusing on installations, sculpture and performance-based arts. In the past, the gallery showcased artists like Brad McCombs, Jack Ryan and Robbie Lynn Hungsinger, who create conceptually driven works in the newest media. The mission of Seed Space’s managers is to function as a center for debate and dialogue among local and national protagonists of the artistic community. Art critics, curators and professionals are invited to the gallery to offer opinions of the presented exhibitions or to engage in talks and lectures about the current state of the arts.

ARTISTIC DESTINATION 1:

Cumberland Gallery

4107 Hillsboro Circle

Established in 1980, Carol Stein's Cumberland Gallery exhibits well-established and promising emerging artists. Tennessee and the Southeast are its primary focus, but national-level artists also are represented in a variety of media, including painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture. Cumberland Gallery participates in contemporary art fairs in Miami and Los Angeles.

Visitors to Cumberland Gallery can view pieces, such as the one published here, which is Bob Nugent's "Jardim Inhotim #2."

Bob says his work refers to Brazilian travels, specifically along the Amazon River Basin.

"Naturalistic forms resembling beehives, vertebrae, cocoons, anthills, plant forms and insects are spread across the surface of the work. It transcribes a memory of objects and impressions of what was seen and felt."

The artist says Brazil and the Amazon River Basin have inspired his work for more than 25 years.  

"The Amazon River is an apt metaphor for the act of churning up remembered objects and sights, gathered while traveling along its rough course. In its flow, the river boils an object to the surface only to swallow it up again to resurface later. These impressions are a memory of the river bound on both sides by a high, dark jungle; foreboding and beautiful. If it takes you in, it takes you in whole," he says.

ARTISTIC DESTINATION 2:

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

1200 Forrest Park Drive

Cheekwood is a historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. This 55-acre estate was built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune. Its Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with 11 specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape. The Museum of Art has collections of painting, sculpture and decorative arts. Visitors can enjoy year-round, family-friendly activities.

ARTISTIC DESTINATION 3:

Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway

The Frist Center is a nonprofit, comprehensive art exhibition center dedicated to stimulating and nourishing appreciation for, understanding of, and creativity in the visual arts through educational programs and community outreach efforts built on high-quality exhibitions.

ARTISTIC DESTINATION 4:

The Parthenon

2500 West End Ave.

The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was designed by Confederate veteran William Crawford Smith and built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.