Start your summer with art exhibits and a special sale

Fisk Memorial Chapel —columns at portal door Pencil and Watercolor by Jerry Waters

Take advantage of three very special events available to art lovers in early July: an art sale, an art talk, and an art exhibition.

An Art Sale as a fundraiser to cover the cost of travel expenses connected with his Alfred Stieglitz Collection at Fisk University Book Project is being held by Jerry C. Waters. On Monday, July 16th Waters will re-visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut for ten days to continue his research, which will include reading the letters of American artists Georgia O’Keeffe (donor of the Stieglitz Collection) and Alfred Stieglitz as well as letters of the Stieglitz “Circle” of American artists. The sale runs each Saturday, June 30, July 7 and July 14, from 9 am – 3 pm.

The book he is writing will explore the cultural and art historical significance of O’Keeffe’s 1949 bequest of a portion of Alfred Stieglitz’s modern art collection to Fisk University. And his monograph will discuss the ways in which the art was used by the University in the 1950’s into the 1970’s to reinforce O’Keeffe’s idea that there are many ways to see and think about art through viewing 101 works of remarkable modern painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs.

Waters’ portfolio of drawings, paintings, and photos contain images of nature, the flower garden at Christ Church Cathedral Church in Nashville, the campuses of Fisk University and Yale University and a range of other subjects and themes. He will have lots of artwork to view at his home, and he is willing to schedule an appointment to view his art portfolio at your home or office. If you should like to view additional .pdf images of his artwork, please contact him via Email, Facebook or Text message, (serious inquiries only, please); email: jerrywaters84@hotmail.com. The very reasonable prices for the art range from 10 to 200 dollars.

Ashley Mintz opens her new exhibition, entitled “Our Chaotic Nature” this Monday, July 2. Meet her at the opening reception on Monday, July 9, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Laskey Research Library & Archives at the Scarritt Bennett Center, 1027 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212.

“We are constantly searching for sustained happiness, trying to get as close as we can to a ‘perfect’ life,” says Mintz. “But often we forget that our condition is one that is riddled with unpredictability and constant change. This exhibit touches on the many ways in which we suffer and cause suffering to ourselves and others. It seeks to make sense of our pain and to encourage ways through it. Our strength and quality of life come from the ability to pick ourselves back up again and again. We suffer, but we also have what it takes to continue rebuilding our lives.”

Ashley Mintz grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she was often involved in dance, choir, and theater while in school. After moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting, she began painting and drawing. Her paintings often revolve around social justice issues and the human condition. She often incorporates writing into her abstract paintings as a way to combine her two favorite forms of art.

Ashley has performed music, read poetry and shown art around Nashville as well as other states in the South and back home in New Mexico. She continues to teach painting and writing workshops as a way of helping others to tap into their creative sides.

The Arts Company presents Cassidy Cole, featuring a series of abstract mixed-media paintings. Enjoy a conversation with the artist hosted by Paul Polycarpou, Editor, and CEO of Nashville Arts Magazine, on Saturday, July 7, at 5 pm at The Arts Company. The exhibition opens an hour later on July 7, 6-9 pm, during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown Nashville, continuing through July 26 during regular gallery hours, 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Cole translates her experiences using color, lines, and textures onto canvas and paper.

“Painting is how I make sense of my experiences,” says Cole. “Whether that be interactions, emotions, philosophical ideas or physical locations,” Cole says. Each energetic stroke builds upon the last as she layers to create a more cohesive visual movement. “By responding to these moments on a surface, I am able to better understand their true natures and create something entirely new in the process.”

While Cassidy Cole has shown locally in group exhibitions in Nashville, this will be her first solo exhibition. Earning her BA from Belmont University in Nashville, Cole has also taken painting classes at The National Academy in New York City and Watkins.

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