Inaugural Titans Art Show December 10 and 11 at Saint Elle

(top row) Omari Booker, NaKayla Bowman, (bottom row) Shavonda Martin, and Darrell E. Gilbert.

Get ready for a great weekend of art, food, music and culture as the Tennessee Titans celebrate their inaugural Titans Art Show, presented by Nissan, at the Saint Elle on Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11. The weekend will feature Titans-inspired artwork created by artists right here in Tennessee and across the nation. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and purchase the artwork for their home collection. All proceeds benefit The Titans Foundation, the featured artists, and supporting non-profits.

Artists include (in no particular order): Sarah-Beth Bills, Dooby Tomkins, Joe Geis, Graeme Morris, Darrell E. Gilbert, Brian Wooden, Maggie Sanger, Dylan Lynch, Caitlyn Snelling, Tyler Angelo, Nathan Brown, Erin Rickert Rowland, Andres Bustamante, Jake Virant, Tara Pettit, Ryan Noble, Omari Booker, Leah Pommier, Steven Dayvid McKellar, Roger Conner, Valentina Harper, Tori Powell, Matlyn Spillers, Michael Kong, Lani Wilkinson, Shavonda Martin, Justin Redmon, Amy Harms, Erin Laughlin, C. Douglas Charlton, IKNOWBASEBALL, NaKayla Bowman, Devon Eloise, Amber Lelli, Jimmy Abegg, and  Ashley Treece.

Located less than 2 miles south of Broadway at 1420 3rd Avenue South in Nashville, TN 37210, Saint Elle is in the flourishing neighborhood of Wedgewood Houston. From the owners/creators of boutique venue the Cordelle in Downtown Nashville, comes their newest addition to the event space landscape, Saint Elle. It is named for the railway that traveled luxury passenger trains in the 1950’s, the N, C & St. L railroad carried folks from Chicago to Atlanta servicing the south, including Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis.

First up is the Titans Art Show Block Party on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM CST, December’s hottest winter party at one of Nashville’s fastest-growing event venues, the Saint Elle. Mixes from DJ Cisco will highlight the night, along with a food truck from pizza-favorite Slim & Husky’s. On display will be featured artwork from the Titans Art Show, with the opportunity to purchase Titans-inspired art supporting Tennessee’s best artists and The Titans Foundation. Your $30 ticket includes access to the event and the open bar. Food and artwork will be available for purchase. Parking on-site is extremely limited, and ride-share is recommended.

The Titans Art Brunch is Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST. Your $30 ticket to the Titans Art Brunch includes access to the event and live taping, an open bar featuring Bloody Marys and Mimosas, and free donuts from Donut Distillery. Artwork from the Titans Art Show will be available for purchase. Parking on-site is extremely limited, and ride-share is recommended.

The final event of the Titans Art Show features a live taping of ‘Out of Bounds,’ an official Titans podcast hosted by Jaimie Robinson, the wife of Titans general manager Jon Robinson, and Nashville Guru’s Abby Flittner. They will be joined by a surprise celebrity guest for the live taping. ‘Out of Bounds’ with Jaimie and Abby is a guest-based podcast heavy on lifestyle and light on football. Nothing is out of bounds for this welcoming duo, who dive deep into the lives of other influential and inspiring women.

All artwork for the Titans Art Show was collected and curated by Fort Houston Artisan Support Project. Fort Houston is a non-profit, community-based workshop that allows members to come together, and share skills and tools to pursue creative projects. Their membership is open to everyone and is comprised of woodworkers, fabricators, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, artists, craft enthusiasts, and students. Their focus is on collaboration, education, and community outreach.

In 2020, the Titans provided a $15,000 scholarship to Fort Houston’s new STATE Gallery and Studios, which provides an artist with a private work space and a solo exhibition at their workspace at no cost to the artist. To donate to the Fort Houston Artisan Support Project, please visit www.forthouston.org/donate.

The Titans Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports communities within the Tennessee Titans region. Through its work, the Titans contribute to schools, non-profit organizations, community centers and other neighborhood assets. The foundation also places a strong emphasis on supporting youth football programs, with the goal that every child who wishes to have access to youth

African American artists of particular note include Omari Booker, NaKayla Bowman, Darrell E. Gilbert, and Shavonda Martin. Darrell E. Gilbert is a painter and visual artist whose portraits blur the boundaries of genre; realistic scenarios are presented in a dreamlike, almost surrealist manner – manipulating perspective to direct the eye. Omari Booker is a well-known artist and former professional athlete based in both Nashville and Los Angeles; having shown at many of Nashville’s galleries, Omari often depicts sports and popular culture themes in his work. Shavonda Martin is an interdisciplinary visual artist from North Carolina; her work incorporates techniques of sculpture, mosaic and glass, uniting each form of media in a seamless narrative. NaKayla Bowman is a visual artist living in Tennessee; presenting her figures in a semi-realistic fashion, NaKayla employs various types of paint to introduce textural interest and direct the viewer’s focus.

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