A major celebration of an important part of the Jefferson Street business scene is Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. A framing business that started from home but grew into a Jefferson Street long-term establishment is turning 35 this year. The Founder and CEO of Woodcuts are Mr. Nathaniel “Nate” Harris.
Since 1987, Woodcuts Gallery & Framing has sold custom frames and featured original artwork from national and local artists. The business has grown to include customers such as the State of Tennessee, Gibson Guitar, Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, and the surrounding areas.
Saturday, September 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Woodcuts Gallery & Framing, located at 1613 Jefferson Street – Near Fisk University, will host an art show beginning at 11:00 a.m., with a Celebration starting at 1:00 p.m. Parking is available on 17th Avenue North and in the rear parking lot of the business.
The art show will be happening inside the Gallery while the celebration takes place outside under the tent. For the art show portion of the celebration, various artists will be there along with new pieces. Following the program, celebratory refreshments will be served in the gallery, with Panache Catering by Darryl Dining. Music will be provided by Linda rose and Rose on Vibes.
For the celebration, Tawanna Coleman of NewsChannel Five will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies, introduced by community supporter Mr. Moses Fisher, and Mayor John Cooper will give Greetings. Congratulatory Words will be given by Meharry Medical College President Dr. James L. Hildreth, introduced by his Vice-President for Faculty Affairs and Development Dr. Patricia Matthews Juarez.
Perspective Views will be shared by former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, artist James Threalkill, Nathaniel’s wife Mrs. Brenda J. Harris, and Woodcuts manager Jean Corder. Deputy Mayor Brenda Haywood will host a Special Presentation, along with Metro Councilman Freddie O’Connell and State Senator Brenda Gilmore, and others. The community is invited to give brief congratulatory remarks, also.
With the tagline, “A Cut above the Rest,” Woodcuts Gallery & Framing is the place to go for custom framing of diplomas, artwork, family photographs and the like. It is also the place to go for art by established and rising African American artists. When visitors walk into the gallery, they will find an exclusive originals area filled with the works of local as well as nationally known artists. For those not in the market for original art, there are bins full of a variety of open edition prints as well as limited edition serigraphs and giclée’s by African-American artists.
Among the prominent artists whose work they carry are Gregory Ridley, Jamaal Sheats, James Threallkill, Ashley Seay, TWIN (Terry & Jerry Lynn), and Omari Booker. Although ethnic art is prevalent, there are many abstracts and skylines that would add the perfect touch to any office or home.
Stop in any day and see beautiful work at 1613 Jefferson Street, Nashville, TN 37207. Call 615-321-5537 for hours. Their website is: www.woodcutsgalleryandframing.com
Special Note: Masks will be required for participants and guests of the Art Show and Celebration. They are also required for entry into the Gallery on a daily basis.