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Art Crawls and Exhibitions in July

by Cass Teague
See Salon Noir by Elise Kendrick and curated by Jonathan Diggs at the Frist Art center before it closes on July 13.

Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month from 5 – 8 PM when art galleries throughout the city host receptions and art openings. Over 1,000 people attend these very popular monthly events. This year’s remaining calendar dates are: Saturday, July 1; Saturday, August 5; Saturday, September 2; Saturday, October 7; Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, December 2.

The following downtown galleries are presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, offering rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art: 21c Museum Hotel, 221 2nd Ave N; Bobby Hotel, 230 4th Ave N; Chauvet Arts, 215 5th Ave N; Dan Dion Gallery, 625 7th Ave S; Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 Rep. John Lewis Way N.; Dream Nashville, 210 4th Ave N; Fairlane Hotel, 401 Union St.; Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway; From Nashville With Love, 5 Arcade; Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery, 224 Rep. John Lewis Way S; Humphreys Street Coffee, 601A Broadway; Noelle, 200 4th Ave N; O Gallery, 42 Arcade; Rogue Gallery 77, 77 Arcade; Skye, 623 Union St. ; The Studio 208, 208 3rd Ave N; Swipe Right Art, 208 3rd Ave N; The Countrypolitan, 301 Union St; Tinney Contemporary, 237 5th Ave N; and The Twisted Wool, 223 Rep. John Lewis Way N.

The Frist Art Museum presents its first micro-exhibition, Elise Kendrick: Salon Noir. This exhibition includes artwork by Nashville artist Elise Kendrick that explores and pays homage to the beauty of African American women, their unique hairstyles, and the Black salon experience. Under the direction of student curator Jonathan Diggs, Salon Noir offers an immersive experience within a common, accessible space: the elevator. Salon Noir opened on August 12, 2022 and closes on July 13, 2023.

Kendrick’s current work consists primarily of paintings of women of color in addition to linocut prints that touch on hair, race, culture, and the disruption of social norms. She often uses bright colors, black and white, and sometimes text to visually communicate information about her subjects. With each brushstroke, her goal is to capture the inner essence of the people she places on canvas.

Each first Saturday of the month, immerse yourself in Nashville’s vibrant art scene alongside fellow art lovers. Traverse the streets of Wedgewood-Houston (WeHo), where roughly a dozen art spaces open their doors to the public. A longstanding tradition since 2013, the WeHo Art Crawl (formerly known as Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston) remains an inclusive, free event for all.

Weho Galleries and Art Spaces include David Lusk Gallery and Zeitgeist at 516 Hagan St; 185 Alley Gallery, Coop, Nashville Poetry Library, Open Gallery, Red 225, Risology Club, Unrequited Leisure, and WAG (Watkins Art Gallery) at 507 Hagan St; Julia Martin Gallery at 444 Humphreys St; Cëcret Gallery at 441 Humphreys St; and Prima Signa Gallery, Rockwall Gallery, etc.,,Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Jackalope and Schumacher at 434 Houston St.

And don’t leave out East Nashville, where, at 919 Gallatin Ave Suite #4, Nashville, 37206, Red Arrow is burning with excitement with a multi-artist exhibition, Nashville Hot Summer. Participating artists include: Aaron Worley, Annie Brito Hodgin, Benji Anderson, Calli Moore, Charlie Oscar Patterson, Dana Oldfather, Eleanor Aldrich, Julian Rogers, Kelly Williams, Ripley Whiteside, and Will Fice, the exhibition continues through Saturday, July 1, 2023..

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