Ask people to imagine Nashville, and I bet 90 percent of them get the same image — right down to the sequined suits. But that isn’t the only picture our community paints. In fact, beyond the Opry and the honkey-tonks, beyond the guitars and old-time gospel harmonies, Nashville is a great city for visual arts.
Downtown Nashville hosts the First Saturday Art Crawl monthly, and the next one is coming up on April 6 from 6 – 9 pm. If you’re a long-time local who hasn’t explored this side of our city, you should absolutely see our impressive art scene. And if you’re an art aficionado from somewhere else, it’s worth the trip in.
Thirty or so galleries open their doors to guests on these special nights, and they are staffed up to talk to you about artists from Nashville and around the world. There’s no admission fee (though you are encouraged to fall in love with a piece and have it sent to your home), and most of the galleries offer wine and refreshments.
I did a lecture a little while back about art in the home and I got to work closely with two local gallery owners. The big thing that I took out of my conversations with them was the need to support local artists and galleries. I’ve lived in Nashville for so long that I sometimes take for granted the amazing art community that surrounds me. It’s easy to fall into the trap of the internet and online shopping, but it simply can’t replace seeing a work in person — and it certainly robs you of the good feeling you get supporting an artist that lives in your community.
So let this be my call to action: Saturday, April 6, take to the streets and storm the gallery doors! Then have a little wine and fall in love with a piece by one of our great local artists.
Mary Spalding is a Nashville based interior designer with over 30 years of experience. She has overseen countless home revitalizations, renovations, and restorations. She can be reached with your projects and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.