Haynes Galleries presents a Powerhouse of Nashville Icons in
June 19 to August 31, 2017

FRANKLIN— Nashville is special for so many reasons. It’s a mix of old and new, tradition and experimentation, history and the cutting edge. Its visual artists are a perfect representation of this. Now, the city’s finest artists are gathered together during “ArtNashville,” an exhibition that showcases their talent, vision, and variety. With internationally known portraitists on view next to the emerging voices of tomorrow, and realism and impressionism alongside abstract expressionism and surrealism, “ArtNashville” encompasses the best of Nashville’s growing art community. The exhibition is now open and runs through August 31.

The power hitters of Nashville’s arts scene have built reputations on creating great artworks for years and they are more diverse in style than some might think. As a previous winner of the prestigious Prix de West, David Wright is one of the region’s most acclaimed artists. America’s history and varied landscapes are his inspiration. His detailed paintings bring the sublime views onto a more personal scale.

Another member of the city’s icons works in a vastly different style. Anton Weiss brought Abstract Expressionism to town in the 1960s and was a voice for arts in the city for decades. Full of energy and color, Weiss’s paintings and sculptures emphasize the moment of their making— what Weiss felt as he created. Haynes Galleries are now the exclusive location to see Anton Weiss’s work in the city. Haynes Galleries is now exclusively representing the Anton Weiss Trust, the artist’s personal collection of work.

Another Nashville giant has brought the eyes of the country to Music City. Alan LeQuire’s monumental sculptures dot Nashville but during “ArtNashville” his artistry can be experienced on a more intimate scale with seldom seen drawings and woodcut prints on view. Each line and angle is carefully considered by a man who thinks in three dimensions as much as he thinks in two.

Also working on paper is the city’s own world famous Red Grooms. Colorful and chaotic, Grooms’ lithographs have a raw, unforgiving edge to them. The images aren’t “pretty” but scenes cut to the core of their message with bite and humor. Grooms brings a long and prosperous career of experimental, cutting edge work to the city and to “ArtNashville.”

The classic genre of portraiture is as varied in the show as the talent in the city. Michael Shane Neal’s portraits have a distinguished, elegant flair that makes him sought after around the globe. Richard Greathouse works in a style that merges a Renaissance aesthetic and modern sentiment, and Dawn Whitelaw uses a Sargent-esque approach to capture the mood & light of her sitter.

The city’s emerging artists have also found a way to mix something traditional with something unexpected, creating new visions for the future of city’s visual arts. Dane Carder’s painted versions of Civil War imagery blurs details while shining a light on history and tragedy. Alex Hall’s paintings add a surrealistic edge to “ArtNashville.” His paintings, while showcasing traditional painting technique, incorporate dream-like imagery. They are as finely painted as they are enigmatic.

It’s a broad, artistic world in middle Tennessee. New mixes with old every day in Nashville and during “ArtNashville” at Haynes Galleries. A landscape artist of great acclaim like Roger Dale Brown can be viewed next to dramatic still lifes by Matthew Deric Gore. Modern, bright scenes by Nick Long contrast with Pat Thompson’s tender portraits. Artworks by Jerry Atnip, Jody Thompson, John Guider, Wanda Choate, Paul Harmon, John Baeder, and Chuck McHan are also a part of this celebration. This is the variety and creativity that Nashville fosters. “ArtNashville” will show the public what the city’s artists have known for years: Nashville’s arts community is diverse, thriving, and growing stronger every day. There’s no better way to experience that this summer than at “ArtNashville.”