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Spotlight................................................................................................ 11 Jaq Belcher Wonders in White................................................... 24 Anne Goetze All On The Line................................................. 3O Ronnie Dunn Cowboy Collector................................................. 36 Butler Steltemeier Steppin' Out............................................. 43 NPT Arts Worth Watching................................................................... 5O Art and Money Don't Mix ............................................. 54 Alan Messer Photographer.......................................................... 58 Rebecca Litt Urban Realities..................................................... 64 Margaret Elliott A Self-Portrait............................................... 7O Opera Stuart Holt Hits New York.................................................... 76 Paradis sur terre Château de Chantilly...................................82 Culinary Canvas......................89 At the Auction........................... 91 Under the Radar......................93 Beyond Words..........................94 Poetry.........................................95 On the Town..............................98 My Favorite Painting.............102 on the cover : Paul Harmon, Morning Girl, Oil on canvas, 36" X 48â€?

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Art Creates a City


while back I attended an art event at LeQuire Gallery.

The speaker for the evening was sculptor Somers Randolph. I was certainly familiar with his work but had never met the man. Let me tell you, there is a lot to meet. He is an imposing mountain of a man with a keen wit and an intelligent sense of humor. His topic for the evening was Art & Money. I asked Somers if he would commit his thoughts to an article for Nashville Arts. Fortunately, he agreed. On page 54 you'll find the first in a series of articles that takes a close look at art, the artist, and the eternal struggle between creativity and the need to pay the bills. Major kudos this month to the Tennessee State Museum and their highly successful Sparkle & Twang fundraiser event. Our very own Meagan Nordmann was inducted into the Museum’s Young Professionals Council. Congratulations, Meagan. The evening delivered plenty of sparkle and lots of twang. I for one can’t wait till next year’s event.

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Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker will return to TPAC’s Jackson Hall with new surprises in this year’s performance of the much-loved holiday story, including new tricks from the beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer designed by nationally known illusionist Drew Thomas. Nashville’s version of the ballet has a special twist to it, as the production celebrates the city’s rich history and personality, even featuring characters inspired by resident Tennesseans such as President Andrew Jackson, former Vanderbilt Chancellor James Kirkland, and actress Lucille La Verne. There will be ten performances on the following dates: Friday, December 9, and Friday, December 16, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 10, Sunday, December 11, Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18, at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, visit www. nashvilleballet.com, or call (615) 297-2966.

Fine Art in Brentwood Fine Art in Brentwood Show & Sale is celebrating its sixteenth year of featuring paintings by local, state, and regional artists, as well as artists from Texas and one from France. This year’s featured artist is Melissa Payne Baker whose work will also be exhibited at Richland Fine Art. Other artists include Tom Armstrong, Amy Collins, Jeff Jamison, David Nichols, Erin Rickelton, and Kent Youngstrom.

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The Label by Karen Parr-Moody

The world of high-end fashion for men has a new inhabitant in the Label, a jewel box of a boutique at 2222 12th Avenue South in the 12South District. It is a whimsical place decorated with a visual sophistication that makes it lighter, sparer, and airier than so many of its ilk. It's a place that brings together an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry, and furniture.

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The force behind this stylish pastiche is the duo of country musician Gary Allan and stylist Renee Layher. Layher began her fashion career sourcing fabrics for the women's collections of Ralph Lauren in New York City. She moved to Nashville for family reasons, where she has been a stylist to famous musicians for the last fifteen years. The store's interior is a dizzying array of custom furniture, including a gigantic floor mirror made of driftwood, a chair made of gold horseshoes, and a table made out of an ebony root. This is the handiwork of Sue Chitpanich, a furniture designer based in Los Angeles, who drove the furnishings cross-country to 12th Avenue in a U-Haul.

Another facet of the equation is the involvement of Tony Sartino, a fashion designer who has made clothing for celebrities such as Prince, Bon Jovi, and Goo Goo Dolls. He will create custom menswear for the store that will be found nowhere else. "This is for anyone that wants anything that's gorgeous and custom made. Nashville does have a little rock 'n' roll to it. I love that people aren't afraid to express themselves. That's a big thing," says Layher. The Label is poised to make that rock 'n' roller in every man more glamorous than ever. The Label is located at 2222 12th Avenue South, Nashville, 37204. www.thelabelnashville.com

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The show and sale is hosted at Brentwood Academy and begins Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Brentwood Academy is located at 21 Granny White Pike, 37027. www.fineartinbrentwood.com.

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Two Exhibits at Studio East Gallery The ƒ-Stops Here, a juried exhibition of recent work by six Nashville photographers, will open at Studio East with an Artists Reception on December 10. All six participants are members of an underground group of female photographers located in Nashville and throughout the Mid South. The exhibit will be on view for two days only.

Internationally renowned artist Paul Harmon will present an exhibition of recent work at the gallery for two days this month. The show will premiere the new works of this exceptionally talented artist who is at the height of an illustrious career and has graced the art world for the last six decades. Harmon commented on the upcoming show: “Done right, there is a profound and visceral lushness to paint brushed onto a flat surface. To me, that is of the most esteemed importance. But, as a bonus, the pictorial content of a painting can mightily contribute by opening the imagination in literally countless ways.

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The Artists’ Reception will be on Saturday, December 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. and an Encore Reception on Sunday, December 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Award-winning indie folk Americana singer songwriter Louise Mosrie will perform during the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, December 10. Studio East Nashville is located at 1520 Woodland Street. For more information, email info@studioeastnashville.com.

Eddie George to Star as Julius Caesar The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will open its curtain to Julius Caesar January 10–29, 2012, at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater. This play of political and tragic allure will feature former Tennessee Titans star running back and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George as Julius Caesar. The cast includes various other well-known actors such as Brian Webb Russell as Brutus and Eric D. Pasto-Crosby as Mark Antony. Though the play is intended to take place in ancient Rome, the Festival’s rendition will have strong Roman undertones while emphasizing the humanity of the story and its adaptation in the contemporary world. Director Beki Baker says of the production, “The play’s most significant message is that politics have not changed in 2,000 years. Power still corrupts, conspiracies continue to erupt.” For tickets to public performances, visit nashvilleshakes.org or call (615) 8526732. The Troutt Theater is located at 2100 Belmont Boulevard, 37212.

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“These current works look to things such as nostalgia, poetry, the history of art, and those aspects of being human on the planet which, in this case, range from acute sagacity to rampant and shameless whimsy.” The Artist Reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with an Encore Reception Sunday, on December 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. paulharmon.com To learn more about Paul Harmon, please refer to our November 2010 article in our “Archives” tab on www. nashvillearts.com.

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Nashville Opera Art Contest Winner of the Nashville Opera’s Student Art Contest Luisi Mera masters the essence of Pagliacci in her painting of the opera’s leading character. Her colorful rendition of the clown beautifully captures the expression of the character with her attention to detail and exceptional craft. Her painting will be displayed in the lobby of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center during the Opera’s production of Pagliacci. Luisi will also receive a 2012–2013 Nashville Opera subscription and will be featured in Nashville Opera’s various advertisements and promotions.

Rymer Gallery's Exhibition Gifty Pleasures The Rymer Gallery’s newest exhibition Gifty Pleasures is the perfect holiday go-to for both new art collectors beginning a serious art collection and experienced collectors alike. Opening December 3 and running through December 24, it will feature new, small, and affordable works just for the holidays. Local artists whose work will be displayed include Charles Clary, Herb Williams, James Worsham, Emily Leonard, Brandi Milosavich, Ed Nash, and Lisa Bachman. There will be a public reception on December 3 for the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl from 6 to 9 p.m. Rymer Gallery is located at 233 Fifth Ave. N., 37219. www.therymergallery.com

Luisi Mera is from Panama and is grateful for the opportunity to study art in Nashville as an exchange student at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. The Nashville Opera will perform Pagliacci December 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and December 4 at 2 p.m. at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center located at 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243. www.nashvilleopera.org

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Handel's Messiah Sing-Along “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” This full chorus from Messiah by Handel has become a venerated tradition associated with the holiday season. However, the opportunity to perform as a member of the chorus does not often come along—until now, that is.

Event chair Susan Dupont says, “We once again will have the special treat of experiencing the music in the same way that audiences in Handel’s day would have, with authentic instruments and lower Baroque pitch. Singing these familiar choruses will be a wonderful way to prepare for the holiday season.” Handel is said to have composed Messiah in only twenty-four days in 1742. Its appeal has never waned. Advance tickets at a discounted rate for adults, students, and groups are available at www.christcathedral.org/sacredspace/ticketsales or at the Cathedral reception desk during business hours. Tickets purchased at the door will be $15 for adults and $5 for students. Music is furnished with admission. Christ Church Cathedral is located at 900 Broadway in downtown Nashville.

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Nashville singers will have their chance to sing along on Monday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m., as part of Christ Church Cathedral’s Sacred Space for the City Arts Series. The favorite choruses and solos of this iconic work will be performed as a sing-along with the orchestra and soloists of the esteemed early music ensemble Music City Baroque.

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Artclectic Best in Show Courtney and Rommel Ricaurte took the "Best in Show" prize at this year’s Artclectic show held at the University School of Nashville. The husband and wife team took top honors in the juried show, now in its fifteenth year, that was brimming with outstanding work from more than fifty artists in Nashville and across the U.S.




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Community Supported Art A wooden crate once overflowing with misshapen heirloom tomatoes, crisp granny apples, and bushels of blue-green kale is piled high with mixedmedia sculptures, hand-painted prints, and unique vignettes. Seed SPACE, a contemporary art space housed within a South Nashville art studio, has broadly expanded the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept into Community Supported Art (CSArt), a program in which shareholders enjoy the work of nationally and internationally shown Nashvillebased artists. Where CSA provides shareholders with crates of locally grown produce, CSArt provides shareholders crates of carefully selected homegrown art. CSArt offers a reasonably priced outlet for those who want contemporary art, with its half- or full-share price option. Half shares cost $250 and guarantee five original works. Full shares cost $500 and guarantee ten original works as well as a Hatch Show Print poster. Each shareholder will pick up a curated art crate with a collection of unique pieces ranging from sculptures and paintings to prints and photographs at the Seed SPACE “pick-up parties,” held December 10 and February 10. Rachel Bubis, curator of Seed SPACE and co-director of CSArt Nashville, stresses the importance of integrating Nashville art lovers with Nashville artists, saying, “Like CSA programs, CSArt Nashville stresses the buy-local spirit. We encourage shareholders to interact with our artists to help build the Nashville community.” While shareholders do not have a say in the style of works they receive, they know that the CSArt curators hand selected the artists to cater to different tastes. Like CSA’s crate, where shareholders do not know what kinds of produce they will receive, CSArt crates are the product of the curators’ discretion. CSArt Nashville artists Vesna Pavlović, Derek Coté, Herb Williams, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Emily Leonard, Sher Fick, Mike Calway-Fagen, Jodi Hayes, Nicole Baumann, and Ryan Hogan have held exhibits in such places as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Museum of Modern Art in Klagenfurt, Austria, Gazelli Art House in London, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. The CSArt concept is not unique to Nashville but has in fact flourished in cities such as Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, and Chicago. According to Seed SPACE director Adrienne Outlaw, CSArt was only “loosely adapted from other models but was created according to what we believe will work best for Nashville. We are really excited—the idea is working—we sold one quarter of our full shares and dozens of half shares in the first couple weeks!” CSArt shares are going fast. For more information about becoming a CSArt shareholder, visit www.seedspace.org.

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All That Glitters

King Jewelers Celebrates 100 Years by Karen Parr-Moody


he young staff of King Jewelers is slowly trickling in on a Saturday morning, passing by cases of glittering diamonds as they anticipate a busy day. For two nights in a row they have been

up late, wining and dining in Nashville as the store co-sponsored upscale events, first with Nashville Business Journal and then with Harley-Davidson. When King Jewelers is not entertaining locals, it is entertaining industry executives from such hubs as Paris and New York. In addition to business as usual, this is a time of general celebration for the family business: King Jewelers has spanned five generations and, as of 2012, it will have been going strong for 100 years. The handsome store, sitting in the midst of Green Hills, is cool and chic, encircled by cases and cases filled with diamonds. There are diamond engagement rings, diamond earrings, diamond necklaces, big glittering sprays of all things diamond. Then there are the watches, representing an array that includes Chopard, Harry Winston, Montblanc, TAG Heuer, and even Cartier, for which King Jewelers is the only dealer in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Fanny King, Maurice Glick, Goldie King (circa 1912)

David King, whose family's fortunes have been tied up in jewelry since 1912, embodies the current generation. The 34-year-old wears his dark hair, graying at the temples, in a "faux hawk," along with a slimcut lavender sweater and designer jeans. He is the Director of Business Development, the marketing voice behind the business's most recent store opening, which was in Nashville in 2008. He doesn't flit in and out of town as one might imagine, spending cold Middle Tennessee winters in his native Miami, where there is a second store. Instead, he is here "99 percent of the time," he says. "I've been to Miami twice in the last year," he says. "I really live here. And I have to. I'm very involved in the community."

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The young heir to the 100-year-old dynasty is very much ensconced in Nashville. "I'm constantly selling the town on a luxury level" to visiting executives, he says. Conversely, "We're able to bring a lot of things here that Nashville isn't privy to." Due to longstanding relationships with watch companies, for example, the Nashville store gets special products before other stores get them in Dallas, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.

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During the last 100 years the King family has been nothing if not adaptive, shifting with changing economic times, tastes, and societal migrations. Founder Louis King, an immigrant, opened the original store, called King & Co., as a pawnshop and trading post in Salt Lake City. It was a product of the era's Gold Rush and stocked not only gold and diamonds but guns and suitcases.

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This family patriarch eventually moved to Philadelphia, where he opened a store in 1919. He then opened a second store in Atlantic City when it was a hot vacation destination of the Roaring Twenties. There, the King family began to rub elbows with celebrities, including Babe Ruth. This trend continued with a store that opened in Miami Beach in 1931, with a second area location opening in 1938. Called Martin King Jewelers, that location attracted stars such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Sammy Davis Jr. Even gangster Meyer Lansky was a patron. Today the company is consolidated to two locations, those in Miami and Nashville.

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A big part of the family story has been delivering high quality and excellent service. King remembers the conversation he had with his dad on his first day in the family business. They were in a car on the way to work when his father, Scott King, told him: "You only have one reputation."

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To that end, King says, "That's how I live my life . . . we try to create relationships for generations." Clearly that strategy has worked for five generations of the King family. King Jewelers is located www.kings1912.com





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t all started with a movie, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Country Strong, to be precise. New York-based artist Jaq Belcher

read about the Nashville apartment Paltrow and her family lived in during filming and liked some of the art from Tinney Contemporary featured in the spread. Belcher emailed the gallery and got a call from Susan Tinney a few minutes later. That was more than eighteen months ago; now Belcher is presenting her first Nashville show at the gallery. The nineteen-piece exhibition features large-scale cut-paper drawings, including Untitled: seeding, an installation in which the drawing’s 33,000 cutouts are arranged on the floor in front of it. Other works include Inner Circle, two concentric, contrasting circles defined by 5,300 cuts, and Offering, in which 9,000+ cuts carve a curved path vertically through the piece. Belcher’s works are full of voids and raised elements that catch light and cast shadows. Paper leaning in different directions creates tone-ontone designs and textures, depth and movement. Belcher keeps track of exactly how many cuts she makes in each piece and records that number on the bottom of the drawings. Though Belcher refers to her work as drawings, drawing is only the first step. After filling large sheets of bright white paper with small ovals and other shapes, she cuts out the forms using an X-Acto knife and hundreds and hundreds of blades. The idea is to create patterns by cutting and removing elements from a single sheet of paper without destroying the paper or making unintentional cuts or tears. (Though Belcher brags about not having made a mistake in the ten years she’s been making the cut-paper pieces, she admits to recently breaking her streak while working on one of the Nashville pieces. Initially tempted to “fudge” it, she relented and started over.)

The cut-paper series began in 2001 when Belcher moved from her native Australia to New York and camped out in a tiny apartment with an artist she’d met in Sydney, the only person she knew in the city. He was a watercolorist, and each time he pulled out a fresh sheet of paper, Belcher was struck by the stunning white patina. “I was thinking, anything I did to that would just screw it up,” she says. Then she started thinking about working reductively, creating by taking away rather than adding; also she didn’t want to do anything that required a lot of tools. This was a convenient approach because Belcher had gotten rid of most of her things before the move, including the tools she used in her previous medium of metalworking. Feeling liberated from the baggage of possessions and stuff, she wanted to reflect that feeling of lightness in her work.

I wanted to explore the kind of repetition found in "Japa," a form of meditation wherein a mantra is spoken over and over again.

In her work, Belcher enters a similar state of concentration that allows her to focus on the thousands and thousands of cuts each piece requires—and she only works on one piece at a time. After ten years she still uses the same white printmaking paper she initially chose for its extreme whiteness, eschewing color for the interplay of light on that paper. “They are really

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Form Is Empty, 2011, Hand-cut paper (5,832 cuts), 42” x 42”

I thought, what happens if I just remove the matter from this sheet of paper?

intended to be seen in natural light; they’re most beautiful in natural light,” Belcher says of her work. She enjoys watching the cut-paper piece in her apartment change by the hour with the varying light. Gallery lighting, on the other hand, often leaves something to be desired since natural light is

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Archetype, 2011, Hand-cut paper (10,972 cuts), 42” x 42”

sometimes at a premium, Belcher admits. Still, that’s part of the nature of the art: whatever light is available adds another dimension to the work. Accordingly, Belcher was planning to be in Nashville a week before her Tinney Contemporary opening partly to make sure the pictures are shown in the “nicest light possible.” But she was actually more excited about another aspect of the gallery. “Tinney Contemporary has that extremely sexy black, shiny floor,” she says. “I’m so excited to put work on that.” Jaq Belcher’s show Suchness will be on view December 3 through January 28 at Tinney Contemporary Gallery, located in downtown Nashville at 237 5th Avenue North. tinneycontemporary.com jaqbelcher.com

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illiamson County artist Anne Goetze is showing off her versatility with Clothesline, a new series of photographs snapped in rural locales. Readers may know Goetze for her bold, impressionistic landscape paintings, but her intimate

photographs offer a different perspective on her art. “I love things that are nostalgic,” she says, and the series certainly captures that feeling. Clothesline has been over ten years in the making. Goetze sold out a similar collection of photographs over a decade ago. The photographs offer exactly what their title implies: an array of clotheslines, hung with various garments and linens. She does not stage or premeditate any of these subjects. She simply captures images of clotheslines that enchant her. Goetze claims, “I see a worn-worn shirt, and I think, ‘Was that a father or a grandfather? What did they do for a living?”

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Goetze believes that clotheslines chronicle the small details of everyday living. “It’s a way to observe something without intruding. It’s also telling someone else’s story. It’s about their life, but it doesn’t intrude.” Goetze hopes that her series will help tell a larger story about rural America. In her paintings and her photographs, she celebrates nature and small-town traditions that are threatened by the march of progress. “I live in Williamson County, and I can see it change.” She hopes to shine a spotlight on the “people who are the salt of the earth” through her snapshots of farming communities and rural landscapes. Through Clothesline, Goetze aims to connect the present and the past. She observes that clotheslines are returning to popularity because “people are conscious of being green.” In this way, the series of photographs relates to Goetze’s

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environmental cause. Speaking of clotheslines, she says, “This is something we should all be doing. It’s back to the past, but it’s back to the present, too.” When asked how her painting and photography relate, she replies, “It all really goes together. It’s all part of the visual art form of how we see things.” Just like her paintings, Goetze says, her photos are “reactions to a feeling.” The artist, whose grandfather was a photographer, grew up around sepia prints in the hallways of her childhood home. She claimed her father’s old German camera as a teen and has mastered her craft over the years. Clothesline explores her romance with photography and her love for the rural South. In telling the stories of others through objects of their daily lives, Goetze ultimately tells us a lot about herself. Lovebirds

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Mozart and Salieri, Geli Michailovich Korzhev-Chuvelev, 1989, Oil on canvas, 42 3/4” x 91”

Ronnie Dunn

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onnie Dunn has spent over twenty years in the spotlight as a country music icon. His legendary

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achievements as part of the Brooks and Dunn duo earned scores of BMI and Academy of Country Music Awards. Dunn’s powerful vocals, honest songwriting, and energetic performances ushered in a new era for country music on the world stage. He helped boost the genre’s popularity to a new level of mass appeal across the globe. Most people know Ronnie Dunn the musician. This month, Dunn welcomed Nashville Arts Magazine to his home to discuss his other life-consuming passion: Russian art.

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It may come as a surprise to some that this Texas boy, famous for songs about smalltown life and the challenges of blue-collar American living, should own a worldclass collection of Russian paintings, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Dunn has immersed himself in the world of nineteenthand twentieth-century Russian art. A conversation with Dunn about his paintings

feels like it belongs in a college classroom. He is expert, insightful, and thorough when it comes to art. He knows every angle of these paintings, from political messages to paint application. Paintings in Dunn’s collection often grace the pages and covers of Russian art books and monographs. Dunn himself has become a walking encyclopedia for this art, reciting a litany of facts and figures about any painting in his collection. He helped found the first museum of Russian art in the United States in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and he is one of its most active ambassadors as an Emeritus Trustee. Dunn’s path as an art collector had an unromantic start. Although the singer admits he has always “had an affinity for visual art,” he first dabbled in collecting as an experiment in investing. “I started doing this in 2000. I had just started making money, and I didn’t know what to do with it. Tim Dubois, a label head at Arista, said, ‘I’m going to throw you a curve ball: Russian art.’” Dunn claims, “I put this guy off for like two years. Finally, I hesitantly had him over for dinner. I was not the least bit interested in buying paintings or art.” A decade later Dunn admits, “I can’t imagine not doing this.” A trip to Dunn’s Nashville home feels like a visit to a temple of Russian art. Large canvases dominate entire walls. Small paintings hang in hallways, interspersed with framed awards. Jaw-dropping work by Russian masters crowns cabinets of Dunn’s laurels from his music career. A step into the front room offers mounted

Annunciation Day, Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev-Chuvelev,1987-1990, Oil on canvas, 88 1/8” x 42 7/8”

When asked how it feels to live with this art, Dunn again turns to music for an analogy. “If it were music, it feels like owning an original Beethoven or an original Mozart.” The Post Girl in Winter, Aleksei Petrovich Tkachev & Sergei Petrovich Tkachev, 1951, Oil on canvas, 50” x 38”

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platinum records displayed alongside arresting portraits and landscapes. The pairing is a testimony to the role of art and music in Dunn’s life. He claims that music and art are “parallels” in his experience, both in “the same language.” For him, art offers another mode of expression. In spite of his powerful stage presence, Dunn is a quiet, introverted person in private. “It’s the shy gene that comes with being an artist,” he claims. Dunn’s walls could easily fit into museum collections around the world. The sheer number of paintings, each one a masterpiece of its kind, is almost dizzying. That’s no exaggeration. Dunn’s collection boasts some of the most important masters of the Russian canon of artists. Dunn grew his formidable body of work with fellow collector and Russian art expert Ray Johnson. “We went in and studied artists from the Soviet era and the pre-

If I’m here alone, sometimes I turn the lights on and I just look, like I’m listening to good music.

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Soviet era.” Dunn’s education in Russian art history was complemented by a natural taste for good art. “You have to have an eye. You have to pick what appeals to you.” Dunn claims that his favorite paintings “sing” to him. Through following his instinct and Johnson’s expert guidance Dunn has helped introduce Russian academic painting to new Western audiences. Dunn’s specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art means that his collection is anchored by the geniuses of Impressionism and Realism in Russian tradition. Because the Russian government embraced these revolutionary French styles in the communist era, Russian artists inherited a long academic tradition in the genre. Their art was not disrupted by modern movements like Abstract Expressionism that helped usher in the fabled “death of painting” for the Western world. Russian artists flourished in styles in the 1990s that had all but disappeared a century earlier in American and European art. Dunn’s collection of late-twentieth-century paintings by artists such as Korzhev-Chuvelev and the Tkachev brothers fits perfectly beside works by early- and mid-century artists, like Timkov, Serov, and Makarov. Such would never be the case for Western art. Annunciation Day and Deprived of Heaven by Geli Mikhailovich KorzhevChuvelev stand out among Dunn’s collection. They are also two of his favorites. Both works explore Biblical history paintings with traditional subject matter: the former offers an annunciation to the Virgin, and the latter shows Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden. Painted between 1987 and 1998, they are recent takes on centuries-old themes in religious art. In the annunciation, the Virgin Mary seems broken and searching. Her bent posture of devotion creates a strong diagonal that rhymes with the lilies in the top register of the painting. The flower symbolizes the coming crucifixion

On a Small Pier, Aleksei Petrovich Tkachev, 1990, Oil on board, 27 1/2” x 19 7/8”

of the yet unborn Christ. In Deprived of Heaven, Adam and Eve emerge from a glacial landscape. Their pain and brokenness are reminiscent of Masaccio’s Renaissance treatment of the same subject. Both paintings reveal unexpected compositional elements, making familiar subjects feel new and energized. The Post Girl in Winter by Aleksei Petrovich Tkachev and Sergei Petrovich Tkachev hangs in clear view from Dunn’s living room. A prize of the collection, the image is a world-famous example of twentieth-century Russian Realism. Its impasto paint and vibrant primary colors seem to dance in the light. Korzhev-Chuvelev’s Mozart and Salieri depicts the Deprived of Heaven, Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev-Chuvelev, 1998, Oil on canvas, 46 3/4” x 58 1/2”

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A Field of Corn, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Gerasimov, Oil on canvas, 21 3/4” x 64 5/8”

composer as a child, watched over by his brother who sits behind his shoulder. Dunn points out that the painting is a covert reference to the strict control of the arts under the Soviet era. That control led to two of the most defining features of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian art: strong academic traditions of style and the promotion of realist subject matter that celebrates the Russian worker. Gems of Dunn’s collection glorify the peasants and laborers who were said to be the backbone of communist Russia. Dunn’s paintings tell stories of the Russian artists and audiences from which they were born. They also bring interest and depth to Dunn’s everyday experience. He claims, “It adds another dimension to life.”

When asked how art differs from music for him, Dunn laughs, “You can’t dance to it.” Visit the Museum of Russian Art at www.tmora.org. www.ronniedunn.com

Teapot & Old Russian Vessel, Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev-Chuvelev, 1977, Oil on canvas, 25 1/2” x 31 1/2”

A Bright Day, Nikolai Efimovich Timkov, 1963, Oil on board, 21 3/8” x 29” 40 | December 2O11

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Butler Steltemeier

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hen you meet Butler Steltemeier, you’ll be in medias res, but you'll be glad you did. She’s charming.

Quirky. Entertaining. Wears her heart on her sleeve. She’ll even let you call her “But.” A conversation with her makes you pause to wonder what life would have been like had she picked up a microphone instead of a paintbrush. Thank heaven she didn’t. A world without Steltemeier’s magical realism of watercolor art would be far less enchanting indeed. First things first. Before you ever see her paintings on clayboard, you know from first impression that her subject matter can’t possibly be hay bales, French waiters, or pears. She’s just not that kind of girl. Steltemeier paints lifelike animal portraits on black backgrounds. Her fauna of choice is the sheep, which she renders with exacting clarity. Typically, her subjects are meticulously “blinged out” with earrings, clover chains, and/or birds perched on their heads. Or they might even be sporting a blueberry cake chapeau, worn with a jaunty tilt.

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For all the whimsy coupled with the spot-on realism, Steltemeier is a member of the National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, and Alabama Watercolor Society. Her work can be found in corporate collections throughout the United States, including the Tennessee State Museum, Bell South, American Airlines, and the Nashville Public Library. Private collectors include myriad celebrities, such as Whoopi Goldberg, who bought a monkey-themed piece; Billy Joel, who acquired a series of cigar paintings; Al Gore, who owns a music-themed work; Michael and Amy McDonald, who bought a couple of sheep paintings and a portrait of their black lab; and Steve and Eugenia Winwood, who have a sheep, a lady, and a rooster painting.

To the public, there is no middle ground with her work. “You either like my work or you don’t,” she says matter-of-factly. “Fortunately, there are enough people who like sheep with trinkets on their heads that it pays the mortgage.” The Nashville native—who grew up a stone’s throw from Belle Meade and attended St. Cecilia Academy— is delighted to have been able to make a living for herself in the career she loves for over a quarter century. Now in her early fifties, she maintains that she has never filled out a job application. Steltemeier’s talent was evident early. At nineteen she won Best of Show for the State of Alabama while attending Gatekeeper II, Watercolor on clayboard, 20" x 16"

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Spring Hill College in Mobile. She left school to apprentice at the New York Art League. Life after that stint was an ongoing road trip as part of the national outdoor art circuit. “It was a nomadic life,” she explains, her eyes twinkling as she remembers the thrill of the road. Her work at the time included still lifes of flowers plus portraits of a variety of animals, including pigs, sheep, cows, donkeys, and ostriches. She began focusing primarily on sheep about thirteen years ago. Today, she works from her studio in Leiper’s Fork where she divides her work time between painting commissions, gallery pieces, and scenes for children’s books that Reader’s Digest representatives have approached her about producing. When you meet this delightful personality, the idea of immortalizing sheep in watercolor starts to make sense. It’s an inevitable spell the artist has on her many followers. Steltemeier is part hippie, part guardian angel always but an artist to the core. What you see is what you get, and the commentary is beyond entertaining.

Butterfly, Watercolor on clayboard, 12" x 12"

Barley Nest with Pearls, Watercolor on clayboard, 12" x 16"

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“We’re all so afraid of imagination, of passion,” she observes. “I’ve got so many passions, it’s like a high.” Those passions range from painting to lecturing to mission work. Some of that work is in faraway lands, but much of it evolves from her own community. Steltemeier literally opens her home to souls, whether it’s a one-eyed pug, an abandoned donkey named Jack, or a couple of down-and-out guys who need a place to stay as they straighten out their lives. She’s that kind of girl. A one-of-a-kind kind of girl. Steltemeier is not the sort of artist who hibernates in her studio and plans to still be gripping a brush on her deathbed. She’d rather be surrounded by friends, family, and animals, taking her inspiration from all of them. A central character in her life is not a person but a place. Butler fits right in with the cast of characters that comprise the community of Leiper’s Fork. “I couldn’t be more lucky having a studio in the quirkiest place in America,” she observes. To illustrate the point, she launches into a description of a fellow Leiper’s Forkster who likes to sport a football helmet with a live chicken on top as he rides downtown on his banana-seat bike with the car steering wheel. “When I saw Floyd getting off his bike at Puckett’s, I knew I could live here and be normal.” Helen's Crown, Watercolor on clayboard, 16" x 12"

The town she describes is a mix of old timers, musicians, celebrities, and artsy folk who don’t really seem to care what the others do in their day jobs. “The only way you get kicked out of Leiper’s Fork is if you don’t have a good heart,” she notes. “People are so nice that when your dog or cat dies, the neighbors bring you a casserole.” The neighbors also don’t appear to mind if you have a donkey in your backyard that you sometimes dress up in a hat and red lipstick and have pose for portraits. Or that you organize dinner parties in the creek in your backyard. No one raises an eyebrow when the creek is temporarily filled with a sofa, iron chairs, a table, lamps, and a chandelier—and one hundred close friends and family.

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So many people have enjoyed Steltemeier’s charming and imaginative painting style that serial copyists have arisen over the years. Steltemeier lets this gently roll of her shoulders. “You’re not really an artist when you copy,” she says. “When people are copying me, it’s the universe telling me that I’ve got to up my ante, that I’ve

gotten lazy. I can let that go because I can just take two steps forward.” How does she decide which inanimate objects she will use to ornament her sheep? “It’s not too heavy,” she says. “I don’t know myself.” Maybe, she explains, she’s at the grocery one night and buys a box of donuts. She eats them for dinner. The next morning she wants to make something round with a hole in the center. She maintains that her choices of bling are purely imagination, not dreams or symbols. It is what it is. Steltemeier’s current projects include several children’s books with working titles such as Rose and Mr. Weed, The Silver Road, Shelby the Slow Reading Snail, and Hannah the Swimming Librarian of the Sea. But if you ask her what’s next in her life, she responds this way: “Being grateful for every day, man. Maybe I’ll go be a . . . I don’t know . . . or maybe I’ll get married! It’s all in God’s time.” Butler Steltemeier is regionally represented by Leiper’s Creek Gallery in Leiper’s Fork, TN and L. Ross Gallery in Memphis, TN. www.lrossgallery.com www.leiperscreekgallery.com

A Mane Event, Watercolor on clayboard, 16" x 20"

Gathering to Play, Watercolor on clayboard, 16" x 20"

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Arts Worth Watching Nashville may be getting bigger and more cosmopolitan, but it’s still a big thrill when the city gets national exposure, whether it’s a live broadcast of the CMA Awards or a primetime Titans home game with its breathtaking blimp-eye views of the skyline. While the CMA Awards showcase established Music City talent, NPT has been giving the next generation of talent exposure on PBS stations nationwide with Christmas at Belmont. This year’s edition, airing December 22 at 8 p.m. and again on Christmas Day at 7 p.m., is hosted by Broadway and country music star Laura Bell Bundy and features the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble, and Bluegrass Ensemble, as well as a mass choir. Taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the performance includes both classic sacred holiday music such as “The First Noel” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” as well as festive seasonal songs such as “Carol of the Bells” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” to name a few. Kentucky native Bundy is best known for her role as Elle Woods in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde, a role that garnered a Tony Award nomination. In 2010, she released her debut country music album, Achin’ and Shakin.' The album’s hit single, “Giddy On Up,” has since garnered over 3.2 million streams. If you’re interested in good design at all, there’s a very good chance you’re reading this from the ergonomic comfort of an Eames chair. But it’s also likely that you don’t know much about the husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames that brought you that chair. Charles was an architect by training; Ray was a painter and sculptor. Together, they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work helped shape, literally, the second half of the twentieth century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. They are best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire, and aluminum. They were fascinating as individuals, but their influence on significant events

and movements in American life—from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age—has been less widely understood. American Masters’ presentation of Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter, airing on NPT and PBS stations nationwide on Monday, December 19, at 9 p.m., aims to help you understand. From architects of design to architects of sound, NPT has some outstanding music specials this month. From the archive comes Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player on Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 p.m. The concert, taped in 1987 at Neeley Auditorium on the campus of Vanderbilt University, features the great guitar player, producer, and creator of “the Nashville sound,” joined by Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, the Everly Brothers, and Waylon Jennings. On Sunday, December 11, at 8 p.m., a new special finds Paul Simon in fine form, performing classics and songs from his latest album, So Beautiful So What, in Paul Simon, Live from Webster Hall, New York. How about architects of food? NPT routinely showcases them, but in a rare primetime slot this month, the station presents Lidia Celebrates America, in which the warm and inviting restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates the nation’s diverse culinary and cultural traditions. Holiday Tables and Traditions airs Tuesday, December 20, at 7 p.m. The PBS Arts Fall Festival continues this month with The Little Mermaid from the San Francisco Ballet, John Neumeier’s choreography of Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting tale of love. The production airs Friday, December 16, at 8 p.m.

Weekend Schedule Saturday

5:00 am Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 5:30 Bob the Builder 6:00 Curious George 6:30 The Cat in the Hat 7:00 Super Why! 7:30 Dinosaur Train 8:00 Thomas & Friends 8:30 Angelina Ballerina 9:00 Sewing with Nancy 9:30 Martha’s Sewing Room 10:00 Victory Garden 10:30 This American Land 11:00 Chef John Besh’s New Orleans 11:30 Cook’s Country 12:00 noon America’s Test Kitchen 12:30 Mexico - One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless 1:00 Growing a Greener World 1:30 P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home 2:00 Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting 2:30 Best of Joy of Painting 3:00 Woodsmith Shop 3:30 The Woodwright’s Shop 4:00 New Yankee Workshop 4:30 This Old House 5:00 Ask This Old House 5:30 Hometime 6:00 Natural Heroes 6:30 pm Tennessee’s Wild Side 5:00 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 6:00


am Sesame Street Curious George The Cat in the Hat Super Why! Dinosaur Train Sid the Science Kid Martha Speaks Tennessee’s Wild Side Volunteer Gardener Tennessee Crossroads A Word on Words Nature noon The Desert Speaks The McLaughlin Group To the Contrary Inside Washington Washington Week Grannies on Safari California’s Gold Roadtrip Nation Travelscope Rick Steves’ Europe Antiques Roadshow pm Globe Trekker


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Celtic Woman Believe The members of Celtic Woman perform classic Irish songs, timeless pop anthems and songs of inspiration in a new concert filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Wednesday, December 7 7:00 PM

Daytime Schedule 5:00 am Classical Stretch 5:30 Body Electric 6:00 Arthur/ A Place of Our Own (Fridays) 6:30 Martha Speaks 7:00 Curious George 7:30 The Cat in the Hat 8:00 Super Why! 8:30 Dinosaur Train 9:00 Sesame Street 10:00 Sid the Science Kid 10:30 WordWorld 11:00 Super Why! 11:30 Wild Kratts 12:00 noon Caillou 12:30 Sid the Science Kid 1:00 Dinosaur Train 1:30 The Cat in the Hat 2:00 Curious George 2:30 Martha Speaks 3:00 Clifford the Big Red Dog 3:30 Arthur 4:00 WordGirl 4:30 Wild Kratts 5:00 Electric Company 5:30 Fetch! 6:00 pm PBS NewsHour

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Christmas at Belmont 2011 Taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the annual holiday tradition showcases the talented students from Belmont University’s comprehensive music program.

Thursday, December 22 8:00 PM

Great Performances Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park The New York Philharmonic and an all-star cast of performers join beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli in a concert from Central Park’s Great Lawn.

Sunday, December 4 7:00 PM



7:00 Antiques Roadshow Madison (Hour Three). 8:00 Great performances Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas. Everyone’s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins superstar Andrea Bocelli for an elegant concert of holiday classics. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall, New York


7:00 Nashville: The 20th Century in photographs, Vol. 1 8:00 paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall, New York Simon performs his classics and songs from his new album, So Beautiful or So What. 9:30 Alone in the Wilderness, part 2 11:00 How to Shop for Free with Coupon master Kathy Spencer

7:00 Antiques Roadshow Madison (Hour Two). 8:00 60s pop, Rock & Soul (my music) Reminisce with hosts Peter Noone and Davy Jones, and other musical artists, who perform classics from the decade of peace, love and profound social change. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Financial Fitness After 50! With paul merriman


7:00 pBS Arts From New York: Great performances – Andrea Bocelli Live in Central park Superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli performs from New York City’s famed Central Park with the New York Philharmonic. 9:30 Suze Orman’s money Class Strategies for financial success. 11:30 Suze Orman’s money Class


Journey of the Universe Wednesday, Dec 14 8:30 pm


7:00 NpT Favorites 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Great performances Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas.

7:00 Christmas with The Celts From Nashville, The Celts perform Irish and Scottish carols and Christmas standards. 8:30 Buddy Holly: Listen to me An A-list group of musicians celebrates Holly’s music and legacy at the Music Box in Los Angeles. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 60s pop, Rock & Soul (my music)








7:00 TSSAA High School Football Championships 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 Road to perfect Health with Brenda Watson


16 7:00 Washington Week 7:30 Need to Know 8:00 pBS Arts from San Francisco: The Little mermaid from San Francisco Ballet Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting tale of love in this production of John Neumeier’s ballet. 10:30 Victor Borge: Comedy in music! 11:00 BBC World News 11:30 NpT Favorites

7:00 Washington Week 7:00 Alone in the Wilderness, part 2 7:30 Need to Know Dick Proenneke’s simple, 8:00 prohibition yet profound account of A Nation of Drunkards. his 30-year adventure in In 1920, Prohibition goes Alaska’s wilderness coninto effect and millions of tinues in this sequel. law-abiding Americans 8:30 Chet Atkins: become lawbreakers Certified Guitar player overnight. Drys had Mark Knopfler, Michael hoped Prohibition would McDonald, the Everly make the country a safer Brothers, Emmylou Harplace, but the law has ris, and Waylon Jennings many victims. salute Chet Atkins. 10:00 BBC World News 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Alone in the 10:30 Celtic Woman – Believe Wilderness, part 2

7:00 TSSAA High School Football Championships Tennessee’s best high school teams compete for state supremacy live from the Tennessee Tech campus in Cookeville. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 Dr. Wayne Dyer: Excuses Begone!


7:00 NpT Favorites 7:00 Carole King – 10:00 BBC World News James Taylor Live at The Troubadour 10:30 Santana – 8:30 Journey of the Live at montreux 2011 Universe This dramatic and expansive film re-imagines the universe story and reframes the human connection to the cosmos. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Human Nature Alone in the Sings motown Wilderness, Part 2 with Special Guest Thursday, Dec 8 Smokey Robinson 7:00 pm

7:00 Celtic Woman – Believe In this new special, Celtic Woman performs classic Irish songs, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs. 9:00 Roy Orbison: In Dreams The life of the rock & roll legend is revealed along with footage of Orbison performing his hits. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Buddy Holly: Listen to me

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10 7:00 Victor Borge: Comedy in music! This new Victor Borge special features his recently rediscovered funniest and most memorable skits 8:30 60s pop, Rock & Soul (my music) Reminisce with Peter Noone, Davy Jones and other musical artists, who perform classics from the 60s. 10:30 60s pop, Rock & Soul (my music)

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6:30 Great performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2012. 8:00 masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Part 4. The heir crisis takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, rumors fly about Mary’s virtue. 9:30 To Be Announced 10:00 Bluegrass Underground The Farewell Drifters. 10:30 Closer to Truth 11:00 Tavis Smiley 11:30 World Business


7:00 Christmas at Belmont 2011 Belmont’s talented students perform. 8:00 masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Part 3. 9:30 Nonna Tell me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen 10:00 Bluegrass Underground The John Cowan Band. 10:30 Closer to Truth 11:00 Tavis Smiley 11:30 Travelscope: Christmas Switzerland

7:00 Antiques Roadshow Tulsa (Hour One). 8:00 Antiques Roadshow Tampa (Hour One). 9:00 martin Luther Part 1 of 2: Driven to Defiance. Luther becomes increasingly doubtful that the church can actually offer him salvation. His views crystallize further when he travels to Rome and finds corruption. 10:00 BBC World news 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 To Be Announced

7:00 Antiques Roadshow Phoenix (Hour One). 8:00 Antiques Roadshow San Jose (Hour One). 9:00 Riding the Rails: American Experience During the Depressionera of the 1930s, tens of thousands of teenagers hopped freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 Lidia Celebrates America


7:00 Antiques Roadshow Forever Young. 8:00 Antiques Roadshow Big & Little. 9:00 American masters Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter. From 1941 to 1978, the husband-andwife team were considered America’s most important designers. 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 BBC World News 11:30 Visions of the American West


7:00 masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Part 1. When the Titanic goes down, Lord Grantham loses his immediate heirs and his daughter Mary loses her fiance. 8:30 masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Part 2. Mary entertains three suitors, including a Turkish diplomat. Downstairs, the shocking former life of Carson, the butler, is unmasked. 10:00 NpT Favorites



7:00 Nature Birds of the Gods. 8:00 NOVA Deadliest Volcanoes. NOVA travels to Iceland, Italy, Yellowstone and Japan to reveal the danger posed by the world’s deadliest volcanoes. 9:00 NOVA Deadliest Eathquakes. 10:00 BBC World news 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 ACL presents: Americana music Festival

5 7:00 Tennessee Crossroads 7:30 Volunteer Gardener 8:00 mexico: The Royal Tour Host Peter Greenberg joins Felipe Calderon, one of the most dynamic leaders of Latin America, for a history-making television special. 9:00 To Be Announced 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 To Be Announced

Lidia Celebrates America Tuesday, Dec 20 7:00 pm

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Egypt’s Golden Empire Tuesday, January 3 7:00 pm

7:00 Live from Lincoln Center Bernstein and Gershwin. The New York Philharmonic and star pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. 9:00 Vicar of Dibley 2005 New Years Special. 10:00 Great performances Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues. 11:00 Coldplay New Year’s Eve: An Austin City Limits Special


7:00 Washington Week 7:30 Need to Know 8:00 Suze Orman’s money Class Orman offers her latest strategies for financial success in today’s tough economy. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 Riding the Rails: American Experience


7:00 Lawrence Welk Show 8:00 Keeping Appearances 8:30 Vicar of Dibley The Vicar in White: 2006 Christmas Special, Pt 2. 9:30 masterpiece Classic Any Human Heart, Part 3. Life goes on for Logan as he enters his sixties and finds new hearts to conquer and new projects, including a stint with the Baader-Meinhof gang. 11:00 Globe Trekker The Netherlands.


7:00 Washington Week 7:30 Need to Know 8:00 Celtic Woman - Believe In this new special, Celtic Woman performs classic Irish songs, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs with their signature twist. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing

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7:00 Egypt’s Golden Empire The Warrior Pharaohs. In 16th century B.C., Thutmosis III campaigns in the Near East and brings much of the ancient world under his rule. 8:00 Egypt’s Golden Empire Pharaohs of the Sun. By 1400 B.C., the empire is in its golden age of wealth. 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBC World news 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 To Be Announced



7:00 Tennessee Crossroads 7:30 Volunteer Gardener 8:00 Christmas at Belmont 2011 Taped at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the talented students from Belmont’s music program are showcased. 9:00 Christmas at Belmont 2009 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 L.A. Holiday Celebration


7:00 Nature Christmas in Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame scenes of wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, bears and otters. 8:00 NOVA What Darwin Never Knew. Breakthroughs are revealing answers Darwin couldn’t explain. 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 Austin City Limits Esperanza Spalding/ Madeleine Peyroux.

7:00 Thoroughbred 7:00 Nature Following a group of inArctic Bears. Polar bears dividuals and race are living on borrowed horses the year before time as their habitat the 2009 Kentucky Derchanges and food by, this film captures the sources become rare. beauty of the breed and 8:00 NOVA the thrill of the sport. Extreme Ice. 9:00 Frontline 9:00 Independent Lens 10:00 BBC World News The Woodmans. Fran10:30 Last of Summer Wine cesca Woodman’s pho11:00 Not As I pictured: tographic career. 10:30 Last of Summer Wine A pulitzer prizeWinning photographer’s 11:00 BBC World News 11:30 Austin City Limits Journey Through Tom Waits. Lymphoma


7:00 Lidia Celebrates America Holiday Tables & Traditions. Celebrate culture through food with restaurateur Lidia Bastianich. 8:00 Christmas with the mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and michael York 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBC World News 10:30 Last of Summer Wine 11:00 National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011


Art and Money Don't Mix Or, Is There a Bad Picasso? by Somers Randolph


etween you and me, I'm sure there's a bad Picasso. In fact

My name is Somers Randolph, my occupation is sculptor, my demeanor is friendly and headstrong, and my size is double extra large tall. This is the first of a series of articles about Art and Money. My perspective on this topic is unique to my experience, and my opinions are just that, opinions.

there are probably thousands of them. Pablo Picasso made between 120,000 and 170,000 works of art from paint, ink, clay, wood, string, wax, stones, bronze, and anything else he could find that looked like art to him. The man was prolific. The fact remains that even if you own one of the thousands of "bad" Picassos, chances are it's worth as much or more than many of the best pieces in your collection. I'm willing to bet that if you own a Picasso, you also own pieces which you like better than the Picasso.

There is a saying that when bankers get together they talk about art and when artists get together they talk about money. I can't say for sure what the bankers talk about, but I have had an awful lot of conversations with other artists about money.

So what is it that puts the value into I did not become an artist to make fine art? I would propose that the money. I did not become an artist to artist puts the aesthetic value into the become famous. I became an artist work and that the marketing of that because, from my earliest memories work and that artist is responsible as a young child, I have loved making Picasso, Buste de Françoise, Sold for $14.5 million for its monetary value. Aesthetic and things with my hands. monetary values are vastly different things. Aesthetic values are expressed and defined by opinion: I like In order to stay an artist, one has to generate some income. Many that, it calms me or inspires me, it has such balance or contrast or artists teach, some make other things to sell in order to support integrity, it's beautiful isn't it? Monetary value in fine art is defined their "art,” and some lucky few are able to make what they love and by a complex formula of marketing, scarcity, and who else has one. sell enough to continue doing so. A work of art is a far better monetary investment if one believes I have little respect for artists who cry that it's the government's the artist will "make something of himself.” That job, however, is responsibility to take care of them. Participation in the fine arts marketing, an entirely different endeavor from making the next is a well-known risk. I believe that it's the artist’s job to create painting or sculpture. 54 | December 2O11

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a commodity which the public is willing to pay for. In the world of performing arts, Cirque du Soleil has grown from a tent in a Los Angeles parking lot into a billion-dollar business. In the fine arts, Dale Chihuly has in my lifetime elevated glass from an obscure craft material into a prestige collectible art form. While it's not the government's job to support fine artists, I strongly believe that it is our government's obligation to ensure the opportunity for every child to exercise his or her mind in the creative pursuits of art, drama, music, and dance. Our antiquated public education system is producing young minds prepared for the factory work that was readily available in the nineteenth century instead of the facile, creative, and flexible thinking that is in demand in today's workplace. Money for arts programs is imperative for public education. True art doesn't care about money. Those artists fortunate enough to have experienced the "aha" moment know that it has nothing at all to do with money. There are times when I am carving that there is an invincible magic in the air, moments when my hands are infallible and the hardest stone is putty in the instinctive and prescient vision I host.

Picasso knew about this. He laughed and quipped that he sold his signature, not his paintings. Sure there's a bad Picasso. I own one. by



Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, Sold for $106 million

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Johnny Cash and June Carter. At home, 1987. John and June invited Robert Duvall (and me) to dinner to discuss the Wildwood Flower film. After dinner John played Duvall a new song in the drawing room, and I took this photograph.

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even in the morning, back in 1987. Johnny Cash stood curbside at the Nashville airport, wearing a long black coat and holding a newspaper under his arm. Alan Messer, photographer, walked towards the legendary singer of songs. Messer would be taking photographs of Cash on a trip to Florida.

“Shoot me any which way you want, but never when I’m pickin’ my nose and never in a limo,” said Cash. Messer, one of the world’s top music photographers, abhors restrictions, but in this case appreciated the country music legend's humor and honesty.

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“Our relationship built from there, and I worked with John from that day until the end of his life,” said Messer, sitting in his Nashville studio that represents what he calls “my world,” a universe of photographs he’s taken of Cash, Keith Richards, John Lennon, George Harrison, Waylon Jennings, and a staggering array of other culture-altering musicians. “Cash trusted me as a photographer, and the bottom line when you work with any artist is trust. John and June liked having me around, and we did good work together.”

The first rule is to get the picture, because the picture is part of history and heritage. The second rule is to use discretion when releasing it. A good photographer must be a good photo editor.

Sammy Davis Jr. London, July 1968. Sammy Davis was making a promotional visit to a Soho record shop even though he had a broken leg. He was a trooper and also a wonderful photographer.

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Messer has been a professional photographer for 44 of his 60 years. In December of 1967, at age 16, the English native began work at the London studio of Dezo Hoffmann, the photographer best known for his classic Beatles pics. Within days, Messer was taking music magazine cover photographs. He became a tour photographer for Iggy Pop and Deep Purple and independent staff photographer

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Messer continues to honor that trust, refusing to release any of his thousands of photos of Cash unless he believes it presents the Man In Black in an appropriate light. He could saturate the market with profitable mediocrities, but to do so would, Messer believes, be fundamentally unacceptable.

Rudolf Nureyev. Wembley, England, 1970. David Frost suggested I take a photograph of his guest Rudolph Nureyev. I met Frost (whom I had just photographed at his home) in the corridor outside Nureyev’s dressing room at the London Weekend Television Studios.

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John Lennon. London, May 23, 1968. John Lennon and George Harrison were celebrating the opening of Apple Tailoring at Club Dell'Aretusa in the King’s Road. There were press photographers, journalists, lots of trendy fab gear people that cropped up at those sorts of parties, and me. John was accompanied by his (not yet publicly known) girlfriend, Yoko Ono. John asked me if I would take some photographs for him. Patti Harrison is in the background wearing the hat.

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Marc Bolan. London, December 22, 1972. I squashed myself behind a burly security guard to take this photograph as Marc Bolan, the quintessential "Glam" pop rocker, took to the catwalk with guitar wailing amidst screaming girls waving their T.Rex scarves.

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Bill Haley. Royal Albert Hall, London, 1968. Bill Haley and His Comets were headlining a rock ‘n’ roll night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. A crowd of rowdy “Teddy Boys” were throwing beer bottles around in their excitement. Being on stage was a lot safer. I was brought up on rock ‘n’ roll. NashvilleArts.com | ArtNowNashville.com

at The Old Grey Whistle Test, the monumentally successful television show that featured top musicians in rock, pop, and country. Fascinated with American music and culture, Messer moved to Nashville in May of 1978. During the ‘80s he became one of Music City’s busiest photographers, designing and shooting hundreds of album covers (including the O’Kanes’ Tired Of The Runnin', which won an album packaging Grammy) and developing relationships with Nashville’s iconic music figures. Messer’s portraits have the poetry and plot lines of fine story songs. His shot of Cash for Mercury Records' album The Mystery of Life centers on the singer standing, but the action is on the periphery: a severe-looking businessman holding an umbrella, a walking man wearing a James Dean-like coat, and a Canada Dry truck on the street. The photo is a tale, a moment-long study of an artist’s place in the commercial world. Not that Messer necessarily thought of all that at the time.

Keith Richards. Memphis, Tennessee, September 27, 1994. The session in Memphis was 3.5 minutes. It started at 9:25 in a backstage tent, which was my studio, and at 9:30 Keith was on stage with the Stones. I shot a magazine cover plus two pages and some other pictures on stage. This was the biggest selling edition of Ray Gun.

“I have noticed that there are often three subjects in one of my images, but that’s not premeditated,” he said. “I’m a catalyst for the image, and that process still excites me every single day.” View more of Alan Messer’s work at alanmesser.com

Diver. Key West, 1985. This is one of my favorite photographs. I like the emotion of real situations and real people. I saw a woman diving backwards off the key at sunset and snap.

Stevie Ray Vaughan. Austin, Texas, 1969. This session was like playing a long gig and was most productive. We got the album cover quickly, then we set up this picture. Stevie took great care to dress well for it. He was a wonderful man to work with, and I love his music. We had a simpatico, both having brothers who play blues guitar.

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Rebecca Litt

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work mainly out of my imagination, so the paintings are all fictionalized autobiographies,” says New York painter Rebecca Litt. A painter’s painter, Litt celebrates

her medium on canvas. Her expressive yet controlled application perfectly suits her subjects of imagined alter egos in changing psychological spaces. Litt worked for ten years in public policy for labor and education in Washington, D.C. She claims that her paintings offer the exact opposite of the precise language and nuanced communication required for that line of work. Instead, they produce “introspective and diary-like” accounts of her interior experience. In her art, Litt turns her gaze inward to understand the complexities of her world.

You Can Hide Your Longing Here, Oil on canvas, 48" x 42" 64 | December 2O11

Many artists might tout the role of truth in their craft, but Litt uses false memories and fictive accounts as her vehicle for expression. Her painting, though generally naturalistic, is anything but literal. Litt believes that “the role of fiction” is key to understanding her art. She says, “It’s not a documentary. Painting can convey that sense of something that’s not real.” An avid reader of fiction, Litt creates images in which figures are staged for the viewer as if they were characters in a book. She makes the viewer aware of this fictional element largely through the use of perspective and the positioning of figures. “One trick that I use is vantage point. To me, if the viewer seems to be above, looking down at a scene—even slightly—it feels like a third-person narration. It lets you get into every person’s head.” On first inspection, Litt’s paintings might seem like

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traditional studies of people and places. A quick comparison to literary genres, like graphic novels or comic books, reveals the artist’s carefully placed mechanisms for storytelling. Litt paints from memory and imagination. She does not work directly from props or models. Her art, though, in a less traditional sense, derives from observation. Litt’s keen awareness of the subtle and delicate bonds that connect individuals creates an intuitive link between her images and audience. In her series False Fortress, Litt explores the emotional boundaries of people in her life. Images of flimsy construction fencing or makeshift cardboard walls symbolize the psychological barriers that people often use to protect themselves. The vantage point of the paintings often places these characters in vulnerable positions in which they seem unaware of being seen. Litt’s figures are so consumed with protecting themselves that they become defenseless against the viewer’s gaze.

Construction of the Safe Zone, Oil on canvas, 16" x 14"

A Place We Guard With Brittle Defenses from False Fortress is a perfect example of Litt’s painterly touch and psychological realism. Two nearly identical female figures erect a wall around a small metal fence. Since each woman stands on an opposite side of the wall, the viewer does not know if they are building the wall together or if they are trying to protect themselves from one another. Either way, the structure offers little possibility of

It’s not a documentary. Painting can convey that sense of something that’s not real.

Boarded Up #3, Oil on canvas, 18" x 20"

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safety. Incomplete and unsteady, the wall is already breached by tall grasses. The figures themselves seem equally unable to offer defenses. They each hold large rectangular planks behind their backs as if to transport them to the barrier. Ultimately, though, their poses leave them open to attack, with their hands behind their backs and their vision blocked entirely from behind. The figures bend slightly, as if their need to raise boundaries is a burden. The execution of the painting is characteristic of Litt’s style. Elements of naturalism fuse with abstract components to create a dynamic composition. The metal fence forms a grid-like pattern in the upper-left corner, and the large rectangular segments of the wall develop large regions of pure geometric shapes. The sky itself seems to flatten and bend on the right side of the canvas, its bright blues popping against carefully placed oranges in the painting. In Precarious, Litt creates an unstable cityscape. Tall buildings stand on thin stilts, towering dangerously above the earth. On close inspection, every element of the painting seems slightly

Bunny Hop, Oil on canvas, 48" x 60"

The vantage point of the paintings often places these characters in vulnerable positions in which they seem unaware of being seen. Litt’s figures are so consumed with protecting themselves that they become defenseless against the viewer’s gaze.

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Fortress, Oil on canvas, 42" x 60"

East River Mediterranean, Oil on linen, 20" x 20"

destabilized. A comparison between the two partial figures in the lower-left corner and the tops of the trees around them makes it hard to imagine the ground on which they stand. One figure perches in a tree, another sits atop a skyscraper in the distance. The situation of physical structures is not the only precarious component of the image. The relationships of the figures in the painting seem equally on edge. A woman scales a tree as she appears to leave her pleading lover below. Two figures in the central building are separated in two distinct yellow windows. The female faces at the bottom of the

Bits and Pieces, Oil on canvas, 16" x 20"

image wear expressions of distrust. One senses that the psychological distances and dangerously unstable relationships between the figures match the impossible, half-empty buildings. Through creating these imagined universes, Litt explores the psychological truths of every person’s inner world. By creating fictionalized accounts of her sensations and memories, she observes emotional truths with universal appeal. Stepping into the minds of Litt’s figures, viewers gain access to the artist’s imagination and insight into their own psychological realities. Her expressive brushstrokes, electric color palettes, and geometric ordering of spaces help the viewer read her paintings as if they had just opened a challenging, revealing work of fiction. Night Swim, Oil on linen, 19" x 15"

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Margaret Elliott

A Self-Portrait

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or artist Margaret Elliott, life is like a squiggly line. “I think it’s a little unexpected,” she says of her signature decorative accoutrement, which tends to appear via a drag of a thin brush on the majority of her paintings. It's a warm, early fall day in Nashville, and Elliott, sipping an iced Americano on the patio of the Frothy Monkey in the 12South Neighborhood, is offering up a little of her artistic—and life—philosophy.

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Red Roses & Diamonds IV, Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 18"

I think the chairs serve a little bit as a self-portrait.

Justin, Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24"

Elliott’s success as a painter, or rather the fact that she is a painter at all, is the story in the curve of one of those squiggly lines. Years before she was one of the emerging stars of Nina Kuzina Fine Art’s stable of artists, Elliott was a graphic design major at Belmont University, choosing the “sensible art choice,” she agrees, where “you still get to make art, but there’s a little bit of security in being able to find a job. "I stuck with it for three and a half years, and I was miserable," Elliott says. "I don't like the computer. I don’t like being tied down to dictation of what I have to do every day. I want the freedom to do my own thing." Freedom came in the form of a required painting class. She hadn't done much painting before but fell in love with it. She soon traded in the sensible art choice for a major in studio art, convinced she could figure out the rest as it happened. Consider the line squiggled. Knowing that she wanted to paint gave the Birmingham native a new direction, but it was a drawing exercise she did in junior high that provided some definition. “There was a blind contour drawing exercise I did back in junior high,” says Elliott of the sketching method whereby an artist takes neither her

Cerise, Acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30"

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eye off her subject nor her pencil off the paper. “I always liked the exercise, even though I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like at the end. I liked the distortion of the subject. We had a painting class at Belmont with a wild card option where you could do whatever you wanted on the canvas. I started playing around with painting a sketch I had, a blind contour, and really got into it. I did a couple more like that and thought, this is me, this is my style.” She applies the style—part still life and part Post-Impressionism (an era and ideal to which she most relates)—to a number of subjects, including farm animals, chairs, fish, vases, and occasionally people, and has been attracting art lovers and buyers for several years now at Kuzina in Nashville and galleries in Jackson, Mississippi, and Prospect, Kentucky. She generally starts with sketches in a book or on loose paper and then projects the sketches onto a large canvas, where she re-sketches it. Paint is then applied, and the sketch is once again traced over with a fine-tipped brush. “So the sketch is the first thing that goes on, and the last.” Her portraits and figurative paintings, none of which were live studies but rather from photographs or “a combination of photographs and a little imagination thrown in there,” are among her most striking and evoke some of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele’s still-transfigured but less-aggressive portraits. They’re the most indicative of the distorted effect Elliott desires and what’s possible when the sketch is given the most freedom. Gesture, Acrylic on canvas board, 7" x 5" Molly Cow & Red Truck, Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 20"

Since the portraits, Elliott has tapped more into her time growing up in Alabama and the comfort that rural living can bring. Cows with heads cocked ever so slightly now peer out of the canvas toward the viewer and offer an invitation to slow down a bit. “Usually when I’ve been traveling and I’m needing to come back and settle a bit, I gravitate toward the rural subjects, because it’s a more grounding thing for me.” “So, what about the chairs?” she’s asked. The answer, considering the comfort with which her petite frame has melded into the coffee shop chair, knee pulled up to chest, is both obvious and revealing. “I think the chairs serve a little bit as a self-portrait,” she says.

Painting is my visual journal. I can go back to a painting and tell you what was going on in my life when I painted it.

“It’s a time when something really intense is going on, good or bad, and it’s like OK, I need space and time to sit. I think it’s a very grounding symbol for me. If there’s anywhere I can find comfort, it’s usually curled up in a chair.” Margaret Elliott is represented by Nina Kuzina Fine Art, located on the first floor of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2100 West End Avenue. www.margaretelliottart.com 72 | December 2O11

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Stuart Holt Hits New York by Evans Donnell Stuart Holt, Nashville Opera Director of Education and Outreach


n alliance between Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera is giving students a chance to explore the lessons and possibilities of world-class opera.

That alliance has given each a chance to shine: the Met made MNPS a pilot national school district partner when its Peabody Awardwinning HD Live in Schools program was expanded beyond New York in 2008. And Stuart Holt, Nashville Opera’s highly regarded Director of Education and Outreach, made such an impression

on the folks at Lincoln Center that he was asked to make a presentation to program educators from around the country when they gathered in New York in October. “He’s an optimist, so very generous, and a very creative guy,” Met Education Director Marsha Drummond says. “He’s willing to do multiple trainings with teachers to get them excited about opera and do things like bringing them into dress rehearsals at Nashville Opera. He really makes opera accessible.” Holt’s presentation focused on making Charles Gounod’s 1859 grand opera Faust, which students here and elsewhere watch at movie theaters this December, come alive in the classroom. The production helmed by Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) updates the story to the first half of the twentieth century.

“I made a presentation that encouraged teachers to play musical excerpts from the opera in their classrooms, teach the basic themes of Faust, and also connect it to everyday activities for students in their classes.”

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Antioch High School Choral Director Connie H. McCain has been part of the program since it started here. She made trips to New York the past two years, so she got to see Holt’s presentation. “He was wonderful,” she says. “He represented Nashville extremely well.”

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Demystifying opera—connecting it to modern cultural references from Disney films like The Little Mermaid to TV shows like The Simpsons is one of the ways that’s done—is a crucial component of the HD Live in Schools outreach, according to Holt. “At the end of the day, opera is really about stories,” he notes. “What I try to do is share the excitement of that story and show how music helps tell that story.”

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English National Opera production photo: Catherine Ashmore

Carol Crittenden, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for MNPS, points up another connection that makes HD Live in Schools more than a cultural embrace for middle school and high school participants from six schools: “When they let the kids go backstage, when they see the interviews, the set changes, and what musicians, designers, technical people, and others are doing,” she says, “it’s not only about opera, it’s about career opportunities in several fields. “The kids are absolutely captivated by the look they get backstage. The possibilities they may explore because of that are exciting to think about.”

Why was MNPS one of the program’s Act three, scene three from Gounod's Faust in a production by Des McAnuff. charter districts? “Nashville was just a natural choice for us. It has good music education, and (Holt) jumped on board right away, so we knew we had a good partner with Nashville Opera as well as a good partner with (MNPS),” Drummond explains. Students went to Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 in October for a transmission of Mozart’s Don Giovanni that was given a youthful interpretation under the direction of Tony winner Michael Grandage (Red). After December’s Faust they’ll view The Enchanted Island, a new Baroque pastiche with music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and elements of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in January.

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Giuseppe Verdi’s classic La Traviata—which was given an inventive modern spin by German director Willy Decker earlier this year at the Met—screens for Metro students in April, a month where they will also attend the final dress rehearsal of Nashville Opera’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West. Crittenden and McCain say transportation is a big challenge—using a school activity bus this year has helped McCain get students from Antioch to Green Hills for the transmissions, and Crittenden says MNPS is seeking sponsors to make transportation easier. The cultural, educational, and vocational possibilities presented by the HD Live in Schools program make such struggles worthwhile for McCain, Crittenden, and others, though. “Our kids get to see opera at its best via video,” McCain says. “It is an opportunity I’m not going to miss for my students. If that means giving up four Saturdays a year, I’m glad to do it.”

Jonas Kaufmann in the title role of Gounod’s Faust.

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Nashville Opera’s education and outreach work please visit www.nashvilleopera.org/Education_&_Outreach.html.

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He heralds the holidays with his interpretation of a French classic: Roast Duck with Orange Sauce, served with chestnut bread pudding. Brought to the fore by Julia Child in the early sixties, it’s an elegant yet rustic dish, rooted in tradition yet suited to modern tastes.

had never planned to become a chef. But while attending Ole Miss, he took a job in the kitchen of Oxford’s legendary City Grocery. Everything changed. Uhlhorn abandoned his German studies and immersed himself in the world of food.

Uhlhorn chooses fragrant thyme and citrus to infuse the bird with heady aromatics. Fruit pairs well with fowl, and the sweet acid of the orange is the ideal foil for the duck’s rich meat. He slow-roasts the duck to thoroughly render the fat while ensuring juiciness. Maple syrup is his surprising twist, making a crackly crisp skin burnished with a mahogany sheen. His reduction of fresh orange juice, zest, Grand Marnier, and demi-glace becomes a lush sauce. He presents the roast duck with a plank of savory chestnut bread pudding. The French prize their chestnuts, and Uhlhorn laces the mélange with the sweet creamy nut and leeks.

He trained at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at fine restaurants in Memphis and the Northeast. It was at Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston that he had his “Aha!” moment. Cooking there affirmed his affinity for French comfort food.

Throughout December, Uhlhorn will be offering this iconic dish at Table 3. But he also shares his recipe and method to make this memorable meal at home—he’s that passionate about it. For complete recipe, instructions and video, visit www.nashvillearts.com Table 3 Restaurant and Market is located at 3821 Green Hills Village Drive, 37215. www.table3nashville.com

“Every chef has that flash of recognition. It’s like dating and then finding your true love,” Uhlhorn says with a smile. “We have affairs with different cuisines, but then something settles inside you—and you know.”

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at the auction


t the Auction visited Christie’s and Skinner auction houses this month where once again prices are rising despite the nervous economy. Records were set at Skinner’s Folk Art Sale, and Christie’s realized a world record auction price for a Roy Lichtenstein painting. The rare eighteenth-century portrait of Abigail Rose, of North Branford, Connecticut, sold for $1,271,000. The portrait broke the previous record for American folk art portraiture, set in January of 2007, and is one of three folk art portraits to have passed the million-dollar mark at auction. The painting, from 1786, depicts a fourteen-year-old Abigail seated in a Queen Anne chair next to a table on which rests a group of books and a Battersea patchbox. The asymmetrical composition is unique for the time period. Well-preserved, in original condition, and not seen publicly since the 1930s, the portrait descended through the family of the sitter. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site at www.skinnerinc.com and Christie’s web site at www.christies.com.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997), I Can See the Whole Room! ... and There's Nobody in It!, Oil and graphite on canvas, 1961, sold for $43,202,500, a world auction record for the artist!, Christie’s Auction.

Hermann Hauser Sr., Classical Guitar, Munich, 1940, sold for $152,500, Christie’s Auction.

American School, 18th Century Portrait of Abigail Rose, North Branford, Connecticut, 1786, at the Age of Fourteen, unsigned, sold for $1,271,000, Skinner Auction.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Samuel L. Clemens (better known by his pen name Mark Twain, 1853–1910). Hartford American Publishing Company, 1876. Wood engraved frontispiece and numerous illustrations in text by True Williams and others, fourpage publisher's advertisements at end, original blue cloth, blocked in gilt and black, peach endpapers, plain edges, with light spotting. Sold for $18,750, Christie’s Auction.

Carved and Painted Indian Princess Tobacconist Figure, attributed to Samuel Robb (1851–1928), New York, New York, c. 1880, on original base, old painted surface, (imperfections), sold for $71,100, Skinner Auction.

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under the radar by molly secours

Jackie Welch-Schlicher I

f someone tethered my tongue and restricted me from uttering more than one word in the English dictionary to describe Jackie Welch-Schlicher, it would be simple.

Contagious. A native Nashvillian and the daughter of an academic father who taught philosophy and religion and a mother who eventually retired as the Equal Employment Opportunity rep for the State of Tennessee, Welch-Schlicher spent the first thirteen years of her life on the Fisk University campus surrounded and influenced by great thinkers, artists, innovators, activists— and some were all of the above. “I grew up playing in the Van Vechten Gallery and took my first Art Appreciation class from Pearl Creswell, Fisk’s first and longest-serving curator of the famous Stieglitz Collection.” Welch-Schlicher says she was unaware at the time that the people she bumped into on a daily basis were legendary and that someday she would be learning about them in history class. “Living in faculty housing on the Fisk Campus, there was no telling who would pass our front yard on a daily basis.” Notables included celebrated civil rights lawyer Alexander Looby, artist and visionary Aaron Douglas, and students like Nikki Giovanni who would one day become a world-renowned poet, writer, activist, and educator. Surrounded by accomplished artists, writers, philosophers, historians, scientists, dancers, and actors at a historically black college during the civil rights movement left an indelible imprint on Welch-Schlicher. Even with all of these influences and being one of the first students to study violin and piano at the Blair School of Music, becoming an artist did not occur to her until after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University. And it wasn’t until her transition back to Nashville from Duke that the artistic seeds that were planted at Fisk began sprouting. While working long hours at an hourly job, Welch-Schlicher began performing with professional theaters, including the Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, and writing and performing original sketch comedy with Gonzo Theatre in Nashville.

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To list all Welch-Schlicher’s accomplishments in the last thirty years would take more space than allowed, but after much success

Molly has been writing, speaking, and making films about social and racial justice for, well...a long time. Since recovering from cancer she mostly just gazes skyward looking for signs of intelligent life. www.mollysecours.com

as a performing artist in Nashville, rather than pursuing bigger film and TV opportunities in L.A. or New York, she enrolled in Coach University after discovering she could utilize her talents to help others achieve their personal and professional goals. After graduating from Coach University, she founded a company called Visions Manifest Coaching Services where she currently serves as a ‘creativity midwife’. After years of performing with high-caliber Nashville Jackie Welch with Bruce Arntson in Existo performers like the late Jim Varney (Hey Vern, It’s Ernest), Bruce Arnston (creator and star of Existo, Doyle & Debbie) and international film stars including Eric Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cheech Marin, Welch-Schlicher possesses highly developed acting, improv, and comedy skills that she includes in her ‘bag of tricks’ when coaching clients who are trying to “free themselves up.” In addition to coaching, Welch-Schlicher leads improv workshops for people who never dreamed of performing but just want more confidence, creativity, and fun in their lives. “What I’ve discovered is that not only do people cut loose and show up in a bold new way, but they organically become more creative in their own work.” Whether coaching one-onone or in a workshop environment, WelchFrom Pure Country 2: The Gift Cheech Marin, Jackie Welch, Schlicher says, Michael McKean, Bronson Pinchot “People discover parts of themselves that have been dormant for years.” While talking about her work as a ‘creativity midwife’, Welch-Schlicher’s enthusiasm and passion are almost viral, and some get the impression that by sharing the same space with her they just might become “infected with possibilities.” When asked who needs a creativity midwife, Welch-Schlicher pauses for a moment and gives me that direct-into-the-camera smile: “Only people who might be trying to decide what to do next with their lives.” You can contact Jackie Welch-Schlicher at www. visionsmanifest.com or vmcoach@visionsmanifest.com.

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beyond words by Marshall Chapman

A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious holiday gift idea:

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ately, I’ve been feeling a little “Bah Humbug” about Christmas. Seems like the older I

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get, the faster Christmas seems to roll around. You’ve no sooner taken down the tree than it’s time to put up another one. I once suggested to my family that we celebrate Christmas every other year. My suggestion was met with silence.

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Then last week something happened within my family that has me back in the Christmas spirit like never before. I received an email from my older sister, Mary, announcing that she and her husband were sending no presents this year. They were going to give a donation to a favorite charity and asked that the rest of us do the same.

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Her email was met with joy and jubilation. Personally, I felt twenty pounds lighter. No more shopping at the mall. No more standing in long lines at the post office. No more writing thank-you notes for gifts you either didn’t want, didn’t need, or didn’t like that much to begin with.


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We all agreed we had enough stuff. Plus, there are no longer any children in my family. I have four nieces. The oldest is thirty-two; the youngest, nineteen. In the ensuing flurry of emails, it was agreed that college graduation would be the cut-off point for sending Christmas gifts to the nieces. Back in 1980, as I approached thirty, I remember writing letters to two of my aunts (who at the time were still sending gifts) requesting they not send me any more Christmas gifts. “I’d much prefer a newsy card or letter,” I wrote. They honored my request. Hopefully with the same feeling of relief I experienced upon receiving my older sister’s recent email.

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Now a funny thing has happened on my way to Christmas Gift Emancipation. With the weight of obligation, however real or imagined, lifted, I suddenly find myself imagining new ways of giving. Chris and I just sent a check to my younger sister’s former housekeeper to help get her gas turned back on. In return, my younger sister sent us a check made out to a woman friend recently released from prison after twenty-six years. Whatever this is, I like it.

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Tchaikovsky’s Variations on Rococo Theme by Elise Lasko i. A brief pause, a hiccup of silence while the fingers warm and find their places. The cellist’s button-down glows against the piano’s blackness, a halo of luminous skin buzzing with energy before he begins the first note, a whimper that crescendos to a confident hum. He is not listening as his audience is – he is having a conversation with her, provoking her to speak with his right arm. From her mutters and exclamations he interprets meaning and understands when she leans into him with more intimacy, rocking in time to the dance of his loafers, always poised his makeshift metronome. ii. As he turns her this way and that, two heaving hills glow. His expressions become more ardent now, rushed and with greater purpose when the bow acts out, shedding two, three delicate wisps weary of their efforts – a few strands of a woman’s hair unwilling to let go. And suddenly Elise Lasko is a junior at Vanderbilt majoring in English with a concentration in the Art of Poetry. In addition to working for Nashville Arts Magazine as their editorial intern, she is the managing editor of the Vanderbilt Review and a staff writer for the University's Slant newspaper. Elise has been published in Creative Communications, Amherst College's Quick Brown Fox, and other student publications in addition to her alma mater's St. Mary's Magazine. After graduation, she intends to pursue a career in poetry/songwriting and publishing. Elise is from Memphis.

they’re waltzing across the stage, a ghost trail of feet and neck. His arm and bow blur into a flurry of brashness, coaxing her repetitive shrills with louder resonance until he feels all muscles relax against him. He’s calming her down now into a slow dance, hands tiptoeing down neck and spine while his head rests against hers ii. and then he hears it, the chilling cry, a dainty shutter applause

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tune in to nashville’s burgeoning visual art scene

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LeQuire Gallery lequiregallery.com

Auld Alliance Gallery auldalliancegallery.net

Leu Art Gallery belmont.edu

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Local Color Gallery localcolornashville.com

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art cheekwood.org

Midtown Gallery & Framers midtowngallery.com

Cumberland Gallery cumberlandgallery.com Finer Things Gallery Temporarily closed kkbrooks@bellsouth.net Frist Center for the Visual Arts fristcenter.org Gallery One galleryone.biz

Richland Fine Art, Inc richlandfineart.com Richter Gallery of Photography richtergallery.com Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt vanderbilt.edu/sarrattgallery Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery arts.state.tn.us

Tennessee Arts League & Galleries tennesseeartleague.org Tennessee State Museum tnmuseum.org Tennessee State University: Hiram Van Gordon Gallery tnstate.edu/gallery The Parthenon parthenon.org The Renaissance Center rcenter.org Two Moon Gallery twomoongallery.com Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery vanderbilt.edu/gallery Williams 19th &20th Century American Art Galleries williamsamericanart.com Zeitgeist Gallery zeitgeist-art.com


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on the town with Ted Clayton


hitney Daane and Fletcher Foster— what a great combo to chair any event,

and the sixth annual Sparkle & Twang event benefiting the Tennessee State Museum Foundation was the scene of a sellout gathering



2011 Costume and Textile Institute. Inductees were Sandi Spika Borchetta, Margaret Ellis (looking mighty fine, I might add), Judi Gaston, and Mike Smith. This foundation hosts a Young Professionals Council spearheaded by Gloria Houghland and Donna Tucker. The 2011–2012 inductees to the council included Erin Brown, Anna Catherine Davenport, Meagan Nordmann (congratulations, Meagan!), Josh Parant, Martin Penny, and Cacky Tate. We are so fortunate to have the Tennessee State Museum under the leadership of Lois RigginsEzzell, Leigh Hendry, and Beth Lekander. The highlight of the evening was the Sandi Spika Borchetta Costume & Textile showcase of Inductee Margaret gowns made for Ellis with Museum Executive Director Lois Reba McEntire Riggins-Ezzell (right) and Taylor Swift.

Keith Miles, Chance Warhol and Costume & Textile Inductee Marcia Masulla

Costume & Textile Inductee Sandi Spika Borchetta with husband, Scott Borchetta

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The Arts and Business Council held its annual art exhibit Artworks recently at the Green Hills Mall. Corporate creativity and camaraderie were inspired as businesses were invited to enter pieces of original artwork created by their employees. To add to the fun this year, the Nashville restaurant community competed in the Jack Daniel’s “Paint the Town Jack” competition. Thirty-four-inch statues of Jack Daniel were painted and embellished to reflect the individual restaurant, and I must say Jack never looked so fine. (I think some of the artists may have been sampling a bit of Jack as they created.) Artwork judges were Shelley Liles McBurney, Walter Knestrick, and Yours Truly. First place company winner was Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, and first place individual winner was Mike Kelly of Jimmy Kelly’s Restaurant. I did not realize what a gifted artist my friend Mike is, though I knew he always is the perfect host at the Ted and Colleen Welch oldest and one of the finest steak houses in our city.

and yes, the socials did just that. Seen sporting their Wild West finery were Ellen Martin and Gerry Nadeau, Tooty Bradford and John Eddie Cain, Alyne Massey (yes, she was in jeans and looked fabulous), Sandy and Jay Sangervasi, Tommy and cowgirl mom Ann Bernard, Kathy Follin and Robert Lipman (Robert

Max, Lyn Andrews' cockatiel, is missing a few tail feathers due to the fact that Lyn plucked them to wear in her braided pigtails as Annie Oakley. Her husband and Kathy Follin and Chairman of the Robert Lipman Board of Cheekwood, Buffalo Bill Andrews, greeted ebullient guests to the patrons party prior to the opening of the great art exhibition Visions of the American West:

As I viewed this exhibit I experienced what really made the West truly "Wild"— its nature and the environment as seen in Tommy and the treasured paintings. Ann Bernard My favorite painting, Indian Elopement by Alfred Jacob Miller, 1810-1874, showed a young Indian brave slipping into the village to pursue the maiden he loved without permission of her elders. (See, not much has changed over the years.) This Bronze sponsored by painting was sponsored Ann and Frank Bumstead by Colleen and Ted Welch, and the show-stopper was the bronze sculpture Indian on Horse sponsored by Ann and Frank Bumstead. Enjoy this exhibit, as you will experience the life of a cowboy and his companion the horse. What little boy and man has not dreamed of being a cowboy?

Master Works from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center from Cody,

Sandi Spika Borchetta showcase: Reba McEntire gown (green) and Taylor Swift gown (cream/gold); the other gown was Sandi's wedding gown when she married Scott 10 years ago

Wyoming. One hundred years after Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show thrilled audiences in Nashville, his show makes an encore appearance at Cheekwood Museum of Art. This exhibit runs through March 4, 2012, and is not to be missed! Black tie and jeans were the dress for the evening,

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Pete and Katherine DeLay

had that John Wayne sort of look), Jennie and Rob McCabe, Anne and Joe Russell, CEO Jane Offenbach, Lisa Campbell and Alice Hooker, Carolyn and J. B. Baker, and Ann Sheppard. Katherine Delay and Emily Zerfoss chaired this Western evening along with husbands Pete and Tee.

Continuing the year-long celebration of fifty years of the Swan Ball, Tooty Bradford, Jennie and Rob McCabe, and Lucianne and Toby Wilt hosted a mighty fine and grand cocktail party, "Fabulous Fifties," honoring all past SB chairs at Tooty's elegant Boulevard home. Chairs for 2012 Sandra Lipman and Jacqueline Hutton were on hand to welcome Anne and John Clay, Margie and Bert Dale, Em and George Crook, Josephine and John Darwin, Kitty and Matt Murfree, Emily and Ad Hudler and Debbie Turner Lee Noel, Lynne and Moorey Rhett, Margaret and Alex Palmer, Shirley Harvey, Lil Granberry, Fran Hardcastle, Dorothy Earthman, and more swans in the bevy. Dudley White (sixth SB chair) looked so regal and dignified in a black lace cocktail suit and pendant. I said, "Dudley, you look just like the Queen Mother," and her response was, "Yes I do, and she liked gin and tonics also.” Carole Sergent looked Chairs, Patsy Weigel Nancy Russell and Paul Kuhn quite smart in her black and and Ashley Henry white feathered fascinator that Jane Dudley the she had created at the Tulip Tree sorority house mom, that afternoon. Leigh Atkins, 1989 SB Chair, being the first SB reminded me that she gave birth to her daughter Chair. Swanettes or Claire ten days prior to her ball. Frances not, these women Spradley announced to me, “We are Swanettes.” made and make it Overhearing that, Ann Murray expressed, "I happen. think we can come up with a better name than that!" OK, so I addressed other Swan Chairs about their group name, and Betsy Brittain and Lucianne Wilt came up with "Cheekwood’s Rockettes,” but, as Lucianne added, “Don't expect a line dance!” Laurel Buntin told me that when the Grand Dames of the Ball came to ask her to chair her year, Alice Mathews exclaimed, "This is the greatest sorority you will ever belong to!" Roberta Lochte-Jones I guess that makes and Dianne Neal

Amos Goss, Clare Armistead, Morticia Martin and Gerry Nadeau

Uncle Fester Addams, great uncle of Fest de Ville Gala Chairs Patsy Weigel and Ashley Nancy and Henry, was delighted Billy Ray Hearn to be served cocktails in a light bulb-shaped vial, as were Morticia and Gomez and Cousin Itt, served by Lurch of course. This elegantly ookey and eerie evening was the TPAC Annual Fundraiser, held at the War Memorial Auditorium and Courtyard. The menu, décor, and entertainment were inspired by the Broadway production The Addams Family, which plays TPAC January 3, 2012. I love to share the decor at all these events, and Amos Goss sure had it going for a night of eerie elegance. Amos shared with me that the actual Addams mansion was Victorian in style and wonderful; it was the family that was weird. Upon entering the courtyard of the mansion I walked my way through fog to the amazing auction tables and cocktail bars supporting caged crows and science experiments in formaldehyde. Dancers from the Nashville Ballet performed the tango, and Vanderbilt fencers performed as intensely as Gomez and Fester. Entering the mansion NashvilleArts.com | ArtNowNashville.com

dining room, guests found a candlelit room where tall candelabras rested on dark purple and blue iridescent cloths in a black flocked baroque pattern. Dinner featured "Swamp and Quicksand,” "Pugsley's Pasta,” and Linda Johnson and Tori Blackshear "A Chocolate Thing.” Eerie elegant cocktail and black tie was the attire as seen on early trick or treaters Deborah Danker and Arthur Kirby, Jackie and Daniel Harden, Julie and Frank Boehm, Ad Hudler and Debbie Turner, Roberta Lochte-Jones and Diane Neal, Nancy Russell and Paul Kuhn, and Phyllis Alper in a spider fascinator. Entertainment was by actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, and Cousins Ted Welch and Tim McGraw received TPAC's Applause Award. All in all, Patsy and Ashley made this an elegant and ookey evening as only they could do. Last year’s inaugural Conservancy Gala, chaired by Emme Baxter and Demetria Kalodimos, was so incredible that I thought and wrote, "I would hate to have to top this one!” Well, the second annual Gala benefiting the Parthenon and Centennial Park was held a few weeks ago, chaired by Ellen Martin and daughter Phyllis Fridrich, and guess what? They did it! Themed "Designs in Water," this party was luminous, reflective, wondrous—a party not to be forgotten. Just imagine the Parthenon being the focal point in a wonderful huge aquarium. That was the impact upon entering the gala and seeing the ancient replica surrounded by fish, Ellen Martin bubbles, and waves— Chairs and Phyllis Fridrich oh so Ellen and Phyllis. Never have I attended an event where every detail was themed, from the paperweight-bubble name card to the aqua blue Lucite cocktail bars with air bubbles, and I have not even gotten to the dinner tent. During cocktails in the Treasury Room, the Nashville Ballet performed a thrilling underwater scenario with mermaid and attendants swimming through the sea; Esther Williams would have been so proud! Entering through the large copper doors, patrons were awed by the dinner tent. This year the tent ceiling was a clear covering that allowed the mammoth Parthenon columns to overpower December 2O11 | 99

the human scale. Hot pink sequined cloths covered the serpentine tables, which held illuminated glass containers filled with white orchids and lilies submerged in water, all designed by Branches. Speaking with Hope Stringer, Board Chair, I asked for her take on Nashville Ballet the evening, and Hope, who as you know is not one to be at a loss for words, exclaimed, “OMG!” During the dinner, black-clad puppeteers entered the tent with over-scaled fish, seahorses, and a whale all floating through the space, as if we were dining deep in the sea. Emmy Awardwinner Brian Hull, a Nashville treasure, entertained with a most sophisticated silhouette show entitled “Atlantis.” Most extraordinary. Ellen told me to expect the unpredictable, and she was certainly correct! I just love it when the stunning Julie Boehm seats me between my favorite ladies, Heloise Kuhn and Annette Eskind. I am always in for interesting dinner conversation. During the first course, Julie announced to me that I would be seated at a different table for the main course and then another for coffee and dessert. I felt like a jellyfish floating among tables. My Clayton Collection tuxedo Martha Ingram shirts were most and Steve Turner popular that evening. Steve Fridrich had me create one for him in water-blue tones, to follow the theme created by his wife and mommy-in-law. Lyle and Lisa Beasley

All the mermaids and mermen looked great.

Lyle Beasley's black tie did pop off during cocktails, but with the help of buddy Butch Baxter it was back on for dinner. I guess that mermaid was more than Lyle could handle. Merfolk seen Steve Fridrich and Gerry Nadeau floating through the evening were Ann and Matt Dobson, Sylvia and Doug Bradberry, Donna and John Perlin, Peggy Joyce, Alyne Massey and Art Demmas, Amos Goss, Elizabeth and Donnie Nichols, Joyce and David Hitt, Honorary Chair Clare Armistead, Conservancy President Sylvia Rapport, Molly Ledbetter looking like Sue and Gary Pinsly Athena, Lee Ann and George Anderson, Frannie and Brooks Corzine, and Sue and Gary Pinsly. For every Nashville gala there is a patrons party, and this patrons event was held at the glass treehouse of Ray Booth and John Shea, co-hosted by Bobby McAlpine and Hal Cato. So at the end of Conservancy Gala number two, once again I say, "I do not know how this one can be topped!" Every great city has a great library, as we have the Nashville Public Library. Andrew Carnegie helped establish our first public library more than a century ago, and today our library serves the community in ways Mr. Carnegie could not have imagined. Thanks to the Nashville Public Library Foundation, we now have twenty-one branches with over two million catalogued books. The Foundation held a lovely gala dinner at the library where the Nashville Public Library Literary Award Joyce and Steve Wood

Susan and Judson Newbern

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John and Donna Perlin

Clay and Cathy Jackson, Barbara and Jack Bovender

was presented to Pulitzer Prize-winning legend John McPhee. Chairing this stellar evening were Mary and John Bettis, Mary and Calvin Lewis, and Gina and Dick Lodge. Ann Wells and Christine Fields Beth Alexander, Board Chairman, was the evening MC and grand hostess of the evening. Beth, along with our library godmother Margaret Ann Robinson, greeted Sue Atkinson, Sarah and Richard Bovender, Christie and Jay Turner, Dara Russell, Tish and Jackson Brown, Julie and Dewey Branstetter, Sylvia and Al Ganier, Gayle and Joe Gibbs, Minnette Boesel and Boots Jackson, Jan and John Ramsey, Chairs: Gina Lodge, Ann Teaff and Don Mary Bettis, Mary Lewis McPherson, Dolores and John Seigenthaler, Donna Tucker, Celeste Reed and Don Welch, and Ann Wells and Christine Fields. The night prior to the gala, a beautiful patrons party was held at the Robinson home with cohosts Barbara and Jack Bovender, Robin and Bill King, Cathy and Clay Jackson, and Linde and Blair Wilson. It is always such a treat to be in Margaret Ann's home, with all the grandeur and charm of such a fine Southern residence. And following Southern tradition, her children Libby and Ben Page, Ann and Owen Kelly, and Dr. Walter Robinson greeted guests with open arms. This family has given and gives so much to Nashville, and we are most appreciative. Thank you!

Dave Alexander, Margaret Ann Robinson, Beth Alexander

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Well, as you can see, this has been a busy fall social season, and now we look forward to the Symphony Winter Ball. I wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Yes, this is my Christmas greeting, so don't be looking in your mailbox!

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ohn Lott’s paintings are often shockingly bright happy things—reds and oranges coming at you or unlikely combinations with hot pink.

This rich painting of peonies took my whole day when I first saw it. I thought I’d fallen for every Latte palette-knife style, but this vase of flowers is more intense; it reminded

me of work my father brought home in the ’60s. The knife-edge marks over complex color suggest the East to me. Latte’s paintings aren’t overworked, and, to my “careful” family, they illustrate his fearlessness.

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In startling contrast to my own “plan until it’s too late,” Latte lives more in the moment than anyone I’ve known. He starts paintings suddenly and often, not worrying about schedules, outcomes, or criticisms. (It’s how he lives his life too.) He works effortlessly and serenely, scraping and layering for hours while watching football in the fall. Latte will tackle any commission— even what sounds spectacularly impossible to me. His shrugging and spontaneously beginning makes my stomach ache first with admiration, then with the beauty of the result.

jasmine collection

In Green Hills at The Hill Center, Suite 305 615-385-1212 www.ejsain.com

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Nashville Arts presents holiday season

Layout design Lindsay Murray, principal photography Jerry Atnip


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Judith Bright Jewelry

Give the gift of music! Nashville Symphony gift cards make the perfect gift this holiday season. Gift cards can be redeemed for anything at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, including concert tickets, pre-concert dining at Arpeggio restaurant or Symphony Café, drinks at any of our seven bars, and shopping in the Symphony Store. Gift cards can be purchased by calling (615) 687-6400 or by visiting the Schermerhorn box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday– Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. www.nashvillesymphony.org

Pyrite, with its rich golden sheen, is the perfect gemstone to give this holiday season. Warm and sophisticated, each stunning piece is handmade in the Judith Bright Jewelry B.A. Photo Store. Seen here: RockStar Cuff at $588, Lots O’ Rocks Cuff at $438, Petite Rocks Cuff at $348, RockStar Wrapped Circle Pendant at $258, the Sandalwood Bracelets from $53 to $118, RockStar Ring at $238, and the Lot O’ Rocks Ring for $198. The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road. (615) 598-0364. www.JudithBright.com

Monell’s ‘Tis the season to indulge the Southern Food Lover on your list. Monell’s offers gift cards in any denomination. And while you’re there, pick up a jar of peach preserves: 4-oz jars are $4.50 each and 8-oz jars are $6.50 each. Go to www.MonellsTn.com for directions and hours.

Apricot Lane Exclusive to Apricot Lane this season are brand new cuts and designs from Miss Me you can’t find anywhere else! Along with the newest selection from Rock Revival, Big Star, and so many others, premium denim from Apricot Lane is sure to be the gift worn over and over again with style. Starting at $98. 315 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 942-7153, www.apricotlanenashville.com

Two Old Hippies Two Old Hippies is a hippie chic clothier and guitar vendor located in the heart of the Gulch. This photo features the Buddha Board, LP Sketch Book (7 x 10), Flask (Liquor is Quicker), Vinylux 45 rpm Clock, and the John, Paul, George, and Ringo Definitive Illustrative (Chronicles of the Beatles 1960–1970). Stop by for your holiday shopping. Two Old Hippies lifestyle store, the Gulch, 401 12th Avenue South, (615) 254-7999, Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday Noon to 6 p.m. www.twooldhippies.com

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Funky/Colorful Picture Frames Everyone loves a picture frame, and we have the perfect one for your gift-giving needs. We offer styles for all tastes and every budget: traditional, funky, or wedding fabulous. Featured collection starting at $35. Bennett Galleries, 2104 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215, (615) 297-3201, www.bennettgalleriesnashville.com

A. Thomas Meats from Sperry’s Restaurant Bring the same great taste of Sperry’s Restaurant home for the holidays through A. Thomas Meats online steak mail order service. Get the same high quality beef and products served at Sperry’s Restaurant delivered directly to your front door. At http://sperrys.com/athomasmeats, online shoppers can choose from several assorted gift packs—an ideal gift for family and friends—along with several grades of Creekstone beef and a wide variety of popular cuts. Sperry’s Restaurant, 5109 Harding Pike, Belle Meade, and 650 Frazier Drive, Cool Springs, (615) 397-4365, www.sperrys.com

Margaret Ellis Studio Margaret Ellis Studio produces beautiful jewelry that is a perfect gift for any occasion. Call (615) 255-3255 and let them know when you’d like to visit them at their Cummins Station location.

Bella Regali - Unique Gifts Bring your holiday list and visit our unique and very affordable shop. We have gifts for everyone—shop early for your book club, family, friends, teachers, that new baby, and your favorite hostess! Hanukkah Napkins with spreader $15; Small Bar Board with Napkins & Spreader $15; and don’t forget your pooch: ties for small, medium, and large pups $10.50. Bella Regali—the gift shop at the car wash! 212 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN 37209, (615) 356-9290, www.bellaregaligifts.com

York & Friends Fine Art Ron York has been a part of the local art scene for more than 25 years as an artist and award-winning gallery owner. His newest contribution, which opened in January, is York & Friends Fine Art, a fresh and exciting gallery featuring over 40 local and regional artists. York’s gallery offers a wonderful variety of paintings, jewelry, pottery, glass, and copper and has already become a favorite destination to find one-of-a-kind affordable art. 107 Harding Place (at Harding Road), (615) 352-3316, Tuesday–Friday 10 to 5, Saturday 10 to 3, YorkandFriends@att.net. Follow us on Facebook at Ron York Art.

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Sadie Bug Sadie Bug has a tug in her heart that leads her to unexpected adventures in finding her joy. This new children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Elizabeth Brandon, is available in autographed soft cover, $10.95. For ages 4–10 or anyone who loves dogs. “Elizabeth Brandon’s lovely watercolors illustrate gentle words in this story of a dog in search of a best friend. A perfect mix of words and images, this picture book will spark discussions of friendship, belonging, and love.” - Janice Phelps Williams Purchase online at www.elizabethbrandon.com, at J. Craighead, 2225 Bandywood, (615) 604-4132, or at The Beveled Edge, 73 White Bridge Road, Nashville.

Suzani Styles The shoes and boots offered at Suzani Styles are all individually made so that no two are ever the same. They are all hand made in Turkey and are one-of-a-kind wearable works of art. They reflect the personality and charisma of the wearer. Whether picking out something for that special someone in your life or getting a gift card for them to search for themselves, Suzani Styles is sure to have the gift that is right for you.

The Arts Company Celebrating 15 years of mixing it up in surprising ways during the Annual Holiday Arts Market, November 5–December 23 at The Arts Company! 215 Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Nashville, TN 37219 (615) 254-2040

Located in the Mall at Green Hills on the Upper Level near Nordstrom and Dillard’s. www.suzanistyles.com © Chuc k Tr ott er

Beautiful Rings Elizabeth Showers stack rings in sterling silver. Our gift giving selections start at $75. Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry, 5101 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205, (615) 353-1823

Auld Alliance Gallery The Auld Alliance Gallery is getting ready for the holiday season. Newly displayed art and new samples for framing make it an easy choice for that special gift you have been looking for. Getting an early start on framing is a must for marking off your list. There will be an open house December 16 from 5-8 p.m. Come and bring your out of town guests or to just take a holiday breather. Auld Alliance is located at 6019 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN 37205. (615) 352-5522 www.auldalliancegallery.net

Grand Cru Wine & Spirits Who doesn’t like a sip of something bubbly on occasion? ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Whether you’re looking for something to relieve the holiday stress, sipping on something while you’re cooking the Christmas goose, or stocking up for that holiday party, the folks at Grand Cru Wine & Spirits have got sparkling wine at all price points, and all styles, from all over the globe. Champagne from France, Cava from Spain, Prosecco from Italy, and dandy sparklers from right here in the USA. You can’t beat the bubbles at Grand Cru. Drink passionately but drive responsibly. 3433 Murphy Road at I-440 and West End, (615) 627-3900, www.grandcruwineandspirits.com.

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The Label This burgundy pinstripe shirt is terrific! It is one of those amazing one-of-a-kind shirtings that a man can pack in his bag and pull out with no wrinkles! 100% Rayon. Beautifully handcrafted and part of the Label’s own Collection. Add another layer with our gorgeous Custom Burgundy Leather Jacket with shearling on collar and cuffs.

The Widow of the South

Deluxe Signed Limited Edition From Bentontown Press, this Deluxe Signed Limited Edition of the New York Times bestseller by Robert Hicks includes a new introduction and is limited to a production run of 1,500 copies, each signed by the author. Each spine is bound with Genuine Leather, protruding Hubs, Gold Foil Stamping, Marbled Boards with a Satin Finish, Gold Gilded Edges, Silk Bookmark, and is inserted into a Hickory Fabric Slip Case and is individually shrink wrapped. Price: $125.

The Label, 2222 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204, (615) 915-0722


Presenting the newly handmade St. George Collection by owner and Yeoman’s in the Fork, 4216 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN designer William Davis Jr. of Pate-Davis 37064, (877) 936-6261, info@yeomansinthefork.com, Jewelers, family owned since 1895. St. www.yeomansinthefork.com George, the Patron Saint of England, taught the world that the dragon was a form of fear and that only through faith could the Need a hostess gift in a hurry? Seeking the perfect artisan accessory to decorate dragon be slayed within their hearts. Hence, Faith Kills your home? Obelisk has everything you need for the holidays. This unique gift Fear! These pieces are hand engraved, designed, and shop in the heart of Green Hills is stocked with artistic gifts and home accessories, made by William Davis Jr. in both Silver and 18K many from nationally known artists. You’ll find handcrafted tabletop staples Gold versions. Priced quite reasonably between and accessories by Alex Marshall, Mary Jurek and Vietri, ultra$500 and $4,500. The perfect gift during a time mod decor and gifts by Jonathan when worldwide faith is needed most! Adler, and the rustic designs of Jan 4239 Harding Pike, 37205, (615) 298-1765, Barboglio. Obelisk is also the only patedavis.com store in Nashville to feature nostalgic decoupage glass by John Derian. From decadent Aquiesse candles to jewelry by Freshie & Zero, we have it and you can get a complimentary gift wrap on the spot.


Obelisk is located at 4096 Hillsboro Pike, 37215. (615) 386-0502

Want your holiday gift to be memorable? Choose a unique original oil painting from Richland Fine Art. We exclusively represent over 30 fine artists—including many of Nashville’s most talented painters. Your gift will bring a smile to someone special on Christmas morning and remain a lasting treasure, loved and appreciated by later generations. We are ready to help you find just the right piece for that important someone. Over 300 paintings in stock. Find us in the heart of Green Hills at Grace’s Plaza, 2nd Level—just south of Trader Joe’s, 4009 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 203, (615) 292-2781, www.richlandfineart.com

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Gallery & Custom Framing Fine Paintings & Artful Gifts For the Holidays

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A Soft Place In My Heart

Painting Tennessee Book 95 TN counties depicted by Joel Knapp, Tom Moore & Jennifer Simpkins

Hand Poured Soy Candles

Carolers Limited Edition Giclee by Tom Moore

260 W. Main St. • Hendersonville, TN 37075 Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00 • Sat 10:00-5:00 www.allaboutartgallery.com • (615) 826-9880

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