About the Festival|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mon., February 26, 2007
THE TEMPLE | CONGREGATION OHABAI SHOLOM
5015 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205
Lisa Small, Co-chair/ Publicity
Julie Schuffman, Co-Chair/Publicity
ART PHOTOS AVAILABLE: J-Peg files of any featured artists. work is available by calling contact above.
THE TEMPLE ART FESTIVAL SET FOR APRIL 14 & 15, 2007
Nashville, Tenn. -- Now in its third year, the Temple Arts Festival has surprised and delighted the Nashville arts community with extraordinary exhibitions of distinctive collectible art and a host of master artists and craftsmen. This addition to the Southern cultural landscape quickly earned national renown, and artists and arts enthusiasts alike now eagerly await the Third Annual Temple Arts Festival in April.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, 2007, the Temple Arts Festival will present its third juried exhibition and sale featuring the works of internationally, nationally and regionally acclaimed professional artists and jewelers.
The Temple’s Art Selection Committee, co-chaired by Alice Zimmerman and Raye Ann Greenbaum, hand-picked 45 artists from 22 states, Israel, and Italy, who will exhibit and sell approximately 500 pieces in glass, ceramics, painting, sculpture, metal, drawing, photography and jewelry.
“We have selected highly professional artists who already have a following and know this is a special kind of show,” explains Zimmerman. “Care was taken to select artists not represented by local galleries, artists whose works are rarely available in the Nashville area.” This event will be held at The Temple, located at 5015 Harding Road in Nashville, Tenn., next door to the Belle Meade Mansion.
Most art and jewelry will be priced between $200 and $12,000, with many works available for under $1,000, and some ranging up to $25,000. “For people who believe they might enjoy collecting art—who believe it may enhance their lives and their aesthetic environment—this is a good way to start a collection without a large investment,” Zimmerman says. She encourages everyone to take home art that “appeals to your senses in an illusive, if significant, way.”
The collectible works of this year’s artists have been exhibited in museums, galleries and juried shows across the country. Most notably:
Porcelain sculptor/painter Bennett Bean of Blairstown, NJ, is one of the nation’s premier workers in clay. Best known for his exquisite collectible ceramic vessels—in particular, brightly-colored bowls and teapots enhanced with gold leaf—Bean’s asymmetrical forms are wheel-thrown, cut and manipulated into graceful, complex, stunningly beautiful shapes, lines and curves.
A brilliant, prolific artist, Caleb Nelson Carter paints in oil to create magnificent still-lifes, figure works and landscapes. Carter’s vividly realistic paintings capture and illuminate the timeless elegance he discovers in his subjects.
Each of Alison Helm’s large, abstract sculptures uses a variety of media—glass, metal, wood, composites, found objects such as rocks or gems—reflecting a balance between culture and nature. Helm’s collection of sculptures includes some furniture works, as well.
Dale Chihuly is renowned for his intensely vibrant, multipart blown masterpieces in glass. Each year, Chihuly collaborates with Portland Press to create colorful Studio Editions from several of his stunning series. As of April 1, four new Studio Editions will be available for a limited time; they will be offered during the Temple Arts Festival.
Lisa Ernst, of Nashville, uses acrylic paints to amplify nature’s colors and forms in wonderfully realistic/impressionistic florals, still-lifes and landscapes. Ernst’s paintings capture fleeting moments in nature, in celebration of life’s beauty and brevity.
A percentage of the proceeds benefit The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom, Nashville's oldest and largest Jewish congregation. "Depending upon the piece, up to 40 percent of artwork purchased may qualify as a charitable donation," said Lisa Small, co-chairman, "but everyone is advised to consult with a certified public accountant or tax advisor."
Admission is at the door the day of the event. To secure Advance Purchase Certificates, please contact: The Temple at (615) 352-7620.