Picture a Christmas with the Grinch dropping a work of art down your chimney, like the commissioned piece by Sandy Spain, which suggests exactly that. Nashville offers several interesting and affordable options for giving the works of local artists a home for the holidays.
Support the students and faculty of Centennial Art Center, including Spain, an instructor, at the center’s current show and sale, ending on December 13. “There are a lot of other styles of paintings on exhibit, as well as pottery, jewelry, ornaments, cards, and more,” said Spain. “A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting the center, and its work to make art and art practice accessible for all Nashville.”
Art classes at Centennial Arts, Art & Soul Studio, Beats & Brushes, and the Clay Lady’s Campus are worth consideration. Beats & Brushes offers a live-painting experience that combines music and social engagement with food and drinks. The Clay Lady is holding two holiday-themed events for creating art: a clay gingerbread house workshop on Sat., December 3 ($65.00) and a glass Christmas ornament workshop on Sat., December 10 ($85.00).
Myles Maillie will host his annual “Christmas at the White House” on Fri., December 2, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and all are welcome to shop for paintings, wearable art and more. For those who might be interested in purchasing a photo of the Nashville skyline, such as one with the supermoon over the city, Nashville-based photographer Jeff Frazier is offering 24” x 18” signed and numbered prints for a discounted rate of $150.00 until December 25.
If you missed the Jefferson Street Art Crawl’s affordable art print sale on November 26, there still are opportunities to purchase works from such galleries as Woodcuts Gallery and Framing and One Drop Ink, as well as Garden Brunch Café, open Friday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Woodcuts also offers quality framing for artworks, portraits and other items. Those who missed the recent Germantown Art Crawl can see a list of participating artists and venues by clicking the provided link.
On Sat., December 3, Ron York & Friends Fine Art will host its annual holiday show. “Our pottery begins at $9.00 for holiday ornaments and vases, and other items start at $30.00,” said owner Ron York. “We have lots of small works in the $40.00-$125.00 range. We have CDs of original instrumental music that we play in the gallery, including a just released Christmas CD, priced at $15.00 each or $12.00 each for two or more.” The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Studio Be will host a holiday show this weekend—Fri., December 2, from noon- 8:00 p.m. and Sat., December 3, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“We will have pottery, painting, mixed media, jewelry, and wearable art from a total of 30 artists. We will be serving sweet treats and wine while you shop,” said Shannon Wille, who plans the annual event with Studio Be owner Cindy Wunsch. “The first 100 people each day will receive a special treat at the door. The market is free to the public and there is lots of parking in the area.”
Another art-shopping option is Corvidae Collective. Along with other galleries mentioned here, Corvidae Collective is a consideration for both affordable art and investment in more expensive pieces. “We offer artworks from local, national, and internationally known artists in a variety of mediums: paintings, photography, sculpture, illustrations, and mixed media. Prints are available for a section of the works. We also feature three local jewelry designers. We also offer a small selection of holiday gifts. Prices range from jewelry items at $20 to artworks up to $7,500. Artworks typically range around $500 per piece,” said owner Nikki Gray.
Works at Corvidae are available for purchase online, or in-gallery Sat., December 3, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., during Nashville’s monthly art crawl, and during usual hours noon – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
At the We-Ho Holiday Market and Crawl this Saturday and Sunday (December 3-4) are several places open with works to sell, including Poverty & the Arts, where your purchase will benefit a fellow citizen.
“Purchasing an original art piece offers you the opportunity to shape your environment in ways that can positively impact you,” said founder Nicole Brandt. “By purchasing from an artist in Poverty & the Arts gallery, you make a direct investment in the life of an individual overcoming homelessness. Each art piece comes with a brief bio of the artist who created it.”
The gallery offers original artwork (paintings, jewelry, sculptures), as well as prints, marbled fabric tote and wine bags, ornaments, wearable art, coasters and note cards/holiday cards with original designs. Prices range from $2.00 to $250.00. The gallery holds hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Online shopping by artist is available here.