Everyone deserves the opportunity and resources to express themselves through art, no matter their life’s circumstances. Poverty and the Arts (POVA) works to create that opportunity and to offer the necessary resources to people who would not otherwise have them because they’ve been impacted…

Warmer temperatures are (hopefully) here to stay, which means a slew of outdoor activities are taking place across the city. If you're looking for a safe way to get out of the house and enjoy the spring weather, check out one of these events from local nonprofits.

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    Known to all simply as Manuel, the couturier rightfully earned his nickname as The Rhinestone Rembrandt for the intricately embroidered and rhinestone-laden designs that he made for numerous famous entertainers. He’s outfitted everyone from Elvis to Michael Jackson to The Man in Black himsel…

    Now that the stunning Albrecht Dürer engravings, etchings and woodcuts have moved on from the Frist Art Museum, the Upper-Level Galleries will soon reopen with Creating the American West in Art, an engaging new exhibit featuring nearly 80 paintings and sculptures from an oft-mythologized per…

    The Frist Art Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary right with a collection of approximately 75 works of art from Pablo Picasso. Picasso. Figures is heading to the U.S. in early 2021, and its only stop in the country is right here in Nashville.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and a way to spread cheer without spreading germs! We may all be celebrating differently this year, but we found ways to safely ring in the holidays, thanks to timed entries, virtual alternatives and more.

    To celebrate its 60th year as a public institution, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens had exciting plans for the important milestone, but as with everything else in 2020, those were put on hold due to the pandemic. Fortunately, Cheekwood was able to reopen with procedures that ensure the health…

    Mish Tworkowski — widely regarded as one of the country’s most talented and exciting fine jewelry designers and founder of his eponymous company — has announced an exclusive online fundraiser to benefit Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. The auction and sale of 29 one-of-a-kind and limited-edit…

    In a time when more people have found themselves under unbearable financial strain due to the pandemic and other societal pressures, local nonprofit POVA (Poverty and the Arts) has recently launched a beautiful new site to promote and sell artwork created by and to support people who are imp…

    Everyone’s favorite holiday tradition is back! Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood opens on Friday, Nov. 20, allowing visitors to enjoy more than one million twinkling lights in a safe, socially distanced environment. Open seven days a week, Holiday LIGHTS once again includes two live reindeer on di…

    As an exciting start to the new season, supporters of Cheekwood came together after hours for an exclusive and intimate evening at the gardens and mansion for the Fall for Chihuly Family Benefit. While patrons have enjoyed Fall for Cheekwood the last few years, the 2020 party took on a diffe…

    In the absence of the Frist Gala this year, art lovers and supporters of the Frist Art Museum still gathered for a socially distanced Patrons Party to celebrate the J.M.W. Turner exhibit. The after-hours party was held on two consecutive evenings, allowing a small group to have a practically…

    With all of the difficulties that 2020 has brought, it's also delivered some unexpected inspiration. We went into the studios of eight local artists to see what they've been working on during lockdown. They opened up about the challenges of creating in quarantine, where they have found inspi…

      What have you been working on during lockdown?  I started making daily drawings, notations, writing reflections of the events of the days as they were unfolding. I made a series of photographs; I called them "Kitchen Abstraction" — a bit of playing with food and trying to turn routines into …

        What have you been working on during lockdown? I’ve gotten about halfway through a series of six tapestries I’m calling “Gray Area,” which transition in color down a rainbow spectrum, from primarily black and white in the first tapestry [to] primarily gray in the sixth. I’m really looking fo…

          Where have you found inspiration? It’s the mask for me. I’ve found inspiration in the swift evolution of the mask during this time. Some people, including myself, have gotten really creative and fashionable with our masks. It’s interesting because what I was working on prior to the lockdown …

            What have you been working on during lockdown? Having had my wings clipped and unable to travel for months, I have been working on a number of portrait commissions that I began just before the lockdown. Of particular note, a new portrait of Congressman John Lewis. I finished the painting in …

              What have you been working on during lockdown? I have been obsessed with clouds. Before the lockdown, I started working on Thunderstorm, a group of cloud sculptures that pulse. With Thunderstorm, I have been thinking about the hardships but beauty in life, how in the midst of the storms ther…

                What have you been working on during lockdown? I’ve been finishing portraits for a new suffrage monument, Equality Trailblazers, scheduled to unveil in Memphis [in] late October. We were originally scheduled to unveil in March but had to postpone because of the virus. The extra time has been…

                  Where have you found inspiration? I think the thing I found most inspiring lately is compassionate responses. There’s a tremendous amount of effort that goes into creating space, especially when something is making us feel angry or scared. It restores my faith in humanity when I see it, [and…

                    What have you been working on during lockdown? It’s actually been a very productive year. After my spring show was postponed, I had a few freakout days of wondering “What the hell is going on?” before getting my head together and realizing the unique opportunity to just make work, with limit…

                    Chihuly is back at Cheekwood! The stunning display of glass art opened at the end of July, and Cheekwood members masked up and headed to the gardens on a special Member Monday for a chance to view the completed Chihuly at Cheekwood exhibit before anyone else.

                    The Tennessee legislature cast the final vote needed to ratify the 19th Amendment that gives women the right to vote. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of that historic moment, Nashvillians can choose from a number of artistic, educational and fun activities during the month of August and…

                    Chihuly at Cheekwood, an exhibition of stunning glass works by world-renowned American artist Dale Chihuly, opens Saturday, July 18, at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. It is both a celebration of the 10th anniversary of his 2010 blockbuster success at Cheekwood and a commemoration the 60th a…

                      Fifty years ago, the Swan Ball celebrated the glory of Florence, Italy, and entertained the scion of one of its oldest noble families, the Marchese di Barsento — or as he was more widely known, Emilio Pucci. The kaleidoscopic colors that the fashion designer was known for governed the gala’s…

                        Now that you are back at work, where are we most likely to find you? I am looking forward to being on the front lines to welcome members and visitors back to the Frist Art Museum. My schedule will pull me away for Zoom meetings and administrative work from time to time, but I hope to see vis…

                        While it's still not deemed safe to go to the theater or a museum just yet, Nashville's performing and visual arts companies are bringing the shows to you. Here's a look at some of the virtual performances and exhibits you can check out from the safety of your home.

                        While it's still not deemed safe to go to the theater or a museum just yet, Nashville's performing and visual arts companies are bringing the shows to you. Here's a look at some of the virtual performances and exhibits you can check out from the safety of your home.

                        Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is, without question, one of the most beautiful places in Nashville, and it’s never more spectacular than in spring. As spring flowers make their triumphant return in an explosion of color across the 55-acre botanical gardens, Cheekwood in Bloom is typically one …

                        Cheekwood may be closed to the public, but the staff is still working hard to keep this natural sanctuary as beautiful and inviting as ever. The days look a little different for the Cheekwood team right now, but with the gardens in full bloom, restoration projects being completed and the imp…

                        The city might have missed out on Cheekwood in Bloom, but when the estate reopens to the public, there will be plenty of exciting new things to explore. This year marks the arrival of three new — or newly renovated — gardens and one highly anticipated exhibit.

                        The Iroquois Steeplechase announced today that the 2020 running of the storied racing event is canceled in the face of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.

                        The 2020 Swan Ball — the long-running white-tie charity fundraiser for Cheekwood Estate and Gardens — has been canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Originally slated for Saturday, June 6, the 58th annual event was to be chaired by Anne Maradik and Jane Anne Pilkinton and feature a perfo…

                        The Antiques & Garden Show saluted its 30th anniversary in style, welcoming some 12,000 guests to the Music City Center over the course of the three-day event. Starting the celebration was the always-popular Benefactors Reception and Preview Party, held the night before the official laun…

                          Another dazzling year on Nashville’s social scene has come and gone, but before we fully let go of 2019, let’s relive some of the most memorable moments, shall we? No one knows more about what makes a party a success than the tastemakers who comprise the Nfocus audience, so we asked you to w…

                          Nashville native Phillipe Chadwick is well known for showstopping, vibrant designs that are also elegant and sentimental. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University before working for the City of Franklin. In 2009, he joined Cheekwood as a horticulturi…

                            In 1990, the concept of a combined antiques and garden show was unheard of — literally. But when Martin Roberts proposed merging the Antiques Show at Cheekwood with the Lawn and Garden Fair to Sigourney Cheek and Connie Cigarran, the ladies saw the potential and agreed to create and co-chair…

                            There are few artists whose output is as varied and complex as María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Her works unfold like novels. There are slow narrative arcs and haunting, poetic themes that you see clearly only in retrospect — Isabel Allende or Gabriel García Márquez would have envied the depth o…

                            Spirits were bright at the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee's Martinis and Mistletoe as guests danced to tunes from Band 24/7 and snacked on offerings from favorite Nashville eateries including Hattie B's, Bakersfield and Newk's. Revelers took breaks from dancing to grab a drink and…

                            Cheekwood’s Botanic Hall was all dressed up for Sparkling Settings, the other holiday affair hosted by the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee. Garden club members and their guests chose clever themes and decked out their tables to match in hopes of winning Best-Dressed Table. For the …

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