Arts & Music at Wedgewood Houston: Expanding Creative Neighborhood

Last week, the Houston Station crew headed out the front door to tour the ever-growing Wedgewood/Houston (WEHO) neighborhood. Staying busy, we had not gotten a chance to really explore the artistic community that has been developing around us, so we decided to take a day to venture out and visit our neighbors! The WEHO neighborhood is a community rich with art and music culture. From the businesses that have been in this area for decades, such as United Record Pressing who have been pressing vinyl records since 1962, to the new art galleries and artist studios, the WEHO neighborhood is growing and flourishing. Our first stop for the day was at the David Lusk Gallery. A contemporary commercial art gallery, the David Lusk Gallery is new to Nashville, expanding from its Memphis location, which has been open since 1995. Gallery director, Dane Carder, showed us around and we were able to view the last day of Kelly S. Williams' exhibition Life Science, a whimsical collection of oil paintings focusing on the childlike wonderment of both nature and imagination. For the month of July, the gallery will exhibit Brooklyn based artist Paul McLean's solo show Code Duello: Old Hickory and a Big Bang. Visit them for the opening this Saturday, July 5 from 6-9pm during the First Saturday Art Crawl.

We then popped into the Zeitgeist Gallery, a contemporary, fine art gallery that emphasizes local artists. We caught the closing of two artist's exhibitions: Brady Haston's A Brief History of Nashville and Paul Collins' Building Forever. Zeitgeist has a new exhibit up for the month of July, Cannonball Run III, featuring the works of Karen Barbour, Chris Roberson, Lauren Ruth, Hans Schmitt-Matzen, and Sonnenzimmer. This opening reception is also July 5 from 6-9pm and will be up through August 30.

 

While there are many other awesome galleries in the area, we concluded our day with a visit to Fort Houston, a membership based artist space, complete with printmaking, wood shop, mechanical shop, bike shop, photography studio, desk space and more. Offering classes and hosting events, Fort Houston is a creative place to facilitate, grow, learn and work. Memberships are available, but classes are also open to nonmembers.

Join the fun this Saturday, July 5 for the First Saturday Art Crawl and experience a taste of the Nashville art scene. Every first Saturday of the month, Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston takes part in art night in Nashville. Drop by Nashville’s fastest growing neighborhood for a free arts and music walk beginning at 6pm. Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston is a 100% local event that takes you behind closed doors for a chance to experience new art, see live music and have a fun night out! Visit Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston for a complete line-up of WEHO happenings and be sure to stop by Houston Station by Events Nashville and visit our friends at Impact HUB Nashville and abrasiveMedia for even more amazing artistic talent!

Ann Gowan-Smith

Nashville, TN, USA