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Posted by Administrator on October 24, 2011 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (1)


Melody Erickson:
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Event to Showcase Original Works by Six Nashville Visual Artists

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 2011) - Six visual artists from Nashville will present their original works on Nov. 12 (Saturday) at Artists In Nashville’s "Holiday Art Party".

     The event will occur at Classic Modern at 2116 Eighth Ave. S., and will feature an art exhibition and live music. Show hours are 5:00-9:00 p.m.

     Admission is free. Attendees will enjoy original art, complementary beverages and live music performed by Nashville musician Aly Sands. For more information visit http//

     “We have timed this event to fall just before the start of the holidays,” said visual artist and Artists In Nashville founder Melody Erickson. “This will be our last opportunity to get together this year and we wanted to go out with a bang!”

     The event will be Artists In Nashville’s final show for the 2011 season. The following artists will have work on view and for sale:

     * Brenda Nichols (oil paintings and water colors), Jolene “JoMac” McKenzie (guitar-themed mixed media), Dina Lynan (jewelry designs in sterling silver), Linda Catlett (jewelry designs in silver precious metal clay), Michael Grine (abstract expressionist paintings in acrylic), Melody Erickson (earthy, primitive jewelry designs and floral-themed acrylic paintings).


Photo Gallery Guidelines

Posted by Administrator on September 12, 2011 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We encourage all members to create a single photo album to display their work. Please use your User Name as the title of the album and add the album to the "Member Albums" category. 

Artists In Nashville reserves the right to remove photos we deem to be unsuitable for this site.

Click to view a video about how to set up and organize your photo album.

Creating a Profile

Posted by Administrator on September 12, 2011 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

You can request membership on the site by clicking the [Get Your Free Profile] button on the home page of this website.

A couple things you should know:

  1. If the user name and email you provide when you submit your request do not contain something resembling a real name, we're going to follow up with an email asking you to *prove* your identity. It's just something we have to do to keep the hackers and scammers out.
  2. Every profile *must* include a profile image. The software doesn't require it, but we do, so please upload a profile image when you set up your profile. It doesn't have to be a picture of you; it could be a picture of your art.
  3. It's unfortunate, but there are some versions of Internet Explorer that will get in the way of you editing your photo album. We have tested photo album funcationality on Google Chrome, Mozille'a Foxfire and Internet Explorer 8, and it works just fine.

Preparing Your Own Installation

Posted by Melody Erickson on June 4, 2011 at 8:57 PM Comments comments (1)

Following are some tips for preparing for a show where you are responsible for creating and executing your own display. Consistency in Theme and Technique Collectors want to see work that is consistent. They don't want to see all the work you've ever created while experimenting with different methods and styles.

  • When preparing to present your work to a gallery or for a show where you are responsible for installing your own work, keep in mind that the body of work you present is what the gallery curator or collector is going to identify you as being expert at. If your work is all over the place in terms of style you will be labeled a "hobbyist".  
  • It is best to select several pieces of the same style and/or method, preferably in the same color scheme or in color schemes that can be easily transitioned within the scope of your display space.
Handling Your Work
It's not only important that you can speak to the value or importance of your work; you must also "show" that you value your work.
  • According to Jason Horejs at Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, the reason curators wear white gloves is not just to preserve the art they're handling but also to convey to onlookers that they value the work they are handling. 
  • If a gallery owner or collector were to notice you tossing a painting into the back of your car they would not value that painting as much as if they had seen you carefully and thoughtfully prepare a space for the work and then kindly and gingerly place it into that space. 
Presentation - Gallery Style
The way you display your work is very important if you want to be valued as a professional artist. The most important thing I can share with you on this topic is this:
  • Displays that are cluttered with every piece of work you've ever done scream "Craft Fair!" Unless you are showing at a craft fair, that is not the message you want to send. In this case the "less is more" strategy is your best bet. 
  • Determine a focal point for your display. This should be a prized piece of art that you feel will draw collectors to your display. From there, add a few pieces that will complement that focal piece. If you really want more of your art to be seen, have a portfolio of images with you. This can be on display on a side table or tucked away in a place where it is easily retrievable. 
Presentation - Art Festivals & Other Events
Additional Tips if you are presenting at an Arts Festival or other event where you are charged with setting up your own display:
  • The "less is more" strategy is your best bet. 
  • Coordinate styles and colors in a way that will be pleasing to your audience. If the work you're planning to show is diverse in terms of style, method or color you'll want to find a way to display it so that it flows nicely from one end of the spectrum to the other. 
  • Another idea is to create separate vignettes for each type. 
Remember, you want visitors to your display to be drawn in, not scared away!

Working With Event Management

Posted by Melody Erickson on May 15, 2011 at 6:43 PM Comments comments (0)
If you want to be considered a professional artist, be professional in the way you present your art and in the way you conduct yourself in the art community. That seems like a "no brainer", but trust me when I tell apparently is not to everyone.

Working With Event Management
Part of presenting yourself in a professional manner has to do with following through with commitments.  Here are some pointers:
  1. When you apply for a show, be considerate. It's not about you. It's about the show. There are lots of other artists and other things to be coordinated.
  2. Get your application in on time. 
  3. Pay your entry fee on time.
  4. Show up on time to appointments.
  5. Arrive on time for events.
  6. Have your display set up by the published deadline time.
  7. Do not tear your display down before the published tear down time.
  8. Do not try to dictate to the event management where your space should be situated because after all, you are a professional artist and have a large number of followers. 
  9. If you have to pull out of the event, provide as much notice as possible to the event management. Do not just not show up. When you do not communicate your change of plans to the event manager you do not allow them the opportunity to fill your space or rearrange the space in order to provide a better visitor experience. This reflects badly on you, and you probably will not be invited back.
  10. No Excuses! The quickest way to damage your reputation in any field of work is to practice poor follow through and hide behind excuses. If you've made a mistake, take ownership. You can lose credibility fast in this industry. Be a man or woman of your word and you will become respected by both event management and your peers! 
Bringing It Home:
While it is true that some event managers are not as organized, prepared and professional as you might like them to be, it will reflect badly on you if you do not present yourself in the most professional manner. Headaches caused by poor planning on the side of event management should not be related back to your visitors. When the event is over, the visitors will have opinions about the event as a whole, but they will also have opinions about the participating artists with whom they visited. You'll want that opinion to be a good one!

Artist Spotlight On: Eric L Hansen

Posted by Administrator on May 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Eric L Hansen is an artist with works in several mediums. Printmaking, collage, photography, drawing, painting and computer-based imaging are his chosen media. He currently has several diverse bodies of work displayed on his website. His "Blood Rescue" series honors twenty-four rescued horses in mixed media pieces reminiscent of a shaman’s cave drawings. His “Dollhouse” and “A Child’s View of Rippaville” photograph series’ bring me back to the old family homes of distant relatives with whom my family long ago lost touch. Hansen’s eye surely is on the unique as well as the overlooked. His techniques in photography can breathe life back into the dusty old spaces of your mind – if you let them.

Hansen began making images at the age of 12, and while he later studied drawing and painting, print making remains his enduring passion. He earned a BFA degree at Newark College of the Arts in creative writing and theatre: the art of telling a story with actors, colour, light, shadow and space.

Hansen’s work has appeared in more than thirty group shows and solo exhibitions, where he has won numerous awards. His private collectors include the actress Drew Barrymore; and film and radio producer Margaret Koval. Some of his work was purchased recently by the LaGrance Museum of Art for their permanent collection. His work has been featured in Eyemazing, the Lucy Award-winning fine art photography journal.

Most recently, Hansen was the recipient of three First Place awards and one Honorable Mention in the 2010 WPGA Annual Pollux Awards! His First Place awards were in the categories of CitiScapes – Portfolio, CitiScapes – Single Image and Fine Art – Single Image. His Honorable Mention award was in Fine Art - Portfolio.

Eric lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee with his wife, poet Stellasue Lee and their two cats.

AIN Members on Display at Chromatics!

Posted by Administrator on March 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM Comments comments (0)

Several Artists In Nashville and Art Party members/alumni have works on display at Chromatics through June 3rd!

Tonight's opening was very well attended! Congratulations to: Robyn Morshead, Carla Christina Contrera, Nancy Hilgert, Elaine Allen

Christian Sperka: Featured Photographer, TRVL Mag

Posted by Administrator on March 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Christian Sperka (Animal Art Photography) for being the featured photographer in the latest TRVL magazine issue SOUTH AFRICA - GAME PARKS TRVL is a magazine exclusive to the iPad. Christian's work will also be on the cover of the next issue of PAW magazine. "Lucy (English Bulldog) was a great model." The PAW magazine ( is available all over Nashville (for free!).

Artist Spotlight On: Nancy Hilgert

Posted by Administrator on February 20, 2011 at 9:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Nancy Hilgert draws fine art. She’s been drawing since she was a little girl, growing up in Northern Virginia. Nancy’s primary instruments are graphite, charcoal and colored pencils. Her subjects range from figures to flora and fauna to architecture, and some abstract work thrown in for good measure.

Nancy grew up loving the outdoors. A typical day included skates, bicycles, tree houses and horseback riding. As a young girl she drew the things she loved surrounding her – farm structures, horses and landscapes. Years later, as a Fine Art major in the Art and Architecture Department of The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, she studied watercolor, figure drawing, sculpture, cinematography, several forms of print making and mixed media. She completed her college studies with a double major in Studio Art and Drawing, minors in Intaglio and Art History.

Nancy’s career path has taken her from creating billboards to publishing fulfillment, pharmaceuticals, corporate VP and finally – for reasons of physical and mental health – starting her own farm. For sixteen years Nancy built a business around an equestrian facility right here in Nashville – teaching and consulting buyers, caring for horses and tending to 100 acres of land. It was this pursuit that eventually brought Nancy back to art – or maybe better said, it brought art back to Nancy. In 2004 Nancy was called to switch gears once again, this time turning away from the horses in favor of art.

Nancy’s current inspirations include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Northern California and Oregon coasts. The mountain trails, cabins, wildlife and flora have provided new inspiration for her work.

“Kitchen Window” and “Under the School House” from The Smokies Series won first and third prize respectively in the Drawing Division at Kingston Spring’s Art in the Park in October, 2010.

We recently asked Nancy to answer a few questions for us. Read on:

When and where are you happiest?

I'm happiest outside! I love trees, hiking, the Pacific Ocean, rocks and flowers - this is a long list. Obviously, I love nature. In terms of places I'm happiest, the Oregon Coast and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

My trip to Oregon a year ago, touring the coast and the Willamette Valley was thoroughly inspirational. Being near the ocean, hiking through the redwoods and big spruce, photographing lighthouses was immensely inspiring. I visited a coop gallery Old Florence and met one of the artist members who gives creative spirit workshops. It was really fun and enlightening. I work to continually meet new artists, visit new galleries and view art of all kinds.

Who has most inspired you in your life?

This is also a long list! I love several masters long gone, like Leonardo da Vinci, Michealangelo and Klimt, but I have to add some of my art school professors, as well as J.D. Hillberry, a superior contemporary graphite artist.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

When I do art festivals, the most enjoyable part is the consistent inquiries about how I do what I do. Yes, it's very realistic, but I love that they always ask about the execution. The most frequent question is "how do you have that much patience?" This is always amusing to me, because there is no patience involved for me. I just do what I do, however long it takes to get what I want in an image. Time just passes.

What is your dream project?

That would be a mandala that I've designed with a double overlapping frame, two layers of glass, two separate drawings, that make three images. More on that when it's complete!

Where is your favorite or most inspirational place Nashville?

I love The Frist Center, Percy and Edwin Warner Parks and Bowie Nature Park in Williamson County.

Where would you like to be professionally in five years?

In five years, I plan to have representation in three excellent galleries, anywhere in the U.S., and working on my craft full time. I've made significant progress in the last year, with lots happening this year as a result of diligence.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

DO WHAT YOU LOVE! In all things, follow your heart, know what you want and do it.

What are you working on now?

I have two series I adore and create in presently. "Ocean Things" inspired by found pebbles, coral, sand dollar and starfish from the Pacific, and "The Smokies Series" that is my longest running collection. I will continue to work in both of these subjects for a long time, because I'm so passionate about them.

What have you stolen/learned from another artist lately?

Can't say that I've really done that. I love to look at the work of others and see where parts of what they do that I like can be evolved to improve what I currently do.

What is one thing you can share with other artists in our group now? (piece of advice, favorite supplier resource, professional development opportunity/resource)

Again I would say do what you love - don't fall pray to fads or trying to create what you think is selling. That never works. Buy "Starving" to Successful by J. Jason Horejs if you are serious about progress in your career and certainly if you want to get into galleries. Do workshops, be searchable, and most of all, continually build a body of work.


Nancy Hilgert is a member of the Arts Council of Williamson County, the Tennessee Art League and Artists In Nashville. She is a juried artist with the Tennessee Artisans Market at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee. Her work is available online at her website, and You may also find her work March 7th through June 3, at the Chromatics Second Floor Gallery Show, "in the biz 2.0", artists reception March 24th, 6 - 8 PM.


Membership Benefits

Posted by Administrator on June 14, 2010 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Membership Levels & Features

In 2013, there is ONE membership level on this site and it is 100% free! Membership benefits are listed below:

Limited Member (Free)

Anyone can join for free. When you join for free you get:

  • Artist Profile with one photo (of artist or artwork)
  • Photo Album where you can display an unlimited number of photos of your work. (One album per artist member)
  • Access to information, videos and workshops to help you grow your art business.
  • Post Comments on member profiles.
  • Send Messages to other members .
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