5th Avenue of the Arts is a group of art galleries located in downtown Nashville. Every first Saturday of the month, each gallery offers a reception or opening for a collective event: the First Saturday Art Crawl. The event is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a wealth of amazing art in one place, as these galleries are all to be found on the same block in the center of Nashville’s Arts District. The Rymer Gallery is certainly sat the top of the pack; this space boasts a 30,000 square-foot location, and represents young, talented multimedia artists. At the heart of its mission lies the promotion of the artists represented; to this end, the gallery often participates in important national and international art fairs.
The Rymer Gallery, 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN, USA +1 615 752 6030
Zeitgeist Gallery debuted on Nashville’s art scene in 1994, and over the years has built a reputation as a space where both established and up-and-coming artists are welcome to explore their creative energy. The gallery also serves as the halfway point between the artists it represents and the collectors who will circulate their work. Represented artists include painters, sculptors, and photographers. On the side of its visual arts program of exhibitions, Zeitgeist gallery is home to Indeterminacies – a series of events where unusual and innovative local musicians present live performances. Writers, philosophers, and critics are also invited to spark a cross-disciplinary and unpredictable dialogue that is sure to offer inspiration at every note.
Zeitgest Gallery, 516 Hagan Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 256 4805
Located in downtown Nashville, Gallery One was founded in 2005, focusing on painting, sculpture, and works on paper. Gallery One has a regional scope of represented artists and strives to showcase emerging as well as established talents from the southeast region of the United States. Among them are Chris Segre Lewis, a Kentucky-based painter who highlights on his canvas the geometric shapes found in Western landscapes; Howard Hersh, an established and widely-exhibited painter whose works explore the relationships between art and nature; and Tomoo Kitamura, a Japanese sculptor known for the intriguing, organic forms which he handcrafts with ceramics.
Gallery One, 213 3rd Avenue North, Nashville, TN, USA +1 615 352 3006
Haynes Galleries carry the name of American artist and art collector Gary R. Haines. As it so often happens with galleries founded by collectors who have a clear artistic vision, the Haynes Galleries are characterized by a very strong identity. The galleries – in addition to the one in Nashville, there are two more venues in Franklin, Tennesse, and Thomaston, Maine – strictly focus on American Realism, an early 20th century artistic movement that straddled painting, literature, and music, and depicted both the good and bad of contemporary American society in a true-to-life way. Over the years, Gary Haynes has put together an excellent collection of works by American Realist painters such as David and Doug Brega, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Peter Poskas.
Haynes Galleries, 1600 Division Street, Nashville, TN, USA +1 615 312 7000
Seed Space positions itself at the forefront of contemporary art practices, focusing on site-specific installations, sculpture, and performance-based arts. In the past, the gallery has showcased artists (such as Brad McCombs, Jack Ryan, Robbie Lynn Hungsinger, and others) who mostly create conceptually-driven works in the newest media. Much more than a gallery, Seed Space’s mission is to function as a center for debate and dialogue among local and national protagonists of the artistic community. To this end, art critics, curators, and professionals are often invited to the gallery to offer their opinion of the presented exhibitions, or engage in talks and lectures about the current state of the arts.