The walls at Style House Salon showcase the work of some of Nashville’s most talented visual artists, and is curated by artists Aaron and Michelle Grayum (thegrayumbrella.com). All art can be viewed during regular business hours.
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STARS FALLING ON WATER
Doris Wasserman’s new series of paintings highlights her iconic style of mark making. Wasserman paints with two brushes at a time – one in each hand – using one brush to apply the paint and the other to remove it. She builds layer upon layer, scraping back into the layers of paint, to begin building again. Washes of color set the stage while instinctive marks made with graphite, charcoal, brushes, sticks, and other utensils convey the narrative.
The language in her paintings correlates to her childhood mark-making instincts. The marks she makes are rooted in her past. She was raised near the site of the largest known collection of First Nations rock carvings in Canada. The site was named “Kinoomaagewaabkong” by the Algonquin tribe, which translates to “The Teaching Rocks.”
Several years ago, Doris Wasserman began a deliberate process of artistic discovery in which her representational work shifted to abstract painting. Her work appears on Trisha Yearwood’s “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” show on the Food Network.
Doris is an activist for the Nashville arts community and an advocate for arts education. Her work in arts administration began in research, design, and illustration for arts organizations, museums, galleries and colleges in both Canada and the U.S.
Clothing and scarves made with her artwork are available online at VIDA, a socially responsible design house that creates clothing on demand.
You can see more of Doris’ work at doriswasserman.com.
Matt McGee discovered his passion for photography over a decade ago while using a camera in his career as a dentist. Combining this affinity for photography with a lifelong love of nature, he began traveling the world to photograph marine wildlife, the beauty of the natural world, as well as different world cultures. Matt’s unique eye for beauty and composition is reflected in his spectacular images, which allow him to share a piece of the world with others.
You can see more of Matt’s work at mattmcgeephotography.com.
Aaron Grayum is a writer and an artist. He often combines the two, incorporating thoughts and words onto canvases filled with elephants, jellybean trees, and red umbrellas. His art has appeared on the tv show Nashville. His fiction has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and The Colored Lens. His wife Michelle is also an artist, and they share a studio in a one-hundred-year-old flour mill near the Cumberland river.
You can see more of Aaron’s work at aarongrayum.com.
TWO VIEWS: SEEING NATURE THROUGH PAINT AND WAX
Lisa Ernst is contemporary realist painter and photographer with a primary focus on nature. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in both galleries and museums throughout the U.S. Lisa’s paintings hang in corporate, public and private collections internationally. The renowned M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston commissioned and acquired ten of Lisa’s large botanicals. In addition, she was commissioned by Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago to create two large pieces for their permanent collection Lisa’s art has been featured in publications such as American Artist Magazine, Artists and Art Galleries of the South, Nashville Arts, and several others.
You can see more of Lisa’s work at lisaernst.com.
ROAD TRIPS AND CELEBRATIONS
Andee Rudloff is a consultant, educator and professional artist working in Kentucky and Tennessee. Her goal is to engage community through creative opportunities, which she does frequently through murals, exhibitions, greenway planning and interactive opportunities.
Andee used to paint signs and murals at the former Opryland USA amusement park. She has since served as curator for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Nashville International Airport, the Curb Records’ Johnny Cash Collection, and the National Corvette Museum’s first ever art exhibition (Car Part Art). Andee was named Kentucky Museum Educator of the Year in 2013 and has created numerous community murals around Nashville and Bowling Green. In the fall she will be a featured artist at Art Prize.
Her works often refer to pop and mass culture. Using color and drawn symbols, she creates a colorful world where light-heartedness rules and conventions are undermined.
You can see more of Andee’s work at chicNhair.com.
Jamie is a Style House Salon favorite, and this is his second show with us. A Nashville native, Jamie has been a photographer for over 20 years. His current work features stunning landscapes, animals, and abstract patterns he encountered while traveling across the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Kaua’i.
“At my heart, travel and adventure make up my strongest passions. I had never fully explored those desires through my photography until my journey through Hawaii. This exhibition is an expression of some of my favorite moments from that journey. The images shown here attempt to capture the uniqueness of Hawaii, and how I was captivated by its alluring beauty.
The title, LOST, refers to my state of mind, to being lost in the moment among the most beautiful places and things I’ve ever seen.”
You can see more of Jamie’s work at www.instagram.com/jamiewright74.
BETWEEN THE LINES OF TIME
Jessi Walton is a mixed media artist located in Franklin, Tennessee, primarily working with acrylic, wax and paper. Originally from Birmingham, AL, she has a BS in Interior Design from Auburn University and hails from a long line of creative women. Jessi’s interior design and photography background give her a strong sense of color, balance, and proportion that she uses to create strong graphic works that are softened by the blending of colors and antique book pages. She begins each painting with the end in mind, visualizing the completed work to complement the amazing interior it was meant for. Learn more about Jessi at www.jessiwalton.com.
Ullu Design House
YOU ARE HERE
Ullu design house is a boutique creative firm that focuses on bringing imaginative designs and illustrations to life. Their current work uses typography and illustration to show a side of Nashville that is fun, energetic, and whimsical. Central to the Ullu brand is a desire to freely express our passions and individual styles without restriction. Ullu is Hindi for “owl,” a symbol at the heart of our perspective on creating thoughtfully personal work.
Aaron and Michelle Grayum
The collaborative works of Nashville artists Aaron and Michelle Grayum blend a lively whimsy with serene sophistication. Acrylics, cut paper, charcoal, and other mixed media elements add a level of depth and texture to their quirky, hand-drawn birds, boats, umbrellas, and other colorfully charming subject matter inspired by the part of themselves that in some ways is still six years old.
“Our passion is to inspire the inner child, collaborate with dreamers, and support those in need through art and design, because we believe that the inner child in all of us, when set free, has the power to change the world.”
Aaron and Michelle recently illustrated their first children’s book, “Remember Me,” as a collaboration with recording artist Mark Schultz. Copies of the book will be available exclusively during the Opening Reception.
A portion of art sales from Grand Notions will is donated to Remember Me Mission, an organization that benefits orphans and women in need. (msrememberme.com).
CONFIDENCE, ATTITUDE AND A SENSE OF PLACE
The work of Nashville artist Julie Sola draws on early childhood memories of her grandparents and their Mexican culture. Through her woodcut prints, she reinterprets those memories into whimsical narratives that allow viewers to create their own story.
“My interest in printmaking was originally sparked when a friend showed me some of her wood cut prints. Since finding the medium, I have continued to explore the creative options available in printmaking … I am very passionate about printmaking and I have not lost the excitement I get when I am pulling a print. You never exactly know how it is going to turn out once the ink is on the paper.”
Julie Sola has been a teaching artist at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, manager of American Artisan Gallery, a designer and printer at the world famous Hatch Show Print, and is currently the owner of Fat Crow Press in East Nashville.
THREE RINGS AND OTHER DREAMS
“My paintings are oil and acrylic on canvas. I create a deep texture on the canvas, and then seal that texture with colorful, loose glazes of acrylic. Once the painting is showing a lot of life (basically an energetic, lovely mess) I look at it and let it tell me what it is about. When I have an image in my mind, I begin painting using oil. I paint images that look at aspects of the human experience through the lens of surreal and ethereal narratives. I take a theme (such as finding balance and strength in uncomfortable situations) and give it a story (such as an elephant trying to walk on stilts). The emotion is the same, but the presentation is different, and I think that is what makes an impact with the people who enjoy my art.”
Sarah Kaufman has a Bachelor in Fine Art and a Master of Education, which informs her paintings from both the artistic and the story telling perspective. She has been painting professionally for over 20 years. She has work in corporate collections, museums, and private collections nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Nashville with her husband and children.
“Subtlety is often overlooked in our culture, with the loudest or most complicated receiving the most attention. We collectively resist quiet and choose noise, and in doing so forego peace and contemplation, making it difficult to truly experience the lives we are living or to ask the questions necessary for growth. My work uses colors, texture, repeating elements, and simple compositions to tell stories and express emotions. My intention with these pieces is to create space in the midst of our busy lives and present the opportunity to experience peace and presence.”
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FIND YOUR BEAUTIFUL
I am someone who dreams about flowers,who finds love angelic and who wonders about everything. I am a person who feels that the most romantic of life’s moments can be found in the ordinary. I am interested in creating works of art as poetic as a classic song, yet make you want to sing. Beneath the glossy covering of these images you might find wallpaper, wax, paint chips, and scraps of just about any kind, as well as unique experiences, big hopes and simple thoughts.
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EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY
In my twenty years of photography experience, the subject matter of dogs and children has always touched my heart and inspired me the most. My brother Lee and I grew up with dogs and loved that part of our childhood. Having a dog-themed exhibition is personally touching to both of us. I’ve always been drawn to capturing their quirky behavior and precious faces. Using both film and digital, my love of B&W, and my custom handmade framing, the images I’ve selected for Every Dog Has Its Day are a reminder to me to remain a kid at heart. curated
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