Oil on canvas, Georgia O'Keeffe, "Deer skull with Pedernal," 1936, Lane Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times premieres today in Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts. An entire room resonates with her--in the glibly spoken words of Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala--"elegant arrangements of generalized shapes, soft light and ambiguous spaces." Tucked at the end of the multi-room show is a small space with a table of books on the artist and her 20th century contemporaries. Gracing the walls are black and white photos of the iconic O'Keefe and her husband photographer, art collector and famed New York 291 Gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz and quotes by them. I was struck most by this one of O'Keefe's:
"They would all sit around and talk about the great American novel and the great American poetry, but they all would have stepped right across the ocean and stayed in Paris if they could have. Not me. I had things to do in my own country."
Other highlights of the exhibit include three Ansel Adams photos including the popular "Mount Williamson, Clearing the Storm." Stay tuned for more on my delightful encounter with German-born, current "It" guy of the art world, Oliver Herring, exhibiting in the Frist's typically avant-garde Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery.
The Southern Books Festival, will, for the 21st year, enthrall book lovers next weekend, as always, the second weekend in October. This year: Friday, Oct. 9 - Sunday, Oct. 11. My friends and talented colleagues, next county over--The Williamson County Council for the Written Word--will be among the 200 authors featured on several festival panels and also at their booth. They've got a new anthology out: Gathering: Writers of Williamson County. I've gotten to know many of their lively members better during the last year through their excellent conferences, as I've written about here and here. At last spring's Fiction Writing Workshop, I was fortunate to meet author and now friend Bill Peach who's got a new book out that's chock full of entertaining, cheeky irreverance and thought-spawning insight. Bill's latest book: Politics, Preaching & Philosophy. I'm also a big fan of Council ring leader Kathy Rhodes of Pink Butterbeans and her delicious blog: "The First Draft". Ambitious and dedicated to Williamson County writers, Kathy was one of two editor's of the group's anthology.
And our book...WOO-HOO! was "put to bed" on Monday. I've pretty much dropped all balls since summer began, focusing on birthing From Heartache to Hope: Middle Tennessee Families Living with Autism and the basics of survival, (which did include keeping "The Journey with Grace" stoked). I intend to blog more about what I learned while organizing this ambitious project, writing the varied yet autism-universal stories of 18 diverse families and collaborating with talented photographer Rebekah Pope. Meanwhile, save the date for our book launch at L. Greer Gallery in Edgehill Village, Saturday evening, Nov. 14. Proceeds benefit ASMT, an autism support organization.
And that's a wrap for Friday's "Journey with Grace" arts feature.