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UNTITLED Artists Show

Elementary school librarians are still grownups <gasp> and sometimes we get to go out on Friday night like other grownups. It’s best when we can go places where we don’t run into our students, their parents, and our colleagues. 

This Friday I was able to participate in a unique free, (NOTE: FREE) one night only art exhibit open to the public. After viewing art like Michael Brown’s The Race , we were able to come and go, participate in sketching exercises, and talk with the artists (like the brilliant Michael Tyler and Michael Brown whose work reminded me of Mike Wimmer‘s work). Since I am not an artist and have had no training, I sat behind my friends and looked over their shoulders while they frantically sketched with charcoal and crayons for five sessions two minutes at a time. 

I had the best seat in the house because I could see most of them at work and marvel at how quickly they captured scenes and segments. Some were shy about showing me in the beginning, but by the end of the 10 minutes, everyone would flash me their pages as they were turning to a new sheet. Then they submitted their best piece and the audience voted the 2 winners. During the last round of sketching, my friend Tisch won a prize. Yippee! It’s fun to hang out with winners. 

Participating and interacting was exciting. Even though I am not an artist, I was able to grab a sketch pad and make my own deep dark sketches of art being censored or squelched much like children’s literature is attacked. This was definitely not a censored event. 

I was sad at the end to see some of the artwork leave with its new owners. Especially one of my favorite pieces of the night. Since I was in a dark, dramatic mood in all black, the bright colors of this piece really appealed to me. 

Since this is a quarterly event, I’ll be sure and post the invitation beforehand next time so any grown-up readers can join me for a night of creativity. I love the idea of supporting artists in Nashville. Perhaps some of them will be our Caldecott illustrators in the future. 

Here is the original information I received to learn more:

Friday, March 14th, 2008   6-10pm

FREE / ONE NIGHT ONLY! Open to the public!

Limelight Nashville
201 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37213

Located across from L.P. Field (Nashville Stadium and Home of the Tennessee Titans), Limelight Nashville is a spacious, upscale concert and event space dedicated to supporting everything Nashville, while continuing to bring great live music to Music City via its state of the art sound equipment and stylish atmosphere.  As a new venue under new management, Limelight Nashville holds a promising future to spotlight local talent and events.

Nashville’s UNTITLED Artists’ Group welcomes you to be a part of Untitled history and discover your hidden talents with life drawing at its 2008 Spring show "ACTIVE INGREDIENT". Over 80 innovative and emerging Nashville visual artists will give you their recommended dosage of potent paintings, pharmacodynamic photography, medicinal mixed-media, and more. "ACTIVE INGREDIENT" is the latest in a series of successful quarterly exhibitions that support artistic innovation and offer alternative visual arts in non-traditional spaces.

What is the Untitled "Active Ingredient"?
There is no doubt that Untitled has many ingredients that go into its recipe for holding unique, one-night-only art exhibits.  Perhaps it’s the art, the artists themselves, the hard work by many volunteers, the friendships, the history, a place to support local artists, or maybe it’s just a good time.  Come to the first show of 2008, "ACTIVE INGREDIENT", and experience Untitled firsthand to uncover what key ingredient works for you.  See old friends, make new ones, and share your story during the filming of the Untitled Documentary. <Hey! This was actually educational to watch everyone running around with cameras filming to submit the project to local and national public broadcasting stations. The documentary was a behind-the-scenes look into what makes an Untitled show happen, from the lead up to the show, the clean up and all of the things that happen to bring up the lights. I hope my black clothes allowed me to stay in the shadows.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to hang out, meet and mingle with the artists, all while viewing art and partaking in a life drawing session known as the "Waiting Room". Patrons may purchase artwork by cash, check or credit card and may take their pieces home with them at 10pm that evening.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School presents:    "The Waiting Room"

The "Waiting Room" is a special feature of the "ACTIVE INGREDIENT" show, presented by Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Nashville.  Dr. Sketchy’s invites you to relax in the "Waiting Room" and participate in an interactive life drawing session, featuring three local beauties: Miss Lolly Pop, Assistant Assassin Ashley, and Monique Honeybush.  No appointment necessary: drop in and pick up some sketch pads and pencils, provided by Dr. Sketchy’s, to draw these dames on the spot as they play doctor, nurse and patient.  All attendees are encouraged to participate in this medical themed life drawing experience and may enter into contests to win prizes such as free passes to upcoming "Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School", "Music City Burlesque" shows, Nashville Roller Girls Bouts, and gift certificates to Harlow A Salon on Music Row.

UNTITLED has introduced new artists to the community since 1991, is comprised of several hundred artists, and has left an indelible stamp on the burgeoning Nashville art scene.  UNTITLED members include staff and exhibiting artists from Zeitgeist, Dangenart, Plowhaus, Twist Gallery, and (fov) gallery.  UNTITLED members also include art faculty, students, and graduates from Watkins College of Art and Design, Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Lipscomb University, TSU, Fisk University and MTSU.

Untitled is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists, reaching new art audiences, and offering alternative visual arts experiences in the Nashville community.  The group’s meetings and shows provide opportunities for artists to connect, collaborate and learn from each other. All artists at all levels and in all media are invited to attend weekly meetings at Kazu in Cummins Station, and to participate in quarterly exhibitions.  For more information about "ACTIVE INGREDIENT" or the Untitled Artists’ Group and its programs to support and promote the visual arts, please visit our website,, or email


  1. Michael Tyler says:

    Diane, you’re artistic discreption of the evening, from painting comparisons, to future “Untitled” events, gave me more info than I went into the show with.”Practically Paradise” gives the riches and most informing viewpoint of the bloggs today. Thanks, Michael