On November 11, 2006, art lovers from across the country will descend on Nashville, Tennessee for the nineteenth annual Artrageous gallery tour and party. Voted Nashville’s "Top Charity Event" in 2005, Artrageous serves as a fund raiser for Nashville Cares, Tennessee's leading community-based AIDS service organization.

(The weekend promises a flury of activity - the Nashville Grizzlies gay rugby team play their first home game on Saturday,  November 11 against the Chicago Dragons at 11:00 a.m.  Details are at www.GrizzliesRugby.org.  Also a holiday open house is planned at the Blooming Boutique on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., 4507 Charlotte Avenue. At the same time, Gallery 46 (located next to the Blooming Boutique) will hold its grand opening.)

Artrageous 0019’s theme is “Shaken Not Stirred” and will feature a James Bond homage throughout the eight participating galleries.  

“In coming up with a theme for Artrageous 19, the committee wanted something exciting, hip, and something that could be used to tie the entire event together,” says Artrageous President Jon Glassmeyer.

Artrageous is a unique event in the way it brings together people from all areas of the Nashville community.  There are not many events which can boast any where near the level of diversity that is Artrageous,” he adds.

“The gallery tour, which has always been the heart of Artrageous, will be the main emphasis this year,” says Glassmeyer.”  “The tour will be extended one hour, 6:00 pm to 10:00 p.m., to give party-goers a chance to get to more galleries.” 

This year’s late party will be held for the first time at City Hall (405 12th Ave South), a 12,000-square foot venue located in the heart of Nashville’s developing Arts & Entertainment District; The Gulch.

Since its inception, Artrageous has raised more than $2.5 million dollars for Nashville Cares to help provide education, services, prevention education and to raise awareness about AIDS among both medical and social service providers and the public-at-large. 

Serving as co-chairs of this year’s Artrageous are Dana Delworth, David Glasgow and Todd Shelton. 

General admission tickets are $85, and include access to the late party.  They are available on-line at www.artrageous.org, at any of the art galleries on the night of the event or at OutLoud Bookstore (1703 Church St.).

This year’s participating galleries include (with themes based on Bond movie locations in italics):

Art House Gallery and Studio - Saigon
2306 12th Ave. S.

Art & Invention/Garage Mahal - Bahamas
1106 Woodland St.

The Arts Company – Las Vegas
215 Fifth Ave. N.

2209 Bandywood Drive #A

Bennett Galleries - Rio De Janeiro
2104 Crestmoor Road

Dangenart Gallery - Malaysia
224-234 Fifth Ave. N. #83

Finer Things Gallery - London
1898 Nolensville Road

LeQuire Gallery - Athens
4304 Charlotte Ave.

TAG - San Francisco
237 Fifth Ave. N.

The Late Party at City Hall runs from 10 p.m. to Midnight.

THE MARATHON OF ART and excitement may draw to a close at 10 p.m., but Vespers will have to wait for Sunday as all agents are re-called to complete their dossier during the final soiree of Saturday night at our own Casino Royale - City Hall in the Gulch.

With art-like tapas delicacies from radius10 and music to make you dance from the master of mix DJ Ron, enjoy sowing exaggerated tales of your acquisitions, secret-agent prowess and derring-do among those lucky enough to have traveled the Artrageous 0019 whirlwind world tour of art with you.

About Artrageous

Founded in 1987 as a benefit for Nashville CARES, Artrageous has raised more than $2 million for the support of AIDS education and services in Middle Tennessee. A group of Nashville's most prominent gallery owners began the event as a response to the AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on the arts community. In recent years, Artrageous has been staged entirely by the volunteers of Artrageous, Inc., a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation.

Attracting a stunning mix of glamorous partygoers from across the nation, Artrageous has attained near-legendary status as Nashville's largest indoor charity event. It was named the "Top Charity Event" of 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005 by the Nashville Scene readers poll. In 1996, Artrageous was selected for the short list of the South's top parties in The Gay Manual. In 1997, Artrageous was given the highest possible rankings from Events Report newsletter, which reviews charity fundraisers nationwide.

Board of Directors
Jon H. Glassmeyer - President
Will Cheek - Secretary
Suzy Newton - Treasurer
Suzanne Bradford
Kim Brooks
Rick Carrick
Sue Mendes
Kim Patterson
Todd Shelton
Bobby Smith
Mike Smith
Cynthia Warner

John A. Bridges - Founder & President Emeritus

Administrative Coordinator
Susan Meador

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