The Art Files - March 07

On Saturday, March 3 in the Cannery Ballroom from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. there will be a revolution going on: The Revolution of Craft.

The Nashville Craft Mafia is one of a handful of spin-off chapters from the Austin Craft Market to take root and start to grow. Similar revolutions are taking place in Louisville, Ky. and Atlanta, Ga. There will be 55 vendors at the afternoon market with handmade items ranging from jewelry to ceramics and kitting to screen prints.

The three founders are Lauren Briggs, Jennifer Crigger and head revolutionary, Amy Culbertson. Culbertson is a Nashville native that saw the visual art world of Nashville evolving and is now happy to see the galleries and artists all ready to be supportive and help each other exceed their goals. 

“We are a network of crafters, artisans and designers working together to promote and support each other in what we like to call ‘The Revolution.'" The event is free and open to the public. Bring some cash and put it right into the hand of the maker of the work. Culbertson indicated that although there will be some high end items, most works will be priced under $50.

If you're reading this after March 3 – don’t fret! – visit the Web site at to see links on where to find the participating crafters. One of my favorites is Tiffany Dyer-Denton at

You can also see Dyer-Denton's fiber art through March 24 at The Daily Fiber show at Ruby Green Contemporary Gallery, located at 514 5th Avenue South, Nashville. Call 615-244-7179 for hours and directions. Make it a point to see what is at Ruby Green once a month. 

A permanent exhibit is now up at the Seigenthaler Center at 1207 18th Ave South, Nashville. Call 615-727-1600 to schedule a walk through of “Protest – The Power of Petition and Assembly in American Society.” Curator and executive director of the Freedom Forum, Gene Policinski, told the Tennessean, “I wanted to show parts of our history that some people never learned.”

The exhibit includes over 70 works, mostly photographs that show protests in various forms and settings from the 1770 Boston Massacre to the ERA movement of the 1970s and the 1980-1990 America’s Soap Box. I’m not sure there are photos of the Equality Yes! candle light vigil at the Nashville courthouse, but if you have one, feel free to drop it off at the desk. The exhibit is self guided and can be viewed Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Allow one hour to view the entire exhibit. For more information go to or

Barry Noland has a Plowhaus opening Saturday, March 17. "Home" will feature editorial images from his hometown area of Cairo, Ill. and portraits of his grandmother. Of course, you can expect signature elemental images of architectural decay in color, as well as flower and plant portraits in black and white a la Mapplethorpe. This show will raise money for the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC), the premier HIV/AIDS treatment clinic in Nashville and the Southeast.

Denise Stewart-Sanabria is having an opening reception Saturday, March 3, at the Tennessee Art League Premiere Gallery located at 808 Broadway. It is an installation piece involving both life-size 2D and 3D charcoal portraits of contemporary people on cutout plywood. The exhibit runs through April 21.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

Keep readingShow less
by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

Keep readingShow less

Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

Keep readingShow less