“The idea behind the party is simple, yet brilliant: pair local visual and floral artists together for a creatively charged contest.”
– Nfocus, review of The Inaugural Arts & Flowers, 2010
“Last year’s event was a breathtaking extravaganza and an imaginative culmination of creativity. This year, even more of Nashville’s top artists and floral arrangers will participate, marrying their talents to produce gorgeous, unique collaborations.”
– Nashville Arts Magazine, July issue
What began as a simple, creative fundraising idea has blossomed into Nashville’s hottest summer arts event: Arts & Flowers. Benefitting Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, this popular arts party is coming Saturday, July 28, to the W.O. Smith Music School. Now celebrating its third year, the event will showcase gallery members from the Nashville Association of Art Dealers, and some of Nashville’s most sizzling art talent, including Michael Bush, Tom Turnbull, Lee Hamblen, Jade Reynolds, Rhonda Wernick, and other local favorites.
This year even more of the area’s top floral designers and florists will collaborate with the artists to produce a colorful collage of unique pieces that will compete for Best of Show and the People’s Choice Award. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites, while enjoying a delectable array of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts from Miss Daisy King, Belcourt Taps & Tapas, the Melting Pot, Marché Artisan Foods, Café Rakka, and other local caterers and restaurants.
“I think there’s a bit more excitement surrounding the party this year, thanks to ALIAS’s recent Grammy nomination and the media attention received from the musicians’ extensive number of recent artistic collaborations, including a performance with the Nashville Ballet and the Watkins College of Arts, Design & Film,” according to Jim Robert, who serves as ALIAS Executive Director and Arts & Flowers Co-Chair.
This year’s Arts & Flowers Patron Party will feature a “sneak preview” performance by the ALIAS musicians, who are now collaborating with composer Kenji Bunch. The Kenji Bunch project CD will debut on the Delos label in late September.
After the Patrons Party (5 to 6 p.m.), the event will be open to the public until 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Patron Sponsorships are still available for $100, which includes: admission for 2, program listing, and early access to the delectable food and drink with an exclusive ALIAS performance.
“Arts & Flowers Patrons will have first opportunity to bid on an exquisite selection of art, and also first chance to view the live auction items to include an ALIAS performance for a special event in their own home,” adds Ron York, Arts & Flowers Co-Chair. “Last year’s Patrons Party was a huge hit, and we’re expecting even more to attend this year.”
Tickets are available online here.
Thanks to our generous 2012 Arts & Flowers sponsors!
Gold Sponsors: Nashville Arts Magazine and Mix 92.9
Bronze Sponsors: Avenue Bank, McLemore Auction Company and Forest Home Media