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The blog takes a vacation

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Your intrepid blogger is off to Puerto Rico until mid-August. I’ll be back with more Nashville art after my fun in the Caribbean!

The Carquest Gallery, Part 2

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This blog has been a learning process. One thing I’ve learned – look on the back side of buildings. There’s a lot of art where few people can see it. Back in November 2016, I posted about the very obvious murals visible from Nolensville road on the front and side of CarQuest. I did not, however, take a few steps to look around back. I did note though at the time that there were murals on the back side visible on Google street view, and I vowed to update. Well, here I am, updating. Usually, when there are several murals in one place, my top photo is the wide view of all of them, with a slide show of the individual ones below. But I like this one so much I decided to feature it. These three murals were clearly painted over other, older murals, which only highlights the transience of outdoor art and the need to document it. Next to the blue door, we see “Kyle Korea.” While that may be the name or handle of an artist, Camp Kyle was a U.S. Army base in Korea closed in 2005, so that might also be the reference. See the map pin for Part 1.

Part 1

Located at 3317 Nolensville Road, at the corner with Elgin Street. There’s some street parking on Elgin, and if things aren’t too busy at the Lava Lounge Hookah Bar next door, you might be able to park in their lot for a spell. Pick up some bling for your car and enjoy the art!

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Now also available on Facebook

There is now a Facebook page where I will be reposting all of the posts from this blog, as well as some other things that don’t quite fit the format of the blog. I spent a fair amount of time sharing all the older posts to the new Facebook page. I also repost the main photo from each post on my Instagram account, which has a link back to the blog, so you can also keep up with the blog there.

New art coming soon!

The Cumberland Greenway Cluster (Part 1, Bearded Iris Brewing)

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It helps to drive around. Keep going down that road, you might find something. The art along the Cumberland River Greenway between Van Buren and Taylor is no surprise to anyone who uses that greenway, but no doubt far less known to everyone else, other than the patrons and employees of the businesses nearby. Although very close to downtown and to the development in Germantown, this is an industrial area with roads that dead end at the river, so not a lot of traffic. Along this stretch of the greenway, all of the buildings have something on them, and it’s fairly easy to divide it up given the different styles. The backside of Bearded Iris Brewery stands out as the most detailed and elaborate installation. And look, it’s signed! These are names associated with the TM crew, with a giant logo at the far north end, and the MFK crew, which is prominently tagged nearby. An interview with Paser reveals, by the way, that I deciphered UH wrong in a previous post – it’s Urban Heroes. I’ll have to go back and do some updating! We also see Rex2 (Bryan Deese) whose whon up a lot on this blog. I also include the Bearded Iris logo, featured prominently on the other (west) side of the building.

Located on the Cumberland River Greenway between Taylor Street and Van Buren Street. Bearded Iris Brewing is at 101 Van Buren. The graffiti mural is on the back (east) side of the brewery. Lots of parking there, and given the quiet nature of the area, street parking is fairly easy. Grab a beer, or go for a walk or a ride, and enjoy the art.

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Metro Arts announces competition

I get e-mail. Someone at Metro Arts must have found this blog. So I’ll pass along their contest announcement. Below is a screen shot of the e-mail I got. Don’t try clicking on the application link, it’s a photo. Here’s the actual link. Good luck! (If you are looking at this on the home page, open up the blog post to see a larger, more easily read version of the screen shot.)macontest

A little maintenence

UPDATE: What seem to work a couple days ago is still funky. I will continue to investigate. In the meantime, I suggest using the Categories tab to explore older posts if the page starts to go haywire.

If you tried to explore the site lately, you may have found things went a little crazy if you scrolled down very far. I think I have that fixed. You’ll now need to click on the “Older posts” button every couple of pages, but it should make the page much more stable.

Update: A mural lost

The mural I recently featured in Here and gone (part 2) is no more. I drove past the  Salon Mogulz/Fancy Lash and Beauty Bar building at 951 Main Street earlier this evening, and the mural is replaced with a dark grey wall. Perhaps a new mural is planned. I’ll keep an eye out.

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