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The Red Rose at Hunter’s

 

On this blog, I rarely engage in breaking news. Often I write about art that is months, even years old. But the new mural on Hunter’s Station has been getting a lot of attention (for obvious reasons) and it’s hard to ignore. Plus, I pass it every day! It’s a collaborative work between Jason Galaz and Milton Chavez, based on a design by tattoo artist Adam “The Kid” Wakitsch. There’s a similar face at a different angle on his Instagram page. Galaz often does concert and other promotion murals for Muddy Roots Records, including one going up right now on the opposite side of the building that hosts the Young warlords mural. By nature, these tend to be temporary, replaced for the next show, but this piece may have a little more stability, given it isn’t tied to a particular show or record. Given its immediate popularity, I imagine a lot of folks would be happy to see it stay.

Cowgirl mural street art Nashville

Located at 975 Main Street. The mural faces Tenth Street, directly across from East Side Smiles. There is some limited street parking on Tenth. As Hunter’s Station is incomplete, the parking situation is in flux.

An invitation

Balloons mural street art Nashville

Part of what drives the mural explosion in Nashville is social media. To be more precise, business owners are increasingly aware that having a mural on their building is an invitation for people, tourists mainly, to have their picture taken with the art and hopefully check in on Instagram or Facebook. Even if they don’t, the art drives foot traffic. Some murals are specifically designed for this. Note the work of Kelsey Montague. She does murals all over the world meant as selfie bait. Her original wings mural in the Gulch draws long lines, and the newer, temporary one was an instant sensation. The owners of the East Nashville branch of BoomBozz, a beer and pizza joint recently installed in the old church at Russell and 10th Streets, understand this dynamic. Thus this Mobe Oner piece on the back corner of the building. Who doesn’t want their picture with these balloons? If it helps sell pizza, all the better. (There’s more Mobe Oner art inside, but this is an outdoor art blog.)

Located at 1003 Russell Street. There is street parking nearby, but it can be hard to come by. A pay lot is nearby, across the street. Grab some grub (and a selfie!) and enjoy the art.

Ride on

Bike mural street art Nashville

This mural is something of a survivor. It’s the work of Andee Rudloff, who’s done a number of murals and other art around town. It first went up in November 2016 (check that link for a list of several sponsors) on the backside of what used to be Eastside Cycles. The owner of Eastside sold the business early this year (see the pinned post) to MOAB Bikes. Meanwhile, the empty lot next door became Vandyke Bed and Beverage. What had been empty space on the one side of the mural became a wall. Both that wall and the parent building got a paint job, but the mural survived. However, at some point, it was damaged. I have forgotten the circumstances, but sometime last year Rudloff returned to repair the damage. The black and white bicycle rider in the middle covers the damaged area. Below, you can see what the original looked like. Given that the new owners are bike people, maybe this mural can keep rolling one.

Bike mural street art Nashville

Located at 103 South 11th Street, at Five Points. The mural is on the backside of the building, facing the Art and Invention Gallery. There is paid parking right at the mural, but with a bit of luck, you can find free street parking within a block or so.

Cocina Mexicana, RIP

Mexicana mural sign street art Nashville

I have long thought that I might put the hand-painted signs at Five Points Cocina Mexicana on the blog and seems that now is the time. Signs have gone up that indicate Cocina Mexicana will close on Apil 1 and will reopen sometime soon as a branch of Cilantro Mexican Grille. The original Cilantro is on 8th Avenue South and has appeared on this blog twice, so there’s a good possibility they will add art to this building as well. The Cocina Mexicana signs are unsigned and I haven’t had time to research the artist, but I wanted to put this up before they disappear. Definitely, call this endangered art.

Located at 972 Main Street. The murals are on the front and west sides of the building. Parking is available in back. Chow down and enjoy the art while you still can.

Do the Dew

Tennessee mural street art Nashville

It’s not often I post about a brand new mural, but this one was finished within the last few days. I know it was largely complete last weekend, lacking mainly the barn sign and the billboard. So one of the dry days last week, the last touches must have gone up. It’s an Eastside Murals project, who’ve taken to signing their work “Out East Boys.” The Mountian Dew theme explains the “It’ll tickle your innards” on the billboard, as that comes from a 1960s Mountain Dew ad campaign. While internet research shows that there are other Mountain Dew murals out there, it doesn’t seem to be a major campaign. “Born in Tennessee” is right, as Mountain Dew was invented in the 1940s by Tennesseans Barney and Ally Hartman as a mixer for whiskey. As this lies on the side of a shuttered Family Dollar store, it’s anybody’s guess how long it will last, depending on the owners’ plans for development. Get your selfie now. I should note when I went to photograph this, I had to wait my turn, as a father-daughter pair were doing their own impromptu shoot.

Located at 1000 Woodland Street. The mural lies on the east side of the building, facing 10th Street South. The old Family Dollar parking lot is now a paid lot, but if you are willing to walk a block or two, you can usually find free street parking nearby.

Grimm Rudloff

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This colorful mural is a product of a Sister Cities of Nashville project, which brought artists from some of Nashville’s many sister cities to collaborate with each other and with Nashville artists back in late October and early November last year. One of those artists was Max Grimm from Magdeburg, Germany. (Here’s a profile in English.) He partnered with Andee Rudloff to create this colorful mural behind Smith & Lentz Brewing on Main Street. Rudloff, of course, has done many murals in Nashville, including one more-or-less across the street (and the first of her murals featured on this blog). The fence belongs to Urban Ecovillage – East Nashville, which describes itself as a “pop up community.” Rudloff and Grimm also partnered with another artist, Gabi Bianchi from Mendoza, Argentina to create another mural on Natchez Trace that I hope to feature on the blog soon.

Located at 900 Ramsey Street. The mural faces an alley that lies between Ramsey and Main Street, at the corner of North 9th Sreet. There is some street parking along 9th.

In my beautiful balloon

Street art mural of balloon with basket East Nashville

Some outdoor art is explicitly designed to be portrait and selfie-friendly, and that’s certainly the case with much of Kelsey Montague’s work. You can see that clearly on her Instagram page. Certainly that’s true with the wings down in The Gulch, also her work, and like this tagged #WhatLiftsYou. The wings are probably are most famous Nashville mural out of town – locals may be a little more familiar with the multiple I Believe in Nashville murals, particularly the one on 12 South. This Montague work, found on the east side of The Cleo apartments is not likely to attract as many lines as any of those murals, as it’s not in a highly touristed area, though it’s only a few blocks from Five Points. It’s also a bit problematical for portraits because it’s in a narrow alley/driveway, and because even though there are no designated parking spots, it’s not all that unusual to find someone parked in front of. Best bet for getting a nice pic in the gondola is probably early morning. Notably, there is another mural visible from Gallatin if you are south of The Cleo, up on the roof level of the garage. What can be seen looks nice, but it’s not really public art since only the ground floor of the garage is open to the public.

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Located at 1034 West Eastland Ave, near the corner with Gallatin Road, across from the Rite Aid. It’s very visible if you are on Gallatin coming from the north. There is some guest parking at the Cleo, and it’s usually possible to park across the street.

Donut art in East Nashville

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I would like to lose weight – this ain’t going to help. Donut Distillery is setting up shop in East Nashville, just a few blocks from my house. Originating as a food truck, Donut Distillery is going brick-and-mortar and bringing new life to the old Mrs. Winners on Gallatin near Five Points. Though not open just yet, it’s already sporting a spiffy new mural by Kristy Oakley, who does business under the name Where the Art Is. Oakley has been on this blog before, for her work in Donelson. This mural most resembles the main mural she did that is featured in Welcome to Donelson, with the large block letters filled with images of local symbols. There are references here to the streets that form Five Points (“E”), East Nashville Magnet (“A” – alma mater long ago of Oprah Winfrey and also just across the street), Mas Tacos Por Favor and Pharmacy Burger Parlor (“T” – Mas Tacos is another food truck now settled down in four walls), The Treehouse (“A”),  the Tomato Art Festival (“S”), Five Points Pizza (“V” – clever – the Roman numeral 5 – “V”  and a pizza slice), I Dream of Weenie (“L”)  and The Idea Hatchery (“E”). The guitar and records (“S”) might be a reference to Woodland Studios or all the music business in the area. The blue awnings in “H” have me stumped. The “L” with our zip code probably references Shelby Bottoms Park and the greenway, and the bottle of beer (“I”) all our many bars. The “N” of course is a nod to the patrons and their business. We also see the downtown skyline as seen from the east side, and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which connects East Nashville to downtown.

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Located at 311 Gallatin Avenue. There is plenty of parking, and street parking is available on Ordway Place.

 

I see purple

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Back when I blogged about the Mermaid House, the former owner contacted me. She let me know that there were more murals around back. Like the mermaid in front, this mural is the work of Brandon Donahue, who, like myself, is a professor at Tennesee State University. There is also something of a surprise here. For the most part, graffiti taggers are respectful of murals, but not this time. The style of the tag is one I’ve seen around East Nashville. “Editing” is always a possibility with outdoor art. The back fence of the yard of the house next door also has a colorful mural. (See the slideshow below.) It’s not signed and does not appear on Donahue’s website, so I’m not sure who made it. One notable detail on this second mural is the small “Hunter’s” sign. Hunter’s was an auto body shop that had extravagant signage a couple blocks from these houses, signage lost in the site’s recent renovation (though not completely – it does appear some of it is being saved).

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Located in the alley behind at 1205 and 1203 Forrest Ave. Street parking is available. These are private homes, so be respectful.

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