The Monthaven gallery at the Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) in Hendersonville presents between local, regional and international exhibitions every year. It’s always fun to check out — and FREE!
The next three exhibits on the docket are Mark Kostabi’s City of Enchantment, running now through Feb. 11; then Michael J. McBride’s Culture, Color and Children, running Feb. 17 – March 24; then the 48th Annual James B. Hawkins Student Art Show, running March 30 to April 19.
Mark Kostabi’s City of Enchantment
Now through Feb. 11
City of Enchantment features 41 paintings and drawings by the internationally recognized artist Mark Kostabi, who was one of the key players in New York’s East Village Scene during the 1980s. The exhibition focuses on imagery inspired by the artist’s frequent visits to Venice, Italy, a place overflowing, in Kostabi’s words, with “mystery and sheer beauty.”
As a young artist, Kostabi took his cues from Andy Warhol, whose “Factory” was a prototype for making art according to a business model. Early on, Kostabi developed a practice of employing a team of creative thinkers and skilled technicians to assist him in the production of his art. Kostabi soon established his own style or “brand,” which consists of faceless figures who engage in allegorical or metaphorical narratives.
In this exhibition, Kostabi’s anonymous figures find themselves in Venice, Italy, where they are placed in situations that invite viewers to reflect on a wide range of topics, including art history, music, love and romance, dreams, spirituality, and the endangered environment. Executed mostly in bright and sometimes psychedelic colors, Kostabi’s paintings possess an aesthetic sensibility that reflects the high-tech domination of the 21st century.
Mark Kostabi in Venice City of Enchantment
Feb. 17 – March 24
The MACC celebrates Black History with the illustrations of the noted Tennessee artist Michael J. McBride. His exhibition features more than 60 of his illustrations for children’s books. Works in this collection celebrate the Gullah-Geechee language and culture of the Carolinas, and they also pay tribute to the great African-American artist Helen LaFrance. McBride is a master of figurative art. His virtuosity in painting people comes through in his sensitive renderings of a child and his grandmother.
McBride will be on hand for the opening on Feb. 17, 2024 to sign the following books, which include his illustrations: ‘S’ is for Sweetgrass: The ABCs of Gullah-Geechee by Dr. Triba Gray Davis;” She Remembered It All: The Art of Memory Painter Helen LaFrance” by Jayne Moole Waldrop; and Tickle Me Grandma by Delphine Pierce.
48th Annual James B. Hawkins Student Art Show
March 30 to April 19
Every spring, some of the most gifted young artists in Sumner County showcase their art at the MACC as part of the Annual James B. Hawkins Sumner County Student Art Show.
This indispensable art exhibition is open to all Sumner County middle and high school art students. Each school is allowed to enter up to 10 pieces of artwork in five categories: drawing, painting, 3D, Mixed Media, and Animation. In 2023, more than 170 students displayed nearly 200 art works at the MACC. Independent art experts were brought in to evaluate the students’ art, and prizes were awarded.
Student Art Show prizes include awards for “Winning Art Department,” “Best of Show” and “Director’s Pick,” along with First, Second, and Third Place ribbons and cash prizes for painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital art, printmaking, animation and mixed media. Participating middle school and high school art teachers also receive recognition and cash prizes. The 2023 exhibition’s premier sponsor was Nossi College of Art & Design. The college awarded substantial scholarships to Sumner County’s amazing art students.
Located at 1017 Antebellum Circle in Hendersonville, Monthaven gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. For more information, visit monthavenartsandculturalcenter.com or call 615-822-0789.