Leave it to Nashville to usher in the official first days of summer with 90-plus degree weather that makes you seek cooler indoor activities. The girls and I picked up a friend earlier this week and headed to the Frist Center downtown. Summer bucket list item crossed off!
I’ll just raise my hand now and admit to being a bad Nashville parent…this was their FIRST trip to the Frist. Do not judge! You know how you live in a city and, well, you get stuck in the routine of the ‘burbs and you just don’t go downtown and experience all that it has to offer?
The girls loved the exhibits and surprised me, actually, with their insistence that they checked out all of them, even the Constable exhibit featuring the work of English Romantic landscape painter John Constable. I loved the quilts on display from the famous quilters of Gee’s Bend in rural Alabama as well as the eclectic art of 82-year-old Thornton Dial. Dial’s work was an eye-opening experience for the girls who saw firsthand how trash and recycled items can be transformed into totally cool art worthy of a metropolitan gallery showing.
The first order of business, though, was to head to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery on the second floor and sit down, grab a brush, and get to paintin’. We came home with three small works of art. Are we talented, or what? We started out painting clouds, but we all ended up doing more of a water theme. Hot weather and being 8 hours from the nearest beach will do that to you.
After painting we explored the rest of the Martin ArtQuest Gallery. Besides the cool interactive monitor where we made our own colorful kaleidoscope designs, I think our favorite area was the animation workshop. Don’t be surprised if a little known animated film called Ginormous Dog On The Beach Eats Rooster wins some awards next year. And a certain mom may or may not have co-produced it. Ahem.
If you’re looking for a great way to beat the heat this summer, the Frist offers free admission for ages 18 and under, making it a great family outing. You’ll also hopefully, like us, be inspired to leave the ‘burbs and explore downtown.
Have you been to the Frist Center in Nashville? What have some of your favorite art exhibits been at the Frist or at other art museums you’ve visited? I’m bummed that I missed the Warhol exhibit at Frist!