Jaq Belcher in Papercuts Exhibition
October 2011

Jaq Belcher--and a host of other artists from around the globe--will feature in “Papercuts: The Poetic Interplay of Light and Shadow.” This isn't your average snowflake paper-chain: Viewers can enjoy the "contemporary art of paper cutting." The travelling exhibit will debut this Friday, October 14th at Mobile, Alabama's Space 301 gallery.


the examiner

Gallery Examiner Chuck Beard Previews Patricia Bellan-Gillen’s New Exhibition
March 2011

Nashville gallery examiner Chuck Beard hits the highlights of the upcoming art-filled weekend and Patricia Bellan-Gillen's new exhibition at Tinney Contemporary. 


the guardian

Review of London Exhibition Featuring James Croak
March 2011

Tinney Contemporary artist James Croak is part of a groundbreaking new exhibtion entitled Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life.  The exhibition is on display at London's Wellcome Collection from March 24th through August 31st

the nashville scene

Review of Brett De Palma Oeuvre
February 2011

Laura Hutson, of the Nashville Scene, provides a glimpse into Brett De Palma's artistic roots, and cleverly describes some of his most popular works.


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Tinney Contemporary Featured
August 2011

Southern Living Magazine's August 2011 issue highlights Nashville's downtown art scene, featuring Tinney Contemporary and gallery owner Susan Tinney.  Also mentioned is Tinney Contemporary's upcoming exhibition of celebrity photographer Raeanne Rubenstein's previously unseen Andy Warhol photographs. 

the tennessean

Collector's Art Night
August 2011

This weekend you're in for a treat! Not only will there be the last art crawl of the summer, this Friday (the 5th) is a Collectors Art night which features artist discussions at each of the three galleries on Fifth Avenue

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The frist

August 2011

Tinney Contemporary artist Raeanne Rubenstein (currently showing in an exhibition this month with Claire Cotts) will be giving a gallery talk at the Frist Center on Thursday the 11th.



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Tinney Contemporary artist Mary Long
July 2011

Kate McGraw of the Albuquerque Journal (otherwise known as ABQ Journal) wrote with great detail and admiration of Tinney Contemporary's artist Mary Long-Postal and her encaustic method. The article, as written by Kate McGraw, is below:

Long-Postal has been working in encaustic for a decade or more. A dedicated perfectionist, she taught herself to use the medium with an instruction book. “I used to do a lot of collage and I really enjoyed the layering process,” she said in a telephone interview from her Memphis home. “I taught myself to do it and the first couple of paintings I did sold and caught the eye of a good gallery here in town and … the rest is history.” After a lot of back-and-forthing, she’s now represented by galleries in Columbus, Ohio; Memphis, Nashville and Ruhlen’s gallery in Santa Fe.

“Karan (Ruhlen) has been wonderful, a good mentor to kind of get me to the next level,” Long-Postal said. “And of course, Santa Fe’s a much larger market with greater expectations, so it’s very challenging. She expected to have a minimum of six paintings in the Ruhlen show, depending on shipping logistics for some recent works.

Born in Ohio, Long-Postal has lived in Tennessee since the mid-1990s. Following studies in graphic design and painting, she began working in encaustic in 2001. ”I grew up near Canton, where there is a crazy-quilt patchwork of rural farms and factories. It’s a juxtaposition of architectural grayness against expanses of happy, saturated colors that inspires my work to this day,” she says.  Long-Postal often begins her paintings with marks drawn in oil stick, over which she applies 12 to 20 layers of wax combined with oil paints. “I scrape down in between the applications, revealing some of the marks, while leaving others faded or hidden in little worlds that have an element of history to them. The paintings begin in what I call a chaotic, adolescent phase and grow as layers of color and additional lines weave the elements together.”Â

Admitting that the paintings are reflections of her own interior life, Long-Postal adds that the world is a place where things may be immediately understood alongside those that are intentionally illusive. “Life is not always as it appears,” she said.

She said she started with neutral backgrounds and then added shapes and colors. “I let it do whatever it wants to do,” she said. “What happens is a kind of chaos. I scrape off some and add opaque wax to cover something else up. Eventually I add lines to being some definition out of the chaos. There’s a lot of back and forth, a lot of going back and forth in time.”

Long-Postal said she is known for using “happy” colors-”but underneath is all that chaos and confusion,” she noted. “That’s usually my mental process as well; it’s darker and more serious than the painting first suggests.”

She’s coming out of three years of serious illness – several hospitalizations and four operations for ulcerative colitis. “I had really lost any desire to paint, but my friends – Karan and others – helped me to see that I was being too hard on myself. It was the perfectionism thing. That’s what those lines on the paintings are about,” she said. “I worry that people won’t be able to see what’s there.”

That concern is “a really rich subject,” Long-Postal added. “I like the persistence of memory that’s inherent in encaustic paintings,” she said. “Where you can see through the layers and see what happened. You can choose what to look at.”

We do that in American society all the time,” she added with a chuckle. “Here’s a happy landscape but there’s something that needs to be faced. That’s a process that happens in a lot of different contexts: families, politics, individual lives, workplaces. It’s a protective measure we employ.”


The tennessean

Silverpoint Show
July 2011

In the Tennessean article "Tinney Contemporary Showcases Silverpoint Artists," Michelle Jones delves into great description of various pieces in this month's show.

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Carol Prusa
July 2011

f you didn't grab a copy of this month's edition of the Nashville Arts Magazine, take a look at a web version of the article featuring Tinney Contemporary artist, Carol Prusa. The article delves into her unique technique and vision-- one that has resulted in the creation of her fantastical acrylic spheres. The article also highlights many of the other artists in Tinney Contemporary's current exhibition, "Silver: Points of Departure."

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Patricia Bellan- Gillen Selected as Artist in Residence
June 2011

This past month, Tinney Contemporary artist Patricia Bellan-Gillen was an artist in residence at The Center For Drawing at the Wimbledon College of Art in London, UK. Take a look above at her work entitled “Pinocchio Rebirth/Still Lies,” which incorporates hand cut printed flowers, acrylic and branch.


art economist magazine

Carol Prusa Named Artist To Watch
June 2011

Tinney Contemporary's artist Carol Prusa was recently published in The Art Economist in response to her acrylic hemispheres which employ the traditional technique of silver point drawing. The article says her work "shows us that the universe is profoundly limitless, and quite possibly, only definable through the mind of an artist.

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Pam Longobardi Included in OCEANOMANIA Project by Mark Dion
June 2011

Tinney Contemporary's artist Pam Longobardi is included in Mark Dion's project "OCEANOMANIA: Memories of the Mysterious Seas From Expedition to Aquarium." The show, held at The Nouveau Musee National in Monaco, will be running through Septemer 31st. The work of more than twenty artists combined focuses on the engagement of the sea as a metaphor for the human soul and psyche.

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Urban+Primitive: New Book by Lyle Carbajal
June 2011

The newly released, Urban+PrimitiveThe Art of Lyle Carbajal, is more than an impressive collection; it's the exploration of the arts, perceptions, travels, and influences that have shaped the artist's life.

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Ali Cavanaugh
May 2011

Tinney Contemporary's new artist Ali Cavanaugh was recently recognized in American Art Collector Magazine for her fantastically life-like watercolors that capture subtle moments of human contemplation and thought. In the article she explains how she "strive[s] to paint not only the delicate features of the external person, but to capture the tender, unseen presence that transcends understanding in the depth of a soul." Cavanaugh's work depicts young females making arcs and angles with their bodies, somehow in a way to present a creative metaphor for the interior construct of the subject's mysterious inward contemplation. 


the tennessean

Mary Long's Exhibition
January 2011

Michelle Jones for the Tennessean writes about Mary Long-Postal's solo exhibition at Tinney Contemporary.  Jones reflects on Long-Postal's mastery of the encaustic medium as well as her skillful use both bold and more subdued color palettes.

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the examiner

Mary Long's Exhibition
January 2011

Chuck Beard, Nashville Galleries Examiner, previews Mary Long-Postals upcoming solo show at Tinney Contemporary in his article entitled, "2011: The Beginning."

the nashville scene

Sharon Lee Hart’s SANCTUARY
January 2011

Nashville Scene writer Joe Nolan reviews Sharon Lee Hart's latest exhibition at Tinney Contemporary, emphasizing the importance of Hart's message in light of recent news stories of animal cruelty.

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