Martin Center art event featuring photographer for the first time


The Fifty Forward Martin Center will be open Nov. 7-8 to the general public for its eighth annual Martin Masters presents Zoe’s Gallery of Friends, an art exhibition and sale featuring works from more than 40 local artists.

The Fifty Forward Martin Center will be open Nov. 7-8 to the general public for its eighth-annual Martin Masters presents Zoe’s Gallery of Friends, an art exhibition and sale featuring works from more than 40 local artists.

There will be a preview party on Thursday, Nov. from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with wine, live music and food. Tickets to that event are $35.

On Friday Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will open free to the public.

This year’s featured artist is John Cannon, a Nashville native with a master’s degree in literature from Middle Tennessee State University.

“The expression in color of the artist’s individual impression of a subject is incredibly intimate,” Cannon said.

“Viewing a work of art, in any medium or style, is the most direct way to experience the internal landscape of another human being. Art, therefore, for me, is a visceral sharing experience.”

For the first time in the event’s history, there will also be a featured photographer, John Guider.

According to a media release, “[Guider’s] work and his adventures have been the feature of numerous magazine, television, and newspaper articles and broadcasts. In 2009, Guider was a guest author on renowned journalist John Seigenthaler’s television program, ‘A Word on Words.'”

Director of Programs Sherry Coss said there will be a live painting demonstration on Friday at 10:30 a.m. with featured guest artists John Cannon.

“He will be painting the Martin Center therapy dog ‘Sassie.’ A live presentation with John Guider on Saturday at 11 a.m. We are also announcing that Paul Harmon will display again this year,” she said.

The three-day event is a major fundraiser for the senior community center, drawing more than 600 people in past years. The funds raised go toward further expansion of programs and operating costs.

The Martin Center is located at 960 Heritage Way, just off Concord Road near Interstate 65 in Brentwood. Parking is free

For more information, call 615-376-0102 or visit the Martin Center’s website. www.themartincenter.org

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