Martin Center Art Show

Martin Center Art Show

Art from 40 Artists all under One Artistic Roof

If you’ve never been inside the FiftyForward Martin Center, here’s an opportunity to indulge your artistic side and enjoy the rustic stone and wood beauty. On Nov.  7-8, the center will open 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.

Beginning with a preview party on Thursday, Nov.  6 from 5-7:30 p.m., attendees will enjoy wine, live music and great food.  It is a chance to preview the art and meet and greet the artists, including featured artist John Cannon.  Also, photography by John Guider. Tickets to the event are $35 per person. Then on Friday Nov. 7 from 10-7 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 8 from 10-3 p.m., the event will open free to the public.

Named after the late Zoe Wells, one of the annual event’s founding members and long-time art enthusiast, the three-day event has consistently drawn more than 600 people. Through art sales and preview party tickets, the Martin Center hopes to raise funds to support the further expansion of programs and operating costs.

About the Artist

This year’s featured artist is John Cannon.  John Cannon is a Nashville native, growing up in East Nashville. He graduated from Belmont College with a BA in English in 1974. From 1975 to 1978, he studied art at the University of Tennessee, Nashville. John left art and returned to literature, earning a Master’s Degree in Literature from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980.

John’s philosophy of art is straightforward: “Painting, the use of color, value and shading, seems to be the best way of all the arts to convey an emotional image to the audience. The expression in color of the artist’s individual impression of a subject is incredibly intimate. 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.”!

About the Photographer

This is the first year that a photographer has been invited to participate and we are thrilled that John Guider will join us.  John is a nationally recognized award winning photographer and author who lives in Nashville, TN. His work has appeared in major publications such as Print, Communication Arts and Graphis. He is the recipient of many awards including a national Addy Award, the Cancer Society’s Excalibur Award, and the Nashville Advertising Federation’s highest award, the Silver Medalist.

His 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”. John has been a guest speaker at such functions as The Southern Festival of Books, PhotoArts Santa Fe, and the National Waterways Commission convention.  John’s underlying passion is his art and his work has been shown in museums and galleries across the country. His largest project, The River Inside, is the subject of a book by the same name and a popular traveling museum exhibition.






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Everything you need to know about The Martin Center

·   The Martin Center is a private, non-profit agency providing services and programs to help people 50+ stay active and healthy as they age.

·   Located on 5.6 acres, the Center offers classes as varied as Pilates, tai chi, yoga and programs for writers, genealogy searches, musicians, wine enthusiasts, avid readers, card and board game lovers and budding artists as well as an on-site massage therapist.

·   The Center is a popular site for civic group meetings, reunions, birthdays, weddings and receptions.

What you need to know about Martin Masters presents Zoe’s Gallery of Friends:

·   The Eighth annual event will be held at Fifty Forward Martin Center, 960 Heritage Way, just off Concord Road near I-65 in Brentwood.

·   Thursday Nov. 6 preview party from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35

·   More than 40 local artists’ work will be available for sale

·   Prices will range from $5 to $10 for note card reprints of some paintings to more than $2,500 for original works.  Giclees will also be available from some of the artists. There will also be bins of unframed art that will give the consumer the option to frame elsewhere.

·   Wear comfortable shoes – all on one level, carpeted

·   Parking is free.  Plenty of handicapped parking available.

·   For more information, call (615) 376-0102 or log on to

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