Nashville Collage Collective
Nashville Collage Collective
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
The Nashville Collage Collective was at first a collaborative foursome, Lisa Haddad, Eva Sochorova, robert bruce scott, and Randy L Purcell, which eventually became The Four Corners, allowing the Collective to open itself to the larger community. Meeting in studios and public places since 2010, members share whatever they bring to the table resulting in a communal stash of materials, cross-pollinating partnerships and inspiration for beginners and pros alike.
The collective’s goal is to maintain the good thing that has evolved over the past decade: a safe space for expression with respect for any creative process involving the juxtaposition of stuff.
The collective is an expanding group of area collagists with up to 18 members working side-by-side at gatherings and more sharing posts on social media. Over 50 members have participated in our group shows. They are massage therapists, coffee drinkers, poets, fiber artists, retired teachers, treat bringers, treat eaters, used bookstore owners, gregarious extroverts, happy-in-the-corner introverts, songwriters, chocolate makers, ASL signers, gallery directors, messy, fussy, free-associating 2-D and 3-D assemblers. They are also known to use paint.
If you want to get involved, follow the Nashville Collage Collective’s Facebook group where you can watch for events, or message the organizer, Lisa Haddad.
They often hold exhibits, the liveliest reception being their yearly show at The Green Gallery as part of the “Arts and Music at Wedgewood-Houston”. During this art-crawl, the public is invited to try out collage techniques using salvaged materials from the shelves and bins of the shop.
Members of the Nashville Collage Collective meet in studios and at Turnip Green Creative Reuse. Anyone who is so inclined may join. They exhibit individually and as a group in local galleries, including The Sig Held, Marnie Sheridan and Centennial Art Center. The Green Gallery of Turnip Green Creative Reuse hosts an annual show where their works incorporate a wide array of found materials in step with their mission to keep things out of the landfill. A portion of sales-proceeds goes toward sustainability education and arts outreach. Visit: turnipgreengcreativereuse.org
During the lockdown some of the collective worked collaboratively in backyards, sent materials and postcard collages through the mail, held zoom art meets, taught online, organized a collaborative project with collagists in England and held a virtual reception for their annual exhibit. They left guerrilla artworks behind in their early coffee shop meets, hosted a large public gathering at Zeitgeist Gallery for Kolaj Magazine’s first World Collage Day, participated in international exchanges, and gathered every year to paint clotheslines-full of junk papers to share.