December 2, 2022


Adorn your Feelings

The Marketplace to host semi-annual True Grit Art Show

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The art world is an alluring one. However, it is also often portrayed as being an unreachable one. The True Grit Art Show, Nashville’s newest semi-annual art show, is daring to challenge that idea with inclusivity.

Held at The Marketplace in East Nashville, the preview party for True Grit will take place on Friday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission tickets are available for $15, including drinks. The open show will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry will be free.

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The Marketplace’s Nathan Elias believes there is a need for more accessible art events for everyone — from those with fine arts backgrounds to those without them, from casual art enthusiasts to more dedicated art admirers or from residents to those who want to become more involved with the local community. True Grit’s “underground” label is significant to say the least. “People have a perception of art shows that makes them feel like they don’t belong, but the beauty of this is that it is more authentic to the grassroots movement of artists coming together from all walks of life,” Elias said.

“We initially conceptualized the True Grit Art Show in late 2019. We had planned it for the fall of 2020, but, of course, the event was cancelled/postponed due to what was going on. Now we feel comfortable doing our show at a greater magnitude,” Elias revealed about the process of organizing the Art Show.

True Grit Art Show logo.

The Marketplace has been holding the Music City Flea every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the East Nashville Night Market every first Friday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to showcase the beautiful creations of local talent. “We have a hybrid space where we could have events outdoors and indoors,” stated Elias. True Grit will be a larger scale manifestation of its predecessors’ missions.


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