Collaborative show, photography, crafts featured in Gordon JCC galleries

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 by tgregory

One work in the ABOVE show by Brian Parker and Barry Noland

The Gordon JCC’s December art exhibits will feature “ABOVE,” a collaborative show by Brian Parker and Barry A. Noland; works from Snap Photography; the Tennessee Craft holiday show plus the continuation of “Under One Roof,” a citywide collaborative art show.

The reception for the Art Galleries and the artists will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd.  There will be a special musical presentation by Eric Fritsch on sitar, plus music by DJ Joseph Harris. Complimentary food and beverages accompany this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the JCC at (615)354-1699, Curator Carrie Mills at, or go to

ABOVE is the long-overdue first public collaboration between an artist couple, Parker and Noland. The main collection is the multimedia vision of Parker, utilizing the imagery of Noland as his inspiration and focal point. Noland’s images, taken from his early catalog, are the nuclei from which Parker creates individual worlds of wonder. 

ABOVE is a conversation between Parker and Noland. Both are fascinated by abstractions of simple shapes and objects in their work. Both are attracted to a sense of liberation or “rising above” the everyday. 

These collage-style pieces are an exposition of the ethereal inclinations of both artists expressed mainly in the language of “scapes”—landscapes, waterscapes, cityscapes . . . escape. Many of these works give the impression of floating or a sense of lightness and buoyancy. 

Snap Photography group will showcase a rotating, juried show from several of its members.

The Midstate chapter of Tennessee Craft’s holiday show will continue with work ranging from clay, stoneware, iron, jewelry, sculpture in metal, clay, and wood, photography, fiber etchings, furniture and more.

The J’s house gallery will feature a special communitywide project titled, “Under One Roof,” built around the theme “Reflection, Remembrance, Resilience” and originally shown in November, when the Nashville Holocaust Memorial anniversary was observed. •