Monday, March 4, 2019

'Tunesmithing' to Spotlight Five Professional Songwriting Acts on March 16 in Nashville


         NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 2019) -- Five professional songwriting acts will take the stage on March 16 (Saturday) at "Tunesmithing," a monthly songwriters show at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. 

          Attendees will enjoy original songs and instrumentals by Scott Barrier, Pam Belford, Chakra Bleu, Denny Sarokin, and Bob Teague. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Nashville composer-educator-publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Engineer-songwriter-performer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

          "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts Network, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Music. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all levels.  

          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@MusicCityArts.net, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Fifth-Grade Author Jada Scott to Read Her Book 'Talking Planets' at Shelbyville Library on March 9

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2019) -- Jada Scott, a fifth-grade student at Homer Pittard Campus School in Murfreesboro, will present a book reading with Q&A based on her first book, "Talking Planets: The Night Problem," from noon-2 p.m. March 9 (Saturday) at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, 220 S. Jefferson St. in Shelbyville, Tennessee. 

          Attendees of the event will enjoy a talk, book reading, and PowerPoint presentation. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to create decorative space bags for a make-believe journey into space. Admission is free.

 

          The 10-year-old student has dreamed of writing a book ever since she visited the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama. The talented author and visual artist, who plans to be a rocket ship designer/engineer when she grows up, takes readers on an adventurous journey through the solar system aboard her red, white and purple rocket. She brings the sun, nearby planets, moon, and even a black hole to life with insightful facts and original artwork. 

          "I aspire to work for NASA as a rocket ship designer/engineer when I grow up," said Jada. "In addition to my love for science, I enjoy art and creating solar system models." 

          For more information about Jada Scott's book, "Talking Planets," visit www.TalkingPlanetsBook.Blogspot.com, www.Facebook.com/TalkingPlanetsBook and www.Twitter.com/Talking1Planets. The book, which retails for $10.95, is available at www.Amazon.com and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Five Songwriting Acts to Perform at 'Tunesmithing' Songwriters Show on Feb. 16

         NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2019) -- Five professional songwriting acts will take the stage on Feb. 16 (Saturday) at "Tunesmithing," a monthly songwriters show at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. 

          Attendees will enjoy original songs and instrumentals by Valerie Connelly, Lisa Hannah, Michael Laidley, Denny Martin, and Julie Rust. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Nashville composer-educator-publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Engineer-songwriter-performer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 




          "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts Network, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Music. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all levels.  

          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@MusicCityArts.net, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Gail McDaniel to Teach Watercolor Printing Courses Near Atlanta

            GRIFFIN, Ga. (February 2019) -- Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel will teach two eight-week watercolor painting courses south of Atlanta in Griffin and the Peachtree City/Fayetteville area this winter and spring.


            * The course in Griffin will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Wednesday afternoons starting Feb. 27 at Griffin First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive. Sessions will occur from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 27; March 6, 13, 20 and 27; and April 3, 10 and 17. 


            * The course in Peachtree City/Fayetteville will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Thursdays starting Feb. 28, 2018 at Heritage Christian Church, 2130 Redwine Road in Fayetteville. Sessions will occur from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 28; March 14, 21 and 28; and April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Class will not meet on March 7.

            The artist/instructor will provide insights on composition, value, color theory and application. She also will demonstrate some of the techniques that have helped make her an award-winning artist, including abstract under paintings, disappearing purples, painting on Masa Paper, white on white, monotype paintings, let it flow, texturize your paintings, portraits, reflective surfaces, and wax-resist Batik. The course is structured to serve artists at all skill levels, from the very raw beginner to the most advanced. McDaniel will close each session with individual critiques.

            Because space is limited for the classes, reservations are required. Tuition is $165 for eight class sessions. For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (678) 603-1502 or send an inquiry to gail@gailmcdanielart.com. Individuals can learn more about the artist/instructor and view her artwork at http://www.GailMcDanielArt.com and follow her at http://www.Facebook.com/GailMcDanielArt and http://www.Twitter.com/GailMcDanielArt.


Photo of Gail McDaniel by Ken McDaniel

            McDaniel is an acclaimed watercolorist who, by invitation, has served as an associate member and demonstrating artist/instructor for the prestigious Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network of London. She was commissioned to create four program covers for Griffin (Ga.) Choral Arts' 10th anniversary concert season. Before moving to Georgia, McDaniel spent more than 20 years working as a professional watercolorist and art instructor in Nashville and Brentwood, Tenn. During that time, she taught more than 1,500 students in classes and workshops around the world. A number of her former students have developed into professional artists with exhibitions and commissions.

            "Like me, others love the look of watercolor paintings and want to learn the medium," said the artist, who painted the invitation cover for "A Little Night of Music" starring country superstar LeAnn Rimes. "Many come for the change of pace and the new, wonderful, relaxing challenge it brings. The intermediate and advanced students come to me to grow in the medium."

            Over the years, McDaniel has seen the positive change that comes over many people when they spend three hours with her, creatively thinking from the right side of their brain.

            "It's truly a night-and-day change, not to mention the fun they have," McDaniel added. "Many who come to me with no art background find they really have a true talent for painting. Some of them never had the slightest notion they had any talent. It's such an outstanding reward for them and a source of real pleasure for me."


English cottage of Beatrix Potter painting by Gail McDaniel

            A good example is Phyllis Tatum, a watercolorist who studied with McDaniel for 14 years in Middle Tennessee. She and her fellow students were thrilled when she won four blue ribbons and a red ribbon at the Tennessee State Fair. Her crowning achievement came later when she won the fair's "Best of Show", a rare occurrence in watercolor circles.

            McDaniel fondly remembers receiving a thank you note from former student Suzy Foy of Boulder, Colo., who wrote, "My whole life I have dreamt about being an artist... I never believed I could live that dream, one painting at a time. Because of my nine workshops, mentoring and support (from McDaniel), it is happening."

            "One of the obvious results of classes is the togetherness that comes upon the group," McDaniel noted. "Friendships develop, and with that interest in each other's lives and the happenings and events in their world. The group watches children grow up, grandchildren being born, and members die. The group celebrates the joys together, as well as the sad times, giving special support. Sometimes, our paintings reflect those experiences."

            The classes near Atlanta should be no exception. McDaniel will demonstrate the techniques, shortcuts and concepts that she has developed or learned by doing, reading or studying with others. She plans to show her students everything she knows, holding nothing back. Her goal is to inspire them without making them feel overwhelmed.

            During her career, McDaniel has trained artists from 36 different states (including Alaska and Hawaii), the District of Columbia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea. She has taught 11 workshops at historic Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a landmark where the late Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted. She also served as a member of the arts faculty of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

            In 2002, she and her husband, Ken, launched the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards", raising almost $90,000 for Middle Tennessee public schools. The fundraising effort earned Gail and Ken a nomination in the "volunteer innovator" category of the 2009 Mary Catherine Strobel Award. In 2012, the artist was named the PENCIL Foundation's "Volunteer of the Year".

            Before leaving Tennessee, she received an award for "Excellence in Community Service" in 2010 from the Travelers Rest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was inducted into the Cave City, Ky., Hall of Fame in 2011 and named to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1970 as one of  "Kentucky's ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world."

            In 2001, she was invited by directors of the "Art in Provence" program to conduct an eight-day watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. She also has taught in Central America, South America, and Canada. She studied under 38 noted art instructors to help build her reputation as one of the South's top artists/instructors. -- even accepting a commission to paint a family landmark for former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

            Gail McDaniel's artwork was featured on the program covers of four major concerts in 2016-17 performed by The Griffin Choral Arts group. The choir, which is led by Artistic Director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, is celebrating its 12th anniversary season.

            For more information about Gail McDaniel or to see her work, visit www.GailMcDanielArt.com.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Gail McDaniel to Teach 'Pouring Your Art Out' Watercolor Painting Workshop March 8-10 in Nashville


            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2019) -- Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel will return to Nashville this spring to teach a new three-day workshop on brushless watercolor painting.

            The "Pouring Your Art Out" watercolor workshop will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists from March 8-10, 2019 at Plaza Artist Materials, 633 Middleton St. in downtown Nashville. Sessions will occur from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

            The artist/instructor, who taught and painting in Franklin for more than 20 years, will show attendees how to create glowing watercolor paintings by pouring pigments in primary colors without the use of brushes and palette knives. The course is structured to serve artists at all skill levels, from the very raw beginner to the most advanced. McDaniel will close each session with individual critiques.

            "Have you ever wanted to set your brushes aside and just have the freedom to pour your watercolor pigments across the watercolor paper?" asked McDaniel, who now teaches and paints near Griffin, Georgia, south of Atlanta. "This is a chance for artists to release that child within them."

Gail McDaniel's brushless watercolor painting titled "Garlic Shadows."

            Because space is limited to 20 participants, reservations are required. Tuition is $195 for all three days of training. Attendees are eligible to receive a 30 percent discount on the purchase of art supplies from Plaza Artist Materials. For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (678) 603-1502 or send an inquiry to gail@gailmcdanielart.com.
 
            McDaniel explained that brushless watercolor paintings are achieved by using only the three primary colors. As one pours, transparent veils of watercolor pigments flow to produce glowing paintings, resulting in an exciting "finale." The paints seem to have minds of their own. As the primary triad mixes on the white paper, the paints create luminous, secondary colors that capture light.

            "That is part of the magic of this special technique," McDaniel noted. "Artists won't be using brushes and palette knives. They can learn a technique that, at first glance, seems quite impossible. This fun activity allows you to work on two paintings at once, pouring one while allowing the other to dry."

            McDaniel is an acclaimed watercolorist who, by invitation, has served as an associate member and demonstrating artist/instructor for the prestigious Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network of London. She was commissioned to create four program covers for Griffin (Ga.) Choral Arts' 10th anniversary concert season. Before moving to Georgia, McDaniel spent more than 20 years working as a professional watercolorist and art instructor in Nashville and Brentwood, Tennessee. During that time, she taught more than 1,500 students in classes and workshops around the world. A number of her former students have developed into professional artists with exhibitions and commissions of their own. 

Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel
            "Like me, others love the look of watercolor paintings and want to learn the medium," said the artist, who painted the invitation cover for "A Little Night of Music" starring country superstar LeAnn Rimes. "Many come for the change of pace and the new, wonderful, relaxing challenge it brings. The intermediate and advanced students come to me to grow in the medium."
 
            McDaniel will demonstrate the techniques, shortcuts and concepts that she has developed or learned by doing, reading or studying with others. She plans to show her students everything she knows, holding nothing back. Her goal is to inspire them without making them feel overwhelmed.

            During her career, McDaniel has trained artists from 36 different states (including Alaska and Hawaii), the District of Columbia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea. She has taught 11 workshops at historic Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a landmark where the late Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted. She also served as a member of the arts faculty of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

            "Gail can get more color out of watercolor than you can imagine," said Bev Silsby, an artist/student in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who helped host McDaniel for a similar workshop in 2005. "She is literal, impressionist and abstract."

            In 2002, she and her husband, Ken, launched the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards", raising almost $90,000 for Middle Tennessee public schools. The fundraising effort earned Gail and Ken a nomination in the "volunteer innovator" category of the 2009 Mary Catherine Strobel Award. In 2012, the artist was named the PENCIL Foundation's "Volunteer of the Year".

            Before leaving Tennessee, she received an award for "Excellence in Community Service" in 2010 from the Travelers Rest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was inducted into the Cave City, Ky., Hall of Fame in 2011 and named to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1970 as one of  "Kentucky's ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world."

            In 2001, she was invited by directors of the "Art in Provence" program to conduct an eight-day watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. She also has taught in Central America, South America and Canada. She studied under 38 noted art instructors to help build her reputation as one of the South's top artists/instructors. -- even accepting a commission to paint a family landmark for former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

            Gail McDaniel's artwork was featured on the program covers of four major concerts in 2016-17 performed by The Griffin (Georgia) Choral Arts group. The choir, which is led by Artistic Director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, is celebrating its 11th anniversary season. 

            Individuals can learn more about the artist/instructor and view her artwork at http://www.GailMcDanielArt.com and follow her at http://www.Facebook.com/GailMcDanielArt and http://www.Twitter.com/GailMcDanielArt.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

'Tunesmithing' to Spotlight Five Songwriting Acts in Nashville on Jan. 19

         NASHVILLE -- Five professional songwriting acts will take the stage on Jan. 19 (Saturday) at "Tunesmithing," a monthly songwriters show at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. 

          Attendees will enjoy original songs and instrumentals by Lisa Aschmann, Meredith Bliss, Everette Brown, Dar Frantz, and Paul Nielsen. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Nashville composer-educator-publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Engineer-songwriter-performer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 



          "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts Network, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Music. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all levels. 

          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@MusicCityArts.net, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.



Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gail McDaniel to Lead Watercolor Painting Course This Winter in Fayetteville, Georgia

            FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (December 2018) -- Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel will teach a new eight-week watercolor painting course 22 miles south of Atlanta in the Peachtree City/Fayetteville area this winter.

            The course will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Thursdays starting Jan. 3, 2018 at Heritage Christian Church, 2130 Redwine Road in Fayetteville. Sessions will occur from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, and Feb. 7, 14 and 21.

            The artist/instructor will provide insights on composition, value, color theory and application. She also will demonstrate some of the techniques that have helped make her an award-winning artist, including abstract under paintings, disappearing purples, painting on Masa Paper, white on white, monotype paintings, let it flow, texturize your paintings, portraits, reflective surfaces, and wax-resist Batik. The course is structured to serve artists at all skill levels, from the very raw beginner to the most advanced. McDaniel will close each session with individual critiques.




Watercolor painting by Gail McDaniel

            Because space is limited for the classes, reservations are required. Tuition is $165 for eight class sessions. For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (678) 603-1502 or send an inquiry to gail@gailmcdanielart.com. Individuals can learn more about the artist/instructor and view her artwork at http://www.GailMcDanielArt.com and follow her at http://www.Facebook.com/GailMcDanielArt and http://www.Twitter.com/GailMcDanielArt.

            McDaniel is an acclaimed watercolorist who, by invitation, has served as an associate member and demonstrating artist/instructor for the prestigious Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network of London. She was commissioned to create four program covers for Griffin (Ga.) Choral Arts' 10th anniversary concert season. Before moving to Georgia, McDaniel spent more than 20 years working as a professional watercolorist and art instructor in Nashville and Brentwood, Tenn. During that time, she taught more than 1,500 students in classes and workshops around the world. A number of her former students have developed into professional artists with exhibitions and commissions.

            "Like me, others love the look of watercolor paintings and want to learn the medium," said the artist, who painted the invitation cover for "A Little Night of Music" starring country superstar LeAnn Rimes. "Many come for the change of pace and the new, wonderful, relaxing challenge it brings. The intermediate and advanced students come to me to grow in the medium."

            Over the years, McDaniel has seen the positive change that comes over many people when they spend three hours with her, creatively thinking from the right side of their brain.

            "It's truly a night-and-day change, not to mention the fun they have," McDaniel added. "Many who come to me with no art background find they really have a true talent for painting. Some of them never had the slightest notion they had any talent. It's such an outstanding reward for them and a source of real pleasure for me."

            A good example is Phyllis Tatum, a watercolorist who studied with McDaniel for 14 years in Middle Tennessee. She and her fellow students were thrilled when she won four blue ribbons and a red ribbon at the Tennessee State Fair. Her crowning achievement came later when she won the fair's "Best of Show", a rare occurrence in watercolor circles.

            McDaniel fondly remembers receiving a thank you note from former student Suzy Foy of Boulder, Colo., who wrote, "My whole life I have dreamt about being an artist... I never believed I could live that dream, one painting at a time. Because of my nine workshops, mentoring and support (from McDaniel), it is happening."

            "One of the obvious results of classes is the togetherness that comes upon the group," McDaniel noted. "Friendships develop, and with that interest in each other's lives and the happenings and events in their world. The group watches children grow up, grandchildren being born, and members die. The group celebrates the joys together, as well as the sad times, giving special support. Sometimes, our paintings reflect those experiences."

            The classes near Atlanta should be no exception. McDaniel will demonstrate the techniques, shortcuts and concepts that she has developed or learned by doing, reading or studying with others. She plans to show her students everything she knows, holding nothing back. Her goal is to inspire them without making them feel overwhelmed.

            During her career, McDaniel has trained artists from 36 different states (including Alaska and Hawaii), the District of Columbia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea. She has taught 11 workshops at historic Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a landmark where the late Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted. She also served as a member of the arts faculty of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

            In 2002, she and her husband, Ken, launched the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards", raising almost $90,000 for Middle Tennessee public schools. The fundraising effort earned Gail and Ken a nomination in the "volunteer innovator" category of the 2009 Mary Catherine Strobel Award. In 2012, the artist was named the PENCIL Foundation's "Volunteer of the Year".

            Before leaving Tennessee, she received an award for "Excellence in Community Service" from the Travelers Rest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was inducted into the Cave City, Ky., Hall of Fame and named (as an eighth generation Kentuckian) to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels as one of  "Kentucky's ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world."

            In 2001, she was invited by directors of the "Art in Provence" program to conduct an eight-day watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. She also has taught in Central America, South America, and Canada. She studied under 38 noted art instructors to help build her reputation as one of the South's top artists/instructors. -- even accepting a commission to paint a family landmark for former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

            Gail McDaniel's artwork was featured on the program covers of four major concerts in 2016-17 performed by The Griffin Choral Arts group. The choir, which is led by Artistic Director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, is celebrating its 12th anniversary season.

            For more information about Gail McDaniel or to see her work, visit www.GailMcDanielArt.com.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Internationally Respected Artist/Instructor Gail McDaniel to Lead Watercolor Painting Course in Griffin, Georgia

            GRIFFIN, Ga. (December 2018) -- Gail McDaniel, an acclaimed watercolor artist/instructor who, by invitation, has served as an associate member and demonstrating artist/instructor of the prestigious Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network of London, will lead an eight-week watercolor painting course this winter in Griffin, Georgia, near Atlanta.

            The course will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Wednesday afternoons starting Jan. 2 at Griffin First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive. Sessions will occur from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Feb. 6, 13 and 20. 

            McDaniel will provide invaluable insights on composition, value, color theory and application. She also will demonstrate some of the techniques that have helped make her an award-winning artist, including abstract under paintings, disappearing purples, painting on Masa Paper, white on white, monotype paintings, let it flow, texturize your paintings, portraits, reflective surfaces, and wax-resist Batik. The course is structured to serve artists at all skill levels, from the very raw beginner to the most advanced. McDaniel will close each session with individual critiques.



            Because space is limited for the classes, reservations are required. Tuition is $165 for eight class sessions. For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (678) 603-1502 or send an inquiry to gail@gailmcdanielart.com. Individuals can learn more about the artist/instructor and view her artwork at http://www.GailMcDanielArt.com and follow her at http://www.Facebook.com/GailMcDanielArt or http://www.Twitter.com/GailMcDanielArt.

            "Participants are encouraged to paint their own choice of subject matter, in their own style, at their own speed, all the while being challenged to work out of their comfort zone and having fun along the way," said McDaniel, who was commissioned to create four program covers for Griffin Choral Arts' 10th anniversary concert season. "My classes provide opportunities for artists to develop their skills and find success.

            Before moving to Georgia, McDaniel spent more than 20 years working as a professional watercolorist and art instructor in Nashville and Brentwood, Tenn. During that time, she taught more than 1,500 students in classes and workshops around the world while raising almost $90,000 for student arts supplies through the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards."

            "The Griffin area has a host of artists, so it's the ideal community to teach classes," McDaniel added. "I'll be demonstrating the techniques, shortcuts and concepts that I have developed or learned by doing, reading or studying with others. I show my students everything I know, holding nothing back. My goal is to inspire them without making them feel overwhelmed."

            During her career, McDaniel has trained artists from 36 different states (including Alaska and Hawaii), the District of Columbia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea. She has taught 11 workshops at historic Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a landmark where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted.

            In 2002, she and her husband, Ken, launched the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards. The fundraising effort earned Gail and Ken a nomination in the "volunteer innovator" category of the 2009 Mary Catherine Strobel Award. In 2012, the artist was named the PENCIL Foundation's "Volunteer of the Year".

            The couple also hosted fundraising events such as the "Chase Away The Blahs Party Artistically" benefiting school children in their Franklin, Tenn., home and the "Building Bridges Through Art" exhibition at CharacterEYES Boutique in Franklin, Tenn., benefiting Bridges Domestic Violence Center.

            Before leaving Tennessee, she received an award for "Excellence in Community Service" from the Travelers Rest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was inducted into the Cave City, Ky., Hall of Fame and named (as an eighth generation Kentuckian) to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels as one of  "Kentucky's ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world."

            McDaniel gained international notoriety in 2001 when she was named an associate member of the Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network in London, England, and invited by directors of the "Art in Provence" program to conduct an eight-day watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. She also has taught in Central America, South America, and Canada. She studied under 38 noted art instructors to help build her reputation as one of the South's top artists/instructors. -- even accepting a commission to paint a family landmark for former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

            Other commissions have included painting the invitation cover for "A Little Night of Music" starring country superstar LeAnn Rimes; 13 pieces for the annual Nashville Scene N-Focus social calendar; and a promotional streetscape of four homes for Newmark Homes and five other paintings for the Nashville Home Builders Association/SunTrust Bank 2001 "Parade of Homes."

            The artist has showcased her original paintings at 56 solo exhibitions. She also has served as a member of the arts faculty of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, teaching weekly art classes. She created and painted the design for the theme poster and t-shirt for the Nashville Symphony’s "Italian Street Fair" two years in a row.

            Gail McDaniel's artwork was featured on the program covers of four major concerts in 2016-17 performed by The Griffin Choral Arts group. The choir, which is led by Artistic Director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, is celebrating its 12th anniversary season.

            "Griffin has a wonderful arts community, and I'm delighted to contribute," McDaniel said.

            For more information about Gail McDaniel or to see her work, visit www.GailMcDanielArt.com.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Fifteen Songwriters to Take Stage in Nashville on Dec. 8 for 'Tunesmithing: Celebrating the Holidays'

         NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 2018) -- Fifteen singer-songwriters will take the stage in Nashville on Dec. 8 (Saturday) for the annual "Tunesmithing: Celebrating the Holidays."

         The special show will occur from 7-9:30 p.m. at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. Attendees will enjoy original and classic holiday songs, poems and/or stories by Lisa Aschmann, AJ Bigler, Meredith Bliss, Everette Brown, Wil Comstock, Suzahn Fiering, Dar Frantz, Les Kerr, Michael Laidley, Candy Paull, Angel Pontier, Susan Shann, Chuck Whiting, and Jamey & Tamara Whiting


         
         Nashville composer/educator/publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts Network and Shine Time Books and Music. 

         Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

         The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all levels.  

         For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@Tunesmithing.com, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Fifth Grader (Future Rocket Designer) Releases First Book 'Talking Planets'

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 2018) -- Jada Scott, a 10-year-old student at Homer Pittard Campus School, has dreamed of writing a book ever since she attended a space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

            Her dream will come true on Nov. 3 (Saturday) when she, her family, fellow students, teachers, and the public celebrate the release of her first book, "Talking Planets: The Night Problem," at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro. Attendees of the event will enjoy a book reading, PowerPoint presentation, hanging planet artwork, and homemade cookies with "Talking Planets" punch. Admission is free.





            "I was curious about space after I visited the Rocket Center and the Adventure Science Center, so I decided to write a book," said Jada, who plans to be a rocket ship designer/engineer when she grows up. "I enjoy learning about science and planets, so I thought the book would give other kids a way to learn what I learned."

            The storytelling and signing for "Talking Planets " will occur from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The book, which is published by In Due Season Publishing, will officially go on sale that day for $10.95 at online retail sites including Amazon.com.





            The fifth grader takes readers on an adventurous journey through the solar system aboard her red, white and purple rocket. She brings the sun, nearby planets, moon, and even a black hole to life with insightful facts and original artwork.

            "It feels great to release my first book," said Jada. "It's good to know I am helping my community learn about space-based facts."

            While reading "Talking Planets," space travelers learn what it would be like to visit our sun and planetary neighbors. Here are a few of her observations.

            * Mercury is blazing hot on one side and freezing cold on the other.





            * Meanwhile, Venus reaches a high temperature of 864 degrees, way too hot for a long stay.

            * Astronauts on her rocket learn that Mars is pestered by a chaotic asteroid belt while being menaced by passing spaceships with bright cameras.

            *  By the time her rocket reaches Jupiter, space travelers are itchy from all of the storms they observe in the Great Red Spot.



            At the end of her book, Jada invites readers of all ages to join her on a space bus for more exploration. She created a mixed media image of her bus with metal markers and paper. The future rocket scientist used pencil to develop the concepts for another two-dozen original illustrations, including the rocket, sun and planets. Readers even get to meet a NASA engineer.

            "It is important because it is good to know where our Earth came from and its surrounding planets," the fifth grader added. "Without, the solar system, the Earth would not be the way it is. For example, without the Sun, we would freeze to death and without the Moon, our seasons would not be correct. My book represents an easier way to understand planets and the solar system so all ages can understand and enjoy it."




            "Talking Planets" is already receiving "blast-off" reviews.

            "This book written by a 10-year-old phenomenal girl is a wonderful look into the galaxy like no other perspective," raves Jada's aunt, Tennessee State University Professor Dr. Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton. "It allows the readers to not only hear the voices of the planets but uses that journey to experience a wealth of knowledge that most people including myself didn't know. As a professor at a major institution and an author, little Ms. Scott has captured the voices of the planets in a great imaginary journey that I can visit over and over and still get excited. A must-read for young readers and a must gift."

            Fellow Homer Pittard student Naomi Crowell says she loves "Talking Planets" because "it talks about things people don't usually talk about, and she inspires a lot of young people by writing such a great book."

            Another classmate, Emma Griffith, describes the book as a "delightful mix of fact and fiction."

            For more information about Jada Scott's book, "Talking Planets," visit www.TalkingPlanetsBook.blogspot.com, www.Facebook.com/TalkingPlanetsBook, or www.Twitter.com/Talking1Planets.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Five Professional Songwriters to Take Stage in Nashville on Oct. 20 for 'Tunesmithing' Show

         NASHVILLE -- Five professional songwriting acts will take the stage on Oct. 20 (Saturday) at "Tunesmithing," a monthly songwriters show at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. 
         
         Attendees will enjoy original songs and instrumentals by Terry Bell, LaLa Deaton, Denny Martin, Jon Robbin, and Julie Rust. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Nashville composer-educator-publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

        "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts Network, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Music. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all levels. 

        For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write Info@MusicCityArts.net, or visit http://www.Tunesmithing.com.

 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Americana Fest: Station Inn Comes to Life on Saturday Evening with Kathy Mattea and Others


By Wil Comstock
Music City Arts Contribution Writer

   NASHVILLE -- The 2018 edition of Americana Fest was spectacular with outstanding performances. Here are a few photos from an exciting Saturday night (Sept. 15) at the Station Inn.

Emily Scott Robinson, heartfelt nuanced vocals.  Highlight: “The Dress” about the date rape she suffered when she was in her early twenties.

 

Carolina Story, husband and wife Ben and Emily Roberts.  Earthy and velvety workingman vocals.  Highlight: “Lay Your Head Down” offering reassurance everything will be alright.

 

Leslie Stevens, classic country vocals, think Emmylou Harris. Highlight: “Everybody Drinks and Drives in Heaven,” an upbeat crowd pleaser that showcases Leslie’s humor.  

 

Kathy Mattea, Expressive earthy vocals with a touch of blues.  Mattea lost her voice when she went through menopause. She had to relearn how to sing again with the help of a vocal coach. The result is a soulful, lower, mature voice. Highlights: The fun “Chocolate on My Tongue” and the moving “St. Teresa.”

 

(Photos by Music City Arts Contributing Writer Wil Comstock)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Americana Fest: Photos Show a Lively Friday Night at Nashville Venues InDo, The Anchor, and City Winery

By Wil Comstock
Music City Arts Contributing Writer

     NASHVILLE -- The Americana Fest continued to live up to its storied reputation as the best event of its kind in Nashville. Here are a few photos from a lively Friday night (Sept. 14).


1. Eliza Gilkyson at InDo Nashville on Fogg Street.

 


2.  Eliza Gilkyson with Betty Sue on backing vocals at InDo Nashville.

 


3.  Leslie Stevens with Albert at InDo Nashville.  (“The best female country singer in LA today,” according to The Los Angeles Times)

 


4.  Mary Gauthier with Jamie Harris on backing vocals at InDo Nashville.

 


5.  Austin native Jamie Harris with Betty Sue and Graham Weber at InDo Nashville.

 


6.  Mountain Man at The Anchor.

 


7.  Peter Bradley Adams at the Anchor.

 


8.  Peter Bradley Adams with Caitlin Canty on backing vocals at The Anchor.



9.  Kim Richey at City Winery.

 


10. Kim Richey and band at City Winery.

 

(All photos by Music City Arts Contributing Writer Wil Comstock)