Art on the West Side Brought the Nashville Art Scene to the Gordon JCC


Rabba Daniella Pressner and her daughter discuss art with artist Willy Schumm 











Event Chair Beth Easter and Gordon JCC Adult and Community Wide Programs Director Sharon Benus 



By Sharon Benus, Gordon JCC Adult and Community Wide Programs Director  

The Nashville Art Community came together on April 9-10 for Art on The West Side. The eighth annual event featured wonderful artists from Nashville and adjacent states. Just under 40 artists showcased their work over the two days, spanning many media and styles including paint, sculpture, jewelry design, clay and fiber, wood, and glass. Handmade jewelry and ceramics were popular items, along with unique paintings and carved stone objects.  

Some artists had participated in prior Art on the West Side shows; however, we had many artists showing for the first time. Jackie Schlicher of Wildhair Pottery shared, "This was my first time participating in Art on the West Side and I have to say I’m glad I did. I found the staff to be generously supportive and helpful during set up and throughout the event. And I was really impressed with the variety of artists and the quality of the work they had on display. It was great to be a part of such a friendly and creative event. I will definitely keep this on my list for future opportunities to show my work. Truly a fun time.”  

Joe Edward Swing who has shown in both the JCC art gallery and Art on the West Side said, “Finding new homes for several of my works would have, in and of itself, made 2022 Art on the West Side a successful show. However, working with the dedicated and talented staff of the Gordon JCC made it a truly memorable event. I am grateful for the opportunity.” 

Thank you to our event Chair Beth Easter. We also are incredibly grateful to work with all the talented artists who help make Art on the West Side a wonderful experience and appreciate the more than 300 art-lovers who attended the event, supporting local artists and the Gordon Jewish Community Center.  

Artist and Gordon JCC community member Robbie Lasky discusses her art with event attendees 


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