February 2023 Galleries

February in the Galleries: Featuring the work of James Threalkill, Henry Jones, and Nadine Shillingford.


A Jazzy Gentleman, by James Threalkill


The Janet Levine March Gallery will feature the work of James Threalkill. Threalkill is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and after a three-sport career at East Nashville High School, played wide receiver at Vanderbilt University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts. He won an Emmy Award for his creation of a mural painting program with youth from the Edgehill Community in South Nashville. He also illustrated a children’s book series Visions; African American Experiences that was featured on Sesame Street. Threalkill’s work has been featured on major television programs and in movies. His work has been collected internationally, including locations in South Africa where he met President Nelson Mandela, and in South America by the U. S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. James currently works out of his studio in Murfreesboro, Tennessee



Anything But Black, by Henry L. Jones

The JLMG2 Gallery will feature the work of Nashville artist Henry Jones. A Detroit native Henry L. Jones is known for digging deeply inside to find the right way to express himself. The international poet, visual artist, playwright, and performance artist/actor is inspired by links to the African Diaspora and his heritage as a Black person. He seeks the human element which all people can relate to. For Henry’s current exhibit “Read in Red,” he has brought together 24 paintings about life, death, love, personal growth, historical connections, and cultural links.








Nadine Shillingford to display her work in the Sig Held Gallery


The Sig Held Gallery will feature the watercolors of Nadine Shillingford. Nadine was born on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean but currently resides in Nashville, TN. Shillingford’s art captures people in everyday situations and brings them to life by studying their facial expressions. Her whimsical approach to art also gives life to her work. She does not have a formal art background and most of her methods are self-taught and developed through a lot of practice. She has established an international following on social media by completing and posting a daily #quicksketch drawing on her Instagram and Facebook pages. Each #quicksketch drawing is completed in 1-3 hours. Her work has been displayed in several shows at the Centennial Art Center and she is currently exhibiting artwork at the Rose-Hulman Institute Technology gallery in Terre Haute, IN. Shillingford is the author of the book Hello Beautiful! which is a wonderful portrayal of her relationship with her father, Mr. Wilmurt Shillingford who passed away due to cancer in 2017. The book is a collection of short stories which evokes both laughter and tears. She is also a computer security consultant and holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame.


The House gallery will feature the Under One Roof collaborative exhibit.


The Art Reception will be Wednesday, February 8th from 6 – 8pm.


The Exhibition Dates are February 2nd -28th.


The exhibitions are free and open to the public. Attendees will need sign in at the front desk. For more information, contact the GJCC at 615.354-1699, Curator Carrie Mills at carrie@nashvillejcc.org, or go to www.nashvillejcc.org.


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