Galleries August 2023

August in the Galleries: Featuring the Tennessee Art League and the Work of Beth LaPenna and Marla Faith


The Janet Levine March Gallery will feature the work of the Tennessee Art League (TAL), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the visual arts in Nashville and beyond. The Tennessee Art League was founded in 1954 by a group of local artists who wanted to create a supportive and collaborative community for themselves and other artists in the area. Since then, TAL has grown to include hundreds of members and offers a variety of programs and services, such as exhibitions, workshops, classes, networking events, and community outreach. TAL’s mission is to foster art appreciation and participation among artists and patrons of all ages and backgrounds.

The exhibit, called “Flora and Fauna,” will feature artworks by TAL members that explore the themes of nature, wildlife, plants, and flowers. The artists will showcase their diverse styles and mediums, from painting and photography to sculpture and mixed media. The exhibit aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the natural world, as well as its challenges and threats.

The Sig Held Gallery will feature the art of Beth LaPenna. Her artistic career began in the world of professional interior design. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a deep understanding of space, LaPenna spent 32 years transforming living environments into captivating works of art. However, a profound desire to express her own creativity led her to embark on a new path as a professional artist.

Now fully immersed in the realm of fine art, LaPenna has discovered a profound love for the transformative power of acrylics, collage, glazes,

ink, and handmade prints on canvas, paper and cradled wood. These versatile materials allow her to explore a wide range of techniques and to experiment with textures, colors, and forms. Her artistic process is driven by an unwavering curiosity and a thirst for connection and expression.

Inspired by the fluidity and unpredictable nature of her chosen mediums, LaPenna creates captivating abstract pieces that evoke emotions and invite viewers on a journey of contemplation. Through a combination of bold brushstrokes, vibrant color palettes, and organic movements, she strives to capture the essence of energy and emotion in each painting.

The Senior Lounge Art Gallery continues to show the art of Marla Faith.

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


The exhibition runs August 1-29, with an artist reception on August 9 from 6-8pm. 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, or go to


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