When StyleBlueprint wrote about Two Moon Gallery a couple of weeks ago, we promised to tell you the rest of the story about this charming and innovative gallery. Not only are they breaking the mold when it comes to introducing emerging artists to Nashville, they have configured a simply gorgeous space which caters to events of all kinds.
For all of you planning to host a bridal luncheon, a cocktail party, a simple gathering with good friends or even host your own trunk show, Two Moon Gallery has an affordable event venue for rent 7 days a week. With a couple of phone calls, you can host one of Nashville’s TA-DAH parties that will be the envy of all your friends. Think Holly Golightly – artsy and interesting types, sipping cocktails and discussing Neitzche.
Or if you are an emerging artist with a desire to see if there’s anybody out there that will buy your artwork or even contemplating getting in bed with a gallery but want a test run – Two Moon Gallery offers temporary gallery space at, again, incredible rates. But here is the best part: artists pay a one time fee and nothing else. There are no high commissions or any fee whatsoever connected to sales. Hal Pickel, Two Moon’s proprietor, understands how difficult it is to get started as an artist and has a passion for his new, featured-artist concept after years of paying high commissions to galleries to show his own work.
In Hal’s words…
“As an artist, I often found myself with a body of work but without a venue for a show. Very rarely was I able to find a gallery to host a one-time show. Unfortunately, when I did, they would require a 40% to 50% commission. This practice is not only commonplace, but also standard in the gallery industry. It hardly seemed justifiable.”
A quick aside: art galleries are an important part of our community and add to Nashville’s cultural fabric. However, there are many new artists who may not have the resources to afford a gallery and want to have a one-time show. Two Moon Gallery, for a mere $1,000, will create invitations, supply public relations assistance and help in every aspect of the event planning process for two days of gallery time. While Two Moon plans the event, the artist can focus on his or her art. It is truly a win-win idea.
Last week I stopped by to see Hal and Rachel Pickel and met their brand new baby girl, Lillian Rose. Liza and I have been talking about an interesting event for StyleBlueprint readers, so I toured the gallery more as an event planner than a blogger.
I love the gallery’s location in the 12 South neighborhood with its view overlooking Sevier Park. The gallery is over 1600 square feet but it feels much larger since it encompasses two floors with a beautiful rooftop terrace. The gallery uses a number of architectural elements to give it an open feel. It has a complete kitchen, plus a half kitchen downstairs. In addition to the rental space, Two Moon Gallery offers bar and wine services for an additional fee and has ample parking. For only $400, you can have a four hour event with all the fixins’ and none of the hassle. If your party is going strong, a nominal fee is charged for extra hours.
If you think about it, eliminating the hassle of cleaning your house before and after the party, and having all the detail hassles taken care of, is well worth the $400. I don’t even think you need flowers since the art in Hal’s gallery is so spectacular.
The next time you are in the 12South neighborhood, stop by Two Moon Gallery. Not only will you love the space, but check out the current new artist, Kerry Schroeder from Austin, TX, whose paintings could be the perfect backdrop for your next event.