Monday, July 11

Bonjour Nashville! Bastille Day in Hillsboro Village

This Thursday the Hillsboro Village Art Walk is exclaiming Vive Le France! Come and celebrate Bastille Day with French flair as Hillsboro Village transforms into the streets of Paris on Thursday, July 14th from 5-8 PM.

Bastille Day in France is a lot like America's 4th of July. Just as the people in the United States celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence as the beginning of the American Revolution, so the people in France celebrate the storming of the Bastille as the beginning of the French Revolution. Both Revolutions brought great changes. Kings and queens no longer rule. The people rule themselves and make their own decisions. Now that's something to celebrate!

Sunset Grill is the "shop of the month" and they are offering a special three course French meal with one of their delicious wines. Inside the bar there will be a special French Wine Tasting, while outside on our patio street performers will entertain you. There will even be a MIME, known as London, roaming around the village!

There will be a SKYY VODKA martini tastings at Jackson's and Zumi Sushi and so many more amazing activities, exhibits and entertainment. Provence is offering free bakery samples of tarts, French macaroons and creme puffs with music by Alliance Francaise and a photography exhibit by Gregg Johnson.

Across the street at Village of Flowers artist Marabeth Quinn will exhibit her paintings described as "happiness on canvas" and the Francophone World will be reciting readings of French poetry and literature. Social Graces is hosting "Craftville" with artist Madeleine Hamilton and they will be helping everyone make a French Revolutionary hat called a "Bonnet Rouge."

Other artists exhibiting include Terilynn Bartlett, Cory Basil, Valeria Harrell, Sheena Smith, Justin Plakas, Jessica Wohl, Alicia Waters, Drew Binkley, Brad King, Cooper Grey, Lain York and students from the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts visual art program.

Live painters, Aaron Raitiere and Godcha Kuttob will be at Belcourt Taps and Tapas with face painter Alison Guiremand and musical performances by Ashely Norton, Melissa Bollea, Roy Schneider/Kim Mayfield and Emily Kopp.

This evening has so much going on it would be a shame to miss! There will be nothing going on quite like this celebration so make a point to attend. There is free parking after 6 PM behind Cornerstone Financial and on 21st Avenue.

See you at the Bastille!


Al said...

Took the family to this. I loved the concept. Sad to say overall I was disappointed though. Not enough art. It didn't feel like an Art Walk, felt it was more a Merchants Doing a Theme Walk? That being said, I really enjoyed the Zeitgeist Gallery and the Lane Motor Museum cars were a nice touch.

Beth said...

I was there too! I enjoyed the community atmosphere and the artwork inside the businesses. Many of the merchants were so full of people it was hard to see the artwork.

Village of Flowers had a very nice display and so did SEE Eyewear. Not every business participates, so where would you install more artwork?