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Artlightenment 8th Annual Festival Brilliantly Illuminates Nashville Talent

Friday, November 18, 2016 12:08
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Eighth Annual multi-media art and film festival, Artlightenment, was a smash success in highlighting local as well as International artists.

Artlightenment, the annual multi-media art show and film festival, has recently come to an end. This year, more than thirty visual artists, painters and photographers, and more than forty filmmakers, were showcased at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville. The festival was created by painter, sculptor and film producer, Robyn Morshead in 2009, and has only grown over the years to include workshops, live music and a fashion show, making it a vital force in Nashville’s creative community.


Beginning with an artists’ tea and workshop by Morshead and fashion designer Elisabeth Donaldson on the subject “How to Sell Your Art,” the festival went on to delight the hundreds of people who passed through.   


The theme of this year’s festival was “America-Its Cultures and Influences” and featured the work of legendary painter Jim Warren, one of the most versatile and successful artists living today. The whimsically surreal and amazingly unique creations he paints have inspired artists from around the world. Winning a Grammy Award for his cover art of Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” album, Warren has also painted portraits of such notable figures as Brooke Shields, the Beach Boys and Kelsey Grammar for the Fame-Wall project in New York and continues to collaborate with Disney Studios on various projects.  Just before the Artlightenment awards ceremony, he spoke about his legendary career, which has spanned four decades.


In addition to Mr. Warren’s work, over 30 visual artists displayed their artwork, including featured artists Christopher Gatelock, Raeanne Rubenstein, and Samantha Ornellas. The 2016 Film Festival included short films created by both Nashville filmmakers and filmmakers from 35 countries around the world.  Artlightenment was also proud to feature professors and student filmmakers from Middle Tennessee State University, including well-known Documentary Filmmaker Tom Neff who showcased some of his photography.


For more information on the Artlightenment Art and Film Festival, and to stay in touch for the 2017 show, visit  

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