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Katherine Ace: Grimm's Tales Art Exhibit Opens January 23

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Katherine Ace discovered oil painting at ten, taking a summer class at the Chicago Institute of Art. By the time she was fourteen, she had a small studio in the basement of her home and had begun to paint daily. After graduating college in 1975 she began working her way across the country. Over the next fifteen years she had eight different jobs and she lived a variety of places: on three US coasts, two mountain ranges, in the remote country and urban city. Finally, she settled in Portland, Oregon in 1990 and set up a permanent art studio.

The work for the Parthenon exhibit will illustrate certain Grimm fairy tales. Just like Greek myths, these European stories followed an oral tradition until German brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm began collecting and recording them, then publishing a first edition in 1812. By the seventh edition in 1857 there would be some 200 stories. Those stories reflect the violence, injustice and taboo subjects of those times as well.

Ace paints large pictures in a rather realistic manner and her paintings are full of symbols and surprises. She imbeds items in her paints like safety pins, gold chains, figurines, butterfly wings, zippers and much more. In the above picture, Hansel & Gretel, Ace used actual cake decorators to apply the frosting on the sweets covering the table.

This exhibit will remain open through May 15.


Sip & Savor: Tastes and Traditions of the Mediterranean Comes To The Parthenon 2/11

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On Thursday, February 11th, The Parthenon will host Sip & Savor: Tastes and Traditions of the Mediterranean, a unique evening of flavors and flair with wines and bites.

Nationally established Tastes & Traditions Expert Mara Papatheodorou, a former Bon Appetit Magazine Editor, will highlight the culinary and cultural history of this mouthwatering region followed by a tasting reception of Mediterranean delights.

Tickets are $50 each, and are available here. This event will take place inside the Parthenon, and the program will begin at 6:15 PM sharp.

All tickets are will call at the door, and there are no service changes when you purchase tickets.


Parthenon Announces New Docent Training Class

We've just flipped the calendar into a new year. What are your resolutions? Is one of them learning something new, perhaps? What about giving something back to your community? Being an ambassador for Nashville?

If you're full of good intentions as we head into 2016, if you're interested in history or art, if you enjoy talking to people, come join the Docent Training Class and then give of your new knowledge to the thousands of visitors who come to the Parthenon every year. Leading group tours and talking with individual visitors is a rewarding way to share your love of art and history with students, children and adults.

The Parthenon begins a new Docent Training Class on Saturday, January 23rd, and is looking for people who are interested in learning more about ancient Greece, Nashville history, and American art and in sharing that knowledge with others. Classes are taught by museum staff and local scholars, among them Dr. Barbara Tsakirgis of Vanderbilt University and Dr. Helen Sanders.

Parthenon docents, who range in age from 17 to 70, give tours to school groups and individuals, answer questions, give directions, and act as ambassadors for Nashville and the Parthenon.
For additional information, call 615-862-8431 or e-mail


News Channel 5 Covers The Mars Molecule Project

"Three new sculptures that look like they arrived from space have been placed in Centennial Park and next to Pinewood Social, but they appeared rather mysteriously." Check out News Channel 5's in depth reporting on The Mars Molecule Project, the new public art instillation in Centennial Park. View the full story here, and watch the video below.


Kidsville At The Parthenon Kicks Off The New Year

Kidsville at the Parthenon, a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, will kick off the new year with two free events in January and February. In March, the popular children's educational series will expand its programming, moving from monthly to weekly in the Parthenon.

"Kidsville at the Parthenon has been a phenomenal success," said Conservancy President Sylvia Rapoport. "It is fabulous to see families from across Nashville coming together in our city's most iconic landmark to learn through storytelling and crafts."

On January 9, Kidsville at the Parthenon will celebrate Centennial Park's new art installation "The Mars Molecule Project" with a reading and learning workshop. Storytime will feature "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg," one of Aesop's famous Greek Fables. Participants will also explore mathematical concepts related to the Parthenon and the Mars Molecule exhibit while creating their own designs.

On February 13, the exploration of fairy tales and fables will continue through the art of Katherine Ace, whose exhibit will be featured in the Parthenon's East Gallery. Children will experience a Valentine's Day story and create their own fairy tale-themed Valentine's Day cards.

Kidsville at the Parthenon currently takes place on the second Saturday of the month from 11 - 11:45 AM. The program will expand to weekly on March 5. Parthenon admission is free for Kidsville attendees.