Charles Martin writes in a dimly lit office of his home in Jacksonville, Florida. In that room, Charles weaves stories for a world inundated with bad news. This week, the New York Times best-seller’s latest novel, Unwritten, will vie for the attention of readers distracted by deadly headlines, cynical social media and tabloid gossip. His words carry a very different message.
The “pop-up” movement continues to thrive in Nashville with this weekend’s launching of Joint, which aims to take the concept beyond retail and dinners with an art-focused approach.
Joint is the brainchild of Susan Sherrick, an art dealer who recently moved to Nashville after stints in San Francisco and New Orleans, and fashion and media consultant Libby Callaway, a Tennessee native who previously worked as the fashion editor at the New York Post.
It’s back-breaking work that requires late nights, early mornings and a whole lot of faith that your effort won’t prove to be in vain. Throwing pottery – seen by many as a hobby reserved for art classes with pre-fabricated kilns – is more than just a craft. For Alex Matisse, a 28-year-old traditional potter based in Asheville, North Carolina, it’s his life’s calling.
When Jacob Henley moved to Nashville in 2010, he settled far from the city’s more gentrified and glorified zip codes, in a neighborhood called Salemtown. Just south of the Cumberland River’s northwestern curve, the area is home to our city’s largest housing project and lowest-performing elementary school. Now, thanks to Jacob, it’s also home to Nashville’s first handmade skateboard workshop, Salemtown Board Company.
In an age when more and more of our “books” have on-and-off switches, and we delete correspondence by a click or a tap without a second thought, physical objects and other tangible links to our memories and heritage are increasingly hard to come by and, thus, all the more meaningful.