by Laura Hutson
When Open Lot closed earlier this year, the future looked uncertain, but director Jonathan Lisenby is determined that the artist community comes out strong — we're picturing a small group of phoenixes smoldering into a pile of ashes. He began Open Lot as a sort of communal art society, where everyone who wanted to be involved was, and everyone was equal. Lisenby's vision was strong, but — as is the case with many idealistic social models — he was burned by a few bad members. (To make a long story short, bills fell behind and they lost their space in a former bookbindery in East Nashville.)
The bright side and full details after the jump ...
But this weekend, Open Lot is rising from the proverbial ashes to be born anew: Lisenby & Co. have found a new space in what we've been told is a humongous warehouse where First Ave. meets Hermitage (right next door to Crema, lucky them), and they're asking for community involvement to secure that the space is worthy of the progressive but inclusive vision Open Lot envisions.
The new board consists of three committees — musical performances, nonprofit activities and visual art exhibitions — which are guided by a group of extremely talented local creatives, including Tony Youngblood, Sabine Schlunk, Erik Thompson, Sarah Cozort, Dan Carr and Alcamy Henrikson.
Lisenby told the Scene that he wants the building's interior to be polished, and “not a warehouse that's been converted, but a real gallery space. Our goal is to raise $4,000, which is pretty modest, really.” Those funds will go toward materials, and the Open Lot crew will do all the installation themselves.
To help kick of the beginning of what Lisenby hopes will be a galvanizing force in Nashville's art community, they've organized a fundraiser full of some of Nashville's finest indie acts, such as Natural Child, Denney and the Jets, The Cherry Blossoms, The Nudity and Sugar Sk*-*lls. The event will take place at Zombie Shop, a vintage motorbike co-op on Sixth Ave. It's a great excuse to see a great lineup of local bands while supporting the local art scene. Come show your support for both.