Artlightenment 2014 Art and Film Festival coming November 13-15


Artlightenment, the annual multi-media art show and film festival that showcases dozens of visual artists, painters, sculptors, and filmmakers, is slated to run November 13, 14, and 15 at The Celebrity Centre (Old Fall School Building), 1130 8th Ave. S., Nashville, TN, 37203.

Created by painter, sculptor, and film producer, Robyn Morshead in 2009, this three- day event also features workshops, live music, and a fashion show, making it a vital force in Nashville’s creative community.

The theme of this year’s Artlightenment is “The Light Side of Art,” and will feature the work of underwater photographer and filmmaker Christy Rogers, a visionary artist who uses the refraction of light on her subjects to create beautiful images reminiscent of the paintings of Rubens and Caravaggio.

Ms. Rogers’ work, which is being shown internationally, is currently on display at the Angers Nantes Opera House in Angers, France, and this will be the only opportunity to see her large-format prints in Nashville. Join her as she hosts a special pre-show seminar, “My Career in Underwater Photography and Film” on Thursday, November 13 at 5:30 pm.

This year’s festival also will highlight the work of landmark photographer Raeanne Rubenstein, whose work has graced the pages of publications such as People magazine and The New York Times. Attendees can hear Rubenstein speak on “The Funny Side of Art and Film” on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm.

Actress Carla Christina Contreras will be kicking off Artlightenment’s Film Festival on Saturday, November 13 at 6:30 pm with her talk “A Long and Successful Acting Career.” Carla’s recent film work includes Two Eggs (with Tom Skirret), Self Offense (official selection in eight film festivals), Static (eleven awards, including Best Actress), as well as the feature film Summer Snow. Some of her other work includes Army Wives, America’s Most Wanted, and a co-starring role in Following Her Heart, which starred Ann-Margret, George Segal, and Brenda Vacarro.

The festival is proud to feature The MTSU Paris Project, three films produced by well-known documentary filmmaker Tom Neff and shot by student filmmakers from MTSU’s Electronic Media Communications Department. The films center on the unlikely cross-cultural exchange between Paris, France and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The MTSU student-filmmakers traveled there to make these extraordinary documentaries about contemporary French artists, their work, and methodology.
Three-day tickets for this groundbreaking event are $15. Ticket holders have access to all exhibits and workshops, as well as to the film festival and closing-night awards and fashion shows.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please visit:

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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