Events — 01 August 2012
Get Ready for That “Last Summer Fling”

There’s still plenty of sunshine left before summer 2012 comes to a close. Before putting away those umbrellas and sunglasses, keep them out just a little while longer and attend the upcoming Les Gemmes Last Summer Fling event on August 18, 2012.

It will be an evening of elegance, fun, great food, music and more, as the distinguished ladies of the Nashville Chapter of the Les Gemmes, Inc. are proudly presenting this event as a fundraiser for the Lighting the Path for Girls organization. ‘A Culinary Taste of Nashville” will feature cuisine from some of the city’s top caterers. Highlights of the event will include: the artwork of award-winning artists Michael Mc-Bride and James Threalkill for purchase/auction; written words and wine with best-selling authors Alice Randall and William Michael Barbee. Tickets for The Last Summer Fling can be purchased online at:

Guest artist Michael McBride will have paintings available for purchase or through an auction during the event. Mc-Bride, a Tennessee native, has artwork in both private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. His paintings have been featured on television sitcoms, such as “Living Single”, “The Wayans Bros. Show”, and “The Jamie Foxx Show”.

Michael has also illustrated children’s books and book covers for several publishing groups. Mr. McBride was profiled in the June 2012 edition of Nashville Arts Magazine.

He is currently work on adding paintings to his renown Too Black Too Fast, an art exhibit about African-American jockeys and trainers. The collection features 32 paintings, with 15 of 25 sculptures (fi ve in bronze). Next week McBride’s latest collection of paintings, KALEDISCOPE, opens at M & M Art Gallery, the 1500 square feet art studio/gallery that he and fellow award-winning artist James Threalkill share. The title is quite apropos, considering that many of Michael’s paintings feature his beautiful mastery of the kaleidoscope painting effect.

“The updated collection of Too Black Too Fast will feature a total of 65 paintings once it’s finished,” reveals McBride. Plans are to release the new updated collection about a year from now. If his plate isn’t already loaded enough, McBride is also working on a collection that’s especially close to his heart. It’s called My Father Speaks. This will be a special series of contemporary style paintings based on some of his dad’s (Bishop Walter McBride) best-loved sermons.

“I’m a preacher’s kid,” says Mc-Bride proudly. “ And what I’ve d one is taken 25 recordings of my dad’s sermons from the last 50 years and created paintings to them.” Mr. McBride says he will start on this very personal new collection sometime in the fall of this year.



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