Lipscomb Academy Art Event features works of Rick Casali

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Lipscomb Academy presents the tenth annual The Art Event Feb. 7-9. Rick Casali, a figurative artist based in Maryland, is this year’s featured artist.

Casali paintingMore than 50 local and regional artists will display and sell their work during the three-day event. A wide range of styles and media will be represented by these artists.

The Art Event will take place in the Lipscomb Academy High School gym, located at 3901 Granny White Pike in Nashville. The sale hours are Friday, Feb. 7, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Art Event at Lipscomb is open to the public. An online auction begins Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at

Casali’s work expresses his appreciation for nature and his love of the figure. Whether painting one's portrait in oils or sculpting the figure in clay, Casali keeps his artistic principles streamlined.

“It is the honest study of nature that leads one to beauty,” says Casali. “I'm striving to capture the essence of what is happening. A certain color harmony in the landscape or the spirit of a person in the portrait.”

His style is known for its embrace of classicism, Impressionism and elements of modern design, aiming to fuse the timeless geometry of the Greeks with a fresh Impressionistic vision of reality.

Casali is an alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. From 2004 to 2007, he maintained a close apprenticeship with renowned portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their farm in Edgewater, Md. Casali has also studied extensively with sculptor Stephen Perkins, an expert in human construction and anatomy. Additional mentors include colorist George T. Thurmond and internationally acclaimed portrait artist Michael Shane Neal, a 1991 Lipscomb University graduate and parent of two Lipscomb Academy students.

Other artists showing include Brentwood residents Beth Affolter, Ginger Oglesby, Leila Platt, Deann Hebert, Roy Overcast and Phil Stoner; and Franklin residents Lauren Dunn, Thalia Kahl, Janet King, JoEllen Thatcher and Marilyn Wendling; in addition to artists Frank Baggett, Melissa Payne Baker, Leslee Bechtel, Carol Carmichael, Hannah Clayton, Ann Cowden, John Cowden, Charles Cox, Amy Crews, T.J. Cunningham, Vicki Denaburg, Carrie Duborg, Tom Findlay, Shannon Haas, Dennis Harris, Denise Hawkins, Carey Haynes, Bitsy Hughes, Joan Jannaman, Susan Jones, Mark Katzman, Bitsy King, Judy Klich, Colleen Lyons, Sharron Mallison, Paige Morehead, Melanie Morris, David Nichols, Jairo Prado, Enrique Pupo Walker, Marabeth Quin, Colleen Quint, Amy Rankin, Erin Rickelton, Lorna Sanders, Vicki Shipley, Anne Smaldone, Janice Stevens, Nicholas Sumner—Nashville Rug Gallery, Mary Veazie, Ann White and Caryl Witt.

Proceeds will benefit the Lipscomb Academy Annual Fund, which provides additional resources for programs and facilities for Lipscomb Academy. Lipscomb Academy is a college preparatory school, grades PreK-12, established in 1891.

Sponsors for The Art Event include Glover Group Entertainment, Pollock Printing and Lipscomb University.

For more information, call 615.966.6321 or visit