The Art Event

The Art Event is in the past.

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.

More 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

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 a complete listing of artists to show and links to their websites visit For more information on the event, call 615.966.6321.


About Rick Casali

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 at The Art Event

  • Brentwood residents Beth Affolter, Ginger Oglesby, Leila Platt, Deann Hebert, Roy Overcast and Phil Stoner
  • Franklin residents Lauren Dunn, Thalia Kahl, Janet King, JoEllen Thatcher and Marilyn Wendling
  • Other artists: Frank Baggett, Melissa Payne Baker, Hannah Clayton, Ann Cowden, Charles Cox, Amy Crews,Tom Findlay, Shannon Haas, Dennis Harris, Joan Jannaman, Susan Jones, Colleen Lyons, Sharron Mallison, Jairo Prado, Enrique Pupo Walker, Amy Rankin, Erin Rickelton, Janice Stevens, Mary Veazie and Caryl Witt.