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Arts Boom in Fifth Avenue Makeover

Posted: Nov. 6th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
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First Saturday Art Crawl

Nashville's Fifth Avenue has been no stranger to art in the past decade, but is now in the midst of a $1.4 million dollar revitalization that will boast the only light curtains to feature in the United States in addition to an expensive public art installation to commemorate Nashville's Civil Rights history.

When Jeffrey Rymer moved his art gallery to Fifth Avenue five years ago he wanted to be a part of building the visual arts scene on the downtown Nashville street from the ground up.

Rymer poured his heart and soul into helping the district gain recognition and helped establish the First Saturday Art Crawl, a monthly tour of downtown art galleries.

The art crawl was a hit and now attracts over 1,000 visitors a month -- a strong mix of Nashville residents, tourists and hotel guests. The street was rebranded Fifth Avenue of the Arts, and gallery tenants in the district grew from a handful to a peak of 19 galleries.

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