The Gallatin Arts Council Presents Juried Art Show “And Life Steps Almost Straight”

Fri, Nov 04, 2022

The Gallatin Arts Council is pleased to present this year’s juried art show, “And Life Steps Almost  Straight,” in partnership with Volunteer State Community College. The opening reception will take place on Friday, November 4th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building at Volunteer State Community College.

This fall, join the Gallatin Arts Council and Volunteer State Community College at an opening day reception for the juried art show, “And Life Steps Almost Straight.” With almost a hundred entries from all across the southeast, the juried show, which is chaired by Kirsten Benfield, has brought together art of all forms and will be open to the public from November 4th through December 19th. Also featured will be a Judges Corner, where jurors will display their works.

“And Life steps almost straight,” is a line from Emily Dickinson’s “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark,” written in 1862. The poem speaks to the human capacity for survival and resilience in the face of hardship and uncertainty, using the metaphor of stumbling around in the dark until one’s eyes adjust to the lack of light. Instead of centering the theme of this juried exhibit around this particular metaphor, the line, “And Life steps almost straight,” was chosen because it illustrates the idea that there are many different ways to move forward through life, and that very often, they are unexpected and indirect. Regardless of the direction we step, Emily Dickinson encourages the bravest among us to accept the darkness and move forward.

The reception will take place on Friday, November 4th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building at Volunteer State Community College and will feature light hors d'oeuvres and the chance to meet local artists. The show will remain on display until Monday, December 19th, and is open to the public. A special thank you goes out to show sponsors Phillips & Ingrum - Attorneys At Law and First Horizon Bank of Gallatin.

Most pieces of art are available for purchase at the close of the show. If you are interested in a specific piece, please contact the Gallatin Arts Council at to be connected with the artist.

The Gallatin Arts Council is a 501(c)3 organization that serves to encourage and support the growth of artists and the arts in Gallatin, TN and surrounding areas. For more information, visit

For more information about the Volunteer State Community College art gallery or to find their visiting hours, visit the art gallery web page.

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