Last chance to view

Friday, July 6, 2001 at 1:00am

This weekend the galleries at the new Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an excellent environment in which to escape the summer heat. Presently on view are five inaugural exhibitions that celebrate the opening of this non-profit art center, which was created through a public and private partnership formed by the Frist Foundation, Nashville's Metropolitan government, the U.S. Postal Service and the citizens of Nashville.

Nashville's former post office at 919 Broadway is the location for the Frist Center. Seab Tuck of Nashville's Tuck Hinton Architects is responsible for the renovation of the building, which updated the facilities to present-day standards for exhibiting works of art.

Notable among the exhibitions are European Masterworks: Paintings from the Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario and An Enduring Legacy: Art of the Americas from Nashville Communities. Sunday is the final day to view the European Masterworks show, which is a significant collection of 145 paintings of superior quality. This selection provides a sampling of artists and offers the viewer a broad range of subject matter, styles and artistic materials.

European Masterworks is a survey of European paintings from about 1400 until 1989. In Eugene Boudin's oil painting,

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