A selection of watercolors by multi-talented country music singer/songwriter Steve Wariner will be part of three exhibits at the Tennessee State Museum centered around a musical theme. The exhibition, entitled “Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner,” will feature approximately 21 of Wariner’s favorite paintings. It opens on October 11.
Wariner, who released his new album It Ain’t All Bad last week, has accomplished much since making his way to Nashville from his native Indiana as a teenager when the legendary Dottie West hired him to play bass guitar in her road band. He has achieved 14 No. 1 hits with songs such as “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “The Weekend,” “Life’s Highway,” “I Got Dreams,” and more. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Wariner has won four Grammy Awards, four CMA Awards, one ACM Award, and has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Several entertainers have earned major hits with Wariner-penned tunes, including Garth Brooks (“Longneck Bottle”), Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”), and Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”).
Growing up in an artistic, inventive family gave Wariner an early start in expressing his creativity. “My father and brothers use to draw, doodle and dabble in water colors. I remember trying to draw at a very young age and always loved it,” Wariner said. “My father was also a talented musician and singer, so I was inspired by him all the way around.”
Wariner adds that he had a “fabulous” high school art teacher named Gordon Morrison, “who arranged for me to have back-to-back art classes for four years, forgoing study hall. I also worked for him sometimes during the summer months. He was a brilliant teacher and great friend. Over the years, I have continued to study art and develop my own style.”
“I am absolutely thrilled at this tremendous opportunity to have my art on display at the Tennessee State Museum,” Wariner added. “My work has been exhibited occasionally here-and-there over the years but never like this or at this level. This truly is a first for me…I am very grateful.”
Museum Curator Renee White describes Wariner as “an exceptionally talented performer and painter. He has been a longtime supporter of our museum and it is a pleasure to present his work to his many fans and to our visitors.”
“Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner” will be on view from October 11 through December 29, 2013 and is open to the public free of charge. The Tennessee State Museum is located at 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, Tenn. 37243. For information and museum hours, visit the museum’s website at www.tnmuseum.org. For information on Steve Wariner, visit his website at www.SteveWariner.com.
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