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Spotlight................................................................................................ 11 Rich Boyd The Making of a Legacy................................................ 16 Ben Stroud The Mad Hatter of Milan!.........................................18 Danielle Duer Looking at the Hot Pink Tree........................... 24 Wayne Brezinka Collages with a Conscience........................... 31 Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero A Force of Nature.... 36 Jeff Rymer In Reflection................................................................. 43 Caravaggio Saints and Sinners................................................. 48 NPT Arts Worth Watching................................................................... 5O Southern Word Hi-Resolution.................................................. 56 Robin Rains The Beautiful Essence of High Style.......................62 Oshi Oshi Oshi ........................................................................... 7O McCrary Sisters New Release Represents Ultimate Dream...... 76 Theatre.......................................................................79 Beyond Words..........................................................82 Appraise It................................................................. 83 On the Town............................................................. 84 My Favorite Painting.............................................. 86 on the cover :

Wayne Brezinka, The Faces of Mogadishu IV, Collage mixed media, 20" x 16"

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othing gives me more pleasure at this time of the year than to look back over our past issues. It is a

glorious reminder of the talented people that we are fortunate to call our friends and neighbors. Guider, Lerner, Jackson, Weiss, Leonard, Abegg, Sellick, the list is endless. Any city would be thrilled to have the caliber of talent that Nashville has, and I am convinced that they are a key ingredient to making this one of the great cities of the world. Nashville photographer John Nikolai recently took a trip to Carrauntoohil, Northern Ireland, where he created stunning images of the Irish shoreline and John Nikolai at the countryside. We were thrilled when he sent peak of Carrauntoohil, Ireland, with the us this picture of his ascent of the Emerald January 2011 issue Isles’ highest peak with his trusty Nashville Arts Magazine by his side. We love the idea that Nashville's arts and culture are finding their way to distant places. Closer to home, we wish you all a happy and creative New Year. Let the art begin! Paul Polycarpou Editor in Chief

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Prelude to Spring 22nd Annual Antiques and Garden Show, “Collective Color” This February, the highly anticipated Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville is celebrating the return of color to the design world’s imagination in its twenty-second annual event titled “Collective Color.” The show is the largest event of its kind in the country. Internationally renowned designers, authors, lecturers, and exhibitors will be on hand at the Nashville Convention Center for the annual fundraising event to benefit the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Collective Color,” visitors will be immersed in brilliant color as thousands of tulips and hyacinths fill the Entry Garden beds with a floral display rising fifteen feet high from behind a reflection pool. “People today are thirsting for a little color and all the energy and optimism that accompany it,” said Sarah Bartholomew, Co-Chair, explaining the show’s theme. “You see it everywhere. Orange and deep purples are having a heyday. Design experts around the country agree: bold colors are a hot trend.”

Entry Garden Artist, Mathilde Roussel photo: nan evans

For the first time in the show’s storied twenty-two-year history, Cheekwood is truly taking center stage with its dramatic Entry Garden that focuses firmly on Cheekwood’s future while paying homage to its historic and colorful past. Jane Offenbach, CEO of Cheekwood, commented, “Cheekwood is thrilled to be designing the Entry Garden for this year’s Antiques and Garden Show. As one of the Southeast’s premier botanical gardens, we feel it is both a responsibility and a privilege to share our expertise and design talents with the show’s many attendees. Key features in the Entry Garden point to exciting 2012 happenings at Cheekwood, all part of new strategic initiatives aimed at garnering national attention for the distinctive beauty and historical significance of Cheekwood.”

2008 Entry Garden designed by Stephen Wells

Experts who will be present for this show’s lectures include Miles Redd, who is based in New York City and was named creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home in 2003, and Nancy Power, a landscape designer from Santa Monica, California, whose “eclectic boldness” has earned her the title “the Frank Gehry of landscape design.” Power is the author of the book Power of Gardens. In addition, the show will partner with 1stdibs, the world’s largest online marketplace of antiques and fine art.

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The Antiques and Garden Show will run February 10–12, 2012, at the Nashville Convention Center located downtown at 601 Commerce Street. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit The show also supports Exchange Club Charities, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to children in need. January 2O12 | 11


Red River Annual Art Contest This year’s “Nashville Beautiful” art contest captures the city’s efforts toward litter prevention with submissions from third- and fourth-graders throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools. Among the 70 finalists from 36 elementary schools, four students from Una Elementary, Glendale Elementary, Crieve Hall Elementary, and Hickman Elementary have been named winners of the contest. Fourth-grader Cadence Brown from Una Elementary is this year’s Grand Prize Winner. Her work was featured in the Nashville Christmas Parade. Tiana Aldroubi from Glendale and Sadie Trotter of Crieve Hall were awarded the second- and third-place titles, respectively. Lanie Mucha of Hickman, the 1st Place Winner: Cadence Brown from fourth-place winner, received Una Elementary this year’s Red River Award of Distinction for her interpretation of Nashville’s beautification effort. The Annual Art Contest, now in its sixth year, is sponsored in part by the Red River Service Corporation. Red River Service Corporation is a waste management company and the largest local collector of residential waste, serving nearly 100,000 Nashville homes. Co-sponsors include Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metropolitan Arts Commission, and Nashville Arts Coalition. A gallery of images in the exhibition may be viewed at www.

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Of special interest are several paintings and sculptures from the estate of Jack Kershaw, the Nashville artist-turned-attorney who made headlines for representing James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. This auction also includes an archive of material related to the case, including tape recordings, letters, photographs, and notes relating to what Ray claimed was a conspiracy to kill King and to deny him a jury trial.

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Southern Light Shines Downtown Art is alive and well in the South, and the Arts Company is out to prove it. Owner Anne Brown will welcome the New Year by featuring a two-month celebration of photography with SouthLight Salon’s Photography Festival featuring their Southern Light Exhibit. It is a Nashville first. Special photography events, expert panel discussions, master class presentations, and a juried portfolio review that morphs into an exhibit are all a part of the Salon Fest activities. Opening night is Saturday, January 7, at the Arts Company in Downtown Nashville, and the festival runs through February. At the core of the festival is the Southern Light Photography Exhibit, featuring a group of eight photographers living in the South and expressing through their work that art and innovation are alive and well below the Mason-Dixon Line. This display of photographs is a look at the South through eight lenses and a code. Exhibition visitors will be able to scan Quick Read Codes with their smartphones and bring to life a deepened understanding of the images before them. Established in 1996, the Arts Company has become an arts cornerstone of Downtown Nashville. SouthLight Salon is a group of eight well-regarded photographers who formed to create an exchange of ideas, techniques, and critical learning. It has established itself as an expert resource for the photographic and art communities through lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and outreach programs. The SouthLight members are: Chuck Arlund, Jerry Atnip, Nick Dantona, David Robert Farmerie, Robert McCurley, Mark Mosrie, Jerry Park, and Pierre Vreyen.

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Arts of Japan

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Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery presents The Arts of Japan, an exhibit consisting of over 1,300 fine and applied art objects and two featured six-panel screen paintings. Both executed in mineral colors and gold leaf, these pieces masterfully portray scenes from Tale of Gengi and daily life in Kyoto. The collection also includes an impressive range of textiles, scrolls, paintings, rare books, and fine ceramics by artists who undoubtedly contributed to the rebirth of the Japanese folk art movement. Among influential ukiyo-e artists featured in the exhibit are Tsuchiya Koitsu, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, in addition to artists associated with the shin hanga movement, a twentieth-century revitalized approach to ukiyo-e techniques.

Utagawa Hiroshige, Ishibe-Megawa Village

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) is among the highly influential artists who employed the technique of ukiyo-e, translated as “pictures of the floating world,” which focused on the nation’s contemporary culture. This exhibit curated by program director Joseph S. Mella is presented in recognition of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Asian American Student Association at Vanderbilt University and will feature research of Fine Arts Gallery interns and research associates Rebecca Bratt, Meredith Novack, Ashley Pakenham, and Christine Williams. The show opens at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, located at 1220 21st Avenue South, on January 12 and closes February 26.

Belmont University’s Teresa Van Hatten-Granath plunged deeper into her studies during her spring sabbatical on a 72-foot sailboat in search of evidence of plastic and toxic chemicals in the Pacific Ocean off the Chile and California coasts. Her time in the pristine waters of the Chilean Fjords could not have contrasted more from the California beaches that were contaminated by plastic objects from around the globe. She documents both beaches with images of natural and manmade objects alike. The final four pieces challenge the viewer to identify the natural versus man-made items in the images. To further explore these objects, a table is set up for viewers to touch and interact with many of the objects in the photographs. Her exhibit Pristine to Extreme, Plastic in Our Oceans featuring her findings is on view through January 13, 2012. The closing reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on January 12 at Belmont University located at 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212. The exhibit is located in Gallery 121 in the Leu Center for Visual Arts at 1900 Belmont Boulevard in Nashville.

Calling All Songwriters! The Cherry Blossom Songwriting Competition deadline has been extended to January 15! Nashville Arts Magazine is looking for the song or instrumental work that best defines the spirit of the annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival. The grand prize winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize, presented by the Japan-America Society of Tennessee and the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, and their winning song will be performed as part of the 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival on March 24. The contest winner will be announced in the February 2012 issue of Nashville Arts Magazine. The Entry Form and Official Rules are at

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The Making of a Legacy

A Candid Conversation with Rich Boyd Executive Director, Tennessee Arts Commission

by Kim Leavitt


he year was 1999 and the world was poised on the precipice of a new millennium. There was no iPod or Twitter. The Internet was still brand new. When people wanted to hang out with friends, they actually met in person as opposed to simply “liking” each other’s status on Facebook. It was in that year that the tides of change spread to the Tennessee Arts Commission. It needed a new leader, someone who could sustain the work of the agency while also propelling it into the twenty-first century. Rich Boyd, who had served as Deputy Director for fifteen years, was appointed to take the helm.

When Boyd began his tenure as Executive Director, the Tennessee Arts Commission ranked toward the bottom of the pack in comparison to other state arts agencies. The commission primarily functioned as a grant-making agency with ten grant categories, awarding 219 grants in 1999. Now in 2012, the agency provides funding in twenty-one different grant categories and will award 1,300 grants to individual artists, arts organizations, libraries, parks, and public schools statewide. As a former staff member from 2004 to 2011, I experienced the transformation of the agency firsthand as it gained national distinction as a leader in arts education, advocacy, and folklife preservation. On the eve of Rich Boyd’s retirement, I sat down with him to ask about his decision to leave the agency and what the future holds. Boyd leaves behind a legacy of success rarely accomplished by other state arts agency executive directors. KL: Including the years as Deputy Director, you’ve devoted over half your life to the Tennessee Arts Commission. Any mixed emotions about retirement?

RB: Yes, there are deep emotions. The months prior to the announcement were an emotional roller coaster trying to decide if the time was right or wondering if I could have done more. I finally came to the realization that there would always be more to do as an agency because we constantly evolve to meet the needs of the artists and arts organizations we serve. 16 | January 2O12 |

My rural heritage instilled a deep respect for the traditional arts, which may explain my appreciation for classic architecture and design. I’ve dabbled in historic home and period garden renovation. For over thirty years I served as a consultant to the Kenan family, one of North Carolina’s most influential families, working primarily on the restoration of Liberty Hall, the ancestral home in Kenansville, North Carolina. This spring UNC Chapel Hill Press will publish Liberty Hall—Reclaiming A Family Heritage, which documents five years of research and writing. There have been some long nights.

Backstage at the 2001 Governor’s Arts Awards are (left to right): Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission; singer Mike Eldred; Eleanor Yoakum; the late Eddy Arnold, who won a Distinguished Artist Award in 2001; Governor Don Sundquist; and First Lady Martha Sundquist. Photo: State of Tennessee Photographic Services.

KL: Your family has deep Tennessee roots. Do you think being a native gave you a greater understanding of the state’s cultural heritage?

RB: Definitely. We are a product of our environment, and I’m not ashamed to say I was raised on a farm in rural Rutherford County with a strong work ethic. The idea that culture is only produced and available in major metropolitan areas is foreign to me. I believe that bluegrass is equivalent to Bach. Ballet and buck dancing are both dance forms with neither more important than the other. Every form of art deserves public funding if the community finds value in them.

KL: Years from now if someone were to write your story and the legacy you’re leaving behind at the Tennessee Arts Commission, what would you want remembered?

RB: To have been an active participant in the transformation of a state arts agency with very limited resources to a highly respected funding organization is most humbling. Before I became Executive Director, grant-making was 90 percent of the work conducted by the staff. Beginning in 2000, the agency truly began to serve the citizens of Tennessee with the development of programmatic activities. We made a conscious choice to be an agent of change. We saw the value in partnerships and the critical need for advocacy on the local, state, and national levels. This change led to the rebirth of Tennesseans for the Arts and the message that the arts bring value to local communities and define who we are as a people and a state.

KL: Talk a little bit about life before the Arts Commission. A lot of people probably don’t realize you are an artist in your own right.

RB: My first exposure to the arts was through a summer theatre program in the rural school I attended. I didn’t realize it then, but now I understand how that early exposure to theatre impacted my education and career choices. That interest was fostered by devoted teachers who believed the school day did not end at three o’clock and students should be exposed to the arts. That is why arts education became a priority of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s work.

Visiting before the 2003 Governor’s Arts Awards are (left to right): Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission; Dolly Parton, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003; Governor Phil Bredesen; and First Lady Andrea Conte. Photo: State of Tennessee Photographic Services

KL: If you could go back and do it all over again, would you change anything?

RB: Of course I would. I would come to understand sooner that life is a journey with no end, and the pursuit of perfection is always worthwhile, and the attainment is impossible. I would listen more attentively, talk less, and laugh louder. I would appreciate my friends more and be grateful for the opportunities I have had to make a difference because of this position. And I would say thank you more often. Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, and Paul Kwami, music director for the Fisk Jubilee Singers, at the White House for the presentation of the National Medal of Arts. The presentation was made to the Fisk Jubilee Singers in a special ceremony in November of 2008. Photo: Fisk University

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Ben Stroud

Metro Drive In, Oil on canvas, mixed media frame

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en Stroud had the good fortune to be born at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which is the same hospital the legendary Elvis Presley died in. Imbued with the same independence and irreverence that inspired

other Blues City greats such as Fred Smith of FedEx fame and Holiday Inn’s Kemmons Wilson, Stroud emerged as a visual inventor who escaped convention. Even as early as three years old, he began to destroy the family home with paint, crayons, and anything else colorful he could manage to coerce into expression. He worshipped his Uncle Jack, who was described as the pariah of the family and whose paintings and pottery led Stroud to experiment in clay and on canvas. Making daring and provocative images has been a cathartic process for the adult Stroud, whose work has become a social barometer commenting on the story of America, its mores, and its flaws. 18 | January 2O12 |

Once, in his early teens, he accepted another boy’s challenge and swam across the mighty undercurrents of the Mississippi River, arriving victorious on the far bank. Jeff Buckley and other risk takers weren’t as fortunate and gave in to the river’s unforgiving force. Taking chances was second nature to Stroud, however, who also managed to climb to the roof of his church’s new addition, surprising the congregation and his mom when they exited the service. There was no denying the influence of Rock ‘n’ Roll music and the radio station WDIA in his Southern environment. “It gave me a profound sense of self,” states Stroud. “I flipped out over the Beatles and the Stones. I endured a lot of rejection, and music helped me deal with it.” His personal soundtrack was quite eclectic, with everything from Albert King, Lead Belly, and the Doors to Tchaikovsky and Rossini overtures. He was always sketching during this period. Sometimes it was Father’s Day cards for his dad or Civil War battles that particularly intrigued him because

The Evangelist, Oil on canvas, mixed media frame

Warning: Keep Out of Reach of Children, Oil on canvas, mixed media frame |

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his great-grandfather fought under General Lee at Gettysburg. Stroud’s irrepressible creative spirit had already taken control of his destiny in fine arts, and his path was to be determined by the frequency of his brushstrokes. He claims his dad was a “hothead” he couldn’t get along with who thought his being an artist was a worthless endeavor, so Stroud enlisted in the Marines in the summer of ’65. After three years in service, he ended up being stationed in the Philippines and missed all the Viet Nam aggression before returning to Memphis. A genuine unorthodox Delta renegade, Stroud received his bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Memphis in 1971, compliments of the GI Bill, and when the VA checks ran out, he began looking for an inexpensive way to frame his paintings. The young artist found some discarded trim at a lumberyard, which he burned and scarred over a gas stove to produce his own homemade frames. This would eventually become a trademark in Stroud’s later pieces as he

Detail, mixed media frame

Elvis in Paradise, Oil on canvas, mixed media frame

Making daring and provocative images has been a cathartic process for Stroud, whose work has become a social barometer commenting on the story of America, its mores, and its flaws.

The Art Work Highway: Before – After, Oil on canvas, mixed media frame 20 | January 2O12 |

often hand carves emblematic, non-commercial frames that echo the theme or the details of the particular painting he is finishing. Stroud reenlisted, this time in the Navy, where he became an illustrator/draftsman in 1973. He was promoted to Chief of Graphics for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, representing the Southern European Division in 1980. He stayed in the armed services until 1988 where he was heavily influenced during his stay by European art. He was stationed in Italy a good deal of the time, and the Vatican Museum really impressed him, as did the work of Balthus, Escher, Bruegel, and Bosch. While overseas, he painted a mural in an Italian children’s hospital that depicted Jesus healing the sick children. “Italians are more tolerant of radical, non-conformist behavior. And they are much more accepting of artists as human beings,” says Stroud (who is married to an Italian woman). That is probably why he has chosen to live in Sesto Calende, Varese, Italy, which is about nine miles from Milan in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy.

Italy has allowed me to escape from the ‘anti-artist movement’ I experienced in the South when I was younger. In the States, if you told people you were an artist they looked at you and didn’t think you had a real job.

Artists? America Don’t Need No Artists, Oil on canvas, mixed media frame

This artist has a cardinal rule, a kind of work ethic he wants to share with every other artist. “The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is walk into my studio and get to work, regardless of how I feel. Even if it’s just mixing a color or sorting brushes, I’m there to paint. I do my best work while in my pajamas in the early morning when the world’s asleep. You can survive life’s little interruptions if you start your day painting.” Stroud elaborates, “Some of the ideas I get are electric. They come to me in a flash . . . and they might be complicated, they might be a story. But I can really connect in those quiet hours where I work slowly, deliberately, and accurately.” In 2000, Stroud won first place in the State of Tennessee’s Outside the Box contest. The following year he was a prizewinning finalist in the Best of Tennessee exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum. He has had a one-man show at the Arts Company in Nashville and has six pieces in the permanent collection of the State Museum. Critical admirers have said his work resonates with the soul, defies labels, and is punctuated with truly American characters.

The Dr. Bird Story, Oil on canvas, mixed media frame |

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Looking at the Hot Pink Tree The Art of Danielle Duer by Marshall Fallwell, Jr.


anielle Duer’s paintings surround and engulf her. Her world is changing, she

says, her life refining itself. She is more focused, directed, tighter, stronger, the painted faces more numerous now than ever. She regards them, and they her. They are the spirits she was, is, and will become. They are her myth. There is dignity in the painted faces, and more resolve, she says, than she’s ever known—and perhaps that’s what she’s moving towards, that resolve. And there is more dialogue than ever between her and her spirits. As she speaks, she shapes words in the air with her hands as if painting what she is saying, too. Something is happening, something she can’t quite express. Danielle is fascinated with gypsies, wanderers, fashion models with perfect eyes, childlike women with mature eyes, tribal headdresses, filigreed aboriginal body markings; less as pure decoration than as primal, ancient symbols, even if their meanings may be long forgotten by now. Still, they had meaning once, Danielle insists, and that alone gives them meaning now—“the idea of ideas of ideas.”* Danielle and I talk on into the evening. We agree that pure decoration, meaningless ornament, is a modern idea, and that so-called “primitive” cultures rarely, if ever, adorn themselves or their art without profound, established, even holy meaning. I mention that a soldier’s uniform tunic, resplendent with colored ribbons and brass, is anything but “decorative,” although many of the devices the soldier displays are traditionally called decorations. In fact, they don’t embellish anything; instead, they record everything of any

photo : anthony scarl ati

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The Rescue, Acrylics and inks on canvas, 24" x 48"


I want so desperately for them to mean something to someone other than me. I want to share them exactly as they are.


military significance about the soldier: his name, unit, rank, operational specialty, experience, his campaigns and foreign postings, his citations for valor, meritorious service, and for his combat wounds. The soldier literally wears his heart and his life on his sleeve, in great detail, if the observer knows how to look. This idea reverberates with Danielle. And although the hard details may have been lost, just knowing that they were once there embodies and enriches the myths we recreate about ourselves in art. Perhaps Danielle’s most characteristic painting is titled Rescue. Stage left, a mascara-eyed, black-haired, perhaps Ukrainian girl in a green tutu with parti-colored Victorian bodice, holding a fishbowl to her breast; to her right a docile, horned reindeer, evoking Eden. Farther stage right and upstage a bit, a boy in a black coat piped vaguely like that of a toreador, the boy adjusting the sail of a model ship floating in the air, and partially masking his face. Over all is a lush umbrella of pink cherry blossoms. Symbol-heavy, this well-composed piece promises passion, tranquility, communication, hope, confidence in hope, and all things bright and springlike.

Ms. Betty Baconchop, Acrylics and inks on wood panel, 8" x 10"

Ms. Betty Baconchop: Portrait bust of a woman, her eyes sadder, older, and wiser than in Rescue, dressed in more somber pastels, her head helmeted in elaborate swaths and crazy quilts of baroque fabrics in rich colors, a desperate, Zelda Fitzgerald ambience, as if her velvet opulence will insulate her from the wilderness east of Eden. |

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Transformation, Acrylic and inks on cradled wood panel, 8" x 10"

Implying a temporal sequence with the previous portraits, Transformation depicts a somber girl, head wrapped in something like a Muslim shawl, her face tattooed after the Bedouin fashion. The shawl is yellow, and there float two yellow butterflies to her right.

Migration, Acrylic and inks on cradled wood panel, 18" x 18"

Everything we are, have been, and are becoming; everywhere we’ve been and are going is there in our faces, in the way the world sees us.

Migration depicts another girl with eyes downcast and slanted right, as if in contemplation or sadness, her helmeted headdress and clothes European in style; behind her, four caped figures resembling monks, in a line along the middle-distance horizon. Behind the figures in both paintings is encroaching darkness.

Danielle and her paintings say that we moderns have forgotten so much of who we are culturally, historically, spiritually, and yet the yearning to know haunts us. But those of us who try to rediscover our origins and ponder our fates have so few tangible clues to go on. Much of our world seems actually to shun history as extraneous, to discard it, while at every yard sale and auction, a family’s history explodes and disappears into antique malls and thrift stores. A Nashville native, Danielle Duer was trained in music and competitive gymnastics, and, later, in design at Nossi College of Art in Goodlettsville. She exhibits her artwork at Art & Invention Gallery in East Nashville, and, with a partner, manages Simple Syrup Design House, manufacturing and marketing decorative applications of her paintings. Danielle lives with her husband and two children in Nashville. 26 | January 2O12

Journey of a Man, Acrylics and inks on cradled wood panel, 36" x 36" |



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The Faces of Mogadishu, Part I, Collage mixed media, 20" x 16"

Wayne Brezinka Collages with a Conscience by Deborah Walden | photography by Bob Schatz


uccess, it seems, has not gone to Wayne Brezinka’s head. He is humble, thoughtful, and one of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing. His

collaged illustrations literally bring to life the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” by incorporating found texts and vintage ephemera to make images speak. Brezinka’s colorful designs have grabbed the attention of media outlets and major corporations across the country. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Both Neiman Marcus and the Johnny Cash family are among his impressive list of clients. |

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Brezinka, a Minnesota native, migrated to Nashville with big dreams of a graphic design career in the music industry. After realizing success with a major label, Brezinka felt the urge to be more expressive, experimental, and true to himself through his art. His time as a graphic designer had given him a thorough understanding of form, balance, and color. It had also taught him how to successfully incorporate image and text for a strong message. What it had not given him, though, was a sense of liberation. “Four years ago, I jumped off the illustration/design diving board,” says Brezinka. He ventured out of the world of commercial graphic design to explore fine arts and illustration. His work has flourished in this new-found freedom. “When I took the turn for illustration, I started doing the stuff that was more hands-on,” Brezinka relates. His work grew organically from 2-D and digital formats to his current collage and shadowbox technique. Brezinka feels that this style comes naturally for him. “I’ve always loved rusty nails and vintage items,” he says. Brezinka’s three-dimensional art allows him to mix sculptural forms with flat surface patterns. His designer’s instinct for texture and line helps him create images that “pop” with lively and dynamic elements. In today’s world of digitized images, one might surmise that Brezinka’s collages are designed on a computer. That assumption would detract from the magic of Brezinka’s craft. He claims, “The only thing I put together in Photoshop is a template.” Many of Brezinka’s designs actually start as hand-drawn illustrations. He moves from sketches and templates to the painstaking process of building small worlds with snips of paper, bits of

The Thinker, Collage mixed media, 24" x 18"

The Faces of Mogadishu, Part III, Collage mixed media, 20" x 16" 32 | January 2O12 |

For instance, a work like Evening of Stories invites viewers into a contemplative and peaceful scene. The brilliant blue of the sky, paired with the earthy browns of the trees, creates a lush blanket of color. Viewers can mentally step inside the quiet world of the collage. Brezinka’s instinct to escape into his work has come full circle, as he now invites his audience to join in. Brezinka’s latest series looks to new horizons. Famine: The Faces of Mogadishu will raise funds and awareness for the millions of people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa. Brezinka claims, “I could not get the images of people walking fifteen or twenty miles a day for water and food out of my head. It’s not something that’s forced. It’s something that came naturally based on what I was feeling toward the people.” Brezinka builds the faces for this series by making composite portraits of several individuals. The faces thus become symbolic representations of the suffering of whole communities. “I need a reference to people and what they look like, so I put different images together to create one face. I use that as template and build it from there.” The resulting portraits are colorful and expressive, with strong, bold lines that form haunting faces. A portion of the proceeds from this series will go to World Vision’s Horn of Africa Food Crisis fund. For more information on Brezinka’s work, including the Famine series, visit

Evening of Stories, Collage mixed media, 24" x 18"

string, and lots of imagination. He enjoys “tactile paint and glue” and the physical work of constructing his intricate vignettes. Brezinka’s studio bears witness to his eclectic influences, with stacks of old books and vintage objects that work their way into his art. From a distance, the clippings of paper in Brezinka’s collages may seem like accidental elements. Brezinka’s thoughtful nature becomes evident in the details of his construction. Words chosen specifically for each subject are scattered throughout his compositions. Like secret messages to the viewer, they declare insights about the people, places, and ideas that fill his creations. Though intentional, Brezinka refers to his text elements as “happy accidents” that seem to fall into place, thanks to his instinct as an artist and a graphic designer. |

Robert Johnson, Collage mixed media, 24" x 20"

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Giancarlo Guerrero

A Force of Nature by John Pitcher | photography by Rob Lindsay


iancarlo Guerrero stared at his computer with growing alarm. It was 5:30 in the morning on December 1, and Guerrero, an early riser despite the nocturnal nature of his job as music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, was going through his routine. He checked his email and was stunned at what he saw.

“There were like a zillion messages in my in-box, so I immediately thought that something must be wrong, someone must have died,” says Guerrero, who added a touch of dread to his usually euphoric, rapid-fire speech pattern. “But then I noticed that people from all over were congratulating me, and I wasn’t even sure at first what it was all about.” Guerrero had gone to bed the night before without realizing that the 54th Annual Grammy Awards were about to announce this year’s nominees. Once again, Guerrero and the NSO were getting a nod. The ensemble was nominated in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for its recording of contemporary American composer Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. The CD was recorded at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center last winter for the Franklin-based Naxos label. The Grammy Awards air February 12. 36 | January 2O12 |

If Guerrero had known that the Grammys were coming, he might have stayed up like a kid anticipating Christmas, since it was a good bet that the NSO would be nominated. The orchestra has been on a Grammy streak. In 2008, the ensemble under the direction of its former artistic adviser Leonard Slatkin won three Grammys for its recording of Joan Tower’s Made in America. Guerrero and the orchestra won three additional Grammy Awards in 2011 for their recording of Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis. All of the albums featured new American music. “What I find most gratifying is that the Grammys are recognizing our commitment to playing the music of living American composers,” says Guerrero. “We’ve created a lot of excitement in our concert hall by focusing on new music.” Indeed, over the past couple of years, Guerrero and the NSO have been generating the sort of electricity that Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were known for in the 1990s. At a time when many orchestras were playing to aging, shrinking audiences, San Francisco was attracting a much younger, hipper crowd, in large part due to Thomas’s adventurous programming. The NSO and Guerrero have been doing the same thing.

"People know they’re going to hear something new when they come to our concerts, and I think that’s helped us build a more diverse audience,” says Alan Valentine, the NSO’s president. “Giancarlo’s energy and charisma have also brought more people into our concert hall." Guerrero’s classical career may seem meteoric, but his musical development has in fact been slow and anything but inevitable. Born on March 14, 1969, in Managua, Nicaragua, Guerrero spent his first decade living under the Somoza dictatorship. Things |

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went from bad to worse when the Sandinistas came to power in 1979, so Guerrero’s father, a skilled engineer, moved his family to Costa Rica. “Costa Rica was a beacon of peace in Latin America,” says Guerrero. “Still, I think my parents always thought we’d one day return home. We never did.” For the young Guerrero, the move to Costa Rica had one immediate benefit: He got to study music. The Costa Rican Youth Symphony provided training for talented young musicians. On registration day, prospective students stood in line to pick up available instruments. Guerrero wanted to be a violinist, but the line for that premium instrument practically stretched out the door. The percussion queue, however, was nearly empty. “My dream of becoming the next Jascha Heifetz was dashed,” says Guerrero. “I became a percussionist.” Percussionists must actually master many instruments, and by high school Guerrero was playing timpani, blocks, snare drum, triangle, and cymbals. He was also developing the keen sense of rhythmic precision that would one day serve him well as a conductor. Guerrero excelled as a percussionist and won a scholarship to study at Baylor University in Texas. During his junior year, he took a mandatory conducting class. He was less than enthralled with the baton, but his teacher told him he had talent. “I wasn’t ready to give up my sticks yet,” says Guerrero, “but I was getting a lot of encouragement to consider conducting.” When Guerrero entered Northwestern University for his master’s degree, he opted to study both percussion and conducting.

Not surprisingly, when Guerrero returned to Costa Rica, he found few conducting opportunities. He did get an offer to conduct a youth concert with the Costa Rican National Symphony. “I had to perform with a juggler,” he says. His big break came when he attended a conductor’s symposium in Venezuela. Since the mid 1970s, Venezuela had been spearheading a revolutionary music program called El Sistema, a government initiative that provided universal music education to needy children. The program gave rise to one of South America’s most renowned ensembles, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Caracas. It has also produced one bona fide classical superstar, Gustavo Dudamel, now music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 38 | January 2O12 |

Guerrero came to the attention of El Sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu at the symposium. That encounter eventually led to Guerrero’s appointment as music director of the Tachira Symphony as well as guest conducting stints with the famed Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. The importance of Guerrero’s Venezuelan experience can’t be overstated. When the Minnesota Orchestra announced an opening for associate conductor in 1998, Guerrero applied with an audition tape that showed him conducting the mighty Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 with the equally mighty Simon Bolivar. Needless to say he got the job. Guerrero made his first guest appearance with the Nashville Symphony in April 2005. His arrival turned out to be providential, since he was the first conductor to lead the ensemble following the death of long-time music director Kenneth Schermerhorn. Guerrero began the healing process and quickly bonded with the musicians. Within two years, he was selected to become Schermerhorn’s successor. Guerrero, who now lives in Brentwood with wife Shirley and two daughters, has thrown all of his energy into the NSO, working to turn it into a world-class orchestra. “Giancarlo has more enthusiasm than any person I’ve ever met,” says James Button, the NSO’s principal oboist. “His joy for music is contagious.” Naturally, Guerrero hopes to share his love of music with as many Nashvillians as possible.

"Music has the power to change people’s lives in positive ways, so I want to see the orchestra become this city’s cultural ambassador. All of these Grammy Awards are helping us spread the good word about the orchestra." |

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in the gallery

Jeff Rymer

in Reflection

by MiChelle Jones


t was designed to be a classic modernist white box, the Rymer Gallery. The idea was to create a white-

on-white-on-white space for showcasing contemporary art, but the results are anything but cold and sterile. An exposed brick wall, deep russet metal beams, and wooden flooring in the entry and on the stairs infuse the space with warmth and serve as anchors to keep it from being an undefined sea of white. The wooden flooring continues in a mezzanine carved out of one side of the gallery. This is one of the four zones within the gallery, the others being a glass room, a long hallway, and a large open space. Though the look of the Rymer Gallery derived from a carefully researched and executed concept, the gallery itself was not something Jeff Rymer had thought about when he first acquired the Fifth Avenue North space. “I could mislead you and say it was all a grand plan, but it wasn’t,” he says. Originally, he sought only to invest in ground-level space that could house a gallery, restaurant, or other business suited to the residential lofts being developed on higher floors of the building. “I made it very clear that I was not going to open a business now, but I would be an appropriate landlord, and I would find a proper tenant to support their vision of the block,” Rymer says he told the development company. |

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That tenant turned out to be Rymer himself, encouraged to reconsider and introduced to Herb Williams, the gallery’s curator. Rymer and Williams spent the better part of a year visiting galleries in New York, Atlanta, and Chicago. Those visits influenced the aesthetics of their space; they settled on a look wherein walls, floor, ceiling, and other elements fall away leaving a stronger impression of the art on display. That doesn’t mean, however, the Rymer’s walls are never altered—it’s simply a matter of what the artist wants and how the art shows that determines whether they are left white or painted another color. Rymer and Williams initially identified twenty-five artists they wanted to represent and sent each a letter outlining the philosophy and intentions of the gallery. As Rymer puts it, that is to work with artists at any stage in their career, from emerging to established, who are committed to building a lifetime body of work. Out of that first group, eighteen said yes; the gallery launched with about seventeen artists. One Whitney Wood Bailey, Intersections X

I could mislead you and say it was all a grand plan, but it wasn’t.

Luke Hillestad, Kith & Kin

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in the gallery

of those was Brett Osborne, dean of the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, one of forty artists currently on the roster. The relationship with SCAD has led to the signing of several graduates of the school, including Whitney Wood Bailey and Charles Clary. (Clary’s paper sculptures are an example of the kind of work that benefits from the overhead views afforded by the mezzanine.) The Rymer’s exhibition schedule is laid out six to seven months in advance, with some flexibility built in. “If something magical happens, we can slide somebody in or work them into a show,” Rymer says. That happened this past summer when gallery director Natalie Andrews ended up showing her minimalistic wall and hanging sculptures with the Scandinavian-like juxtapositions of natural and luxury items made by her friend and critique partner James Worsham. Meanwhile, Nashville art lovers who travel to Chicago might be surprised to find another Rymer gallery there. Located at the Art Institute, the Betty Rymer Gallery is named after Jeff Rymer’s

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mother, who was an amateur painter. “Painting, although it wasn’t a very long time in her life, was a very passionate time in her life. She painted until she was no longer physically able to,” Rymer says. The Art Institute space came about after Rymer’s father was asked to serve on the organization’s board and realized the school—considered to be the Harvard of fine arts education—lacked a dedicated space for showing art by alumni or current students. Jeff Rymer has been involved with AI’s board on an informal basis. Rymer moved to Nashville from Chicago in April 2001 in a sort of homecoming, since his parents had brought him here when he was only a few months old. “By the end of the first year, I’d made so many great friends and relationships that I wasn’t leaving,” he says. He launched the Rymer Gallery in September 2007 in temporary quarters on Sixth Avenue near the Hermitage Hotel while the current location was under construction. This year the Rymer Gallery will add a new—and as yet unnamed— event designed to appeal to an audience somewhere between the broad one frequenting the Art Crawls and the more specialized one attracted to the Collectors Art Nights.

The Art Crawl is phenomenal, I love it, I would not trade it for anything. Sometimes it’s an embarrassment of riches in that we have so many people there.

Emily Leonard, The Living Tree

The Rymer Gallery is located downtown at 233 5th Avenue North. |

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art around

This month we launch "Art Around," a new feature that looks at art around the country and the world, exploring exhibitions, museums, and galleries you might want to visit.


Saints and Sinners by MiChelle Jones


ichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio shook up the art world of his day (Counter-Reformation Italy) with his masterful use of chiaroscuro and dramatic staging of Biblical scenes in settings familiar to his audience. Though

he relied on the patronage of church officials, he painted to reach ordinary people and often used prostitutes and other outcasts as his models. Caravaggio’s paintings resonated with audiences and with other artists, a school of whom became known as the Caravaggisti. The relationship between the work of some of those painters and their stylistic mentor is the subject of Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome, a traveling exhibition that recently concluded its only U.S. stop at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Sure, one could quibble about the one-to-five ratio of Caravaggio’s paintings and those of his followers in the show, but the ten Caravaggios more than carried their weight. His Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness (1604– 1605), revolutionary in its time for its prominent display of the saint’s dirty foot (a compositional device frequently employed by Caravaggio) was forceful and striking even seen from the length of the exhibition space. It, like the other Caravaggio paintings, was shown among a suite of pictures depicting the same subject by the Caravaggisti, an arrangement that showcased how Caravaggio’s groundbreaking ideas were interpreted by his near contemporaries, often in nearly identical compositions. Antonio d’Enrico’s Saint John, for example, is similarly positioned and draped in fraying red cloth. 48 | January 2O12

Caravaggio, Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, 1604–5, Oil on canvas. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. William Rockhill Nelson Trust |

Caravaggio, Boy Bitten by a Lizard, 1594–96, Oil on canvas. Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi, Florence

Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. 1595, Oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum

Not all of Caravaggio’s paintings depict saints. In fact one of the many innovations he is credited with is that of the genre painting, exemplified by two pieces in the Kimbell’s permanent collection: The Cardsharps and The Gypsy Fortune Teller. In the former, an innocent young nobleman is being taken advantage of by a team of experienced cheats. The elder member of the pair wears gloves with holes at the fingertips (the better to detect subtly marked cards), and he and his junior accomplice are clad in an item of gold clothing accented with black stripes. “They are dressed almost like wasps,” says Andrew Graham-Dixon, author of Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane. Speaking at a Fort Worth event during the run of the exhibition, Graham-Dixon paid Caravaggio the ultimate badboy compliment via an anecdote. He’d presented a copy of Caravaggio to Keith Richards, who said in response: “Caravaggio was a cat. He was a bad guy. If he was alive now, he would have been in the Rolling Stones.” Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome through January 8, 2012, at Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Caravaggio, The Gypsy Fortune Teller, c. 1595, Oil on canvas. Pinacoteca Capitolina, Musei Capitolini, Rome

Caravaggio, Saint Francis in Ecstasy, c. 1594–95, Oil on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

Theodoor Rombouts (follower of Caravaggio), A Lute Player, c. 1620. Philadelphia Museum of Art. John G. Johnson Collection, 1917 |

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Arts Worth Watching For many, the New Year is a time of renewal and rededication, be it to educational, physical, or organizational concerns. For some, it’s also a chance to delve into matters spiritual and philosophical. For those in this latter category, NPT profiles a man early in the month who’d be right with you in your quest. Walker Percy was a critically acclaimed writer and popular novelist of the late twentieth century who passed away in 1990 at the age of 74. Early on, he turned away from his medical training to pursue writing and philosophical questions about the meaning of life and social isolation in the modern age. Much of his fiction invoked wit, humor, and imagination, making his existential search a universal one. His six novels, including The Moviegoer—which won the National Book Award in 1962—became best sellers. Walker Percy: A Documentary Film, airing on NPT Friday, January 6, at 8 p.m., profiles a significant Southern writer who often wrote of the South’s traditions and culture. It features beautiful cinematography and stylized recreations and includes interviews with such authors as Richard Ford, Walter Isaacson, and Jay Tolson. Perhaps this is the year you’ve decided that sitting on the couch and complaining about politics is no longer enough. You want to get up and do something. Well, if Percy is with you in your internal philosophical pursuit, Phil Ochs will be right next to you at the political rally. One of the most politically active singer-songwriters to emerge in the 1960s, Ochs was inspired by a potent combination of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne. He was a journalism student in college, which, perhaps, informed the extent of his protest lyrics—always witty, topical, and insightful, always slightly haunting. Such songs as “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Love Me I’m a Liberal,” “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends,” “Power and the Glory,” “The War Is Over”—and “There But for Fortune,” famously covered by Joan Baez—are inseparable from the anti-Vietnam War era. Ochs was vocal and visible at

political rallies, the Newport Folk Festival, and the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. A cohort of Bob Dylan and Abbie Hoffman, his ultimate disillusionment with the government and several of his heroes—and a familial tendency to bipolar disease— led to his suicide in April 1976. American Masters profiles Ochs on Monday, January 23, at 9 p.m. in Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune. NPT continues its dedication to arts programming on Friday nights this month, with several Great Performances offerings and a look at a true American master. On January 6 at 9 p.m. it’s Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Celebrate Gershwin, a gala concert showcasing the bravura conducting style and interpretive gifts that have made Dudamel an international sensation. On January 13 at 9 p.m., it’s Let Me Down Easy, in which Anna Deavere Smith portrays a range of individuals who are confronting the price and politics of health, followed the next week, January 20 at 9 p.m., with Great Performances at the Met: Anna Bolena. Russian diva Anna Netrebko portrays the ill-fated queen driven insane by her faithful king. Finally, on Friday, January 27, at 9 p.m., NPT offers an encore presentation of American Masters: Sam Cooke, a profile of the singer who put the spirit of the black church into popular music and delivered some of the biggest hits in American music, including "You Send Me," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "Cupid," and "Chain Gang."

Weekend Schedule Saturday

5:00 am Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 5:30 Bob the Builder 6:00 Curious George 6:30 The Cat in the Hat 7:00 Super Why! 7:30 Dinosaur Train 8:00 Thomas & Friends 8:30 Angelina Ballerina 9:00 Sewing with Nancy 9:30 Sew It All 10:00 Victory Garden 10:30 This American Land 11:00 Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef 11:30 Cook’s Country 12:00 noon America’s Test Kitchen 12:30 Pati’s Mexican Table 1:00 Simply Ming 1:30 P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home 2:00 Fon’s & Porter’s Love of Quilting 2:30 Best of Joy of Painting 3:00 Rough Cut - Woodworking 3:30 The Woodwright’s Shop 4:00 New Yankee Workshop 4:30 This Old House 5:00 Ask This Old House 5:30 Hometime 6:00 Natural Heroes 6:30 pm Tennessee’s Wild Side


5:00 am Sesame Street 6:00 Curious George 6:30 The Cat in the Hat 7:00 Super Why! 7:30 Dinosaur Train 8:00 Sid the Science Kid 8:30 Martha Speaks 9:00 Tennessee’s Wild Side 9:30 Volunteer Gardener 10:00 Tennessee Crossroads 10:30 A Word on Words 11:00 Nature 12:00 noon To the Contrary 12:30 The McLaughlin Group 1:00 Moyers & Company 2:00 The Desert Speaks 2:30 Grannies on Safari 3:00 California’s Gold 3:30 Roadtrip Nation 4:00 13 Wonders of Spain 4:30 Rick Steves’ Europe 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 6:00 pm Globe Trekker


January 2012

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Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Season 2 Multiple Emmy winner (including Outstanding Miniseries!) “Downton Abbey” resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era.

Sundays, January 8 – February 19 8:00 PM

Daytime Schedule

5:00 am Classical Stretch 5:30 Body Electric 6:00 Arthur/ A Place of Our Own (Fridays) 6:30 Martha Speaks 7:00 Curious George 7:30 The Cat in the Hat 8:00 Super Why! 8:30 Dinosaur Train 9:00 Sesame Street 10:00 Sid the Science Kid 10:30 WordWorld 11:00 Super Why! 11:30 Wild Kratts 12:00 noon Caillou 12:30 Sid the Science Kid 1:00 Dinosaur Train 1:30 The Cat in the Hat 2:00 Curious George 2:30 Martha Speaks 3:00 Clifford the Big Red Dog 3:30 Arthur 4:00 WordGirl 4:30 Wild Kratts 5:00 Electric Company 5:30 Fetch! 6:00 pm PBS NewsHour

Nashville Public Television

Moyers & Company Bill Moyers returns with a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time.

Fridays at 8:00 PM Beginning January 13

Sexuality NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis Sexuality The latest installment in NPT’s public affairs series explores the roles that sexuality and sexual responsibility play in the health of Tennessee’s children.

Thursday, January 19 9:00 PM





7:00 PioneersofTelevision Westerns. 8:00 MasterpieceClassic Downton Abbey, Season 2: Episode Two. 9:00 IndependentLens Have You Heard from Johannesburg? – Road to Resistance. 10:00 Bluegrass Underground Season Mixer. 10:30 ClosertoTruth 11:00 TavisSmiley 11:30 InsideWashington

7:00 PioneersofTelevision Science Fiction. 8:00 MasterpieceClassic Downton Abbey, Season 2: Episode One. Two years into World War I, Downton Abbey is in turmoil as Matthew and other young men go to war – or avoid it. 10:00 Bluegrass Underground Monte Montgomery. 10:30 ClosertoTruth 11:00 TavisSmiley 11:30 InsideWashington

7:00 AntiquesRoadshow Tulsa (Hour Three). 8:00 AntiquesRoadshow Tampa (Hour Three). 9:00 InPerformance attheWhiteHouse A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement. Artists include Yolanda Adams, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, and more. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Haiti:WhereDid theMoneyGo?

7:00 AntiquesRoadshow Tulsa (Hour Two). 8:00 AntiquesRoadshow Tampa (Hour Two). 9:00 MartinLuther Part 2: The Reluctant Revolutionary. The conclusion traces how Luther’s system of faith spread rapidly across Europe, overturning the hegemony of the Catholic Church. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 ToBeHeard


7:00 AntiquesRoadshow Tulsa (Hour One). 8:00 AntiquesRoadshow Tampa (Hour One). 9:00 MartinLuther Part 1: Driven to Defiance. Luther becomes doubtful that the church can offer him salvation. 10:00 BBCWorldnews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 WildCaught: TheLifeandStruggles ofanAmerican FishingTown



6:30 GreatPerformances From Vienna: The Year’s Celebration 2012. 8:00 MasterpieceClassic Downton Abbey, Part 4. The heir crisis at Downton Abbey takes an unexpected turn. Rumors fly about Mary’s virtue. 9:30 3,2,1Fireworks 10:00 Bluegrass Underground The Farewell Drifters. 10:30 ClosertoTruth 11:00 TavisSmiley 11:30 InsideWashington


Primetime Evening Schedule

January 2012



7:00 Custer’sLastStand: AmericanExperience This biography takes viewers on a journey from Custer’s charge at Gettysburg to his death on the plains of the West. 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Afropop:TheUltimate CulturalExchange Haiti: One Day, One Story/The Other Side of the Water.


7:00 Egypt’sGoldenEmpire The Last Great Pharaoh. 8:00 BillytheKid: AmericanExperience Demonized by the lawman who killed him, the Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime-store novels and later, bigscreen dramas. 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Globalization attheCrossroads

7:00 Egypt’sGoldenEmpire The Warrior Pharaohs. In 16th century B.C., Thutmosis III campaigns extensively in the Near East, and brings much of the ancient world under Egyptian rule. The concept of “empire” is born. 8:00 Egypt’sGoldenEmpire Pharaohs of the Sun. 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBCWorldnews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 WillRogers andAmericanPolitics


18 7:00 Nature Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey. 8:00 NOVA 3D Spies of WWII. The story of air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler. 9:00 InsideNature’sGiants Sperm Whale. Explore the mysteries of the Earth’s largest predator. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 AustinCityLimits Arcade Fire.


7:00 Nature Kangaroo Mob. Meet the mob of street smart kangaroos moving into Australia’s capital city and the ecologists who follow their every move. 8:00 NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Dams. The WWII bombers who destroyed two dams. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 AustinCityLimits The Head and the Heart/Gomez.


7:00 Nature Birds of the Gods. 8:00 NOVA Deadliest Volcanoes. NOVA reveals the timeless mystery and spectacular danger posed by the world’s deadliest volcanoes. 9:00 NOVA Deadliest Earthquakes. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 ACLPresents: Americana MusicFestival


19 7:00 TennesseeCrossroads 7:30 VolunteerGardener 8:00 DocMartin Sh*t Happens. 9:00 NPTReports: Children’sHealth Crisis Sexuality. The roles sexuality and sexual responsibility play in the health of Tennessee’s children. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 AmericanValues: AmericanWilderness


7:00 TennesseeCrossroads 7:30 VolunteerGardener 8:00 DocMartin Gentlemen Prefer. Despite his disastrous introduction to life in the sleepy village of Portwenn, the former surgeon has decided to stay and give it a go. 9:00 TheHayloftGang: TheStoryofthe NationalBarnDance 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 TheHorsemenCometh


7:00 TennesseeCrossroads 7:30 VolunteerGardener 8:00 DocMartin Going Bodmin. Martin Ellingham, a London surgeon, moves to a sleepy Cornish community to become its new general practitioner. 9:00 Mexico: TheRoyalTour 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 WithTheseHands:The StoryofanAmerican FurnitureFactory



20 7:00 WashingtonWeek 7:30 NeedtoKnow 8:00 Moyers&Company 9:00 GreatPerformances atTheMet Anna Bolena. Russian diva Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king.

13 7:00 WashingtonWeek 7:30 NeedtoKnow 8:00 Moyers&Company Bill Moyers returns to public television with a weekly hour of conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. 9:00 GreatPerformances Let Me Down Easy. The price and politics of health 11:00 Moyers&Company

7:00 WashingtonWeek 7:30 NeedtoKnow 8:00 WalkerPercy: ADocumentaryFilm Percy was one of the most influential American writers and philosophers of the twentieth century. 9:00 GreatPerformances Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel & the Los Angeles Philharmonic Celebrate Gershwin. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 GodWilling


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21 7:00 LawrenceWelkShow 8:00 KeepingAppearances 8:30 VicarofDibley 9:00 MasterpieceMystery! Poirot: Hallowe’en Party. Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker, Harry Potter) returns to join forces with Poirot to investigate a drowning at a Hallowe’en Party. 10:30 WildPhotoAdventures Shenandoah National Park. 11:00 GlobeTrekker Nigeria.

14 7:00 LawrenceWelkShow 8:00 KeepingAppearances 8:30 VicarofDibley 9:00 MasterpieceMystery! Poirot: The Clocks. Complications in a murder investigation, including multiple frozen clocks, lead Poirot to suspect an international political cover-up. 10:30 WildPhotoAdventures Maine Moose and Loons. 11:00 GlobeTrekker Barcelona City Guide.

7:00 LawrenceWelkShow 8:00 KeepingAppearances 8:30VicarofDibley 9:00 MasterpieceMystery! Poirot: Three Act Tragedy. Poirot attends a cocktail party in which two guests die under similarly bizarre circumstances. 10:30 WildPhotoAdventures Atlantic Puffins. 11:00 GlobeTrekker Antarctica.







7:00 Jean-MichelCousteau: OceanAdventures Sea Ghosts. 8:00 MasterpieceClassic Downton Abbey, Season 2: Episode Five. 9:00 IndependentLens Have You Heard From Johannesburg? – The Bottom Line. 10:00 Bluegrass Underground Will Hoge. 10:30 ClosertoTruth 11:00 TavisSmiley 11:30 InsideWashington

7:00 PioneersofTelevision Local Kids’ TV. 8:00 MasterpieceClassic Downton Abbey, Season 2: Episode Four. 9:00 IndependentLens Have You Heard From Johannesburg? – From Selma to Soweto. 10:00 Bluegrass Underground Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. 10:30 ClosertoTruth 11:00 TavisSmiley 11:30 InsideWashington

7:00 AntiquesRoadshow Eugene (Hour Three). 8:00 AntiquesRoadshow Houston (Hour Three). 9:00 UndergroundRailroad: TheWilliamStillStory William Still was one of the most important yet unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 SummerofaLifetime

7:00 AntiquesRoadshow Eugene (Hour Two). 8:00 AntiquesRoadshow Houston (Hour Two). 9:00 BuffaloBill’s AmericanWest Buffalo Bill Cody’s life and legacy as part of a survey of iconic images and artifacts of the American West. 9:30 AmericanStamps 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 DiscoveringSecrets oftheVatican


7:00 AntiquesRoadshow Eugene (Hour One). 8:00 AntiquesRoadshow Houston (Hour One). 9:00 AmericanMasters Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune. A politically active singer-songwriter of the 1960s, Ochs was inspired by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Elvis and John Wayne. 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Bourbon andKentucky: AHistoryDistilled


7:00 PioneersofTelevision Crime Dramas. 8:00 MasterpieceClassic Downton Abbey, Season 2: Episode Three. Patrols behind German lines. 9:00 IndependentLens Have You Heard From Johannesburg? – The New Generation. 10:00 Bluegrass Underground 18 South. 10:30 ClosertoTruth 11:00 TavisSmiley 11:30 InsideWashington


Custer’s Last Stand American Experience Tuesday,January17 7:00 PM

Billy the Kid American Experience Tuesday,January10 8:00 PM

7:00 TennesseeCrossroads 7:30 VolunteerGardener 8:00 DocMartin Of All the Harbors in All the Towns. An old flame of Martin's Aunt Joan sails back into her life and whisks her off her feet. But Doc Martin discovers her suitor is seriously ill. 9:00 ToBeAnnounced 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 WorldofJuliaPeterkin: CheatingtheStillness


7:00 Nature Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom. 8:00 NOVA Ice Age Death Trap. Archaeologists uncover preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other extinct beasts. 9:00 InsideNature’sGiants Great White Shark. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 AustinCityLimits Florence + The Machine/ Lykke Li.



7:00 TennesseeCrossroads 7:30 VolunteerGardener 8:00 DocMartin The Portwenn Effect. The Portwenn Players Dance is an auspicious event in the village’s social calendar. But Martin doesn’t dance. 9:00 GlacierPark’s NightoftheGrizzlies 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 BBCWorldNews 11:30 Conqueringthe Dragon:BreastCancer SurvivorsRaceforLife


7:00 Nature Fortress of the Bears. Alaska’s brown bears. 8:00 NOVA Mystery of a Masterpiece. Experts who are approaching “cold case” art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, 9:00 InsideNature’sGiants Monster Python. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 AustinCityLimits Fleet Foxes/Joanna Newsom.


Nature Kangaroo Mob Wednesday,January11 7:00 PM


7:00 LawrenceWelkShow 8:00 KeepingAppearances 8:30 VicarofDibley 9:00 MasterpieceMystery! Zen: Vendetta. What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? 10:30 WildPhotoAdventures Florida Everglades, Part 2. 11:00 GlobeTrekker Tunisia & Libya.


7:00 WashingtonWeek 7:30 NeedtoKnow 8:00 Moyers&Company 9:00 MichaelFeinstein’s AmericanSongbook Time Machines. This series follows Feinstein on a journey across the country and through time, examining 20th century American popular music. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Moyers&Company


7:00 LawrenceWelkShow 8:00 KeepingAppearances 8:30 VicarofDibley 9:00 MasterpieceMystery! Miss Marple: The Pale Horse. Miss Marple’s old friend is found murdered. She receives a list of names sent by the victim before his death and she seeks justice. 10:30 WildPhotoAdventures Florida Everglades, Pt 1. 11:00 GlobeTrekker Pirates, Galleons & Treasure.


7:00 WashingtonWeek 7:30 NeedtoKnow 8:00 Moyers&Company 9:00 AmericanMasters Sam Cooke: Crossing Over. Sam Cooke put the spirit of the black church into popular music, creating his signature sound in the process. 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Moyers&Company forcomplete24hourschedulesforNPT andNPT2


7:00 FreedomRiders: AmericanExperience From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives for simply traveling together through the Deep South. 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Afropop:TheUltimate CulturalExchange Uprooted & Sanza Hanza.


7:00 AnnieOakley: AmericanExperience 8:00 JesseJames: AmericanExperience The story of Jesse James remains one of America’s most cherished tales – and one of its most fictitious. 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Afropop:TheUltimate CulturalExchange Rise Up: Reggae Underground.


7:00 WyattEarp: AmericanExperience The Western lawman whose life is a lens on politics, justice and economic opportunity on the American frontier. 8:00 Geronimo: AmericanExperience 9:00 Frontline 10:00 BBCWorldNews 10:30 LastofSummerWine 11:00 Afropop:TheUltimate CulturalExchange 125 Franco’s Boulevard/Nora.

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The young poets completed the theme "In one year . . ." the best way they know how, through their poetry. The results are a surprising mix of witty humor, insightful optimism, and inspirational thoughts tinged with an undercurrent of hope for the year ahead. With their words the talented poets of Southern Word remind us that everything is possible and that the possibilities are always endless.

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I consider not only the architecture, but also the setting of the home. Every project is an individual labor of love.


he delightful blond girl from Byrdstown, Tennessee, dubbed “Most Likely to Succeed” by her classmates at Pickett County High School, has lived up to that senior superlative. Robin Rains, now a Nashvillian, is a nationally known

interior designer with clients stretching from the Northeastern seaboard down to Florida, venturing west to Texas and filling in handfuls of states between. She was imbued with design elements as a child. Her father, a contractor, could often be found poring over house plans splayed open on the dining table. While Dad built the homes, her mother assisted with the residences’ finishes and décor. Rains soaked up the geometries and color palettes. By the time she was 10, she was focusing her 4-H Club speeches to her fellow fifth graders on interior design. “I never thought of myself as doing anything else,” she muses. The family moved several times to take advantage of certain housing markets, affording young Robin the experience of living in five or six different areas of the Southeast before returning to their beloved Byrdstown near Dale Hollow Lake. Surely it was this peripatetic childhood that fostered in Rains an ability to connect quickly with new people, to empathize with them, and to communicate two ways gracefully. From Pickett County High, Rains enrolled at Tennessee Technological University and graduated with a degree in interior |

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design. She moved to Longview, Texas, as a newlywed and was hired by Trend Furniture and Interiors, a high-end furniture business owned by an architect/designer. While her mentor there taught her more about scale and proportion of furniture, the greatest takeaway from the job was exposure to clients.

their actions. She wants to determine how they really live. What space do they gravitate toward? What is their lifestyle? Do they lie down on their furniture? Are they perfectionists? Then she can distill, discern, and design with understanding.

There’s a lot of mind reading and interpretation with design. It’s detective work and psychology.

Rains gleans information as she interviews each of her clients. Typically hired for upscale residential projects, she homes in not only on the homeowners’ words during this process, but also on

More often than not, couples, she notes, have different viewpoints. One is generally focused on budget issues and the other on likes and dislikes. “Learning from people and being a peacemaker comes only from a lot of experience,” she says. Rains, then solo, moved to Nashville in 1988 and began working for Bradford’s Interiors shortly thereafter. “There, I learned how important customer service is,” she said. Using the excellent resources of the organization, she built up a strong client base that included healthcare, entertainment, and sports industry officials. Some of those clients have since moved to other parts of the country; they and many others have gone on to build second homes at the beach or countryside and continue to call upon Rains for her talent. Now she goes to them—wherever they may be. Removing stress from her clients’ lives is her most important task in every project, she says. “Having a client tell me, ‘It looks great’ is what I expect,” Rains observes. “Having a client tell me, ‘It looks great, and the entire process was smooth and effortless” is what I strive for.”

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Her jobs come in all shapes and sizes. One client who had purchased an erstwhile Boy Scout ranch hired her to work on all the accompanying buildings on the property. Other jobs might be smaller, such as determining how to integrate a kitchen and family room in a friend’s home.

Someone once asked me if I only work on billionaires’ houses. I laughed so hard, I almost fainted! I’m just a good ole country girl at heart.

When you meet Rains, there’s not much evidence of a rural past. On a given day, she might be called a dead ringer for actress Kyra Sedgwick. She dresses with polished ease in neutral tones, frequently breaks out into a lovely bright smile, and sports edgy dark-rimmed glasses when she needs a little visual boost. Her voice is calm and her words thoughtfully considered. She also wears the rare, approachable confidence of someone as comfortable directing a cadre of subcontractors as she is having chai with a client in their Manhattan aerie.

“I adore unusual, edgy, one-of a kind pieces,” Rains says. “And when we can’t seem to find what we are looking for, we often have it made. Clients like and appreciate having a uniquely designed piece that is not mass produced.” She finds inspiration everywhere—from magazines and books to architecture and nature. And Rains likes to remind her clientele that spaces don’t have to stay one way forever. They can evolve and change by simply moving good, classic pieces from room to room.   With today’s frenzied lifestyles, it is a blessing to be able to retreat to a home, she maintains. One’s dwelling should be a peaceful refuge, a place of contentment, beauty, solace, and rest. “What we feel on the inside can, and often does, find an outward display in our surroundings,” she says. “The outward expression is often the joy that we feel and want to share; thus our homes are silent witnesses to what is important to us and what people sense when they are in them.”

Rains opened her eponymous boutique firm about ten years ago. Her first day in business was September 10, 2001. Her second day was spent with her assistant and bookkeeper, glued to the television, expecting the world to end, worrying over the lives of millions of New Yorkers—including a couple of clients. In the space of one decade, Rains’ work has appeared in two design books—Visions of Design and Spectacular Homes of Tennessee—plus numerous magazines including Southern Accents. Her passion is buying. “The inspiration-and-buying journey is one big adrenalin rush,” she intones. Armed with a courier, Rains digs through fairs, shops, sheds, warehouses, and flea markets all over the European countryside. The most delicious feast for the eyes is the Paris Flea Market. “Learning French is definitely on my bucket list,” she adds. |

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by Currie Alexander Powers


o master the placement of flora and enhance the integrity of horticulture.” An eloquent business motto,

also a poetic mission statement, one that Perri Crutcher, owner of Oshi International Floral Décor Studio, believes in. He comes by his soulfulness naturally as the son of Stax songwriter Bettye Crutcher and the beneficiary of his great aunt’s primal and practical artistry with flowers.

photo: jerry atnip

Oshi Oshi Oshi


Flowers have always been in my life. I’m inspired by the shape of the flowers and the architectural style in which they grow.

among them. “That was the only color in the apartment. It was the conversation piece in the room.” The clients loved it. Crutcher loved that there was no waste. The potatoes were décor that could be eaten after they’d served their design purpose. Given the ephemeral nature of plants and flowers, Crutcher strives to give his designs more than one moment of bloom. “When you receive an arrangement from Oshi, we make sure there are some things that are not totally developed. During that seven days an arrangement would most likely last, it can go through two to three different phases until the end. People get pleasure from that.”

Crutcher is not an artist who buys his raw materials from a store and then does something creative with them. His vision starts with the earth.

I’m a strong believer in designing basically from the garden. When flowers grow in the wild, they grow in clumps and beds, so I design with that same feel. You put your artistic twist to that.

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Perri once used potatoes in a floral design for a couple in New York whose apartment was sleek and minimalistic, with buff suede couches and earth-toned terrazzo tile floors. He stacked the potatoes, which resembled the rough texture of the buff suede, in a large bowl on their coffee table and placed lime green orchids in

When doing floral design for homes or office buildings, Crutcher will visit the place, look at its lines and style. He wants the floral arrangements to be integrated into the design of the whole building. “We want one beautiful concept. I take a good look at what everyone has to offer and give respect to other things in the room. It makes for a complete vision versus a flower arrangement just stuck in a room.” “My business is also technical.” Crutcher tells his employees, “Good mechanics is everything.” Flowers in vases need to stay upright, arrangements on tables need to be secure. To appreciate what he means is to see the 500-pound Christmas wreath he created for the lobby of a law firm in the Pinnacle building. Woven of thousands of strands of spruce, strung with lights, and adorned with a giant red bow, the mammoth wreath is suspended twenty feet in the air to frame the floor-to-ceiling window with a breathtaking view of downtown Nashville. The center of the wreath even frames the Bat Building perfectly. Oshi Flowers brings nature indoors but always with the essence of life a step away, always with a view back to the earth from whence they came. photo: jerry atnip

“Growing up in Memphis, my great aunt had a little garden, and we’d always do cuttings of things for the house. She was a big influence.” It’s not surprising his connection to flowers is like being among family. “Flowers have always been in my life. I’m inspired by the shape of the flowers and the architectural style in which they grow.”

Oshi is located at 206 Capitol Boulevard and 150 3rd Avenue South in Nashville. |

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s the winter sun drops over the barren silhouette of trees, one of Belle Meade’s most interesting renovations is getting smarter on a daily basis. “Smart” as

in systems that run heating and air conditioning, the water heater, lighting, drainage, and security. “In its time, everything in this home was the best,” says owner Anthony Tinghitella. “In the rebirth of this wonderful home, it will again have the most intelligent, sustainable, and state-of-the-art systems, fixtures, and appliances, just as it did when it was built.” Outside, eight geothermal wells have been dug at a depth of 350 feet. These wells are designed to heat and cool the entire house, including the crawl space. In addition to significant energy cost savings, the system allows the interior temperature of the home to remain a constant and comfortable 72 degrees. Isomene roofing insulation (a type of ceiling foam) also assists in maintaining the temperature in both the attic and crawl space.




Advanced lighting systems designed for both the interior and exterior of the home are complex. George and Judy Jetson would be perfectly at home in the kitchen and bathrooms. The kitchen will be equipped with visionary appliance technology from Thermador. Cooktop burners are made of material that remains completely cool to the touch while hot. All appliances are first generation—including two steam ovens, an induction cooking system, dishwashers, ice machines, and more. German Dornbracht fixtures replace the Sherle Wagner fixtures in all bathrooms. The sleek designs of these metal accoutrements blend seamlessly into the overall interior design, yet provide utmost function. Bit by bit and piece by piece, this house is morphing from beast to beauty.

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he new CD Our Journey featuring Ann, Regina, Deborah, and Alfreda McCrary, spotlights a Nashville family singing group with an amazing background and astonishing set of accomplishments. Their experiences,

especially those of Ann and Regina, are extremely rich and diverse, yet they would much rather talk about their music than themselves. One reason is Our Journey represents a longtime dream of their father, the late Reverend Samuel McCrary, an original member of the landmark gospel group the Fairfield Four. Ann and Regina are certainly the McCrary Sisters' most familiar names. They've been featured recently on several highly praised and/or award-winning releases. These include Patty Griffin's memorable "Downtown Church," recorded locally at Nashville's Downtown Presbyterian Church, and Buddy and Julie Miller's "Universal House of Prayer." Their sister Alfreda joined them on a pair of superb releases from Mike Farris, a former rocker

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turned robust gospel singer. Their dynamic voices punctuate Farris's Songs from the Heart (winner of a 2008 Americana Music Award for Emerging Artist Album) and Shout! Live, recorded at the Station Inn, the 2010 Dove Award winner for Best Traditional Gospel LP. While they also formerly worked with their brother Ricky and some cousins in another group called the CBS (Cousins, Brother, Sisters) band, Our Journey is a unified project that blends the four sisters' jubilant sound with several of Nashville's finest musicians. Tommy Sims, Kevin McKendree, Gary Nicholson, Buddy Miller, and Chad Brown share production duties. The lengthy list of outstanding guest musicians ranges from saxophonists Dennis Taylor and Chris West to trumpeters Quentin Ware and Jon Paul, drummers Derrick Phillips and Lynn Williams, bassists Anton Nesbitt and Steve Mackey, and guitarists Rob McNelley, Todd Sharp, Bob Britt, and Sims. Add organists Dawn Hill and Michael Hicks along with McKendree on |

keyboards and a vocal chorus comprised of Delbert McClinton, Patty Griffin, and Mike Farris, and the results are consistently spectacular. It's also a showcase for their writing, with six originals penned by the McCrarys that frame tremendous covers of Bob Dylan’s "Blowing in the Wind" and Julie Miller's "Broken Pieces." "Daddy used to constantly say, ‘You girls have to make a record together,’" Ann said. "It was his dream to see us performing together." Ann recalls the impact seeing her father and the Fairfield Four had on her from a technical standpoint. "They used to do incredible things vocally just warming up," she continued. "I learned pretty much everything about appearing before audiences, knowing what to do on stage, and understanding how to treat my voice from the time I was with my father." Ann traveled and sang with them from the age of three until six, then went on to become an established star in her own right. "For some reason I always thought we would do this album," Ann said. "We talked about it for many years, but for whatever reason there would always be something that would keep it from happening. Either I or Regina would be doing something else, or something was going on with the other sisters, or the circumstances just didn't lend themselves to it. But we finally decided we better go ahead and do it, and I'm really pleased with how this has turned out. I think it really represents not just the best of how we sound, but it also reminds me of the way we used to sing way back when it would be just at home."

"My only regret with this project is that my father isn't here to see it," adds Regina. "But I know he knows about it and that his spirit contributed to us finally getting together and making it." Regina's career also started in religious music at an early age, singing with the BCM Mass choir as a seven-year-old. The sisters had a duet "I Made A Vow" nominated for a Grammy. But while Regina also later sang with Dr. Jones as well as the New Life Singers and Super Choir, it was her six-year stint with Bob Dylan that earned her widespread fame and acclaim. She's featured on the Dylan releases "Slow Train Coming," "Saved," and "Shot of Love." "My mouth got me in trouble in terms of working with Bob," Regina recalled. "We were getting ready for a tour, and he kept saying, ‘Something is missing, but I don't know what it is.’ I told him a story about this old woman who wanted to go on a train ride to see her son but she didn't have the fare. She told the conductor that she wanted to ride but didn't have the money and was just putting her faith in God. The conductor then told the engineer to start the train, but it wouldn't move. It wouldn't move until he told the woman to get on board, and then it started. Bob heard me tell that story, and he didn't say anything. He just walked out, so everyone else looked at me and I thought wow, I'm in trouble. Instead he got the rest of the band together, came back in, and told me to tell that story again. So I did, and he said, ‘That's going to open our show.’ So now I'm like really afraid. I called my father and told him what happened. He said, ‘Don't worry about it. The Lord will be there, and I'll be there with you in spirit.’ So whenever they shined that light on me, I thought about that, and everything was fine."

Regina and Deborah McCrary

"We plan to take this music and our message to a lot of places next year," Regina added. "People have always been very kind and supportive to us, and this album is our way of showing how much we appreciate that and also of celebrating the fact that we're all finally doing that project that we've always wanted to do. We think it will be even greater to get out and sing in front of people and take the songs to audiences who want to hear them in many places across the country and hopefully even around the world." |

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Crowning Glory A Musical Production Celebrating Black Women in Church Hats by Jim Reyland


gospel musical by Regina Taylor, CROWNS is a tribute to church hats and the African American women for whom they are both symbolic crowns and a means to express themselves—their pride, their beauty, their endurance—in the presence of God.

According to New York Times critic Bruce Weber, “The monologues and musical numbers flow easily but not formulaically. The anecdotes are varied . . . They take in hat etiquette (“Don’t nobody borrow my hats.”), hat propriety, (“For starters, a hat’s height should be proportionate to your body. If half of you looks like hat, I’d say that’s a problem.”), and hat vanity (“You can flirt with a fan in your hand, turn it this way and that. You can flirt holding a cigarette, too. But a woman can really flirt with a hat.”). But more important, there are hat memories, that is, important events in which hats played a significant part—the funeral of a woman who wanted to be buried in a hat, the purchase of a hat at a store that once refused service to blacks, and the blind woman who nonetheless taught her daughter to read.”

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CROWNS promises to be a joyous ride through the colorful history of liturgical headwear, directed by acclaimed musical producer/ director Ted Swindley (Always, Patsy Cline, etc.) and Mary McCallum of SistaStyle Productions.

These captivating hats are not mere fashion accessories. Neither, despite their Biblical roots, are they solely religious headgear. Church hats are a peculiar convergence of faith and fashion that keeps the Sabbath both holy and glamorous. Regina Taylor, Writer of CROWNS

CROWNS, January 26 and 27 and February 9 and 10, Christ Church Cathedral’s Sacred Space for the City Arts Series. Tickets are $15 at the door and $5 for students with ID. Receive a 10% discount for advance ticket purchase at or at the Cathedral, 900 Broadway in downtown Nashville during business hours. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. |

Jim Reyland is artistic director of Writer’s Stage Theatre. His new play, STAND, starring Barry Scott and Chip Arnold, premieres August 24, 2012, as part of the STAND project, a twelve-week, city-wide, multitheatre tour to help bring awareness to the plight of the addicted and homeless.

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beyond words by Marshall Chapman

¿Habla usted español?

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t's that time of year again— January. Time for the post-

New Year's, post-Christmas blues, right? Come ye tired, ye poor, ye hung-over, ye sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder!

I feel your pain. January used to be the most depressing month of the year for me, for sure. Then in the mid '80s, I started going to Vanderbilt basketball games, which seemed to help. The lights, the crowds, and the excitement were the perfect antidote to my blues. And playing music, of course. But these days I find I need something more. Something to stimulate my brain. So here's my latest remedy: learn a new language! Preferably Spanish, since it'll be able to communicate with the fastest-growing minority right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. (Learning a new language will also mend a broken heart, so I'm told.) I was a French major at Vanderbilt. People often laugh when I tell them that.

"Why on earth would you major in French?" they ask. To which I usually reply, "Well, I didn't want anybody to know what I was thinking in English!" By senior year, I had fulfilled all French requirements, having spent my junior year abroad with the Vanderbilt-in-France program. So on a whim, I signed up for "Intensive Italian." The course lived up to its name. I learned more Italian in that one year than I did French in all ten previous years of study. The main reason for my success was my teacher. Teaching is an art, and Maxwell Alexander was the Michelangelo of his profession. I simply loved learning in his classroom. Fast-forward forty years. I am in San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. This was last summer. I was there to spend a month with plans that sort of fell through. So, with nothing but time on my hands, I signed up for Level I Spanish at the Warren Hardy School in San Miguel. It was my first classroom experience in over forty years, and I was initially afraid my brain might have lost some of its learning juice. But, as usual, my fears were unfounded. Now I am back in Nashville trying to survive another winter of short, gray days and long, dark nights. So . . . to keep my spirits up . . . estudio y practicar mi español!

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Eric (Frederic) Pape American, 1870–1938

Winter Landscape Oil on board hen presented with this painting of a winter landscape I was struck with a sense of the familiar. The painting was

not signed on the front, but upon removing the back covering of the frame in search of attribution clues I discovered a signature written on the back of the board, the name Eric Pape.    I first encountered the work of Eric Pape while employed at a  Massachusetts  fine art and antiques auction house. The auction house had been called upon to disperse the contents of an old  North Shore  estate. On the property there was a studio that had been padlocked years before by the widow of an artist. She later remarried, generations followed, and the padlocked outbuilding remained closed.  When it was finally opened in the late 1980s, there were hundreds of canvases and sketches within, as well as wonderful artifacts acquired by the artist during his travels abroad. The auction house began to offer a few canvases in each major painting sale, and slowly over the years Eric Pape’s secondary market was established. Born in San Francisco, California, Eric Pape was apparently a person of great vision and endless energy. His productiveness was prodigious. Pape began his art education at the San Francisco School of Design, under Emil Carlsen, before studying at the École De Beaux Arts in Paris with Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Pape first exhibited at the Salon in 1890, and then he spent two years traveling extensively, first in Western Germany and then on to Egypt where he remained for two years. His Egyptian-subject works are his most highly prized canvases.

He returned to America in 1894 and for the next four years was a regular illustrator at several magazines, including The Century,  Cosmopolitan,  Scribner's  and  McClure's. By 1898 Pape settled in Boston, Massachusetts, and at the age of 28, experienced as both an illustrator and an Impressionist, he founded the Eric Pape School of Art, serving for years as both Director and Head Instructor. In keeping with his boundless energy and extensive involvements, in 1906 Pape was instrumental in rescuing the frigate U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) from certain destruction. He designed and executed the petition to Congress from the citizens of Massachusetts to preserve the frigate. The petition was circulated, securing 30,000 names in three weeks. The immense illuminated parchment scroll is now permanently on exhibition in the Naval Museum in Washington, D.C.   An excellent painter, sculptor, and masterful book illustrator, Eric Pape remained active until his death at the age of 68. The values of his  paintings, especially of Egyptian or American coastal scenes, have  appreciated greatly in a relatively short time.  One of the “padlocked studio” paintings, entitled Early Morning, Annisquam, Massachusetts, sold at auction in New York in 2009 for $62,500. The owner of this fine little winter landscape may expect to achieve $1,400 to $1,600 at auction. Linda Dyer serves as an appraiser, broker, and consultant in the field of antiques and fine art. She has appeared on the PBS production Antiques Roadshow since season one, which aired in 1997, as an appraiser of Tribal Arts. If you would like Linda to appraise one of your antiques, please send a clear, detailed image to Or send photo to Antiques, Nashville Arts Magazine, 644 West Iris Dr., Nashville, TN 37204. |

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all Photos: Jerry Atnip


on the town with Ted Clayton


spectacular finale to the 2011 social year was the 27th Symphony Ball. I knew

the moment I arrived at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and was met by the valet parkers dressed in black tie that I was for sure at Nashville's premier winter social event. From the valet parkers to the stone stairs covered in white carpeting, I realized this ball would be phenomenal.  Here is my take upon entering the Laura Turner Hall. I so remember as a young boy awaking to a fresh-fallen snow and the beauty and excitement in my heart with the anticipation of a wonderful and joyful day

Chairs, Vicki Horne and Laurie Eskind

ahead of me with friends frolicking in a winter wonderland. Well, almost bringing tears to my eyes, this was the impact of the decor of this ball.  The entire evening reflected the beauty, grace, and elegance of the Symphony Ball Chairs Laurie Eskind and Vicki Horne. Patrons entered the hall on the double staircase to the grand sounds of the Nashville Symphony, again giving me chills as it reminded me of a scene from the movie The Great Gatsby where ladies in their finest gowns, escorted by

Larry Jessen and Joni Werthan, Heloise Kuhn, Gail and Steven Greil

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handsome gentlemen, entered the snowcovered hall with misty fog flowing throughout the room. It was all white and silver with shades of soft blue like a flocked Christmas tree where the guests were the ornaments in their colorful attire and Jeff and jewels. Red peonies and Donna Eskind white amaryllis with magnolia leaves were the table centerpieces, and all the décor, by Mike Whitler and Mark Weber of Branches, was so very tasteful. Taylor Swift received the 2011 Harmony Award and entertained the guests, and again, her presence reflected the fresh-fallen-snow atmosphere of the evening. Dancing to the Craig Duncan Orchestra were LaRawn and Richard Rhea (LaRawn was the evening snow queen in an all-white gown trimmed in white fox), Kim and Norm Scarborough, Debbie and Hunt Oliver, Katie and Nancy and Kevin Crumbo, the Billy Ray Hearn lovely Kate Graykin in a striking red gown with diamond circular pendant, Erin and Kent Simpkins (Erin designed her gown and was such a lady wearing full-length kid gloves lined with pearl buttons), Judy and Steve Turner with out-of-town Janet and Earl Bentz guests Shannon and Barney Wiggins, Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram, Ellen Martin and Gerry Nadeau, Susan and Sandy Ligon, Katherine and Pete Delay, Cyndi and Bill Sites, Joyce and Steve Wood, Brenda and Joe Steakley, Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman, Holly and Kevin Sharp with Ashley and Lew Connor, Sylvia and Al Ganier, Janet and Earl Bentz, Dianne and William Edwards, Joyce Vise and Jason Oschwald, Cammie and Marty Rash, Gray and Charlie Thornburg. All the Eskind clan was present helping celebrate Steve Eskind’s 60th birthday. (Now this was some birthday party Laurie threw for Steve!) |

Keith and Deby Pitts

Hidden away in the hills of Belle Meade is the spectacular Italian villa of Deby and Keith Pitts. This was the setting for the Symphony Ball Patrons Party a few evenings prior to  the ball.  Along with Deby and Keith, Donna and Jeff Eskind, Nancy and Billy Ray Hearn, and Sharalena and Dick Miller hosted this most extraordinary evening.  A fantastic Italian feast was served on the tented terrace surrounding the pool (different twist, a pool party in December). The tent was lit with crystal chandeliers, and the ambiance, landscaping, and architecture of this magnificent villa truly recreated an Italian evening right here in good

Annette Eskind, Jim and Janet Ayers

ol’ Nashville. Julie Boehm does her magic by seating patrons together at tables at all the events in town, and believe me this is not an easy task: knowing  who likes whom, who was married to whom and which time, did she chair that event and get along with her co-chair, and

the best is did she use the same surgeon, etc., etc., etc.! Julie again placed me at a most entertaining table consisting of Elaina and Ronnie Scott, Pat Toepfer, Symphony Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and his lovely wife, Shirley; my new best friend Jennie Smith (she wore sexy red cowboy boots under her gown and said to me, "This is Nashville!") and James Gooch; and Katie and Kevin Crumbo.

Joy and J.R. Roper

The evening ended as guests said "ciao" and then were driven away to their cars in luxurious chauffeur-driven Lexuses, thanks to J.R. Roper and Grand Avenue. One guest stated to me that she felt like Cinderella, but I told her Cinderella left in what turned into a pumpkin, but she was leaving  in a Lexus that would not turn into a pumpkin! OK, the party favor to beat all: J.R. gave each patron a nine-thousand-dollar gift certificate toward the purchase of one of his incredible cars. I was thinking on my brief ride, if I could get about  seven patrons to give me their certificates, J.R. and I may be in business!

Victorian excess (more is always better!). Mantels were overflowing with greens and fruit mixed in with period porcelains.  This evening of Yuletide splendor was the annual formal Christmas dinner served Francis Guess in the grand and Vicki Yates salon, with a musical performance ending this delightful gathering.  Of course, I didn’t know Adelicia personally, but I do feel we would have been quite good friends. Had we known one another she might have added Clayton to her name! A week prior to the dinner, a Patrons Party was held at the "Christmas house,” Sandra Duncan's beautifully decorated home.  John Hargis and Sandra turned her Abbottsford home into a Christmas wonderland.  Sandra, along with Sherytha Scaife, chaired both the Patrons Party and the formal Christmas dinner at the mansion and was the perfect hostess, I may add, greeting Beverly Kaiser, Ann Sheppard, Helen Kennedy,

Vicky and Bennett Tarleton with daughter Kate Meriwether

John Hargis and Sandra Duncan

Vicky and Bennett Tarleton with daughter Kate Meriwether, Jim Thompson and Kirby McNabb, Patsy Weigel and Brenda Batey (Brenda is off to Vegas—it will never be the same place!).

"Bright Lights and Big Hearts,” what a lovely Christmas thought. This was the theme of the holiday party benefiting local adults and children living with spinal cord or brain and stroke injury. This joyful event was held at Ocean Way Nashville Studios, and they were also the hosts of the evening.  Proceeds from this event go to Beyond Therapy® Tennessee, a program developed by the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Event chair was

Martha Ingram and Judge Gilbert Merritt Beverly Kaiser, Ann Sheppard, Helen Kennedy

Andrew Kintz, managing director of SunTrust Sports and Entertainment in Nashville, L.A., and Atlanta. The evening’s entertainment was provided by Trent Jeffcoat and Barry Dean. Bright lights and big hearts—now in my book that’s what the holiday season is all about!

Frank and Julie Boehm, James Gooch and Jennie Smith

From one Italian villa to another: Belmont Mansion is a fine example of Italian architecture dating back to 1853. Inspired by nineteenthcentury drawings and engravings, Belmont, former home of Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham, was decorated in the tradition of

Don and Kristin Taylor, Denise and Sam Devane |

Well, this brings me to the end of Social 2011. Pen in hand, I'm ready for another exciting social year. Thank you, all my readers, for your thoughts and support. I wish you and yours a Happy New Year!       January 2O12 | 85

Photo: Juan Pont Lezica

my favorite painting

Sylvia Rapoport President, The Conservancy


hile Warhol and his contemporaries in the '60s began to argue, by using Campbell Soup cans and other objects, that all of culture can

be viewed as art, Shirley Samberg was part of a movement to use discarded objects such as automobile bumpers to make a slightly different argument, namely that human beings get satisfaction not just from the utility of an object,

but also from its composition and visual and tactile attributes. Shirley Samberg worked in stone, wood, plaster, and metal. She was always interested in surfaces. Entropy is a flat shape, articulated by fabric-fold lines of visual movement. It is a painting of coarse burlap, textured even more with sand and grit. I think the grit is a metaphor that becomes part of the fabric of our daily lives. When the heavy surface is pulled and folded, the result is a sensation of mass generally alien to the medium of fabric. Her work is all about the human condition. It is about wrapping, the veneer we all surround ourselves with. I find her work very moving, a bold statement of an artist who seeks out the adventure and excitement of new ideas and forms.


Shirley Samberg, Entropy, Pulled and folded burlap mounted on a board, acrylic resin, and mixed media (Triptych, 6 1/2 feet in diameter) 86 | January 2O12 |

Shirley Samberg had one of the first FM talk radio programs in America. Beginning with artists and then moving on to interview interesting and controversial people in general, Shirley had a unique gift for encouraging people to express their feelings and thoughts about a wide range of topics, including health and nutrition where she was an early proponent of the local food movement. Samberg was one of the founders of Women's Strike for Peace, an organization dedicated to making the world a safer and more peaceful place. She worked to enact the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to eliminate the release of Strontium-90 in the atmosphere, which particularly affects young children. Her work has been on exhibit throughout America and all over the world, including the Royal Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and the Rockefeller University in New York. |

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2012 January Nashville Arts Magazine  
2012 January Nashville Arts Magazine