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GREG HESTER displays art at Pecker's
Greg lives just north of Nashville, TN and paints every chance he gets. His medium is oil and encaustic (wax), and his subjects are the male figure and animals (and sea life and outer space). When he's not painting he runs the Iris Garden Wild Iris Rows in Springfield, TN. Check out his work at his website: greg-hester.artistwebsites.com
Taryn Simpson displays art at Peckers
Taryn Simpson began her journey in the arts by becoming a classically trained percussionist where she auditioned at the famed Juilliard School in New York City at the age of 17 and performed with various symphony orchestras and famed musicians such as Doc Severinsen.
Her literary credits include competing for a Pulitzer Prize, winning a 2008 Indie Book Award, garnering attention from Project Greenlight for one of her screenplays and being featured at the International Book Fair in Beijing, China as well as the Southern Festival of Books. She was also chosen as The Tennessean's "Person of the Week" of her literary success ("Ghostwriter connects across Continents") regarding her long-distance collaborative effort, "The Mango Tree Cafe', Loi Kroh Road".
Due to a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease she became disabled and retired from music and writing at the age of 50. It was during this time that Simpson traded her drumsticks and pen for paintbrushes to pursue art. While painting challenges her physical steadiness, it still allows her to continue her love of the arts. She was dubbed "The Shaky Artist" due to her diagnosis of Parkinson's.
Books by Taryn Simpson:
"Ellipsis, A collection of Essays and Short Stories",
"The Long Road from Perdition" by: JR Stone (Taryn Simpson),
"The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road" by: Taryn Simpson & Alan Solomon,
"Missing My Body" by: Taryn Simpson & Jason Walker
as well as 11 ghostwritten novels and books for clients.
Thomas Brodhead, whose formal work is in classical musicology, has been painting since 2009, and has produced works spanning humorous caricature to methodically constructed geometric color studies that realize both abstract and representational subjects. His work has received solo shows at the Arts Center of Cannon County in Woodbury, Tennessee, in 2017, and at the Vanderbilt University LGBTQI Center (the K.C. Potter Center) in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2014-15. His work was featured in the "O" Gallery in the Arcade in Nashville in 2016, and his painting "Harlequin Donnybrook" was accepted into the Oak Ridge Art Center's Open Show, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 2015. His work, "Pay-per-view Celebrity Nativity: The Birth of Venus Kanyedashian" won honorable mention in the 2013 Alphabet Art Show, sponsored by the Nashville Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and several of his works were featured in the 2013 Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville. Interviews with Thomas Brodhead were published in Out & About first in 2014 (https://www.outandaboutnashville.com/story/nashville-artist-thomas-brodhead-display-kc) and again in 2016 (https://www.outandaboutnashville.com/story/paint-numbers-its-not-what-you-think/51239). His works may be viewed at his personal art site, https://thomasbrodhead.com, as well as at Saatchi, https://www.saatchiart.com/ThomasBrodhead, where original works and fine paper and canvas prints may be purchased.
Artist David Gerald is a Nashville, TN native. Playing guitar and painting are his artistic outlets. He has no formal art training. Since February of 2017, David's artwork has been displays at Out Centra's monthly art show on Church Street. David has developed painting techniques that make his artwork unique. He also creates custom commissioned artwork pieces. David's painting can be viewed on his website at davidgerald.dodlekit.com.