Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner Opens October 11 at the State Museum
NASHVILLE, TN. — August 21, 2013 — A selection of watercolors by multi-talented country music singer/songwriter Steve Wariner will be part of three exhibits at the Tennessee State Museum centered around a musical theme. The exhibition, entitled Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner, will feature approximately 21 of Wariner’s favorite paintings. It opens on October 11.
Wariner, who moved to Tennessee in 1973, has accomplished much since making his way to Nashville from his native Indiana more than a quarter-of-a-century ago. His outstanding musical talents initially won the admiration of the legendary Dottie West, who hired him to play bass guitar in her road band when he was still a teenager. The incomparable Chet Atkins, who signed Wariner to his first recording contract, was so fond of the guitarist that he actually gave him one of his own Grammy Awards.
Wariner has achieved 14 No. 1 hits with songs such as “The Weekend,” “Life’s Highway,” “I Got Dreams,” and more. “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” the No. 1 song he co-wrote with Billy Kirsch, is considered among the 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. He has won four Grammy Awards, four CMA Awards, and one ACM Award; received a total of 11 Grammy nominations; and is the recipient of the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Award for Best Male Country Guitarist, as well as the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award for his charitable work. He will release his new album, It Ain’t All Bad, on Sept. 10.
Several entertainers have earned major hits with Wariner-penned tunes, including Garth Brooks (“Longneck Bottle”), Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”), and Clint Black(who co-wrote his Number One hit, “Nothin’ But the Taillights,” with Wariner in addition to their hit duet “Been There”).
Growing up in an artistic, inventive family gave Wariner an early start in expressing his creativity. “My father and brothers use to draw, doodle and dabble in water colors. I remember trying to draw at a very young age and always loved it,” Wariner said. “My father was also a talented musician and singer, so I was inspired by him all the way around.”
Wariner adds that he had a “fabulous” high school art teacher named Gordon Morrison, “who arranged for me to have back-to-back art classes for four years, forgoing study hall. I also worked for him sometimes during the summer months. He was a brilliant teacher and great friend. Over the years, I have continued to study art and develop my own style.”
“I am absolutely thrilled at this tremendous opportunity to have my art on display at the Tennessee State Museum,” Wariner added. “My work has been exhibited occasionally here-and-there over the years but never like this or at this level. This truly is a first for me…I am very grateful.”
Museum Curator Renee White describes Wariner as “an exceptionally talented performer and painter. He has been a longtime supporter of our museum and it is a pleasure to present his work to his many fans and to our visitors.” Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner, will be on view through December 29, 2013 and is open to the public free of charge. For information, visit the museum’s website at www.tnmuseum.org.