Ashville oil painter Greg Deckers figurative canvasses are full of earthy hues in alluring treatments that make even his most fantastic images like a woman riding a whale and shamanistic scenes from his childhood memories of Africa seem natural. The guitar-shop location of this former NYC Museum of Modern Art instructors current show, however, is anything but natural. But Simon Ripleys, like Fannys House of Music in 5 Points (which mixes instruments and boho couture), is part of a cool new breed of six-string emporiums. At Ripleys there are always free coffee, snacks and conversation, along with a comfortable integration of gear ranging from affordable vintage six-strings and basses to boutique amps and necessities like strings. Ripleys also boasts paintings and sculpture, which spill from a dedicated showroom into the rest of the shop. Tonights event, which will feature live music, is part of Ripleys opening-month celebration, to be followed on April 8 with a reception for Nashvilles own curio makers Twisted Sisters and painter Ray Stephenson, whos also a country singer-songwriter and will perform.
Thu., April 1, 6 p.m., 2010