Greg Ridley Celebration at the Library 

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal
An accomplished sculptor and painter, Greg Ridley became known later in life for his distinctive metal work. The crowning achievement of his work in this medium are the 80 copper panels he created for the Grand Reading Room of the Nashville Public Library. Whimsical, dark, narrative and bold, Ridley’s panels tell the story of Nashville, the South, Tennessee and the entire nation in a style that owes a debt to Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas, whom Ridley studied under in the 1940s. A celebration of life and art, this event will be hosted by Constance Ridley Smith and Kate Ridley Jackson, who will read from their new biography of Ridley with a signing to follow.
Sun., Aug. 30, 2 p.m., 2009

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