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Shooting Stars: Celebrity Portraits by Russ Harrison 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 29 2013
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Just in time for the upcoming World Series, the Tennessee State Museum turns a triple play with three diverse shows that spotlight the work of three very different artists with musical ties. Last year, the venerable venue gave singer-songwriter-painter John Mellencamp his first museum-level art exhibit, and now they’re giving the same treatment to country star Steve Wariner. Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner features 21 of Wariner’s works, and reflects the artist’s no-thrills appellations for soft-colored sketches like “Rusty Tractor” and “Moore’s Barn.” Shooting Stars: Celebrity Portraits by Russ Harrington pulls a tiny sample from the portfolio of a prolific Middle Tennessee photographer who shot more than 500 album covers. It was Harrington who captured Jack White and Loretta Lynn for the sleeve of the latter’s Van Lear Rose album, and Lynn’s dress from the shoot and other ephemera from Harrington’s career will complement this display of his iconic images. During his career, musician David Schnaufer restored the mountain dulcimer to a place of importance in American music. He was also a fixture in the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood, where he always seemed to have time for another cup of coffee and a chat about his passion for the dulcimer on the porch at Bongo Java. Schnaufer died of lung cancer in 2006, but not before bequeathing his instrument collection to the Tennessee State Museum. David’s Dulcimers: Instruments From the Schnaufer Collection features dulcimers that date back to the late 1800s. Along with additions from other notable Tennessee collectors, the exhibition tracks the evolution of the mountain dulcimer while simultaneously paying homage to the vision of a singular performer.
— Joe Nolan

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