December 2016

Music City Shop, Bridgestone Arena

December 1, 2016–March 1, 2017

Wayne Brezinka’s most recent commission was to create a large-scale portrait of Johnny Cash using some very rare artifacts spanning the singer’s life and career. Worked into the portrait are Johnny’s original gun holster from his 1960 Columbia Records album Ride This Train and a gold watch Johnny gave to his mother. His fishing license from 1980 signed by John R. Cash himself and a handwritten thank-you note from Minnie Pearl are painstakingly pieced together with countless photographs and mementos of Cash history to create an image of this legend in likeness and in spirit.


Wayne Brezinka working on his portrait of Johnny Cash; Photograph by Matt Huesmann

Beginning this month, see some of the greatest icons in music as they come to life in Brezinka’s portraiture. The assemblage of Johnny Cash will be exhibited with Brezinka’s Bob Dylan, Chris Stapleton, and Guy Clark, all large-scale works on loan from private collectors and the Guy Clark Estate, in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena’s Music City Shop.

Presented by Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp–Visit Music City, Rhythm and Glue: Collected Faces of Americana & Country Music Icons by Wayne Brezinka opens December 1 at the Music City Shop in Bridgestone Arena. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception and celebration featuring special musical guest Blue Mother Tupelo on Saturday, December 3, from 6 until 9 p.m. The show remains on view until March 1, 2017. For more information, visit To see more of Brezinka’s work, visit

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