by Jim Ridley
Peggy Snow: Old Hillsboro Village and Other Works
When: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4
Where: University Club of Nashville, 2402 Garland Ave.
A longtime member of the great underground folk ensemble The Cherry Blossoms, Peggy Snow has stood witness to Music City’s vanishing present since the days she used to snap photos at the late, lamented ’80s rock club Cantrell’s. In recent years, she’s been noted for paintings of local landmarks facing demolition: the buildings are frequently gone before Snow can finish, which makes her portraits acts of reconstruction (or resurrection) as well as commemoration. The cityscape may be changing at an alarming rate, but each teardown assumes a fixed place in Snow’s impressionistic Nashville.
Her current project documents the block of Hillsboro Village razed in April for new construction; passers-by can see Snow stationed at her easel, bundled up against the bitter cold, across from the old home of Cotten Music. She’ll unveil the third painting in this series at a reception today for her ongoing exhibit at the University Club of Nashville, which features 29 of her portraits of bygone Nashville sites. Free and open to the public.