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Greg Decker Reception at Simon Ripley's Music and Art

Of Paint and Frets

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Ashville oil painter Greg Decker’s 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 instructor’s current show, however, is anything but natural. But Simon Ripley’s, like Fanny’s House of Music in 5 Points (which mixes instruments and boho couture), is part of a cool new breed of six-string emporiums. At Ripley’s 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. Ripley’s also boasts paintings and sculpture, which spill from a dedicated showroom into the rest of the shop. Tonight’s event, which will feature live music, is part of Ripley’s opening-month celebration, to be followed on April 8 with a reception for Nashville’s own curio makers Twisted Sisters and painter Ray Stephenson, who’s also a country singer-songwriter and will perform.
Thu., April 1, 6 p.m., 2010

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