A Tribute Fit for a King: Music City Exhibit Pays Homage to Elvis
Updated: Friday, October 18 2013, 12:52 AM CDT
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Nashville, TN A new art exhibit at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum not only showcases 50 years of Elvis, but also the artist. Betty Harper has drawn The King more than anyone else in the world! She actually started drawing him as a child. The first Elvis I drew was an outline. It was his chin, hairline going up and down and that pom.
Some of those first drawings are where the progressive art exhibit - "50 Years with Elvis" begins. The journey continues decades later - to the first Elvis drawing she was ever paid for.
Then around the corner is a picture of her Elvis billboard, which was displayed in Memphis to commemorate the one year anniversary of his death. Ironically the images were drawn, the day died. I got up at 4am and had an idea. I went to work and by the afternoon I had completed two Elvis images. I looked at it and thought it was okay and went to lay down. Then at 3:15 that afternoon, they came in and said we have news from Memphis. I knew what they were gonna say and looked over at that picture and when I did I just saw a new image of Elvis. I didnt even finish listening to the news. I got up and finished the drawing. That is the third image you see on the billboard.
A couple dozen drawings later, you come to today. Where Harper's art is much different than it was 50 years go. The computer has changed things. I can draw them, scan them in and then add to the pictures. Harper has drawn roughly 10-thousand images of Elvis. This exhibit only gives you a small taste of her work. From a child that was intrigued by The King, to an Elvis super fan and eventually the official artist for Elvis Presley Enterprises. These images make it easy to see why Betty Harper is known for capturing the spirit of Elvis like no one else can.
The art exhibit will be on display all the way till end of 2013 and it's totally free. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is inside the Municipal Auditorium in Downtown Nashville.
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