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Artist Exhibit and Music by Johnny Tanner
January 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Local artist Johnny Tanner’s art will be on display January 22, 2016 through March 2016 at The Clay Pot in
Florence. An opening and reception will be held at 7:00 the evening of January 22,
followed at 8:00 by an hour of original music.
Johnny Tanner’s teachers always noted that Johnny spent too much class time drawing.
But soon after Mr. Jules Owens came to paint the baptistry in Rose Hill Baptist Church,
right up the road from the Tanner house, Johnny headed downtown to buy a brush and a
couple of tubes of paint. “Mr. Owens painted with earth colors, and those colors make up
my palette today,” states Johnny. Johnny paints mostly landscapes and ocean waves –
imaginary places, and has won many awards for his work over the years. Lately Johnny
has moved away from such detailed work and is painting a more impressionistic style of
landscape – and even abstracts!
As for music, Johnny began trying to write songs almost as soon as he could play a few
chords on the guitar. He has performed from Washington, DC, to Dallas, Texas, and up
and down the eastern seaboard. One of the highlights of Johnny’s musical career came in
2011 when he was the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner at MerleFest. Another
was a 2015 trip to Ireland where he played at Monroe’s Pub in Galway, and was featured
on a radio show hosted by singer/songwriter Charlie McGettigan at Shannonside Studios
in Longford, County Longford.
Johnny’s music and examples of his artwork can be found online at
www.johnnymtanner.com. His CDs “Wake Up John” and “The Main Thing” can be
purchased through cdbaby and iTunes. He also can be found on YouTube, ReverbNation