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Meet Wayne Brezinka (and Elvis)

One of the new additions to the Hutchmoot program this year is Nashville artist, Wayne Brezinka, who will be leading a couple of art workshops. Wayne is not only one of the most talented visual artists in the city, he’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. This story was recently featured on Nashville Public Radio and it’s a great introduction to Wayne’s work.


In a portrait of a young Elvis Presley, painted by Nashville-area artist Wayne Brezinka, there’s something odd going on in that trademark pompadour — 40 years after the superstar’s death. The three-dimensional hair is striped with green, yellow, blue, red and white wires.

Those wires were ripped from a 1950s-era phone system in the home and office of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker. In fact, it’s likely they’re the very wires that carried the voice of Ed Sullivan, when he called Colonel Parker to discuss Presley’s now-famous appearances on Sullivan’s TV show.


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