PHOTO: Needtobreathe guitarist Bo Rinehart has been creating art since he was 4 or 5 years old, but he’ll be displaying his work publicly for the first time when he shows at Friday night’s Franklin Art Scene. / Photo courtesy of Destiny Keller


By the time he was a junior in high school, artist and musician Bo Rinehart was ready to take a new approach to his craft.

As he entered high school in his hometown of Seneca, South Carolina, “I was perfecting the craft, doing detail drawings, lifelike portraits,” Rinehart, guitarist for the band Needtobreathe, said. “I was really detailed. I felt like I needed to get it to where it was as realistic as possible.

“Then when I was a junior in high school, I got frustrated with it. I felt like everything I did had to be right, all the proportions had to be perfect, all the shading had to be perfect. I just wanted to have more freedom.”

He found his artistic freedom by frantically drawing shadows and shapes in a continuous line method, and visitors to the Franklin Art Scene can meet Rinehart and see his art that has been described as having a “sensation of fleeting moments.” He’ll be showing at Franklin Road Apparels at 508 W. Main St. from 6-9 p.m.

More than 20 sites in downtown Franklin will also be hosting various artists with a range of mediums and backgrounds in the first-Friday event of each month. The Art Scene trolley will be available for free rides throughout the event.

Around the time that Rinehart was finding his abstract self in art, he was also discovering a musical aspiration. He didn’t learn to play the guitar until he was 17, but has been a member of Needtobreathe since he and his brother, Bear Rinehart, formed it in 2001. Bo Rinehart has designed the covers of all six of the band’s studio albums.

“What I didn’t realize about that was the art and the music are extremely connected and one builds off the other,” said Rinehart, who moved to Brentwood about a year ago but spends a large part of his time touring with the band. “It provided a ton of opportunities for me to express myself artistically, not just musically but through stage design, production, album covers, merchandise, music videos, photo shoots — the whole imagery of the band.

“It was something special, something fun, and it connected with the fans in a different way.”

Franklin Road Apparel will also be featuring the band “The Creak Boys,” who run Franklin Creak Music recording studio.

Other featured artists in the July Art Scene include:

  • Finnleys, located at 435 Main St., will host Peggy Leigh, an artist that is often described as an “eclectic freelance artist.”
  • Franklin Creative, located at 1261 Columbia Ave., will feature acclaimed singer Steven Dayvid McKellar, who will be unveiling his abstract art.
  • Franklin First United Methodist Church, located at 148 5th S., will showcase master woodworker Fred Keller along with abstract artist Sue Gregory.
  • Gallery 202, located at 202 Second Ave. S.,will feature Dave Pick’ell, who creates saggar fired pottery and mixed media artist and jewelry maker, Carol Evans.
  • Hester & Cook, located at 340 A Main St., will host artist Sydney Annette King, a self-taught artist who works in plaster and acrylics.
  • Imaginebox Emporium, located at 311 N. Margin St., will showcase the original illustrations of Cory Basil as well as his other creations using mediums such as watercolor, oil and gauche.
  • John H. Green, located 118 4th N., will display the work of Lauren Hitchcock who captures her clients’ unique seasons of life through custom watercolor paintings.
  • ONYX & ALABASTER,located at134 2nd N., will host Destiny Keller whose paintings are a form of self-therapy with themes revolving around the ownership of the body and experiences. Her work supports the RAINN organization, which aids those who have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Posh Boutique, located 231 Public Square, will feature artist Robin Kenny whose journalistic art features line drawings meandering through washes of paint.
  • VintageTN, located at 1261 Columbia Ave., joins us thus month as an artisan destination for those looking for inspiration, community and materials.
  • Visitor’s Center, located at 400 Main St., will be featuring the three winning artists from the City of Franklin’s My Historic Franklin Photo Contest.

Also at the Art Scene,  winners of the 2019 My Historic Franklin Photo Contest will have their entries displayed at the Visitors Center. The photo contest launched in celebration of May’s preservation month and invited photography enthusiasts to share their love of Franklin through personal images.

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