Linda Hendricks, owner of East End Gallery, sees 7th Avenue as a burgeoning artistic mecca: a place wavering on the threshold of River Arts District funk and modest Hendersonville charm. Hendricks’ studio and event space, located in a historic building midway between Executive Auto Detailing and Lowe’s, is the first of what she expects will be many ateliers in the area. “I’m a pioneer,” she says.
This month, Hendricks will host The Color of Music, an art show to benefit the Hendersonville Community Music Center. Proceeds from a raffle and silent auction will provide disadvantaged students with discounted and free lessons, explains HCMC director Andrew Hiler. “Both Linda and I have a unique vision of increasing art opportunities in the area,” he says.
The event will feature music-inspired paintings by local artists such as Tarah Singh. Pieces by Hendricks will also be showcased, including a work called Echo. “It’s a little out there,” she observes. An abstract rendition of music notes, the acrylic-and-watercolor portrayal calls back to Echo & the Bunnymen, a post-punk band formed in Liverpool: “I see them each October; it’s a bit of a tradition.”
Though the live entertainment provided by local pianist Andrew Rogelberg may not be supplemented by an ’80s-style drum machine, a la the Bunnymen, Hendricks expects at least $1,000 to be raised. She says, “Music and art do go hand in hand.”
The Art of Music show, hosted at East End Gallery (518 7th Avenue E., Hendersonville), opens Friday, July 15, 5-8pm. For more information, visit eastendgallery7.com or call 828-551-3278.