The brick corner of North Church Street in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee soon will be fit for superstars, as a local artist works with celebrities to create colorful tributes in the windows of the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame. If you're traveling to Memphis from Nashville on I-40 Jackson, TN is about 70 miles from Memphis.
Stretching the length of the museum’s façade, the nine second-story windows will be replaced with stained glass representations of some of rockabilly’s finest creators and supporters.
Henry Harrison, museum president, said several window designs have already been selected and include icons such as George Klein, Elvis Presley, Charlie Daniels and Brian Setzer.
“They are the super-historical stars,” Harrison said. “They are the ones who created the sounds, who people dressed and cut their hair like and had a dynamic impact on American culture.”
High school pals Klein and Presley will be represented together in their rockabilly days in the first window, coming to life through the fingertips of local artist Lee Gaugh.After looking at samples of Gaugh’s work, including a window at the First United Methodist Church, Harrison had his eye on Gaugh as an experienced artist to tackle the project.
An installation ceremony was held Saturday afternoon for the first window.
“The stained glass windows are built to last as long as the great artists like Michelangelo and da Vinci built over 500 years ago,” Harrison said. “We think that the Jackson, Tenn., Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame will be the only museum in the U.S. that has preserved through a variety of visual arts the physical appearance of icons of rockabilly history.”
If you go:
• The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame is located at 105 N. Church St. in downtown Jackson.
• Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• For more information about the museum, call (731) 427-6262 or visit www.rockabillyhall.org.
Click on the link to read the origional article from The Jackson Sun: http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20130413/NEWS01/304130021/Stars-immortalized-stained-glass
source: The Jackson Sun and Elvis Matters