Artwork by Stephen Hackley will be on display at the Nashville Church of Scientology during November and early December.
The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville has a primary mission to support the artists in society. This includes musicians, photographers, fine artists, filmmakers—anyone creative, trying to produce something aesthetic. The reason behind this is simple: L. Ron Hubbard who founded Scientology said, “A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.” The Church carries this forward today by hosting a number of events to drive forward the dreams of artists, and thereby uplift the culture.
In alignment with this mission, the church will be hosting artwork by fine artist Stephen Hackley during the month of November. Hackley, who paints in oil on canvas, says, “I am inspired by beauty… I love to paint to music. To me music and painting are way, way up there in the world of aesthetics. Both are communication carriers that surpass words.”
Hackley has been recognized time and again as one of the top floral artists of the world and many know him as “the flower painter.” His artwork was chosen twice by the Blossom Art Competition, hosted by the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation as one of the fifty pieces to tour top museums in America for two years. In September of 2007, Hackley was recognized by the Mayor of Richardson, TX, as one of the world’s top floral artists with a proclamation from the city which read, in part, “Stephen’s unique floral paintings extend beyond the canvas. His use of intense color and flowing lines have become a form of spiritual communication as people are drawn emotionally and soulfully into his pieces.” That same year, he was recognized by the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, for being a finalist in the Blossom Art Competition.
Hackley describes his work as, “I produce floral works on canvas and also on wood using a monochromatic under-painting followed by layers of colored glazes, which allow the under-painting to come through, thereby creating a noticeable depth to the work… My works tend to be larger than life pieces, enhanced by dramatic lighting and intense color, giving a new viewpoint or perspective to the viewer.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this fine painter to exhibit his artwork in our church,” says church president Corinne Sullivan.
Stephen Hackley’s artwork will be displayed during the month of November and early December at the Church of Scientology, 1130 8th Avenue South. For more information on Stephen Hackley, visit stephenhackley.org. For more information on Scientology, visit scientology-ccnashville.org.