NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Ringo Starr is one of the most famous names you'll ever hear. The drummer for The Beatles and solo artist has been part of the soundtrack of millions of people's lives, and to this day, he's touring the world, spreading peace, love, and music.
Starr is scheduled to play The Ryman on Wednesday and Thursday, and while he's in town, art he's created will be on display and available for purchase at Bennett Galleries in Green Hills.
“It’s whimsical, it’s fun, it’s happy art, and you look at it and you can’t help but smile," Scott Segelbaum with the Ringo Starr Art Show said. “It’s a chance for someone to come out and see another side to the creativity of Ringo Starr.”
Pieces range from $700 for a drum head with his art on it to $4,400 for his most limited pieces of art.
Starr started creating the art while on tour in his hotel room when he had free time. Most of it is done on his computer, and what he likes, he releases, with all of the proceeds going to The Lotus Foundation, which helps fund, support, participates in and promotes charitable projects aimed at advancing social welfare in diverse areas.
According to Segelbaum, Ringo's artwork is one of the only places you can find his signature.
“Ringo donates 100% of his proceeds to his charitable foundation called the Lotus Foundation, and it’s the only way to get a real Ringo signature," Segelbaum explained. "He doesn’t sign autographs for anyone anymore, however, he signs on his artwork, because it benefits his charity.”
In addition to purchasing Ringo's art, you can upgrade your purchase to a meet and greet package where you'll be able to go backstage at The Ryman, meet Ringo, and get your picture taken with the Beatle. That package is $8,000 and includes your art piece and the meet and greet.
The meet and greet art package is only being made available at 4 stops on Ringo Starr's tour, with Nashville being chosen as one of the cities.
Fans of The Beatles and Ringo Starr who stopped by the art show on Tuesday were excited to see his work.
“I’ve been a fan all my life, they were my introduction to music for the most part," Chase Cole said of The Beatles. Cole ended up purchasing a drum head with Ringo's artwork on it featuring a giant peace sign. “You can’t say enough about how he’s conducted himself later in life with his emphasis on peace and love, he’s just known for that. What better things to be known for!”
For more information on the art show, you can visit Bennett Galleries' website.