Artist McKenzie Supports Nashville Children's Theatre with Original Painting

Hollywood, CA (PressExposure) April 22, 2008 -- The Nashville Children's Theatre is one of the top children's theatres in the county. I am honored to help", says Artist McKenzie, winner to the 1st Annual ARTV Fine Art Awards for Mixed Media. The Nashville Children's Theatre is the oldest professional children's theatre company in America. It is also the state's only professional, non-profit theatre dedicated exclusively to kids and families. During its long history, N.C. T. has introduced young people to the splendor of live theatre through a full line-up of stage productions and related educational programs. Currently, the productions are attended by over 60,000 children and adults each year.

Artist McKenzie has created an original mixed media painting entitled, "Laughter is a Smile That Bursts" that depicts gleeful faces of countless children. "It is a heart-warming painting that captures the feelings one gets while attending the fabulous productions at the Children's Theatre", says Gallery Director, Viv Smith. 100% of the revenue generated from this painting will benefit the N.C.T. The painting can be viewed on the artists website at or by clicking here.

"...Her paintings are in rhythmic harmony with the world around her. They celebrate and reveal the breadth and depth of the human experience. The versatility of the colors serve as a portrait of a spiritual and emotional journey through life....", Review Art Awakenings.

The benefit entitled, 11th Annual Dragon's Concert, will begin with a silent auction at 6:30 and a benefit musical concert by legendary performer, Delbert McClinton at 8:00pm, April 23rd, 2008. More information can be found at []

About Artist McKenzie's Fundraising Efforts:

"McKenzie doesn't just talk about making a difference, she does make a difference," says charity advisor Rich Webb. "Her sense of social responsibility is stunning, I am proud to work with her and her staff." The McKenzie Art Studio is planning a series of Gallery Fundraising Events which will contribute to The McKenzie Gallery's goal of $1 Million dollars a year for charity. Currently supported charities are Global Green, The Humane Society, Amnesty International, The Starbright Foundation, Amberwatch Foundation, and many, many more. Past fundraising events have included celebrities such as Ray Romano, Teri Hatcher, Lucy Lawless, Randy Jackson, Aly and AJ, Candice Bergen, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Hayden Panettiere and others. For more information on Artist McKenzie please call the gallery directly at 888-368-5213 or visit

About Performer Delbert McClinton:

CMT: Delbert McClinton was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Lubbock, Texas. He honed his craft working in a bar band, the Straitjackets, backing visiting blues giants such as Sonny Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. He made his firstrecordings as a member of the Ron-Dels and was noted for his distinctive harmonica work on Bruce Channel's 1962 hit "Hey Baby." On a tour of the UK with Channel, McClinton met a young John Lennon and advised him on his harmonica technique, resulting in the sound heard on the Beatles hit "Love Me Do."

Relocating to Los Angeles in the early '70s, McClinton emerged in a partnership with fellow Texan Glen Clark, performing a combination of country and soul music. They achieved a degree of artistic success, releasing two albums before splitting, with McClinton embarking on a solo career. Emmylou Harris had a No. 1 hit in 1978 with his composition "Two More Bottles of Wine" in 1978, and McClinton's "B Movie Boxcar Blues" was used in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. His 1980 album, The Jealous Kind, contained his hit single, "Givin' It Up for Your Love."

After a rest period during much of the '80s, McClinton made a welcome return in 1989 with the fiery album Live From Austin, taped during an Austin City Limits appearance. He won a 1991 Grammy for his duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman," and reached the Top 5 of the country charts with the Tanya Tucker duet, "Tell Me About It." The fledgling label Rising Tide offered One of the Fortunate Few in 1997, but the label quickly folded. In addition to releasing two new studio albums in the early 2000s, New West Records issued Delbert McClinton Live in 2003, collecting songs from throughout his career.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm
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