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February 01, 2011
Waves, Inc. and Williamson Arts Council Partner for 5th Annual “An Artist’s Window”Art Show March 11th at the Factory at Franklin
Southern Roots Band 18 South to Perform for Fundraising Dinner Previous Year’s Artwork on Display Starting Feb. 1st on Artist’s Row

FRANKLIN, TN - Did you know that Waves, Inc. has helped approximately 300 individuals per year with intellectual disabilities since the organization’s creation in 1973? Combine that with their day program, recycling program, residential program, semi-supported independent living and children’s programs, and you have an organization that has made an enormous impact on their community. Waves, Inc. will once again partner with The Williamson County Arts Council for the 5th Annual “An Artist’s Window” Art Show and Fundraising Dinner, taking place at The Factory at Franklin on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. The celebration of artists showcases those adults with intellectual disabilities, from all over Middle Tennessee, who submit their artwork for this yearly fundraising exhibition and sale. For more information on the evening’s festivities or to purchase tickets for the fundraising dinner, visit www.wavesinc.com.

The Art Show fun begins in the common-area of The Factory at Franklin, just outside Jamison Hall, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm on the night of show. All artists submitting artwork will have their creations displayed for public viewing and a panel of juried judges will choose the winning art for the evening. All artwork is available for bidding during a silent auction and the top three pieces will receive an award upon completion of the art show. The Bashful Mountain Broadcasters will play old time tunes with a rock’n’roll drive during the Art Show. The community is invited to enjoy art, drinks, appetizers at this time.

Guests then proceed to Jamison Hall for the evening’s main fundraising event and dinner, celebrating the artists soul. Superstar acoustic, Southern Roots band, 18 South, will entertain guests for the evening. 18 South's music is created by a wide array of influences. The organic and earthy quality of their sound rings with overtones of Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz and Gospel that lends itself perfectly to their stripped down acoustic approach that is truly "Americana". The Band members resume's read like a Encyclopedia of Musical History and once people see them live, they know why they are individually some the most well respected musicians on the scene today. Larry Atamanuik [Drums] and Mike Bub [Doghouse Bass] hold down a deep and unmovable groove behind Jimmi Wallace's rich vocals and slamming New Orleans Style Piano that in turn gives Guthrie Trapp the opportunity to freely express his fluid and versatile guitar soloing style. Along with Jon Randall's mournful high tenor vocals and solid rhythm guitar playing the band provides a perfect venue for Jessi Alexander to nail the audience to the wall with her smokey and heart wrenching vocals.

Waves, Inc., is a Franklin based non profit serving adults and children with intellectual disabilities and delays. Since 1973, Waves, Inc. has provided a broad range of services for adults with developmental disabilities in Williamson County. In 1984, Waves added services for children. Now, an Early Childhood Learning Program serves children of all abilities including typically developing children and children with developmental delays and disabilities. The non-profit organization began in Fairview, Tennessee by a group of citizens who wanted to ‘make Waves’ for people with developmental disabilities and three and half decades later, they remain dedicated to continuing that original vision. For more information on the 5th Annual “An Artist’s Window” Art Show and Fundraising Dinner, please contact Waves Inc. at jrose@wavesinc.com or Shari Lacy with GoodStuff PR Co. at shari@goodstuffpr.com or via phone at 615.525.5303. Or visit WAVES, Inc.’s website at www.wavesinc.com

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