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July 18, 2024

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Mister Rogers Portrait Comes to Nashville

Nashville celebrates β€œWorld Kindness Day” on Sunday, Nov. 13 with the return of America’s favorite neighbor!

Celebrate World Kindness Day (Sunday, Nov. 13) when the popular Mister Rogers: Just The Way You Are portrait returns to Nashville arriving at the Nashville Public Library’s Downtown Branch at 615 Church St.

Nashville-based mixed media artist Wayne Brezinka teams up with the Nashville Public Library in hosting the exhibit featuring America’s favorite neighbor.Β The portrait arrives in Nashville direct from WQED and the famed Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh where it has been on tour.

Brezinka used artifacts from the archives of Fred Rogers in his artistic portrait of Mister Rogers. Included are an original pair of glasses worn by the television icon.

A handwritten note by Fred Rogers, two of Fred’s bowties gifted from widow Joanne Rogers and several vintage photos of Fred as a young boy are also featured.

The public is invited to experience this popular work in-person during an open house from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. In addition to seeing the portrait, attendees will have the opportunity to view original working pencil sketches that were created in the early stages of the portrait development as well as interact with a replica of the famous PBS Mister Rogers wooden bench. Brezinka will be on hand to sign art prints that will be available for purchase at the event.




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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.