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Warrens work on display at Arts Center
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For centuries storytellers have shared folk tales – Aesop, Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, Walt Disney – offering traditional and imagined takes on these tales. Presented in the “Two Tales Told” exhibit are the original tales, The Ugly Duckling and Pinocchio, with photographer Brett Warren offering his spin.
All cultures have fairy tales. These tales are often passed down orally through generations and while entertaining, are used to teach lessons and morals. Folk and fairy tales have many benefits – they are familiar to many people, they are universal, they follow a narrative arc easily understood by all ages and they promote visualization.
McMinnville bred, Nashville based photographer Warren explores folk and fairy tales in this series of images. Warren often explores the process of transformation, examining change over time – children become adults, wooden puppets turn to flesh, awkwardness turns to beauty. He illustrates change through deliberate readings of folk and fairy tales. Warren loves encouraging people to dream with his photography, and create a cinematic world the viewer can escape to. He takes special interests in all aspects of his work. He is just as interested in building the sets, creating the costumes, and styling as he is in the final product.
The Marly Berger Gallery located in the Arts Center of Cannon County will host this exhibit now through March 31. Admission is free and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Arts Center is located at 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury. For more information call (615) 563-2787 or (800) 235-9073, e-mail, or visit
Founded in 1990, the award-winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an under-served rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually attracts more than 40,000 visitors from a region covering over a 100-mile radius.  Drawing on the blue-collar roots of its community, the organization focuses on self-sufficiency, fiscal responsibility and social entrepreneurship.  The Arts Center is partially funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.