Country music legend and Oak Ridge Boys member, William Lee Golden unveiled his latest painting, Smoky Mountain Spring, at the Tennessee State Museum next Wednesday, June 27th.

Golden was quoted stating, “Music is a large part of my life, but painting holds a special place in my heart,”. I’m more than excited that the museum will be accepting my painting, Smoky Mountain Spring, in its permanent collection.”

A VIP reception and presentation was held at the Tennessee State Museum to celebrate Golden's latest creation. Governor Bill Haslam accepted Golden's painting, Smoky Mountain Spring, which became part of the museum's permanent collection. Southgate Food Group, Heroes Vodka, Red Lipstick Productions, and PLA Media sponsored the event. A southern repast will be provided by Miss Daisy from Franklin, TN.

"William Lee Golden uses the medium of paint on canvas while traveling as an outlet for his natural creativity," said the museum's Executive Director Lois Riggins-Ezzell. "In recent years, the art of painting has become his second passion. Like acclaimed folk artist Grandma Moses, Golden has no formal artistic training and began painting later in life, which has certainly not deterred collectors interested in aquiring his work. We are honored to have his piece in our permanent collection."

As one of the most recognized personalities in country and gospel music, William Lee Golden has garnered many accolades as the bearded baritone of the legendary group The Oak Ridge Boys. With more than 30 million records sold, The Oak Ridge Boys have had more than a dozen #1 hits and over 30 top ten hits. Their numerous platinum and gold recordings include "Thank God For Kids," "American Made," "Bobbie Sue," "Ozark Mountain Jubilee," and the crowd favorite, "Elvira." In addition to receiving five Grammy Awards throughout their career, the group has been inducted into both the Grand Ole Opry and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Golden recently added another accomplishment to his ever-growing list of achievements: critically renowned painter. Inspired by his life on the road, Golden's simple yet evocative paintings feature rich, sometimes dreamlike images which echo the style of Claude Monet and other leading French impressionist artists. His works have been exhibited in museums, including the Tennessee State Museum and The Gilcrease Museum of Art in Tulsa, galleries and private collections across the U.S. His original painting Bush Garden is held in the permanent collection of The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.

The year 2012 has been a pivotal one for William Lee as new exhibitions are being planned and a national food endorsement has been launched with Southgate Food Company.

For more information about William Lee Golden, please visit www.williamleegolden.com.
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