- April 1, 2013
-- The launch of an art event and new studio may not be too far out of the ordinary for Nashville, but this artist has an extraordinary story! Jonathan Hayes has lived his whole life with Asburgers Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. While many people diagnosed with Asburgers have had successful careers, the syndrome is challenging for artists because people with Asperger syndrome often display behavior, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive and are sometimes abnormally intense or focused. They may stick to inflexible routines, move in stereotyped and repetitive ways, or preoccupy themselves with parts of objects – attributes that are challenging for a creative person to overcome.
“In some ways my Asburgers has helped me” says Hayes, who admits to working long hours to prepare for the opening of the art show, often being so focused that he refused to break for food or sleep. “Take Off!” features nearly 200 photos of various air show static display aircraft, nose art, stunt pilots, civilian and military aerobatic teams; including the U.S. Navy BLUE ANGELS and the U.S. Air Force THUNDERBIRDS. Additionally Jonathan Hayes has arranged to have entertainment for guests in the form of a “USO” styled variety show included with event admission.
"Take Off!" Will be hosted by Boheme Collectif Art House on Saturday, April 6, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for Active & Venteran Military personnel. Tickets available at the door or in advance at www.bohemecollectif.com. Boheme Collectif is located at 919 South Gallatin Rd., Suite 8, Nashville, TN 37206