Jimmy Abegg is a true ragamuffin in every sense of the word. His wardrobe and appearance is always functional — never for show. In the sense of the term coined by late author Brennan Manning, he’s an authentic Jesus-follower. Also, he was a member of The Ragamuffin Band, the crew of musical creatives that backed Rich Mullins on his later releases prior to his untimely death. Abegg is a man with a colorful past, but, when I say “colorful,” I mean as a visual artist, as a musician, and as a liver of life, physically, mentally, and spiritually. There’s more to his story than can possibly be divulged or adequately captioned in a brief blog post (there’s plenty out there about Jimmy and his involvement as a visual and musical artist with the likes of Vector, The Ragamuffin Band, Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil, Charlie Peacock and Kevin Max), but, the purpose of this post is to draw your attention to the vision of a man whose eyesight is failing him. No longer able to drive, Jimmy is in the middle of what has turned out to be a financially and bureaucratically-challenging venture to create a space to make visual and musical art in his backyard. Delays, zoning laws, red tape, and resources have all played significant rolls in holding up the completion of his new studio. In addition to being a time-consuming, frustrating, and emotionally-taxing process, the construction delays are also making it difficult for Jimmy to exercise his creative livelihood in painting and music and because of that fact, the world at large is paying a price.
But, you can help move things along!
Pray that the red tape and zoning issues of building in Nashville can be efficiently navigated to the end and that the funding and materials that Jimmy needs to bring the studio to fruition will materialize.
Support Jimmy’s livelihood by purchasing Art
Donate to the construction fund for the studio
Join his brand new Patreon page
Peripheral: Painting in the dark from Derek Pearson on Vimeo.