Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Clarksvilleans can buy Valentine’s gifts from local artists, sample champagne and heart-healthy chocolates from local restaurants and caterers, and enjoy chamber music by local musicians at the fifth annual Valentine’s Day Afternoon with the Arts on Sunday, February 9.
The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council and F&M Bank are hosting this event from 1:00pm until 4:00pm in F&M Bank’s Franklin Room, with its spectacular views of downtown and the Cumberland River.
In the five years AHDC has hosted this event, we have showcased the work of 50 talented local artists. Featured artists for this year’s Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts include:
- Leo Adames, whose pastel-colored interpretive paintings are inspired by poetry and music
- Paula Baggett Edwards and Mary Lou Baggett — Edwards’ work captures Clarksville-south-of-the-river scenes with the whimsy of a folk artist and Baggett’s oils give colorful glimpses of her garden
- Andrea Garcia, who knits and crochets unique accessories with a European flare
- Patrick Green, a ceramicist whose work is lovely and utilitarian at the same time
- Terri Jordan, whose vibrant paintings offer a bright contrast to February’s clouds
- Eunice Kern, a watercolorist whose works include luscious one-of-a-kind painted silk scarves
- Tom Rice, whose sculptures are perennial favorites, especially his trademark birds
- Brent Streeter, who designs and produces metal art using a computer, plasma cutter and hand-finishing techniques
- Jo Violette, who crafts jewelry that is bold and imaginative
- Cliff Whittaker, whose photographs capture Franklin Street in all its moods and outdoor scenes featuring small details and broad vistas
In addition, we always invite Olen Bryant as the event’s signature sculptor but don’t know until late whether the weather will permit his coming.
As artists are often the first to donate their works to area organizations for auctions and fundraisers, this event is AHDC’s way of recognizing their contributions to the community and giving them a chance to sell their work with no fees attached.
We also use this event to showcase the edible art of local caterers. Offering chocolate confections this year are Gingham Café, Lovin’ Spoonful and Chartwell’s, while Margie Crain is preparing sweet and savory complements to the chocolates.
Sophisticated Strings, the piano-harp duo of Debbie Wilson and Ted Jones, will provide romantic chamber music to add to the festive atmosphere throughout the afternoon.
We have moved the event back one hour from previous years to encourage patrons to take advantage of later arts events offered that afternoon. In addition, we are partnering with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, which is holding its Wind Serenades concert at 3:00pm that afternoon in the Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University. AHDC will give $5 back to any person or couple who brings a ticket for the Gateway performance, and we will offer all guests a $5 coupon to use in purchasing tickets to the Gateway concert that afternoon.
Alternatively, we are encouraging those who enjoy more popular music to attend the Cumberland Winds concert at Grace Lutheran Church which begins at 4:00pm.
Tickets are $25 each, or two for $40. Reservations can be made via the below button, or by calling 931.551.8870.