Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Downtown Clarksville celebrates Clarksville’s Arts in April
Arts enthusiasts will want to be downtown in Clarksville on Saturday, April 12, as businesses and artists launch the all-day celebration of Clarksville’s Arts in April.
When you go, you can nurture your creative side through hands-on activities or just enjoy the creative efforts of others. You can paint a picture, view an art exhibit, take in a play, commission a quick sketch portrait, listen to music, enjoy the day.
A schedule of the day’s activities show the variety of experiences offered throughout the day:
- 9:00 a.m. to noon The Downtown Artists Co-op and Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council are hosting a Second Saturday Workshop on Portraiture led by Brad Reagan at the DAC, 96 Franklin Street. Registration is $35, plus cost of materials. Space is limited. Sign up through www.artsandheritage.us or by calling AHDC at 931-551-8870.
- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The folks at Horsefeathers, 109 Franklin Street (through Mildred and Mable’s), invite you to drop by this unique arts and crafts studio to discover the art of having fun while painting your own pottery or working with wood crafts or canvases.
- 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, 200 South Second Street, will offer free admission as they do every Second Saturday. Visitors can experience the Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit, a rare exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photographic portraits, and installations by women artists in celebration of Women’s History Month, as well as the new history exhibit, Becoming Clarksville. Go to customshousemuseum.org for more details.
- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sue Lewis, curator of education at the Customs House Museum, will lead a family craft project. This month’s Family Day Activity is “Animals in Art and Literature.” Through books, poetry, puppets, art and crafts, participants will meet W.W. Denslow’s illustrations of the Winged Monkeys, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto the Dog from Frank L. Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There is no charge for this activity. For more information, contact Sue Lewis at 931.648.5780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Clarksville’s newest art destination, Trespass Gallery, kicks off with OPEN, an exhibit of contemporary art by local, national and international artists, opening Saturday, April 12. OPEN seeks to push the boundaries of contemporary art in the city of Clarksville by bringing a sense of freshness and excitement to the city’s cultural scene. Trespass Gallery is located at 139A Franklin Street, directly across from The Blackhorse Pub and Brewery.
- 11:00 a.m. – noon The Framemaker, corner of Georgia Avenue and North Second, will present a gallery talk covering the principles of drawing by Dr. Patricia Halbeck, professor of music at Austin Peay State University. Topics of the art talk include line, contour, value and composition. For more information, visit www.theframemakerclarksville.com or www.facebook.com/TheFramemakerClarksville.
- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. DAC Artist Judy Morgan will work with children and adults to compose an abstract painting on a small canvas, using tape and paints at the Downtown Artists Co-op. DAC Artist Bob Privett will show children and adults how to combine common geometric shapes into a drawing of a human cartoon figure at the Downtown Artists Co-op. There is no charge for either of these projects; the DAC and AHDC will furnish all materials.
- 2:00 p.m. The Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin Street, is presenting A Woman Called Truth, a one-act play chronicling the life of Sojourner Truth through her own words along with authentic slave songs, spirituals and folk songs. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for those 13 and under. Seating is limited, so please purchase tickets in advance through the Roxy’s website at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org.
- 3:30 p.m. The L & N Train Station Painters, corner of 10th and Commerce Streets, will host a reception for folks to view their work as well as artwork by West Creek High School art students. End the day with some good food plus a bit of art and history with a visit to the destination of “The Last Train to Clarksville.” As Bobby Goldsboro lamented in the 1970s, “The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore,” but the station still offers plenty for those who do stop by.