Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Comments Off
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.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Comments Off
The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.
Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theater, theater, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary, and folk arts.
A free grant workshop and information session for interested applicants will be held in the auditorium of the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street, Clarksville) on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 3:30pm. While this workshop is not mandatory for applicants, first-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.
Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500 to $2,000. Eligible organizations in the counties of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart can apply for these grant funds. In order to be eligible, applicants must be state-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or government entities (including public schools and libraries) and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the single proposed project. In addition, the proposed project must occur between August 16, 2013, and June 15, 2014. Any organization currently receiving Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2014 is not eligible to apply.
Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s eGrant system by 4:30pm (CST) on July 1, 2013. The ABC online application can be accessed beginning at 8:00am (CST) on May 31, 2013, at www.tn.gov/arts. Once there, scroll over “Grants” on the left side of the home page, and click on the eGrant button to access the ABC application. Faxed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.
A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review beginning at 9:00am on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville to answer questions that may arise about the application or proposed project. Awards will then be announced in mid-August.
For more information, please contact Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, at (931)551-8870 or email@example.com.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Comments Off
The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 6 and 7, 2013, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.
We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker FRYE GAILLARD, who has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics and culture as the author or editor of over twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America and The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir. Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, will speak at Thursday evening’s banquet at Freedom Point at Liberty Park, overlooking the beautiful Cumberland River and historic downtown Clarksville.
The conference banquet will be encompassed by two days of interesting presentations and valuable workshops on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7. Authors scheduled to speak include:
- JANINE BOLDRIN, freelance journalist for Military Spouse magazine and author of e-book The Thinking Spouse’s Guide to Military Life;
- BETH ANN FENNELLY, award-winning poet (Unmentionables, Open House, Tender Hooks) and co-author of forthcoming novel The Tilted World;
- TOM FRANKLIN, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, co-editor of anthology Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader, and co-author of forthcoming novel The Tilted World;
- RHETA GRIMSLEY JOHNSON, journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the memoirs Hank Hung the Moon and Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming;
- DALE RAY PHILLIPS, short story writer and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated collection My People’s Waltz;
- ADAM ROSS, author of 2010 New York Times Notable Book Mr. Peanut and short story collection Ladies and Gentlemen;
- CHUCK SAMBUCHINO, editor of Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents and author of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript and Create Your Writer Platform;
- ANN SHAYNE, former editor of book review BookPage and author of novel Bowling Avenue and Mason-Dixon Kitting: The Curious Knitter’s Guide;
- GEORGE SINGLETON, author of often humorous short story collections and novels, including Stray Decorum, Work Shirts for Madmen and Pep Talks, Warnings, And Screeds: Indispensable Wisdom And Cautionary Advice For Writers.
In addition to the scheduled presentations and workshops, free manuscript consultations with two literary agents will be available to conference participants:
- DEBBIE CARTER, literary agent with Muse Literary Management in New York City;
- GINA PANETTIERI, literary agent with Connecticut-based Talcott Notch Literary Services.
A limited number of query letter critiques with CHUCK SAMBUCHINO will also be available for an additional charge of $25.
A complete package including all conference activities is offered, as well as a la carte options. Discounted rates are available for early registration, which is postmarked on or before May 23, 2013. (Late registration is postmarked between May 24 and May 30, 2013.) Visit the conference website at www.artsandheritage.us/writers for author bios, the conference schedule, registration information and more.
The 2013 Clarksville Writers Conference is made possible in part through the generous support of the Tennessee Arts Commission, City of Clarksville, Austin Peay State University, Dr. Howard and Patricia Winn, Gannett Foundation / The Leaf-Chronicle, APSU Office of President Tim Hall, Greater Nashville Regional Council and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Additional sponsors include the Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Drs. David and Jennie Beth Johnston, Dee Boaz, Jeanie Page Randall, Jean and Wendell Gilbert, and Wade and Rebecca Bourne. The conference was developed in 2005 by Patricia Winn.