2014 Clarksville Writers Conference

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 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 Tenth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 5 and 6, 2014, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker SUSAN GREGG GILMORE, critically-acclaimed novelist and author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and The Funeral Dress.  Gilmore will speak at Thursday evening’s banquet at the Clarksville Regional Airport Terminal (John F. Outlaw Field), featuring a gorgeous panoramic view of the airfield and runway.

The conference banquet will be encompassed by two days of interesting presentations and valuable workshops on Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.  Authors scheduled to speak include:

  • WADE BOURNE, outdoors enthusiast, founder and host of the award-winning syndicated “Wired2Fish Radio,” editor-at-large for Ducks Unlimited Magazine, and author of six books including Fishing Made Easy;
  • SUE FREEMAN CULVERHOUSE, journalist and author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren;
  • DAVID and TERESA ELDER, owners of independent book publishing company RA Publishing;
  • BEVERLY FISHER, author of historical fiction novella Grace Among the Leavings, based on her grandfather’s stories of his Civil War ancestor;
  • MELISSA GINSBURG, Oxford, Mississippi-based poet and author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost and the chapbook Arbor;
  • DAVID HUDDLE, author of critically-acclaimed novels The Story of a Million Years and Nothing Can Make Me Do This and poetry collection Black Snake at the Family Reunion;
  • ZACHARY MICHAEL JACK, author of more than twenty award-winning books in genres including fantasy, young adult, mystery, narrative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir and narrative poetry;
  • MELANIE MEADOW, author of The Waking Up, a work of historical fiction about the Second Great Awakening, and the novel ColorBlind;
  • CHRIS OFFUTT, critically-acclaimed author of short story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, memoir The Same River Twice and novel The Good Brother;
  • STEPHEN ORNES, award-winning freelance science journalist and co-author of the Science Writers’ Handbook;
  • SHANA THORNTON, owner of independent book publishing company Thorncraft Publishing;
  • BUD WILLIS, Florida-based journalist and author of the novel Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir.

In addition to the scheduled presentations and workshops, free manuscript consultations with two literary agents are available to conference participants:

  • MALAGA BALDI, literary agent with New York-based Baldi Agency;
  • KEN SHERMAN, literary agent with Los Angeles-based Ken Sherman & Associates.

A limited number of writers’ circle sessions with ZACHARY MICHAEL JACK for an additional charge of $45.

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 22, 2014. (Late registration is postmarked between May 23 and May 29, 2014.) Visit the conference website at www.artsandheritage.us/writers for author bios, the conference schedule, registration information and more.

The 2014 Clarksville Writers Conference is made possible in part through the generous support of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Austin Peay State University, Tennessee Arts Commission, City of Clarksville, Gannett Foundation / The Leaf-Chronicle, APSU Office of President Tim Hall, Middle Tennessee Tourism Council, Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club, and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Additional sponsors include Dave and Jennie Beth Johnston, Dee Boaz, Sarah and Alex Darnell, Ned and Jacqueline Crouch, Wendell and Jean Gilbert, Dewey and Helga Browder, and Susan H. Menees. The conference was developed in 2005 by Patricia Winn.

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Call for Artists: “C Is For Clarksville on the Cumberland”

Friday, March 28, 2014 Comments Off

The Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council is announcing a call for artists to provide illustrations for their forthcoming alphabet-art book, C Is for Clarksville on the Cumberland.

C Is for Clarksville on the Cumberland will highlight the history, culture, environment, and geography that make up the city’s rich and unique heritage. Proceeds from the book will be used for community projects that highlight Clarksville’s vibrant arts activities and rich cultural heritage.

Letter entries for this alphabet-art book have been selected (see list below). The next phase is the call to artists. Artwork will be the focal point of the book and allows AHDC to showcase the talent of Clarksville artists as the text reminds residents of Clarksville’s history and culture.

Artists interested in having their work featured in the publication C is for Clarksville on the Cumberland should submit by April 19 three images of previous work that clearly show the style and medium that will be used on the assigned book illustration. They may also list three to five letter categories they would prefer to illustrate.

All media are encouraged, including paintings, drawings, photography, fabric art or photographs of a 3-D piece. A panel will select 26 artists for the publication and will assign each artist a letter category to illustrate.

Artists are asked to apply by e-mail to artsandheritage@cdelightband.net with digital files (PDF or JPEG) no larger than 1700 dpi or by mailing images of their work to AHDC, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041. Each entry should include name, mailing address, phone number and email.

Selected artists will be notified by April 25. They will have until July 8 to complete artwork.

For more information, contact Ellen Kanervo, AHDC executive director, at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net or 931-551-8870.

Letter categories:

  • A is Aviation. (This entry may include Outlaw Field, John F, Outlaw, Women who trained at Outlaw Field and flew missions during WWII.)
  • B is Black Hawk Corn Sheller.
  • C is Customs House. (This entry will discuss the building’s history as a customs house, post office and museum.)
  • D is Dunbar Cave.
  • E is East End. (African American business area between 9th, Franklin, and College streets, may also include Burt School)
  • F is Forts. (Civil War era Fort Defiance, Fort Clark, Fort Terry)
  • G is Governors. (Austin Peay and Wylie Blount)
  • H is Home Infirmary. (When Dr. Robert T. Burt opened the Home Infirmary on March 6, 1906, it was the first and only hospital in Clarksville until 1916.)
  • I is iron. (Although the iron furnaces were located out in the county, many iron masters lived in Clarksville and a foundry has operated in Clarksville from 1847 to the present.)
  • J is Cave Johnson. (US postmaster general who initiated use of the postage stamp)
  • K is Karst. (limestone topography which leads to sinkholes and caves)
  • L is L & N Railroad.
  • M is Military.
  • N is Newspapers. (Leaf Chronicle is oldest newspaper in Tennessee, combining two earlier names, Clarksville Chronicle and Tobacco Leaf Semi-Weekly.)
  • O is Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships.
  • P is Paddlewheelers. (Clarksville’s location at the junction of two rivers has enhanced its economy.)
  • Q is Queen City. (Although the origins of this nickname are obscure, the name certainly speaks to the city’s rich cultural heritage—famous Clarksvillians have excelled in theatre, literature, music and art.)
  • R is Wilma Rudolph.
  • S is Spires. (Churches, some with spires, some without, have shaped this community’s social and moral culture. Another prominent spire downtown is the Montgomery County Courthouse.)
  • T is Tobacco. (This entry will discuss dark-fired tobacco and its impact on Clarksville’s culture and economy.)
  • U is University. (This entry will discuss Austin Peay State University.)
  • V is Valentine Sevier. (This Revolutionary War hero established Sevier Station in Clarksville in the 1700s.)
  • W is Robert Penn Warren. (Warren rode the train from Guthrie to Clarksville to attend Clarksville High. This entry may also include the Southern Renaissance in literature and its connections to Clarksville.)
  • X is Exits 1, 4, 8, 11. (Getting to Clarksville has come a long way from the days of flatboats and buffalo traces to cars cruising at 70 mph down the Interstate.)
  • Y is Yuchi Indian Culture. (This Native American culture flourished in the area from Illinois through Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee long before Europeans came into the region. This entry may also discuss earlier Mississippian Culture.)
  • Z is Zinc. (Clarksville zinc smelters furnish a large percentage of all zinc in the US.)

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Arts In April: Saturday, April 12

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Comments Off

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 slewis@customshousemuseum.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.

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