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 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.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Comments Off
The Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council is planning an alphabet book about our community titled “C Is for Clarksville on the Cumberland.” This book will be an ongoing fundraiser and a tool to promote our community.
Each letter will be represented by an interesting person, place or event unique to Clarksville and illustrated with an original work of art by a local artist. The book will retail for $20-$25 and should be available for the 2014 holiday season.
A community-wide contest for each alphabet letter begins today and will end on February 28. A select committee of experts will determine a winner for each letter. Choose a letter for a particular person, site or event that relates to Clarksville and, in 45 words or less, write a paragraph about your topic. Material submitted should be appropriate for all age levels. To submit your idea, please email email@example.com or mail to AHDC, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041, and include your name and contact information. Winners will be recognized at our release party.
“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.
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.