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

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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Portraiture Workshop: Saturday, April 12


Learn a new skill during the April Second Saturday Workshop, offered by the Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council and the Downtown Artists Co-Op.

On Saturday, April 12, from 9:00am to noon, at the Downtown Artists Co-Op (96 Franklin Street), artist Brad Reagan will lead participants in a Portraiture Workshop.

Registration for the Portraiture Workshop is $35, plus the cost of supplies. Registration will open soon.

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Arts In April: Saturday, April 12

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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