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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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Bookbinding Workshop: Saturday, March 8


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

On Saturday, March 8, from 9:00am to noon, at the Downtown Artists Co-Op (96 Franklin Street), artist Peggy Bonnington will lead participants in a Bookbinding Workshop, constructing Japanese stab binding books.

Japanese stab bindings (also referred to as stitch bindings) are a good place to start in understanding the world of hand-made books, as they are fun and relatively easy to produce. They are great for journals, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and guest books, and they make unique gifts as well.

The cost of the Bookbinding Workshop is $35, plus a supplies fee of $10. Registration is available online via the below button or by contacting the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council at artsandheritage@cdelightband.net or (931) 551-8870. (Online registrations carry a $2.00 convenience fee.) The registration deadline is March 6, and spaces are limited.

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

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 artsandheritage@cdelightband.net 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.

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