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5th Annual Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts


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.

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2014 Cultural Calendars Now Available

Just in time for the holidays, the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is offering the perfect stocking stuffer — our 2014 Cultural Calendar.

Each month of the calendar features an original work by a local artist, depicting a scene in Montgomery County, along with highlights of arts and heritage activities planned by community organizations for that month.

This year’s art competition attracted nearly fifty pieces of work from over two dozen artists.  Blind judging selected the following works for inclusion in the calendar:

Front Cover – “Frolic on Franklin” by Betty Pierce Liles
Betty Pierce Liles studied commercial and fine art at Austin Peay State University in the early 1960s and did graduate work in studio painting at Murray State University in 1996.  She has exhibited award-winning work in art shows throughout the region.

January – “Sunset Over Main Street” by Dianne Campbell
When Dianne Burton Campbell retired from teaching, she was able to devote more time to her photography, a hobby for which she has a great passion. She plans to take more classes to better improve her photographic skills.

February – “Franklin Street Gold” by Gail Meyer
Gail Meyer strives for creativity and innovation through color, texture and layering.  She uses acrylics, oil and mixed media to achieve an eclectic style. Her current goal is to capture quaint store fronts and historical landmarks around Clarksville.

March – “Sulphur Fork Red River Bridge” by Jim Hancock
Jim Hancock, a self-described hobby photographer, primarily creates digital photos of local landmarks and landscapes. He looks for shooting opportunities of good lighting, color and interesting composition and rarely manipulates his images.

April – “Mouth of Dunbar Cave” by Leah Foote
Leah Foote has always been drawn to the transparency and light in watercolors.  She has been studying and practicing the art of watercolor since retiring from a career in education.  Experimenting with new materials and techniques invigorates her in her pursuit of mastering this unpredictable medium.

May – “Happy Herefords” by Lynne Waters Griffey
Lynne Waters Griffey says she wants to take God’s perfect sense of nature and instill serenity, joy and peace into her art. “Happy Herefords”‘ bright depiction of the Montgomery County countryside fulfills that desire.

June – “Clarksville’s Fields of Canola Flowers” by Monica Dahl
Monica Dahl’s love of art began with childhood drawings of horses and dogs. After moving to Clarksville in 2007, she took classes and began to paint in oils.  Dahl’s main focus is to capture surrounding beauty in a realistic style with an emphasis on color and light.

July – “Montgomery County Courthouse” by Lisa Kemmer
Photographer Lisa Kemmer has been expanding her work to include portraits, sports photography and nature. Her photographs have been displayed in publications and venues around Clarksville, including Miss Lucille’s and Clarksville Republican Women’s Cookbook.

August – “Creek Fishing (West Fork Creek)” by Don Hatcher
Don Hatcher is a retired US Air Force dentist who has always loved attempting to capture the world and emotions on paper and canvas.  He says, “A possible goal is moving back to Clarksville and turning this hobby into a bigger adventure.”

September – “Storm on the Cumberland” by David E. Smith
David E. Smith, retired US Army still photographer, details landscapes and scenery in his photographs, many of which are in and around Clarksville. Smith says, “I feel that it is important, as an artist, to help preserve history in photographs.”

October – “Sango Morning” by Kim Balevre
Kim Balevre completed her BFA in visual communications in 2008 at APSU where she now works as a graphic designer in the Public Relations and Marketing department.  She has exhibited in several solo and group art shows in Clarksville and Louisville.

November – “Gossip Bench (Historic Collinsville)” by Patsy Sharpe
Patsy Sharpe has seriously studied art for 25 years and, as seriously as family obligations would allow, for years before that.  Nature studies, especially of trees, are a real passion for her. She notes, “I like to include the human figure when I can in nature with some abstraction, but always adding some realism.”

December – “Forest Street United Methodist Church” by Margie Head
Margie Head has been painting for 45 years. The self-trained artist has created murals in many churches and homes around Clarksville. She loves to paint snow scenes and prefers to work at night when all is quiet and peaceful.

Back Cover – “L & N Train Station” by Vicky Clinard
Vicky Clinard, a Clarksville native who has been married 32 years, started taking photographs again about two years ago.  She calls her work “drive-by shootings” because she takes many of her photos from the car.

Printing services for the calendar were provided by Jostens Printing & Publishing.

Calendars, priced at $7 each, are available at Seasons (located inside the Customs House Museum); Downtown Artists Co-op; and online via the below button. (Online purchases include an additional $2.50 shipping and handling fee.)

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Polaroid Transfers Workshop


Artist Beverly Parker will teach participants how to print Polaroid Transfers in the September First Saturday Workshop offered by the Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council.  This month’s workshop will be held at the Smith-Trahern Mansion (101 McClure Street) from 9:00am until noon on Saturday, September 7. 

Parker, whose works are collected by regional institutions as well as private individuals, is donating from her own cache of Polaroid film, no longer manufactured, so that workshoppers can produce a piece of art using material that will soon be unavailable to artists.

Polaroid transfer is an alternative photography process where Polaroid film is exposed using a Vivitar instant slide printer and a slide. When exposed, the Polaroid film is pulled apart, put on watercolor paper and “rubbed and rolled” onto the paper. When lifted, the image left is a lovely, painterly image that can be left as is or manipulated further with watercolor paints or colored pencils.

The Polaroid film is approximately 4 inches by 5 inches, so the images produced will be small and quite intimate. Each student will leave with at least two images with mats, ready to be framed.

Workshop participants may bring their own slides of favorite scenes, or Parker will provide slides from her collection of Clarksville landmarks and still lifes. For best results, slides should include bright colors set against a dark background. They can be detailed, but more detail means less definition to image.

In addition, students need to bring a rolling pin and a wooden or metal spoon about the size of a tablespoon. Parker will provide the film, paper, watercolors, mats and colored pencils.

Registration for the Polaroid Transfer Workshop, which is $35, is available online via the below button or by calling the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council at (931) 551-8870. (Online registrations carry a $1.00 convenience fee.) The registration deadline is September 5, and spaces are limited.

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