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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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Call for Artwork Submissions: 2014 Cultural Calendar


The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council will be accepting artwork submissions for our 2014 Cultural Calendar through Thursday, September 12.

Each month will feature an artist’s work and highlight arts and heritage events of the past and present. Submitted work will be juried to determine which piece is featured each month, as well as which artwork appears on the cover. Calendars will be available through our website, as well as in the Customs House Museum’s “Seasons” gift shop.

This year’s wall calendar will feature work related to Montgomery County, Tennessee. It may focus on a detail from a building or piece of public art or a scene from downtown Clarksville, or it may depict a view of a farm, county road, or local park. Literally, the sky is the limit, as long as it is observed in Montgomery County.

For complete specifications, please download the 2014 Cultural Calendar Application Form.

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2013 Heritage Home Tour of Russellville, KY


Harmony Hall

Harmony Hall

Like Clarksville, the city of Russellville, Kentucky, gained its early wealth from tobacco, and income from that crop has allowed planters in both cities to build lovely homes that dot the rolling hills of Tennessee and neighboring Kentucky.  This fall, the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is hosting an all-day guided bus tour of a number of those historic homes in Russellville.

The 2013 Heritage Home Tour of Russellville will be held on Saturday, September 21. Departing from the Riverview Inn parking lot (50 College Street, Clarksville) at approximately 8:45am and returning at approximately 5:30pm, the tour bus will visit the following locations:

  • Parrish Heights, a brand-new two-story country home with columns, patterned after an old Greek Revival;
  • Caldwell/Orndorff House, originally built circa 1820 by Samuel Caldwell, first merchant of Russellville, and later owned by Christopher Orndorff, who was in the grist milling business;
  • O’Bannon House, built circa 1807 by Presley Neville O’Bannon, a Virginia-born Marine who planted the U.S. flag at Tripoli;
  • Methodist Temple, Methodist church erected in 1852 and renovated in 1917, with a catered lunch followed by an a capella song by Frank Walton and discussion of church history and stained glass windows by Evelyn Richardson;
  • Bibb House, built circa 1820 by Virginia-born Major Richard Bibb, an example of fine early Kentucky architecture which now serves as a museum and is currently under renovation;
  • “Rich View” Home, built circa 1938 in the Federal style, with antebellum stairway and front porch columns imported from New Orleans and Louisville, and currently owned by Lt. Col. Jack and Emily Rich;
  • Harmony Hall, built circa 1849 by Benjamin Keene Sully from bricks made on the place and said to have been so named because of Sully family members’ love of making music in its halls.

This event is made possible in part through the generous support of Planters Bank and F&M Bank.

Reservations, including lunch, are $75 (non-AHDC members) and $70 (AHDC members). Space is limited, and payment is due at the time of reservation.  We regret to say that tickets to the Heritage Home Tour of Russellville are sold out. Thank you to all of you who will be attending.

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