2Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out – Fall 2023

Friday, September 22 & Saturday, September 23
at Historic Collinsville – 4711 Weakley Rd., Southside, TN 37171 

This fall’s paint-out will be held at Historic Collinsville as a part of the Create at Collinsville weekend celebration of traditional Tennessee arts. Showcase your work while helping to share the magic, beauty, and wonder of Historic Collinsville. Experience and beginning plein air painters alike are encouraged to set up their paints and easels to capture the buildings, plants and animals, landscapes, and people enjoying a crisp autumn day at Historic Collinsville. Final exhibition and reception will be held on October 5 (see info below).

Entry Fee $40

Up to 2 entries. $10/per additional entry. Registration includes Homestyle Pioneer lunch.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Saturday, September 16 at Historic Collinsville

Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. at Historic Collinsville
FREE for the first 15 applicants
(FREE Homestyle Pioneer Lunch included)

Award-winning artist, Kitty Harvill, will conduct a free plein air workshop for the first 15 applicants in the restored village of Historic Collinsville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023. 

Recipient of the prestigious international 2022 Simon Combes Conservation Award, Kitty Harvill was born in Clarksville. She received her BFA cum laude in painting from SMU including a semester of study in Paris, an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an AA in illustration from Ray College, Chicago. 

She has dedicated herself to painting nature and wildlife art since 2006. Harvill’s works in watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic have garnered numerous international awards. Her work is included in corporate, museum and private collections in the USA, Brazil, Germany, Singapore and Spain. Visit Kitty Harvill’s website: Artists for Conservation.

Saturday, September 23 from 3:30 – 5:00 P.M. at Historic Collinsville

All artists, whether registered for the 2Rivers Paint-Out or not, are encouraged to participate in this 90-minute quick paint competition!
All participants must provide their own supplies.
Registration is available on the day of event for Community Fun Quick Draw.

Entry Fee $15 | $50 First Place Awarded at Reception


A special category in the community quick draw competition. This is open to art students 18 and under.
All participants must provide their own supplies.
Registration is available on the day of event for Community Fun Quick Draw – Student Category.

FREE ADMISSION | $50 First Place Awarded at Reception


Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
The Franklin Room, F&M Bank – 50 Franklin Street
Including awards ceremony and sales

1st Place – $1,000
2nd Place – $500, sponsored by Planters Bank 
3rd Place – $250, sponsored by Heimansohn Steel and Salvage 
Honorable mentions – $40, sponsored by Bettye Holte 


Frank Lott has been a Clarksville, Tennessee resident since 1973 after graduation from Murray State University. In 1978 he and partner Jeff Bibb founded BLF Marketing, a company that provides marketing, advertising and public relations services to clients throughout the Southeast. After BLF Marketing closed in 2019, Lott was selected as the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center Executive Director in 2020.

He has continued to pursue his interest in fine art, particularly that of painting in the watercolor medium. A lifelong interest in history has been a motivating force both personally and professionally. Many paintings include historically based themes and subjects that reflect an appreciation for architecture and the beauty of nature.

Since its inception in 1983, Frank has been closely involved with the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center serving multiple terms as Museum Board Chairman and now the Executive Director. His commitment to the Customs House has helped it achieve a notable level of success as Tennessee’s second largest general museum. Over the past 30 years proceeds from the sale of Frank Lott original artworks and prints have benefitted the museum, school system and other local civic and charitable organizations. His watercolor paintings are in numerous public and private collections.