April Art Walk To Be Held on April 7th
Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.
With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.
The April Art Walk will be held April 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the shops and galleries on Public Square, Franklin Street, and Strawberry Alley. The participating businesses are listed below as well as a description of the work they will be exhibiting and services they will be offering during the event.
Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street)
Edward’s Steakhouse is proud to feature local artist, Jane Olson, during the April First Thursday Art Walk.
Jane’s art brings a fresh approach to watercolor pieces in a variety of sizes. Some of her favorite subjects are waterscapes, landscapes and floral compositions in the impressionistic and abstract styles.
Stop in, see the art, listen to Jackson Miller, live, on the piano and take in their Thursday night special, 1/2 priced $7.00 appetizers and 2 for 1 draft drink specials.
The Roxy Regional Theatre – Peg Harvill Gallery (100 Franklin Street)
The Roxy Regional Theatre’s Peg Harvill Gallery is proud to feature the art of local artist, Billy Renkl, during the March First Thursday Art Walk.
My work for William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew focuses exclusively on lines by Katherina, the “shrew” of the play’s title. Kate clearly gets a bad rap in the play — she is headstrong and willful, of course, but what independent woman wouldn’t be under the circumstances? When you ignore what is said about her, and look at her lines alone, she turns out to be smart and funny and articulate. I’d pick her over that manipulative Bianca any day. (There’s the problem with her binding and slapping Bianca that one time, but who doesn’t have a bad day every now and then when one is being treated like chattel?)
Each piece in the show is a typographic treatment of a quote by Katherina, screen printed on the pages of a copy of the play. The pages are stained with bright colors, and reference quilt blocks — self-expressive artifacts of domestic production.
Billy Renkl has been on the faculty at APSU for 27 years, where he teaches drawing, illustration, and freshman design. He recently showed work at The Cumberland Gallery in Nashville and the DAC Gallery in Clarksville.
Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am – 2pm.
For tickets to and information about our current production, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, please visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or call the box office at 931.645.7699.
Downtown Artists Co-op (96 Franklin Street)
The DAC is an association of talented local artists and interested patrons dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Clarksville/Montgomery County area. Our objectives are to sponsor art exhibitions of work by Co-op members and regional artists, to provide continuing support for the Co-op and its membership through the sale of art work, to encourage arts education with outreach programs and scholarship fundraisers, and to develop membership services which directly support the arts community.
“Redux” – DAC’s Annual Members’ Exhibit
Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC) is proud to announce “Redux”, a retrospective exhibit and our 15th Annual Members’ Exhibit. The opening reception for the DAC Annual Members Show will be on April 2nd from 5PM till 8 PM. This annual tradition is an exhibit of fine art by all DAC Members and features fine art including Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Photography, 3D/Fabric Arts, Jewelry and much more.
The DAC will be serving up appetizers, punch and wine, along with new and old favorites by our members. As always, the DAC opening is a central part of Clarksville’s “First Thursday Art Walk”, a wonderful evening of art, music and more in beautiful Historic Downtown Clarksville. First Thursday Art Walk occurs regularly on the first Thursday of each month. Spring has sprung, so 1st Thursday promises to be a wonderful evening.
The Members Exhibit is generously sponsored by: Ken Killebrew, Dr. Carmen Reagan, The Frame Maker (Glen Edgin) and Sango Fine Wines and Spirits.
The exhibit will be on display during the entire month of April 2016 at the DAC Gallery located at 96 Franklin Street, Clarksville, TN. See our website at www.downtownartistsco-op.com or follow us on Facebook for more information.
Customs House Museum (200 S. 2nd Street)
The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is Tennessee’s second largest general interest museum. It features fine art, history, and children’s exhibits.
Join us for the April First Thursday Art Walk and enjoy free admission!
A Woman’s Touch: Celebrating Tennessee Crafts March 4th – Apr 30th
The Customs House Museum rounds out its Tennessee Crafts celebration with A Woman’s Touch. This exhibit features female artisans from across the state of Tennessee. Sponsored in part through grant funding from National Endowment for the Arts.
James Alexander: Sculptural Thinkings March 10th – May 1st
Trained as both an architect and as a sculptor, James Rodger Alexander utilizes form to articulate and delineate space. Both his large scale sculptural installations and small scale sculptural pieces focus primarily on one reoccurring issue: the resolution of the conflict between opposing forces. The recognition of dualities and the quest for a resolution is the consistent element in his work.
Elizabeth LaPenna: Expressions in Color March 1st – May 1st
An abstract artist working in acrylics and mixed media, Elizabeth LaPenna approaches each piece from an intuitive perspective, inspired by spirituality and nature. LaPenna is an award winning visual artist whose work is held in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States. A Chicago transplant, raised in upstate N.Y., she is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.
School Days: From the Collection March 4th – May 8th
What was it like to attend the Clarksville Female Academy? Items from our collection take a look at the schools and graduations of Montgomery County from the late 1860s to the 1930s.
Photographs, diplomas, graduation dresses, and school related documents are on display to give insight into the lives of locals such as Carrie Wyatt and Mabel Ray Edmondson.
A Time of Mourning March 10th – May 8th
The grieving process is explored through clothing, photographs, and other objects from the Customs House Museum’s collection, including items owned by Serepta Jordan.
Oh, To Live by the Sea March 22nd – April 28th
This traveling exhibit features hook rugs by various artists, all with an ocean theme.
Cast of Blues March 22nd – April 28th
A celebration of Mississippi’s rich musical heritage, the exhibition A Cast of Blues features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and of juke joints by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy.
Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)
Couture Crush is proud to support the April First Thursday Art Walk and will stay open late that evening.
Find some new additions for your wardrobe during the April First Thursday Art Walk!
The Framemaker (705 North Second Street)
For over two decades, The Framemaker has offered a unique selection of frames and art services to the Middle Tennessee area.
Photography by David W. Jones
The Framemaker proudly presents photography by David W. Jones. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on April 7, 2016. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of April during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
David Jones received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He pursued further education in Graphic Design and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in Washington, D.C. Jones worked in a high-end black and white photography studio in Los Angeles. This exhibit features black and white photography from the 1990s, along with his contemporary digital photographs.
The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.
Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)
You are sure to find something new and exciting each time you visit Rogate’s Boutique! Our store offers all the latest amazing fashion trends, while remaining focused on timeless style. And we know how much fun shopping should be, so you can always expect to have a great time here.
Rogate’s Boutique will not feature an artist during the April First Thursday Art Walk, but will be open for business until 7pm. Stop in and find a few new pieces to welcome Spring into your wardrobe!
Hops Road (101 Strawberry Alley)
Good Morning Coffee-Espresso & Lattes – Signature Roast & Dark Roast
open at 7 am Croissants- Scones & Pastries- Gourmet Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads – Burgers & Craft Beers
Hops Road, located on Strawberry Alley in Historic Downtown Clarksville, is proud to support the March First Thursday Art Walk.
Stop in, grab a bit to eat and check out some of the great local artists that Clarksville has to offer.
Hops Java & Juice (100 Strawberry Alley)
Hops Java & Juice is proud to host local artist, Olasubomi Bashorun, during the April First Thursday Art Walk.
Olasubomi Bashorun went to school in Oklahoma and graduated with an art and family psychology degree. He now lives and works in the Middle Tennessee area. He recently opened Fusion Arts Studio in Clarksville, where he teaches byob paint class private art and dance lessons.
Ola’s artistic inspiration was fostered and influenced, in part, by his high school art teacher, Kathleen Blake. “I have always had talent to see and create art, but she made me realize what art can do for the mind and soul. She taught me to be creative and express myself with my art. I’ve been doing that ever since.”
Now, Ola is the one inspiring others through his own teaching. His favorite part of being a teacher is “giving people a tool that they can use to express themselves and be creative.”
He began exploring what other art forms do for the mind body and soul. Though his passion is fine art in his exploration he realized dance is the best hobby for people to partake in helps the it activates all three the mind body and soul.. He then started offering ballroom dance classes and has partnered with other dance instructors who are trained in gymnastics hip-hop and ballet.
Olasubomi goal is to use the arts as therapy. Fusion is the starting point. First art then dance next will be music.
Art saves lives!
Stop in and enjoy the artwork displayed throughout the shop, pick up locally sourced products and food and grab a cup of coffee to keep you warm as you enjoy the April First Thursday Art Walk!
Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street)
Mildred and Mable’s will stay open late during the April First Thursday Art Walk.
Stop in and check out all of the great gift and clothing options offered in Historic Downtown Clarksville.