May 2016 First Thursday Art Walk

May Art Walk To Be Held on May 5th

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 May 5th 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 May 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 enjoy Cinco de Mayo with the 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, Miranda Herrick, during the May First Thursday Art Walk in conjunction with the current production of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT.  Due to a performance that evening, the gallery will only be open from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am – 2pm.

For tickets to and information about our current production, Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT, please visit or call the box office at 931.645.7699.


College Coffee Company (115 Strawberry Alley)


 Stuart Bonnington returns to the College Coffee Co. performing songs from the British Invasion from 6-8pm during the May First Thursday Art Walk.


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.


 “Wanderings”, by Leah Foote and Connie Livingston-Dunn

Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC) is proud to announce ‘Wanderings’, an exhibit by member artists Leah Foote and Connie Livingston-Dunn. Glenda Rohner will also exhibit an installation art piece named “influence” in DAC’s window galleries this month. The opening reception will be on Thursday, May 5th from 5PM till 8 PM. “Wanderings” and “influence” will be on display through May 28th.

Leah and Connie titled their show Wanderings because that word fits so perfectly with their styles of art. Both find that, similar to the exploration of new locales and settings, their journeys in art are explorations of new subjects and techniques. Connie’s fanciful realizations range from her digital fractal imaging to exploring different media and the use of the unusual combined with more traditional materials. In the same vein, Leah’s subject matter reveals whatever catches her interest at the moment from collage abstracts to her newly discovered love of painting en plein aire. Connie is fond of the Japanese term “wabi-sabi” meaning the acceptance of imperfection, and transience. They both feel their art fits this description. Art will never be perfect, nor should it remain static, but should always be changing.

Connie Livingston-Dunn has been experimenting with new directions in mixed media and digital art. Her wanderings have meandered through mixed media collages on watercolor paper, alcohol inks on collaged backgrounds, cold wax and oil paint with stamped and printed papers, and to textured surfaces on canvas and fiberboard with objects arranged to tell a story. She has taken some of her artworks, imported photos of them into her fractal program and spun them into new fractal visions. She likes viewers to unravel the stories, symbols and unspoken poetry within the artworks to experience an altered point of view and new way of seeing. Some of her artworks and photographs are used as illustrations for stories and poetry that she writes on As a retired art therapist, she has recently begun a new phase in her art journaling process with a variety of media.

Leah has been seriously devoting time to art since she retired from a career in education in 2007. She began her college career as an art major but soon was drawn to English and later elementary education. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women). After she and her husband moved to Clarksville in 1970, she added additional education endorsements and earned a Masters Degree from Austin Peay State University.

Upon retiring, Leah returned to her love of watercolor and took watercolor lessons from Gail McDaniel for several years and has taken classes from Gayle Levee trying to apply watercolor techniques to her classes in oils. She has continued painting with groups of friends and attending workshops to learn from artists she admires, including Iain Stewart and Karlin Holman, with the goal of learning to adapt parts of what they do to her own style. She recently joined the Chestnut Society and has discovered the joy of the immediacy of painting on location and from life. Her current focus is trying to apply the freshness of plein aire painting to her studio work.

Leah is a member of the Downtown Artists Co-op in Clarksville, the Tennessee Watercolor Society, and the 2 Rivers Society of Painters.

The DAC will be serving up fabulous appetizers, punch and wine during the opening reception. 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.

Current exhibits will be on display the entire month of May. The DAC Gallery is located at 96 Franklin Street, in Downtown Clarksville, TN. DAC will be open Noon-4pm, Wed.- Fri. and 10am-6pm on Sat. See our website at or visit us on Facebook for more information.

DAC thanks Dee Boaz, Dr. John Letty, The Framemaker and Sango Fine Wines & Sprits for sponsoring this month’s exhibit.


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 May First Thursday Art Walk and enjoy free admission!


Cast of Blues    Through May 25th

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.

Carol LeBaron: Life Source    May 5th – July 31st

Tennessee artist Carol LeBaron transforms remembered light to imagery, collecting fragments from both the landscape of her remembered experience and observation of natural forms.

Cumberland River – An American Legacy    May 5th – July 31st

This series of plein air paintings by Larry Richardson explore the Cumberland River. Sponsored in part by Legends Bank.

Erosion: Studies of Finite Permanence    May 3rd – May 29th

Artist Lauren Brady uses layers of transparency and texture in her landscape paintings, exploring the development that occurs with time and what is seen in retrospect.

Working the Spirit Close to Home: The Portraits of William Stamms Shackelford 

May 5th – July 31st

This gathering of paintings by William Stamms Schackelford showcases his unique depictions of various people, including portraits of the Clarksville Shackelford family. Sponsored in part by Tennessee State Museum, Austin Peay Department of Art & Design.

Taking a Look at Cave Johnson    May 5th – July 31st

Take a closer look at the life of Clarksvillian Cave Johnson. Johnson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1828, and later served as president of the Bank of Tennessee from 1854 to 1860. He was also a close friend and advisor to James K. Polk during his successful presidential campaign.

Leisure Time    May 5th – August 7th 

This exhibit explores the theme of hunting, fishing, and other outdoor leisure activities in the area with objects from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s permanent collection.


Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)

Couture Crush is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk and will stay open late that evening.

Find some new additions for your Summer wardrobe during the May 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.


Name That Show! : Illustrations by Chad Malone

The Framemaker proudly presents work by Graphic Designer and Illustrator Chad Malone. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 5, 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 May during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Chad Malone is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator who works primarily with digital illustration living in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Austin Peay State University in 2013. Malone is best known for his work with 20th Century Fox’s hit sitcom Arrested Development. In the same vein as his winning illustration for the cover of the sitcom’s fourth season, his exhibit Name That Show! features illustrations of characters from various television genres.

Malone states, “Showing the smallest amount of identifiable features from each character’s appearance is what made my design for Arrested Development so attractive.  Minimally representing a persona by expressing quirks and mannerisms through just enough detail is the theme of my show.  I’ve chosen to pay tribute to my favorite T.V. addictions and am excited to see how many viewers can correctly guess the television show each piece represents.”

For more information about the artist, visit his website at


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 May First Thursday Art Walk, but will be open for business until 7pm.  Stop in an find a a few new pieces to welcome Summer into your wardrobe!


Hops Road (101 Strawberry Alley)

Gourmet Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads – Burgers & Craft Beers


Hops Road, located on Strawberry Alley in Historic Downtown Clarksville, is proud to support the May 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)


Stop in and enjoy the artwork displayed throughout the shop, pick up locally sourced products and food and grab a cup of coffee as you enjoy the May First Thursday Art Walk!


Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street)

Mildred and Mable’s will stay open late during the May First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and check out all of the great gift and clothing options offered in Historic Downtown Clarksville.




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