May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk – – Thursday, May 2, 2019

May Art Walk To Be Held on May 2nd  

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 May Art Walk will be held May 2nd 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.

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.


A Lifetime of Color by Hilda Waide

Recipient of the Tennessee Aquarium Sponsor Award

2018 36th TnWS Exhibition

Music by Colin Hill, guitarist

Opening Reception will be during the First Thursday Artwalk from 5 pm to 8 pm. The exhibit will be up May 2-31, 2019.

This exhibition generously sponsored by:

Glenn Edgin, The FrameMaker Sango Wine and Spirits, F&M Bank

Alan Moser, Mitchell & Shelia Ross

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.


New Work: Katherine Tolleson

The Framemaker proudly presents new work by Clarksville, Tennessee artist Katherine Tolleson. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 2, 2019. 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. to 5 p.m.).

Katherine states: This body of work explores my relationship with attraction. I have always loved the human figure-the shapes, lines, contours, especially the face with its many expressions. With this work, I started out just making portraits of people I found attractive. I wanted to create portraits for the sake of creating them, but as I continued the series, I found that these portraits I was making had a sense of obscurity as well. Beauty is fleeting, what I think is attractive today could be gone tomorrow. But I find a beauty in the vanity-that though attractive faces are fleeting, for a moment in their vanity, they can be beautiful.

Katherine Tolleson was born and raised in Adams, Tennessee. She is currently studying at Austin Peay State University to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art. Her focus is on drawing portraits and figures, in either charcoal or ink.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

The Roxy Regional Theatre – Peg Harvill Gallery (100 Franklin Street)

For those who enjoy the visual arts, the Peg Harvill Gallery, located just beyond the lobby, hosts twelve shows annually featuring locally and nationally known artisans. Shows generally open the first Thursday of each month for our First Thursday Art Walk.


The Roxy Regional Theatre is proud to host local artist Tara Swalgren in the Peg Harvill Gallery during the month of May in conjunction with the upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Tara states: “I am drawn to painting animals with a kind of urgency and desire. I want to create these intricate and beautiful creatures that we only see and hear about in folk lore or our fantasies. My art demands the viewers to get lost in the lines and repetitive details of the flowers and fur. It encourages the viewer to enjoy their train of thought and indulge in their imagination, to be there in that moment if only for a minute”.

Tara Swalgren graduated from Austin Peay State University with a BFA in Studio Art. She enjoys illustrating animals that have a captivating and mysterious feel, which she enhances by incorporating natural elements, such as flowers, crystals and plants. The creatures she creates are fantastical yet believable.

For tickets to and information about our current production of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE [ABRIDGED], please visit or call the box office at 931.645.7699.

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

The 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.


The Infamous Captain Weems
Memory Lane | May 21 – Sept 29

New donations to the Museum collection supplement the story of Captain PVC Weems, who lived in Clarksville as a child and went on to invent navigational devices. The exhibit includes a sextant, navigation plotting ruler, and a star position calculator.

Remembering D-Day: 75th Anniversary
Memory Lane | May 21 – Sept 29

This exhibition presents World War II artifacts from the Museum’s collection’s and private collections including plans & maps of Normandy, and World War II senate surrender documents signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur

Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime
May 9 – July 28 | Crouch Gallery

An exhibition of baseball memorabilia, local history, & artifacts. Including a 1927 World Series game ball, Nolan Ryan’s jersey from his final season, and local celebrity, Clark Coyote. Sponsored by Legends Bank

Sharon Rusch Shaver: The Way I See It
May 2 – July 25 | Orgain/Bruner

Gallatin, Tennessee artist, Sharon Rusch Shaver paints the world around her. In 2008 the artist was awarded an Artist in Residence at Glen Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor, MI. Shaver was commissioned to do a painting for the White House in Washington, D.C. in 1999, which is a part of their permanent collection. Shaver’s works are collected by major corporations such as Brown-Forman in Louisville, KY; Wal-Mart in Bentonville, AR; Blue Cross and Blue Shield, as well as private collections throughout the country.

Here Comes the Bride
Jostons Gallery | May 3 – July 21

Here Comes the Bride features wedding dresses, vintage photos, announcements, cake toppers, hair pieces and more from the Museum’s collection’s.

Annual Staff Art
Lobby | May 1 – June 23

The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center presents an exhibition of works in various media by staff members of the Museum. This exhibition celebrates their talent, highlighting the museum’s legacy of nurturing working artists and exhibiting art generated in the local community.

Bold Strokes: The Art of Sandy Spain 
Extended Through June 23 | Harvill Gallery

This Nashville artist working in acrylics is known for her strong color palette. Ms. Spain has work in private collections throughout the United States, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Austria, and Germany.

15 Over 50: A Women’s History Month Exhibition 
Through June 9 | Kimbrough Gallery

This exhibition features 15 contemporary women artists from across the country all over age 50. Works include photography, painting, and sculpture done in a variety of styles.

Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street)

Come enjoy the best steaks in Clarksville in a relaxed atmosphere with live piano on Friday and Saturday night. We also offer Clarksville’s largest wine selection in town from around the world. 10% Military and APSU discount daily


Edward’s Steakhouse is proud host local artists, Kristy Barnes and Jessica Brewer of B&B Designs, during the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

“Hello, we are Kristy Barnes and Jessica Brewer of B&B Designs. We recently started our arts and crafts business in January 2019 to help provide income for each of our households. We are a mom (Kristy, 45) and daughter (Jessica, 27) duo and we love to create things that bring joy to others. Kristy, a recent widow, has a woodshop where we can custom cut, sand, and build our projects. We do projects with reclaimed barn wood from our family property as well as store bought wood and other things. However, Kristy does most of the wood work while Jessica, a stay at home mom of three, does more of the design and creative work. But regardless of who does what we love being able to work and create with each other. We make many different things from personalized home décor, holiday signs, and custom-made pictures frames. We have both found something that we are passionate about and are continuing to learn and grow as we go. Our goal is to be able to create something that will give you and your home a little bit of happy.”

Stop in, see the art, listen to Jackson Miller on the piano and enjoy the Thursday night special, 1/2 priced $7.00 appetizers and 2 for 1 draft drink specials.

Journey’s Eye Studio (131 Franklin Street)


Journey’s Eye Studio will be hosting a book signing with David W. Shelton, launching his book Unification: Rise of the Thunderblade during the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk

Stop in, meet the author and find something unique for your home!

City of Clarksville: Parks & Recreation (102 Public Square)


The City of Clarksville’s Parks & Recreation department is thrilled to join the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

Parks & Recreation proudly hosts:

Alexis Jones-Riverfest Juried Art Show 2018 Winner Best of Show

John Sharp- Riverfest Juried Art Show 2018 Winner 1st Place in professional painting

Roux Americajun Restaurant (125 Franklin Street)


Roux is proud to support the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

Stop in and grab something to eat as you check out the other galleries located in Historic Downtown Clarksville.

Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)


Rogate’s Boutique will be open late and is proud to support the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

But, stop in and find something for your Spring wardrobe!

Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street)


Mildred and Mable’s is proud to support the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and check out a new look and all of the great gift and clothing options!

Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)


Couture Crush is proud to support the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and find the perfect piece to spice up your Spring wardrobe , during the May First Thursday Art Walk!

Yada Yada Yada Deli (100 Strawberry Alley)


Yada, Yada, Yada Deli is proud to support the May 2019 First Thursday Art Walk!

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