October First Thursday Art Walk – – Thursday, October 6

October Art Walk To Be Held on October 6th              

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 October Art Walk will be held October 6th 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. 


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 Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be open with free admission from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. during Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk.

Start your Art Walk here! Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.


Halloween Past    October 1 – November 6

Get into the Halloween spirit in Memory Lane! Spooky objects from the Customs House’s collection give a glimpse into the holiday’s past with vintage costumes, toys, postcards, and a hearse.

The Modern Whimsy of Aaron Grayum    October 4 – October 30

Work by Nashville artist Aaron Grayum is on display in our Peg Harvill Gallery. His whimsical and colorful paintings, with elements such as balloons and birds, are designed to inspire the inner child.

120th Anniversary of Lui Heimansohn    October 1 – January 5

Heimansohn Steel and Salvage is a full service steel and scrap metal business located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Explore 120 years of their history in The Leaf Chronicle Lobby.

Plane Clarksville    September 14 – November 27

Learn the local story of Frank Adkins, U.S. Army Air Forces ACE, credited with shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat during World War II. Objects from the museum collection will be on display, including model planes and medals.

Women Painting Women    August 5 – October 23

Women Painting Women promotes the work of contemporary female artists working in the figurative tradition who focus on women as their subject matter. This exhibition features nine artists from Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Tammy O’Connor: Hand Shadows    August 8 – October 23

This body of work by Tammy O’Connor is comprised of whimsical characters created with glass and shadows. The project is reminiscent of the many storytelling moments the artist experienced as a child with her family.

Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure    August 11 – October 16

Sponsored in part by Planters Bank

Art by well-known local artist Olen Bryant will be on display. The exhibit features sculptures from the CHM&CC Permanent Collection as well as additional work on loan from other sources. Working in clay, wood and stone, Bryant creates masterful figures that are stylized, bold, timeless, totemic, authoritative, introspective and, at the same time, consoling.

Eric Hansen: Dollhouses from the Collection    August 16 – October 23

The series of dollhouse photographs on aluminum by the award-winning photographer Eric Hansen are on exhibit.


Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street)


Edward’s Steakhouse is proud to host two local artists during the October First Thursday Art Walk, Gladys Mitchell and Bob Privett.

Gladys Mitchell moved to Clarksville 20 years ago when her husband retired from the military.  Though she painted a little over the years, she really got serious about painting when her husband was diagnosed with cancer and she was diagnosed with MS.  “Painting really helps to channel my stressful energy.  I mostly paint windows.  I also like black and white on canvas.  The paintings helped to express my feelings during the onset of my husband’s cancer an continue to do so.  My paintings have no rhyme or reason, I just look at a blank window or canvas and paint what comes to mind.  I hope you enjoy my work as much as I do when each piece is done”

Bob Privett’s one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces will be on display this month as well.

Privett’s  jewelry is made of a special clay mixture that he makes and sculpts into beautiful jewelry. Each bead and center pieces are hand-painted. Bob guarantees the jewelry for the life of the artist and re-pairs the jewelry for free when and if it needs repair. He also resizes the jewelry to specifically fit the owner.

Privett makes use of bold colors in his paintings to entice people to walk down a side street they would normally ignore, to visit a place, stay a while, and enjoy the moment of being one with the art. His mediums include acrylic, oil, and graphite.

He is basically self-taught. He-learned some basics in his high school art class. At college he attended several classes. He particularly enjoyed the class taught by Olen Bryant at APSU.

Privett has been recognized internationally, nationally, and locally for his works of art. His paintings have been published in several art magazines.

Stop in, see the art, listen to Jackson Miller, live, on the piano and enjoy 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 work of Mel Dennis during the month of October in conjunction with the upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show.

“I have always been drawn to the arts, whether in design, movement, performance or the written word.  I take joy in learning new things everyday and hope that it reflects in my work as I progress and grow as an artist.

My art serves as a reminder that life is not always to be taken so seriously. Life is short.  Enjoy the bugs.”

Due to a performance of Million Dollar Quartet that evening, the gallery will only be open from 5pm – 7pm

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

For tickets to and information about our current production, Million Dollar Quartet, 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.


Howl At The Moon Party!

October 6-29, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday, Oct. 6, 5-8pm

Although the real “Howl at the Moon Day” is later in October, we are howling about Fall with our First Thursday Art Walkon Oct. 6th. We are encouraging our members and guests to dress for the party. Celebrate the artwork of the mysterious characteristics of Fall. Please no boring old witches or bloody ghouls, they are so yesterday! We challenge your creative side! Show up in a costume and receive a prize.


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.


The Framemaker is proud to present Conflicted, a new series of etchings by interdisciplinary artist, Michael Dickins. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on October 6, 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 October during normal business hours (Mn. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Michael Dickins is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is created with a variety of media including photography, printmaking, drawing, installation, sound and video. His combination of both digital and material processes allows him to create pieces that are both expressive and engaging, currently creating work that engages political and social concerns.

He holds an MFAIA from Goddard College and a BFA from Georgia Southern University. Dickins has exhibited around the Southeast as well as Augusta, Maine; Portland, Oregon, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, Houston, San Diego; Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey. He has twice been a featured artist at {Re}Happening at Black Mountain College, and has received commissions from the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company for original sound score and projection design.

Dickins is currently the Director of Galleries for the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Conflicted is a growing series of etchings that is heavily influenced by Francisco de Goya’s Disasters of War series and currently includes 13 plates. Each laser-etched plate features imagery derived from video stills of current Middle Eastern conflicts from videos uploaded to YouTube.


Hops Java & Juice (100 Strawberry Alley)


Hops Java & Juice is proud to local artist Lucas Ryan Chambers during the October First Thursday Art Walk.

Lucas Ryan Chambers is the Vice President of the Downtwon Artists Co-op and a full time student at Austin Peay State University majoring in studio art. He has won numerous awards in mediums ranging from charcoal drawing to metal sculpting. He is greatly influenced by his time growing up in Hawaii and combines his passion for photography with his love of the outdoors. Lucas currently works in Clarksville where he lives with his two children.

“My work tends to have some form of technical or physical difficulty to it, whether it’s having to swim across a river to get a shot or spending all night in a field trying a new technique. I enjoy challenging myself and taking risks, and that sometimes can produce some of the most interesting results.”


F&M Bank (50 Franklin Street)


F&M Bank is proud support the October First Thursday Art Walk but will not feature an artist this month.


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 October First Thursday Art Walk, but will be open for business until 7pm.

Stop in an find a a few new things to welcome Fall 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 October First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and see the new Mini renovation with amazing hand made lighting and bar done by Steve and Jody at Journeys Eye Studio, LLC.


Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street)

Mildred and Mable’s will stay open late for the October First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and check out and new look and  all of the great gift and clothing options to transition you into the cooler months!


Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)


Couture Crush is proud to support the October First Thursday Art Walk and will stay open late that evening and will be serving refreshments.

Find some new additions for your Fall wardrobe during the September First Thursday Art Walk!

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