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Traces Brings Eerie Sense of Nostalgia to Customs House Museum

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – Local photographer Greg Sand comes across as a shy, somewhat mysterious guy. The same can be said of his latest photography series. Traces (on exhibit in the Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery through October) is a suite of sixteen digital images.

At first glance the viewer is reminded of old family photos from the 60s. Upon further inspection one finds only the shadows and reflections of people who were once present.


Greg received his BFA in Photography from Austin Peay State University in 2008. He has won the acclaim of both jurors and audiences, winning numerous awards and honors for his work. In 2009, Sand was selected by critic Catherine Edelman and the Griffin Museum of Photography as one of “the most exciting new artists emerging in the world of photography.”

Greg says of his work “Traces is about memory, the passage of time, and the photograph’s role in shaping our experience of loss. This series was created by removing the subjects from found photographs. Like the memories of passed loved ones, the reflections and shadows that remain vary in distortion and degree of clarity. These photographic mementos of the departed are left with only vestiges of the lives they once captured.”

While the viewer has no actual relationship to the removed subjects, Traces indeed conjures up personal memories in the shadowy remains of children playing by the water, a couple taking a romantic walk, and a boy running along a sandy beach.

Through the month of October the galleries of the Customs House Museum are showcasing a variety of art including a rare solo exhibition by award-winning artist Camille Engel and a juried exhibition by the Cumberland Furniture Guild.

About the Customs House Museum

Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum. With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Sr. Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six is free.

The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org


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