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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum February 2014 Exhibits and Activities

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

In the month of February, the Museum will feature The Photography of David Smith, Neil Crockarell: The Sewing Room, TACA Regional Exhibition, Of Glaze & Kiln: The Art of Melody & Ken Shipley, Let’s Find: Pitchers & Pots, Sunday Family Fun:  Crafting a Log House, and Art & Lunch Film: Calder-Sculptor of Air.

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Exhibits

The Photography of David Smith
February 3th – March 2nd

Neil Crockarell: The Sewing Room
January 9th – February 23rd

Neil went to Art Institute of Chicago. He opened up a dress shop in Nashville, catering to the “Upper Society” crowd. When he eventually decided to close shop and move to Palmyra, TN to concentrate on his art, the ladies soon found him and he went back to dressmaking. This exhibit features his clothing, art and a recreation of his sewing room.

TACA Regional Exhibition
January 15th – March 30th

23 members of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists exhibit tapestries, carvings, sculptures, paintings, embroideries, & photography.

Of Glaze & Kiln: The Art of Melody & Ken Shipley
January 9th – March 2nd

Local potters Melody and Ken Shipley exhibit a variety of their ceramic pieces.

Activities

Let’s Find: Pitchers & Pots
February 5th & 6th, 10:30am–11:30am

“I’m a little teapot short and stout.  I’m looking for my cousins.  Won’t you help me out?” This month children 3 – 5 years old and their grown-ups are invited to help Ms. Sue look for the teapot’s cousins in the exhibit, Of Glaze and Kiln: The Art of Melody and Ken Shipley.  We will also read a story and make a craft.

This activity is free with your museum membership or paid admission. Siblings are always welcome.

For program information contact Ms. Sue at 931.648.5780.

Sunday Family Fun:  Crafting a Log House
February 23rd, 1:00pm–4:00pm

Logs were used to build the earliest homes in Montgomery County. Built in the 1840s, the Power’s family log house in the Memory Lane gallery was still in use well into the 20th century. Check out the construction of the Powers’ family log house in Memory Lane, and then visit the classroom to do some building of your own using craft sticks and glue.

This event is free with your museum membership or paid admission.

Art & Lunch Film: Calder – Sculptor of Air
Thursday, February 6th, 12:05pm

Artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) revolutionized the art of sculpture with his distinctive modernism, freeing sculpture from its stand and adding movement to the art itself. He rose to fame in the 1930s with his renowned Miniature Circus, but his modernist creativity skyrocketed with his wire sculptures, an invention he dubbed ‘drawing in space’. In conjunction with the exhibit: TACA Region Exhibition

The museum will be closed February 17th for Presidents’ Day.

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated 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, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are 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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