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Frolic on Franklin draws crowds downtown for a day of arts

ff-art-geometry.JPGWhite tents lined Franklin Street as artists gathered to exhibit their individual crafts in the annual “Frolic on Franklin,” held Saturday in downtown Clarksville, sponsored by Downtown Clarksville Association, F&M and Planter’s Banks.

It was an open air gallery, with work by jewelry designers, visual and graphic artists, wood carvings, pottery, and plenty of food and entertainment, a day of festivities and a celebration of local artists and craftspeople. Children’s activities included the perennial favorite, face painting.

Exhibitors included Mitzi Cross (art, above left), with a striking geometric study in black and white, and Brandi Taylor (photo, below), with this vibrant floral study.


Despite the steamy weather and high humidity, and a downtown temperature reading of 99 degrees, people turned out for this event, walking the length of Franklin Street and back, browsing the booths, buying and investing in these arts.

Franklin was alive and vibrant, and if there was a problem, it was one of trying to stay cool in a replay of summer’s heat. Fans (electric and hand held) were in huge demand. APSU students did the honor of decorating young faces, and also sold art and other items to raise money for an upcoming art trip to Chicago.

The art of woodcarving and techniques of pottery making were among the live demonstrations offered, with crowds gathering for a glimpse of what lies behind the beautiful work on display and for sale. Here are a few more glimpses of today’s Frolic on Franklin:






The day-long arts event was capped by the Gala opening of the 2007-08 Roxy Theater and their new production, Grease.

Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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