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November First Thursday ArtWalk


Clarksville, TN – You’re invited to join the merchants of Historic Downtown Clarksville for The monthly Art Walk, on November 3rd, from 5:00pm–8:00pm.

Kendall Welsh from ARTifacts, sent us this information about November’s artistic extravaganza. Participating merchants include Ingredients, Edward’s Steakhouse, Couture Crush, ARTifacts, Fleur de leis, Hodgepodge, and many more.

ARTifacts, an Arts & Antiques Emporium

ARTifacts, Art & Antique EmporiumARTifacts Emporium, 124 Strawberry Alley, will feature the sewing talents of Jessica Clark of Sew Sweet Child. Sew Sweet Child’s clothing is not only designer quality and style but handmade and practical. Jessica’s ability to place fabrics together and her eye for color, make her childrens clothes POP! You wont be able to resist dressing your Sweet Child in these fabulous clothes!”

ARTifacts Workshop Space

ARTifacts Workshop Space also at 124 Strawberry Alley, will host the Art Society of Montgomery Central High School Students. “Our Art Society promotes the arts in our school and community. We host an annual “FUEL” supper that has supported the elementary school FUEL program and recently started supporting our MCHS FUEL program. Art Society students also collect and donate art supplies to add to the Christmas Angels adopted at Montgomery Central Elementary School. Last year Art Society students helped with a first ever Elementary Art Camp for 15 elementary students at MCES. Members also are a resource for teachers helping them create bulletin boards and other creative items for their classrooms. All members have participated and/or entered local and regional art exhibitions. Several have placed in exhibitions and also have sold some of their artwork already.”

Couture Crush

Couture CrushCouture Crush, located at 109 Franklin Street on Second Floor above Mildred and Mabels, will be featuring two local artists during November’s First Thursday Art Walk. Scott Wise and Kay Drew will have selections of their art on display for viewing and for purchase. Both artists are Clarksvillians who have full time professional careers but continue to produce art also.

Scott Wise is a local sculptor and artist who has many stone, clay, and bronze pieces in private and public collections in Tennessee and across the United States. Scott is also a firefighter and art teacher in Clarksville. Couture Crush will have a selection of Scott’s smaller sculptures for the Art Walk visitors including his stone birds. These hand carved stone images are favorites of Kaley Drew, owner of Couture Crush. “I have several birds that were given to me as gifts in my home. I love the way Scott captures the beauty of a birds form in limestone. The form is slightly abstract but accentuates the graceful curves and lines of a resting bird.”

Couture Crush will also have a selection of watercolor and acrylic paintings by Kay Drew on display. Kay Drew is the Head of School for Clarksville Academy but she is also an artist. Kaley Drew is the daughter of Kay Drew. “This summer my Mother painted a mural on the back wall of Couture Crush for me. I described to my vision and explained the colors I wanted incorporated into it. She painted exactly what I had dreamed. She has been creating art for as long as I can remember.” Kay Drew’s art that will be on display will include framed illustrations of familiar scenes and places in Clarksville that have been featured in local books and new originals.

Edwards Steakhouse

Edwards Steakhouse, 107 Franklin Street – Lynne Griffey will be the featured artist at Edward’s Steakhouse. Lynne will be featuring her donated painting to the American Cancer Society’s Love Lights a Tree campaign. Patrons are encouraged to participate in the silent auction for this beautiful watercolor. Giclee prints will be available for purchase to support this worthy cause. Lynne continues to donate paintings for the Big Brother Big Sister Community Calendar, Salvation Army, Clarksville Rotary, the Gold Star Wives and the preservation of Smith-Trahern Mansion among others.

Fleur de Lis

Fleur de LisFleur de Lis, 100 South Main Street – Fleur de Lis will give your avid reader an awesome opportunity to meet and have your copy of ColorBlind personalized just in time for Christmas!

Melanie Meadow is the local author of ColorBlind, a Southern Christian fiction novel set in 1960s South Carolina. Its time period is similar to that of the current popular movie, The Help, but its spotlight on a preacher’s daughter and her dairy farmer friend takes the story of racism and church planting down a different sort of path. Meadow’s book is on sale at Fleur de Lis and is available on e-book through amazon.com.

The Framemaker

The FramemakerThe Framemaker, 705 North Second Street – Foresight: Photography by Barger, Chisholm, Clark, Flowers and Griffin.  The Framemaker proudly presents artists Rian Barger, Jon Chisholm, Synthia Clark, Amanda Flowers and Kathryn Griffin as part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk. The exhibit, titled “Foresight,” will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of November during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm).

Each year, the Austin Peay State University photography students are showcased at the Framemaker. The theme of the 2011 exhibit celebrates the person as a photographic subject. The group show explores a variety of visual and psychological themes: from the stranger as subject to the body as abstract figure. Artist Rian Barger states, “I took over a thousand photos of eyes…the five I chose (for the show) have a different feel, a different look, a different meaning.”


HodgepodgeHodgepodge, 125 Franklin Street – Sharon Cockrill and Sarah Head met seven years ago and, much to their husbands’ chagrin, soon realized they shared a passion for fiber arts. They had both been creating for years and have now joined forces to create Knit One Weave Too.

Sharon and Sarah enjoy knitting, weaving, felting, spinning and creating hand-tied yarns. They even throw in a little quilting every once in a while. Sarah had been a life-long knitter and Sharon had been crafting and creating for 30 years. They have enjoyed learning from each other as well as learning new skills and techniques.


Ingredients, 100 Strawberry Alley, will feature A. Heron Designs. “Creating beautiful, quirky pieces, in the hopes that someone will hold them dear, will always be one of my motivations. Jewelry has been worn for centuries, and I relish the thought that some of my pieces could stand the test of time. Every bit of the jewelry-smithing process fascinates me, whether it is the pages of sketches that I draw for one special cabochon or a precarious soldering job. Despite all the work, the greatest moment is polishing up a ring or pendant and realizing it was all worth it.”

Mildred & Mable’s

Mildred & Mable’s,Mildred & Mable’s, 109 Franklin Street, has will have artist, Charlotte Nelms. Charlotte Nelms was born and reared in Oregon however, as a military spouse has lived and continued her art studies all over the North American and European continents. She received her Associate in Arts Degree from City Colleges of Chicago, Europe. Recently, returned from Germany she has now chosen to settle in Clarksville and is excited to portray in her favorite mediums of pastel and watercolor the American landscapes that she loves. She says of her work:
“I enjoy painting in soft pastels on sandpaper. The texture of sandpaper holds fast the many layers I use of brilliant pastel pigment. My style is realistic with a splash of impressionism. I want to portray the peace, play of light and excitement of color found in the natural landscape.

New South Coffee

New South Coffee, 110 Franklin Street, will feature Alan Goldstein.  Alan Goldstein has been a professional photographer for over 40 years and has won many awards for his photography: In 1986 Alan was bestowed the honor of Master of Photography by the Professional Photographers of America for his photographic excellence and in 2006 Alan was bestowed the honor of Photographic Craftsman by the Professional Photographers of America for his contributions to the profession of photography though continuing education and the sharing of knowledge with fellow photographers to promote excellence in imagery and business practices. Alan continues to do portraits but is also involved with making fine art images specializing in large wall prints.

Rogate’s Boutique

Rogate’s BoutiqueRogate’s Boutique, 115 Franklin Street, will feature the culinary talents of Stephanie Moore, truffle maker. “ I began making chocolate truffles for holiday treats and special desserts. Then after I started experimenting with all my different versions, my sister suggested I sell them. People soon discovered they make easy and wonderful gifts for anything from Christmas, Valentine’s Day to even a special way to say Thank You. They are available in Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Strawberry, French Vanilla, Pumpkins Spice & Coconut flavors and can be purchased by the dozen. Truffle*Licious is now also available for birthday parties, showers, wedding receptions and dinner parties.”

The Roxy Regional Theatre

Roxy Regional Theatre
The Roxy Regional Theatre is located at 100 Franklin Street. The Roxy Regional Theatre’s Peg Harvill Gallery features paintings by Nathan Parker, accompanying THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, in addition to the artwork of illustrator Michelle Duckworth, complementing A TALE OF TWO CITIES, opening on Friday, November 4th, at 8:00pm.

Kendall Welsh
Kendall Welsh
Kendall Welsh works with businesses in Historic Downtown Clarksville, helping to keep the community informed about downtown activities and events.

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