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First Thursday ArtWalk – April

Historic Downtown ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – You’re invited to join the merchants of Historic Downtown Clarksville for the monthly Art Walk, which will be held this month on April 5th, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Kendall Welsh from ARTifactssent us this information about April’s artistic extravaganza.

Participating merchants include APSU’s Downtown Art Gallery, ARTifacts Emporium, Creative Corner, Downtown Artists Co-op,  the Framemaker, Edwards Steakhouse, Hodgepodge, Ingredients, Rogate’s Boutique, and the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Participating artists include Lee Bergman, Tonya Coleman, Vicki Davenport, James Diehr, Mary Gail Russ, Lynne Waters Griffey, Maureen Griffin, Debra Harrison, Corey Heard, Judith Jackson Frank Lott, Claire Meriweather, Monica O’Neill, Emily Parsons, Kelly Peters, Beth Ryan, Kimberly Santiago, Grant Schryver, David Smith, Chad Span, Rachel Wainwright, Kimberly White,  Rita Woodward, and more.

APSU Downtown Gallery

Austin Peay Downtown Art GalleryAPSU Downtown Gallery (116 Strawberry Alley) is hosting the Open Exhibition, sponsored by US Bank and the APSU Department of Art. The Open Exhibition is open to Montgomery County and surrounding area residents 18 years and older. 20% of all entry fees will be donated to the APSU/US Bank Scholarship fund. Winners will be awarded in both amateur and professional categories. An opening reception will be held April 5th from 5:00pm-8:00pm as part of First Thursday.

ARTifacts Emporium

ARTifacts, Art & Antique Emporium ARTifacts Emporium (124 Strawberry Alley) will feature the artistic creations of Rachel Wainwright and Kelly Peters.

Rachel Wainwright, jewelry designer, says this in her artist statement: I love to break plates! I especially like to break your plates, you know, those in the cupboard from Great Grandma that don’t match anything in your house? I like to turn those dust collectors into something precious to wear close to your heart.

Kelly Peters, a local potter, has been with ARTifacts for over a year now, sharing her ceramic creations, ranging from hand thrown pieces, to ceramics. She also has several knitted items that she made and tools to make knitting more fun with her unique style

ARTifacts Studio Space, 3rd floor 124 Strawberry Alley, will open “Celebrate Us”, a show of 9 CMCSS art teachers. Artists include: Emily Parsons, Vicki Davenport, Monica O’Neill, Lee Bergman, Debra Harrison, Rita Woodward, Mary Gail Russ, Corey Heard and Maureen Griffin

Downtown Artist Co-Op

Downtown Artist Co-op (96 Franklin Street) will be hosting an exhibit by James Diehr from April 5th – 25th. The show is titled Memories Unwound and is a retrospective show of sculpture, painting and poetry. The show will open at 5:30 with a reception hosted by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative arts. This will be in conjunction with the downtown area First Thursday Artwalk.

At the same time North East Middle School will be exhibiting the work of several of their award winning art students in the front window of DAC. The NEMS exhibit is coordinated by art teacher Theresa Kindrick.

Edwards Steakhouse

Edward's Steakhouse Edwards Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street) will feature Jason Montgomery at the piano for your entertainment during the March Art Walk. Also, featured throughout the restaurant are paintings by Lynne Waters Griffey, Frank Lott and photographs by David Smith and Grant Schryver.

The Framemaker

The Framemaker (705 North Second Street) proudly presents paintings by Judith Jackson as part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, April 5th, 2012. An opening reception will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibit, titled “Flower Power,” will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of April during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm).

Judith Jackson is a “plein air” painter who draws inspiration from nature’s light and atmosphere. Three of her paintings are included in the collection of The Tennessee State Museum. She is a member of The Chestnut Group, The Nashville Artist Guild, Women Painters of the Southeast, Tennessee Art League, Monthaven Art Society and The Simpson County Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. According to the artist, “I create art to promote beauty and joy from my interpretation of life.”


Hodgepodge (125 Franklin Street) will host Beth Ryan who moved to Clarksville about five years ago.  Beth studied at the Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in drawing/painting/printmaking.  Having put her art on hold while raising her kids, then pursuing a career, Beth is enjoying the opportunity to get back to painting.  Beth is also an accomplished flute player.  She is a member of the Cumberland Winds Band, the Cumberland Winds Woodwind Quintet,  Flutissimo, a flute quartet, part of a flute, harp duet with Ted Jones, and gives lessons at the First Baptist Academy.

Creative Corner

Also at Hodgepodge, in Creative Corner, join mixed media artist, Kimberly Santiago as she introducing new artist kits to help induce your creative side to emerge out of winter hypernation.  Come get your art on with Creative Corner.


Ingredients (100 Strawberry Alley) will be hosting the following artists:

Photographer, Tonya Coleman has a minor in Photography from APSU and continues to take multiple photo classes, both online and across Tennessee, always trying to expand her knowledge. “I really want to challenge myself and pursue different interests in photography. From the abstract to the documentary, I try to create compelling images using whatever means meets the challenge: digital, film, or alternative processes, even though film is my absolute passion.” Tonya’s photos range from abstract to landscape to still life and everything in between.

Baker, Kimberly White is a military wife and a mother of 3 boys. Originally from New York she currently lives in Fort Campbell, KY. Kimberly is a full-time student and in her free time loves to bake for her family and friends. Her biggest passion is baking cupcakes and enjoys bringing the sweet tooth out in people and feels her cupcakes do just that!

Rogate’s Boutique

Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street) will feature Claire Meriweather. A Native of Clarksville and graduate of Austin Peay State University; Claire graduated in 2009 with a degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Studio Art: painting. Claire works mainly in oil and watercolor paints, but also enjoys experimenting with mixed media and pastel work as well. Of her work Claire says she’s interested in elements of nature, the human form, myths, and storytelling.

Roxy Regional Theatre

Roxy Regional Theatre The Roxy Regional Theatre’s (100 Franklin Street) Peg Harvill Gallery features the artwork of Chad Spann to complement the upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical SPRING AWAKENING, opening April 13th.

While at the theatre, get your tickets for the final weekend of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, playing Friday at 8:00pm and Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:0-0pm.


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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