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First Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Clarksville January 3rd

Clarksville TN – One of downtown Clarksville’s favorite events returns for 2013.  The First Thursday Art Walk begins at 5:00pm and is a free event, spanning a five block radius and combining visual art, live music and more.

With 10+ venues and businesses participating each month, First Thursday Art Walk is the ultimate opportunity to enjoy and support local creative talent.   For January 3rd, merchants on Public Square, Franklin Street and Strawberry Alley will be open to display the work of local artists.  First Thursday Art Walk is produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association.

Hodgepodge (125 Franklin Street) will feature work by James Davis in the Creative Corner section of the store.   James, a Hopkinsville, KY native, has 5 daughters and has resided in Clarksville since 1990.   He went to art school at the Memphis Academy of Arts and has designed posters for Riverfest and participated in and won many art events from the museum, art co-op, and Trahern Mansion.  James currently specializes in portraits and samples of his work can be viewed on his Facebook page.

The Runner’s Hub on Franklin Street, hosts group runs around Historic Downtown Clarksville every Thursday evening at 5:30.  They will be hosting a group run on Art Walk Thursday evening at 5:30 pm as well.

The New South Coffee Company, also on Franklin Street,  will be featuring live music performed by local musicians.

The Austin Peay Downtown Gallery located on Strawberry Alley, is dedicated to exhibiting the works of APSU faculty and alumni.

For the January Art Walk, Rogate’s Boutique  will be featuring the work of freelance photographer Rhonda Taylor.  Rhonda  is a member of Clarksville’s Downtown Artist Co-op Gallery and other professional photographer associations.  After taking photography classes, she began taking portraits in addition to scenery pictures.   She attempts to capture feelings of joy and happiness, and hopes that her work evokes good memories in the minds of the viewer.  She hopes everyone sees some small wonder of beauty in each photo.

Ingredients, on Strawberry Alley, will be hosting photographer Lisa Kemmer.  Lisa sums up her passion and her work this way;

“I enjoy doing photographs of all kinds, and started doing this as a hobby – primarily taking pictures of sports themes with my son and his baseball teams.   To continue to learn, I enjoyed taking classes at APSU and am now a member of the Friends of Photography a club that shares ideas, tips and experiences from photographers of all genres.   A special thank you to all my fellow photographers from whom I have learned so much and continue to help me find new opportunities in which to express creativity in exciting new
ways and with various types of technologies.  I have been honored to have various photos displayed in various venues downtown. God truly has created a beautiful world and it is rewarding when we as photographers are sometimes able to capture “special moments of beauty” in a variety of expressive ways.”

The Downtown Artists Co-op  will be displaying the Juried Photography Expo exhibit.  There will be an opening reception from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday and during this time the award announcements will be made.

The Framemaker (705 North 2nd Street, Ste B) proudly presents “Soundings”, an exhibit of collaborative work by Robert Bruce Scott and Laura Young.  An opening reception will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on January 3rd.  The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of January during normal business hours.   These Nashville based artists create sculptures and two-dimensional artwork from found objects.   According to Robert, “We dig deeply into fragments, liberating objects and restoring them to a proper place.”   The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from The Clarksville Academy.

The Roxy Regional Theatre – Peg Harvill Gallery (110 Franklin Street) will display a group show by various local artists. All of the art and themes will be tied into the upcoming production of “Heidi” being featured at The Roxy Regional Theatre.  However, the Roxy will not be open for the First Thursday Art Walk.   Please check back later during the month to view the gallery.


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