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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum Exhibits Archetypes

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – A series of acrylic on paper paintings by Diane Shaw fill the walls of the Customs House Museum’s Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery through the month of June.

The abstract landscapes of Shaw’s work create a delightful, albeit eerie, sense of calm. Lone figures hide within the movements of color.

The Mother Archetype by Diane Shaw
The Mother Archetype by Diane Shaw

Shaw says of her series “At this point on my journey as an artist, the content of my work has turned to the psychology of universal archetypes.  As diverse as stars in the heavens, archetypes are derived from personal behavioral patterns. ”

“Each of us incarnate with a selected group of these patterns that remain with us throughout our lives.  Exploring my own archetypes has made me aware that they are not simple and passive parts of our psyches,” stated Shaw. ” They take active roles as guardians and inner allies, awakening us when we are in danger of personal destruction.  Each has its own light and shadow attributes that have the potential to teach us things about ourselves, both constructive and deconstructive.”

Diane is the Assistant Professor of Visual Art and Theatre Arts at the University of Tennessee, in Martin, Tennessee. She received her MFA in painting and modern and contemporary art history from the University of Memphis. Diane works mostly in acrylics in an abstract and expressive style, and has exhibited her work throughout the South. She also conducts creative workshops and lectures on visual art.  Archetypes will be on exhibit through June 25th.

Other gallery spaces feature Mike Andrews: Carvings, Castings, and Constructions and The A-Mazing Maze. The Customs House Museum will be presenting a painting demonstration on June 19th by regional artist Gwendolyn Rodriguez as its monthly Art & Lunch program. This event is free to the public and bagged lunches are encouraged. Gwendolyn will begin her demonstration at 12:15pm.

For more information on above events contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or .

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About the Customs House Museum

Located 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, Sr. 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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