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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum October 2013 Exhibits and Activities

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

In the month of October, the Museum will feature Tom Malone: Art from Influence, Dane Carder: Ghosts and Hopes, Entangled Roots: The Art of Jennifer Bowman, The Surreal World of Mindy Herrin, Cindy Billingsley: Wild Ones, Day of the Dead, Laying Low, Let’s Find: Eyes, Sunday Family Fun:  Making Faces, and Fall Break Special Model Trains.

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
Customs House Museum and Cultural Center


Tom Malone: Art from Influence
Through October 20th

The exhibit Tom Malone: Art from Influence shows the artist’s progression and development through chronological representations of the human form. Early pieces reveal innocence in style, a more simplistic approach. As he works through the years, Tom’s figures become stronger, more confident in his application of color.

Dane Carder: Ghosts and Hopes
October 23rd – January 12th

“This body of work is not simply about the Civil War. It is about an emotion: the layered, all-encompassing emotion that accompanies a life lived. It is about being passionate enough to fight, compassionate enough to grieve, honest enough to be open. It is about ghosts and hopes.” – Dane Carder

Entangled Roots: The Art of Jennifer Bowman
October 4th – January 5th

Being a self-taught artist has given Jennifer the freedom to explore and experiment while absorbing inspiration from nature, the city streets, a rustic old warehouse, or even a quiet afternoon. While utilizing a variety of mediums she creates layers of rich earth tones consisting of mostly acrylic, coffee, glaze, and oil, with a foundation of molding paste for a textural effect.

The Surreal World of Mindy Herrin

Mindy Herrin is a metal smithing professor, sculptor, and figurative artist.

“I use elements of nature and the body to create narrative objects, jewelry, and sculpture. My pieces are fabricated, or made from parts in order to contrast organic and mechanical imagery. I use mechanisms to creature visual structure, perform a function, or define a restriction. For me it is necessary to cross the lines of reality when describing a concept, or idea.”

Cindy Billingsley: Wild Ones
October 23rd – January 5th

Award-winning wildlife sculptor and painter exhibits new works in the Kimbrough gallery

Day of the Dead
October 2nd – December 1st

Lobby exhibit including art coffins by Atlanta-based Neoclassical Southern Gothic artist Margaret Mroczek, a Day of the Dead altar, and Retablos and ex-votos from the collection of Olen Bryant


Laying Low
Saturday, October 12th, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The 3rd Annual Laying Low is an outdoor festival style event to benefit the Customs House Museum. Enjoy a casual evening with beer, barbecue, and live music by The Beagles! Limited tickets are available at $50 per person. To purchase tickets call Linda Maki at 931.648.5780.

Let’s Find: Eyes
October 9th & 10th, 10:30am – 11:30am

Children 3 – 5 years old and their grown-ups are invited to explore the museum from a child’s perspective. This month we will be looking for all kinds of eyes: people eyes, animal eyes, and even some googly eyes. We will also read a story and make a craft.

This activity is free to museum members. Non-members pay the regular adult admission of $7.00, plus $1.00 per child. Siblings are always welcome. For more information contact Sue Lewis at 931.648.5780.

Sunday Family Fun: Making Faces
October 27th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Happy faces, scary faces, people faces, animal faces, even clock faces – with a mask you can pretend to be whatever or whoever you would like to be. Join us this Sunday for mask-making fun that’s not just for Halloween. This event is free with your museum membership or paid admission. For more information contact Sue Lewis at 931.648.5780.

Fall Break Special Model Trains

Thanks to our volunteer engineers, the model trains will be making special runs on October 15th and 16th from 10:00am to 12:00pm and on October 17th and 18th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Funded, designed, and maintained solely by hundreds of volunteers, the model trains exhibit has fascinated and delighted more than half a million visitors since 1989.

The museum will be closed Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day.

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

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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