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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum December 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 December, the Museum will feature Dane Carder: Ghosts and Hopes, Entangled Roots: The Art of Jennifer Bowman, The Surreal World of Mindy Herrin, Cindy Billingsley: Wild Ones, Sunday Family Fun: Making Things to Play With, Let’s Find: Shadows & Reflections, and Snowflake Special Model Trains.

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


Dane Carder: Ghosts and Hopes
Through 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
Through 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
Through December 29th

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
Through January 5th

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


Sunday Family Fun: Making Things to Play With
December 8th, 1:00pm–4:00pm.

What could you play with if you did not have video games or a computer? All you would need is some paper, boxes, string, large buttons, and pictures cut out of magazines, as well as a little glue and a lot of imagination.

Take a look at the toys in the museum lobby; then join us in the classroom to make some of your own. This event is free with your museum membership or paid admission.

Let’s Find: Shadows & Reflections
December 18th & 19th, 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 our shadows and reflections. Come see what you look like in a very funny mirror. 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. Siblings are always welcome. For program information contact Ms. Sue at 931.648.5780.

Snowflake Special Model Trains

The model trains will make special runs on December 26th & 27th and January 2nd & 3rd from 10:00am–12:00pm. Please stop by to say “thank you” to Henry Livingstone, one of our volunteer engineers. It is our volunteer train crew that has kept the trains running for twenty-four years! Ask Ms. Sue or one of the engineers how you can become a crew member.

The museum will be closed December 24th and 25th for Christmas and January 1st for New Year’s Day.

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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