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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with the Nashville Artist Guild


The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum is currently showcasing the art of the Nashville Artist Guild in its Kimbrough Gallery through February with the exhibit “Divided Loyalties.”

The show represents the artistic interpretations of the many different aspects of the War Between the States within a variety of media.

Divided Loyalties by Garry Hornbuckle

Divided Loyalties by Garry Hornbuckle

Included in the exhibit is Peach McComb. Peach has studied with several well-known artists such as Charles Gruppe, Mary Whyte, and Roger Dale Brown. Her expressive paintings are filled with bold colors and strong movement.

For this series, Peach has created “The Battle of Fort Sumter”. The fort sits upon deep blue water, and is topped with fiery golds and oranges. Splatterings of thick, white paint throughout the canvas give homage to the chaos of the event.

Peach’s works can be found in private collections throughout the U.S., as well as in the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum.

 “The Battle of Fort Sumter” by Peach McComb.

“The Battle of Fort Sumter” by Peach McComb.

Artist Garry Hornbuckle says that he wanted to capture the tension between the personal the impersonal aspects of the War. His piece, titled “A Grave Record”, is comprised of small markers of Confederate soldiers and the large portraits of Lincoln, Lee, and Grant.

From a distance, the markers appear to be a grid of gray-hued rectangles, more like worn wallpaper than grave markers. It is only when the viewer steps close to the art that it becomes a formal grid relaying the names and ranks of the fallen.

The Nashville Artist Guild was born in 1950 when art teachers from Vanderbilt University, Ward-Belmont, and the University of Tennessee Extension School brought together some of their students with other professional artists and created a new organization.

The mission of the Nashville Artist Guild is to maintain a not-for-profit organization of professional artists, promote fine visual art as an integral part of Nashville life, create educational programs and opportunities for the public, and provide member artists with appropriate venues for exhibiting their work.

“Divided Loyalties” will be on exhibit through March 4th.  Located at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets, the Customs House Museum is the second largest general museum in Tennessee.

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

About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated 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, Senior 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




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