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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum to exhibit Annecy France Nun Series by Anne Goetze


Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Monestere de la Visitationhon and the small order of nuns who reside there are the subject matter of the new exhibit in the Customs House Museum’s Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery.

The artist, Anne Goetze, began going to the Monastery to visit her aunt Helen.

The Annecy France Nun Series by Anne Goetze Debuts at the Customs House Museum

The Annecy France Nun Series by Anne Goetze Debuts at the Customs House Museum

What evolved was a deep admiration and respect for the gentleness and love of the contemplative nuns, and also for the rich spiritual heritage and wonder of the old town of Annecy where the Visitation Order originated over 400 hundred years ago.

All of the pictures and notes Anne took on these trips eventually became the muse for her paintings.

The Annecy France Nun Series by Anne Goetze Debuts at the Customs House MuseumAnne says of her series “each time when I returned home from one of the oldest cities in the Alps, I knew that I would never be the same again. With so much to absorb, I would remind myself to ‘have patience with everything that remains unsolved in the heart. So, I slowly began sorting, printing and painting the images that spoke a visual poetry to me. I wanted to interpret internally what I felt needed to be expressed outwardly”.

The resulting works are strikingly peaceful. Golden hues and soft blacks give warmth to the thirteen canvases, creating such dreamy environments that the viewer is inclined to whisper in their presence. Along with the mixed media pieces, the exhibit will include a film.

The Annecy France Nun Series by Anne Goetze Debuts at the Customs House MuseumGoetze was born into a family of artists and photographers. She cites her influences to be the documentary photography of Dorothea Lange and the paintings of the French and American Impressionists. She has studied with many contemporary artists such as Anton Weiss, Quang Ho, Skip Whitcomb and Dawn Whitelaw.

Goetze’s work is found in the permanent collections of The Tennessee State Museum and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, as well as the personal collections of Oprah Winfrey, Tony Joe White, U S Senator Fred Thompson, Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Naomi Judd, John Hiatt, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Billy Ray Cyrus, among others. Anne Goetze is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and The Chestnut Group.

The Annecy France Nun Series by Anne Goetze Debuts at the Customs House MuseumPray to Love will be on exhibit February 4th to March 1st. 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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