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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to take place March 12th

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – The First Thursday ArtWalk scheduled for Thursday March 5th has been postponed until March 12th due to inclement weather.

Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville scheduled for July 3rd.
First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville scheduled for July 3rd.

The March Art Walk will be held March 12th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the shops and galleries on Public Square, Franklin Street, and Strawberry Alley.

The participating businesses are listed below as well as a description of the work they will be exhibiting and services they will be offering during the event.

The Downtown Artists Co-op (96 Franklin Street)

The DAC is an association of talented local artists and interested patrons dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.

Our objectives are to sponsor art exhibitions of work by Co-op members and regional artists, to provide continuing support for the Co-op and its membership through the sale of art work, to encourage arts education with outreach programs and scholarship fundraisers, and to develop membership services which directly support the arts community.

Artist Information:

Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC) is proud to announce an exhibit of fine art entitled “Inner Moment” by Laura Blair. The opening reception for Inner Moment will be on March 12th from 5:00pm till 8:00pm.

Laura Blair graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Studio Art, concentration in Painting, and a minor in Art History. After painting throughout childhood using primarily watercolor, Laura Blair took her first class in oil painting at the University, where she later excelled in building and creating large-scale oil paintings.

She also studied Interior Design while at Alabama, and has since used that knowledge to influence her paintings, specifically commissioned work. Fellow artists and previous professors have described her work as abstract, expressionist, cubist, saturated and dramatic.

She first exhibited her paintings at the Capstone student show in 2009 and 2010, and two years later she had her first dual show with one other artist at the Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa Alabama.

She was a member of the Tennessee Art League in 2013 while also showing her work at The “O” Gallery in Nashville. More recently, she has joined the Downtown Artist Co-Op in Clarksville TN where she exhibits much of her work.

Laura Blair’s background in painting, drawing, color theory, lighting, and design make her a unique artist that understands how to create bold artwork that not only complements a space but engages the viewer.

Winter Clear Out

The Downtown Artists Co-op will also be participating in the “Winter Clear Out Sale” taking place in Historic Downtown Clarksville. Several of the DAC members will be participating in the clearance sales with limited edition prints, hand-made hand painted jewelry, paintings and much more marked down. Take advantage of this sale on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14th, 2015.

The DAC will be serving up delicious appetizers, and drink for the opening. As always, the DAC opening is a central part of Clarksville’s “First Thursday Art Walk”, a wonderful evening of art, music and more in beautiful Historic Downtown Clarksville. First Thursday Art Walk occurs regularly on the first Thursday of each month.

Also this month, DAC is featuring a special exhibit in the DAC Window Gallery. Details TBA, but you will not want to miss this special exhibit.

DAC will be open Noon-4:00pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 10:00am-6:00pm on Saturday. See our website at www.downtownartistsco-op.com or visit us on Facebook for more information.

This month’s exhibit is generously sponsored by our generous sponsors, including F&M Bank, Glenn Edgin and The Framemaker, and Sango Fine Wines and Spirits.

F&M Bank (50 Franklin Street)

Artist Information:

F&M Bank proudly hosts the work of local artist, Larry Martin on the 5th Floor in the Franklin Room.

Richly colored jazz paintings, bold and dynamic abstracts, cool and serene landscapes, peaceful and sometimes stormy seascapes, sunrise. sunset, strange and odd combinations that pop! These are some of the varied subject matter that Larry presents in oil, acrylic and watercolor mediums.

“Having been a never-gave-up-my-day-job musician, playing in bands and piano bars from Boston to Bangkok for most of my adult life, I was initially drawn to Jazz renditions, and later got into abstracts, landscapes, seascapes and Florals. I say that painting is kind of like playing bridge, another of my retirement pastimes – I became a Bronze Life Master in 2012. Each painting, like each bridge hand, is different and you never play the same hand or paint the same painting twice. That’s what keeps you coming back, the challenge of creation and the belief that it will be worth it. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoyed creating it!”

The Roxy Regional Theatre

Peg Harvill Gallery (100 Franklin Street)

For those who enjoy the visual arts, the Peg Harvill Gallery, located just beyond the lobby, hosts twelve shows annually featuring locally and nationally known artisans. Shows generally open the first Thursday of each month for our First Thursday Art Walk.

Artist Information:

The Roxy Regional Theatre’s Peg Harvill Gallery will feature the work of local artist Billy Renkl during the March First Thursday Art Walk. This selection of work will be themed around the upcoming Shakespeare production, “Measure For Measure”, live on stage March 13th – March 21st, 2015.

Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm.

For tickets to and information about our current productions of “Measure for Measure” please visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or call the box office at 931.645.7699.

The Gilroy Neighborhood Pub (140 University Avenue)

Continue your evening of Art Walk down Franklin Street and stop in The Gilroy for a refreshing beverage and a great meal.

After Walk Party at The Gilroy…

2-4-1 Drafts til midnight, 2-4-1 Cocktails til 10:00pm

Customs House Museum (200 South 2nd Street)

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is Tennessee’s second largest general interest museum. It features fine art, history, and children’s exhibits.


  • In the Garden: A Women’s History Month Exhibition March 10th – May 10th
  • Sergio Gomez: The Land In Between March 6th – May 10th
  • The Quiet Stage: The Art of Lynn Garwood March 3rd – 29th (This Exhibit Sponsored by Nashville Arts Magazine)
  • Go Figure! March 1st – June 14th
    • Go Figure! transforms charming children’s books into a kids-sized world where children and adults delight in exploring math and books. The exhibit offers hands-on, play-filled experiences with simple math concepts, and areas for children and adults to read together. Each environment offers a unique setting in which the vital link between parent and child is supported without being prescriptive. Parental interest and involvement can foster a child’s natural curiosity and intuitive sense of math, making a difference in school and later in life.
      Developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with the American Library Association and supported by the National Science Foundation.
  • The Creative Gilmans March 5th – May 10th
  • Westward Ho! March 17th – May 10th

The Customs House Museum will also be participating in the “Winter Clear Out Sale” taking place in Historic Downtown Clarksville, Thursday, March 5th – Saturday, March 7th.

All of the winter apparel will be 20% off. Our pottery and original paintings will also be 20% off. Museum members receive additional discounts on all purchases.

The Framemaker (705 North Second Street)

Artist Information:

La Mia Roma

Photography by Dr. Tammy Smithers

The Framemaker proudly presents ”La Mia Roma” a photography exhibit by Dr. Tammy Smithers. The exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on March 12th, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The artwork will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of March during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm).

Dr. Tammy Smithers is Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University. She earned the PhD in Italian Renaissance Art History from Temple University in 2012, specializing in Michelangelo. She travels to central Italy regularly for research where she documents her experiences through digital photography. As an art historian with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, she creates visual art for her own pleasure where her time in Italy also informs her drawings and mixed-media works.

“This gathering of experiences of “My Rome” are a combination of fleeting moments—a gull gliding by my apartment window or a storm rolling into the Forum as I left the Capitoline Museum—and my Roman rituals—eating at my favorite pizzeria for the 50th time or people watching under the shade of Michelangelo’s imposing cornice in Palazzo Farnese for the 500th hour.

Most of these digital photographs were unapologetically captured with a point-and-shoot camera or iPhone as I went about my daily life to and from seminars, conferences, libraries, churches, museums, and markets in the Eternal City. The images were taken during my last five stays in Rome (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2013) and are, like my collection of memories, untitled and undated.”

Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)

Artist Information:

Rogate’s Boutique will stay open late for the March First Thursday Art Walk. Stop in and see all of the great ways to transition your wardrobe into Spring.

Rogate’s Boutique will also be participating in the “Winter Clear Out Sale” taking place Thursday, March 12th – Saturday, March 14th in Historic Downtown Clarksville.

Enjoy 70% off all remaining Fall and Winter Clothing AND 50% off a selection of handbags scarves, & jewelry (includes pieces of retired Waxing Poetic).

Mildred & Mables (109 Franklin Street)

Mildred and Mable’s is proud to host Amy Baker of The Busy Bee Monogramming during the March First Thursday Art Walk.

The Busy Bee Boutique was started by a mother, Carol, and her daughter, Amy, in the summer of 2013. The two love gift-giving and always enjoyed shopping together for special and unique gifts; opening a gift shop seemed only natural! It was originally intended to be an internet-based, drop-ship business because Carol was in Clarksville, TN and Amy was in Savannah, GA.

But, it wasn’t long until the two decided to purchase an embroidery machine, then, a vinyl cutter, and finally, a heat press. Drop-shipping was no longer an option! They often attended craft fairs and flea markets in an attempt to introduce people to their shop.

Eventually, Amy re-located to Clarksville and it was just a matter of time before they opened a brick and mortar store. When they had the opportunity to sublet space inside Mildred & Mable’s, they jumped at it! So, there they are, at 109 Franklin Street, looking forward to helping you find just the right gift and wanting you to “bee” happy!

Mildred and Mable’s will also be participating in the “Winter Clear Out Sale” taking place in Historic Downtown Clarksville from Thursday, March 12th through Saturday, March 14th, 2015.

Stop in and take advantage of the buy one article of clothing and get the second (lesser value) 30% off. AND check out the 50% off Sale section!!

Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)

Artist Information:

Couture Crush will stay open late for the March First Thursday Art Walk.

Couture Crush will also be participating in the “Winter Clear Out Sale” taking place in Historic Downtown Clarksville, Thursday, March 12th – Saturday, March 14th.

All Winter Merchandise is 50% off and if you spend $50 or more you get an extra 10% off.

Stop in and see all the great offerings to transition your wardrobe and accessories into Spring!

Cloud 9 (136 Franklin Street)

Art Walk Special:

Cloud 9 is happy to join in the festivities of the March First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and warm up with a cup of coffee and dessert for just $6.00. Take advantage of the evenings special wines and martinis for just $5.00 and well as their featured appetizer specials!


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