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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to take place July 2nd, 2015

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – 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 July Art Walk will be held July 2nd, 2015 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 our 1st Annual Artisan and 3D Exhibit. Featured in the exhibit are hand-made 3D works by our Artisan and DAC Members. The exhibit features all manner of 3 dimensional art to include sculpture, carving, wood-turned works, jewelry. pottery, fabric arts and much more.

The Artisan/3D Exhibit is a combination of bazaar and traditional fine art exhibit. There will be works for all tastes and price ranges. DAC and all the Downtown Merchants encourage you to visit, be amazed at the craftsmanship, the artistry, the original pieces available right here in our very own back yard. #ShopLocal

The opening reception for this exhibit will be on July 2nd from 5:00pm till 8:00pm. The DAC will be serving up appetizers, punch and wine for the opening. The DAC is always 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.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of July. See our website at www.downtownartistsco-op.com or visit us on Facebook for more information.
This month’s exhibit is generously sponsored by: Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, The Framemaker and Sango Wines and Spirits.

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 is proud to once again feature local artist, Richard Hogan during the July First Thursday Art Walk.

Richard Hogan began painting in earnest shortly after he retired in 2001. He has a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics, and his professional life was in the scientific area, through research, teaching, and administration. His early paintings were traditional and very linear in approach.

Due to a fortunate mistake a unique technique was developed using airbrush and spray and a series of acrylic glazes on natural templates such as leaves, branches, weeds, and stems. Landscapes are the primary focus of his paintings reflective of boyhood memories in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Jurors have described his works as ethereal, mystical, muted, and “foggy.”

His experiences since retirement have been quite different from his scientific background; however, he feels there are no marked differences in the philosophy and approach of art and science. At 73 years of age, he is developing yet another technique using multiple layers of glazing coupled with heavily textured canvas, the results of which are very colorful and clearly abstract.


Gallery hours during Art Walk will be 5:00pm – 6:30pm due to a performance of THE 39 STEPS.  Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm.

For tickets to and information about our current productions of THE 39 STEPS, 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

Edward’s Steakhouse  (107 Franklin Street)

Edward’s Steakhouse is proud to host LMN Creations during the July First Thursday Art Walk and will also feature Jackson Miller on the piano.

LNM Creation is the name of a venture by Lou and Mary Toth that markets the handmade ceramic decorative pieces by Mary and the photo notecards and occasional woodworks by Lou.  They each have followed their hobby interests for decades and are known for uncommon and useful objects.

They have sold their handcrafted items at fairs and markets in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee since 2004, and have been participants at the Clarksville Downtown Market since it’s inception in 2009.

Lou’s photography includes many of the landmarks and scenes around Clarksville, along with an excellent collection of local birds and flowers.  Mary is known as the “Mushroom Lady” at the Downtown Market, for the distinctive, brightly colored bobbling mushrooms of different sizes that she sells.  You can also find a selection of ceramic frogs, owls, turtles and other critters to add to a garden or dresser.  Mary also produces lighted Christmas trees in several sizes and other Seasonal Decorations.

Stop in, see the art, listen to Jackson Miller on the piano and take in their Thursday night special, 1/2 priced $7.00 appetizers and 2 for 1 draft drink specials.

Customs House Museum (200 S. 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.

Artist Information

Join us for the First Thursday Art Walk on July 2nd. The museum will be open with FREE admission from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.


Clarence Cameron White
June 1st – July 31st

Clarence Cameron White was an African-American music composer and violinist born in Clarksville, TN in 1880. This exhibit in our lobby features various artifacts from his life.

Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas
Through August 23rd

This exhibit features original, candid photographs of America’s iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell. From the Charles and Joy Flint Collection. Exhibit sponsored in part by Clarksville Dental Center.

pu-ri-na kaleidoscope: luciana ja’ vonne
July 1st – 30th

This Exhibit Sponsored by Nashville Arts Magazine

In the Footsteps of Alvin York
July 9th – September 28th

Sponsored in part by Nanette Morford Allstate Agency.

The Framemaker  (705 North Second Street)

The Framemaker proudly presents new collaborative work by artists Billy Renkl and Greg Sand. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 2, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker July 13th – 31st during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10:00am – 5:00pm).

Billy Renkl currently teaches drawing and illustration at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, Tennessee. Renkl alters diagrams, maps, and antique texts that were originally created to be clear and objective and imbues them with levels of meaning that are rich in beauty and poetry.

Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time, and death. Sand received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from APSU in 2008. Sand currently produces work in Clarksville, TN, and exhibits across the United States.

On working together, Renkl and Sand state, “Though both of us primarily work with found imagery, the way we use it is quite different. One of us emphasizes accrual, for instance; the other often employs subtraction. Even so, working together has been surprisingly easy, calling to mind the old adage, ‘Many hands make light work.’”

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)

Rogate’s Boutique is proud to host artist Polesi Avauli during the July First Thursday Art Walk.

Polesi Avauli writes, “I’m originally from the island of Samoa. I paint acrylic on canvas for the most part. I find my inspiration from the beach I grew up on and the beauty of nature in general.”

Stop in and support the July First Thursday Art Walk and maybe pick up a few things for your Summer wardrobe too!

Mildred & Mables (109 Franklin Street)

Mildred and Mable’s will stay open late during the July First Thursday Art Walk.  Stop in and check out all of the great gift and clothing options to swing you straight into Summer!

Couture Crush  (101 Franklin Street)

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

Stop in and see all the great offerings to keep you cool this Summer!

Hops Road  (101 Strawberry Alley)

Hops Road, located on Strawberry Alley in Historic Downtown Clarksville, is proud to support the July First Thursday Art Walk.  Stop in, grab a bit to eat and check out some of the great local artists that Clarksville has to offer.


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