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Customs House Museum to hold Art & Lunch Program with Larry Richardson Thursday, June 23rd

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – Artist Larry Richardson will be at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center on Thursday, June 23rd at 12:15pm as part of the museum’s monthly Art & Lunch program.

Larry will be taking guests on a guided tour of Cumberland River paintings that are now on display in the Kimbrough Gallery.

Artist Larry Richardson
Artist Larry Richardson

The Cumberland River project is a collection of over thirty paintings featuring noteworthy facets of the river environment. Eighteen of these are on exhibit in the Customs House Museum’s show.

Larry began this project in 2014, working his way along the river path. The result is a suite of plein air paintings, many of which highlight scenes familiar to those who live in Tennessee or Kentucky.

Artist-naturalist-writer Larry Richardson grew up in Western Kentucky captivated by the outdoor opportunities of his surrounding rural environment. The nearby Cumberland River was prominent in local lore and recreation.

Throughout much of his career, Larry has been involved with environmental conservation which has included writing, art production for the wholesale/retail market and fundraising for conservation organizations.

Morning Challenge - Elk at LBL. (Larry R. Richardson)
Morning Challenge – Elk at LBL. (Larry R. Richardson)

Graduating from Austin Peay State University with a Master’s Degree in Biology, his professional environmental career included positions as Tennessee Parks Chief Naturalist and Chief of Information-Education for the Tennessee Wildlife Agency, where he also served as the editor of the agency magazine and Ducks Unlimited as National Director of Field Fundraising Initiatives.

Larry Richardson’s gallery talk is free and open to the public. Cumberland River: An American Legacy will be on exhibit through July 31st. It is sponsored in part by Legends Bank. Located at the corner of Second Street and Commerce Street, the Customs House Museum is the second largest general museum in Tennessee.

For more information on above event contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or terri@customshousemuseum.org

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. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.

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 www.customshousemuseum.org

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