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Riverfest Art Experience simply delightful

Clarksville's Riverfest CelebrationClarksville, TN – Riverfest Art Experience was a feast for the senses Thursday night. Celtic music by Red River Breeze enticed visitors to drift and dream, and maybe dance a little jig while munching on cheese, grapes, punch and some of the yummiest brownies on the planet.

There were paintings, drawings, photography, multi-media to please almost everyone. I spoke with Brianah Summons about her painting of her favorite animals which included a tiger, a wolf, and a horse all in brilliant colors and could have easily reminded one of carousel animals. Brianah was accompanied by her mother, Cordelia Marroquin who is, I’m sure, the Kenwood High School Senior’s best supporter.

Brianah Summons won 1st place in the High School Art Show with her painting of animals.
Brianah Summons won 1st place in the High School Art Show with her painting of animals.

I also met Diandre Mosley who sculpted the Man of Steel . He is a delightful young man and very talented. His 3-D Superman was the attraction of the night for the younger (under 6) set. Mothers and fathers were pulled aside to “look here” while the little ones stared wide-eyed at something they could relate to.

There were Yellow Creek crappie with 3-D eyes, fox kits, humming birds, wood peckers and illustrations and photos of beautiful black dogs with sad eyes, just waiting for someone to return. Copper relief bass swam peacefully in their frames, just waiting for the right lure, and a photo of deer skulls mounted on a barn wall gave one food for thought about the souls of long gone animals.

Diandre Mosley
Diandre Mosley

Flowers were in evidence at every turn. Dogwood blossoms and beautifully painted red roses were favorites, and I recognized a Moss Rose tea pot and cup that reminded me of my childhood tea service. Trees grew in fabric and pencil, pen and photographs, and a long forgotten rope swing hides in a beautifully sketched “We all must pass” pen and ink.

We must not forget the portraits of Native Americans, homeless men, children in prayer and tributes to our Military in photography. Victoria York’s “Frank: from the faces of the homeless Series” is not to be missed. The tattoo of the young woman’s face is haunting and you wonder what part she played in his life.

There is a beautiful drawing of “The Artist” which appeared to be in pastel and white charcoal pencil, and an amusing drawing of Yoda in brilliant green. Not to be missed is the striking “For Richer or Poorer” by Brendt Hardin with a message for those contemplating matrimony.

A young lady with Miss Austin Peay State University Hannah Johstono.
A young lady with Miss Austin Peay State University Hannah Johstono.

Uneeda Biscuit by Richard Roir is a delight for those of us old enough to remember it on the side of a downtown building, and Glendalough Cemetery by Carl Balerfous gives us a time to contemplate our time here on earth. The Temple of Apollo also makes an appearance in a photograph by Tabitha Sweitzer.

If you are looking for the unusual, “Smoke Rings” by Mary Sencalaugh is the painting for you, and “The Lobster Dock” by Donna Borris will make you want to sail away.

The exhibit is up for two more days. Please support our local artists and visit this free Art Celebration at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Liberty Park.

Professional Art Show Winners of Juried Show


  • What Sparrow May Leave – Sam K.
  • A Soldier’s Sacrifice- April Humpreys
  • The Agora – Tabitha Sweitzer

Honorable Mention: Waiting Patiently – Becki Mastrian

Honorable Mention: Utah Horsewoman – Carl Papenfuss

Mixed Media:

  • Myasmal Mask – Melina Ludwig
  • The Sweet Eye An – Karla Tucker
  • Bob Dylan – Jennifer Roberts


  • Rosie’s Tea – Charlotte Nelms
  • The Artist – Travis Stanley
  • For Richer or Poorer – Brandt Hardin


  • Smoke Rings – Mary Sencabaugh
  • Lobster Dock – Danna Borris
  • On the Loop Candles Cover – Janet Felts


  • The Expendable – John Edwards
  • Dark Room Lamp – Lucas Chambers

Amateur Art Show Winners of Juried Show

 3-D Fiber:

  • Man of Steel – D. Mosley
  • The Gilded Cage – Kay Papenfuss
  • Tree of Hope – Kay Papenfuss


  • Red Headed Couple – Cheryl Davis
  • Fox Face to Face – Emilie Gill
  • It’s just B+W – Candy Schryver

Honorable Mention: Blossoms of Spring – Lisa Kemmer

Mixed Media:

  • The Baptism – Jane Olsen
  • Yellow Crappie – Eliz Ladd
  • Extra Issue – Aaron Schmittou


  • Uneeda Biscuit – Richard Rois
  • Boho Floral – Jane Olsen
  • The Guardian – Emilie Gill


  • Frank – Victoria York /  Ed – Victoria York (both drawings first)
  • Duck Dive – Lucas Chambers
  • Sippin Coffee- Christina M. Cinkovich

Senior Show Winners of Juried Show

Winner : Red Roses – Mary Lou Baggett

Honorable Mention: Owl – Robert Gandy

High School Art Show Winners of Juried Show


  • Colorful Silence – Abby Haslam
  • From Within – Sean Gillespie
  • Feathered Dreams – Jessie Worthy

Honorable Mention: Eroded Beauty – Lexie Mun


  • Untitled (animals) – Brianah Summons
  • Dragon Cancer – Ebony Diaz
  • Painted Truck – McKenzie Pepper


  • Indian – Chris Bender
  • Untitled – Adonis Bonilla Carrillo
  • Female – Haiden Greenwell

Honorable Mention: (Water in Glass) – Aglaia Spiliopoulou

Mixed Media:

  • Body in sliced pieces cylinder – Rebecca Thomack
  • Owl – Garath May
  • Female w/head wrap – Cassidy Woods

Photo Gallery

Jerry Church
Jerry Church
Jerry Church is a native Clarksvillian. She graduated from Clarksville High School, and attended Austin Peay State University where she received Bachelor degrees in Arts and Crafts, and Speech Communication and Theatre; and a Masters degree in Psychology. Jerry retired from the State of Tennessee serving the people of Tennessee as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She is married to Clyde Church and they reside in Clarksville, TN. Her hobbies include quilting, embroidery, basketry, gardening, and reading. Together Jerry and Clyde also enjoy fishing and photography.

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