Clarksville, TN – The Crouch Gallery of the Customs House has been transformed into a serene chapel of art. Utility & Beauty centers on the artistic craftsmanship of the Emmanuel Glass Studio.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the exhibition focuses on the design work of the studio, the history and types of stained glass.Stand out pieces include the replica of the Ezell Chapel window from David Lipscomb University and the restoration project of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksville, Tennessee.
On loan from the church is the original window frame from the project that has been partially fitted with a section of new aluminum molding created by the Clarksville Foundry. As well as being an educational piece, the window acts as a beautiful piece of sculpture.
Curator Terri Jordan first met Mr. Harmon while working on the committee for the window restoration project of First Presbyterian.
She says, “When I walked through the studio with all the bins of colored sheets of glass, wall-sized cartoons tacked to walls, and the talented artisans working their magic on panes of hundred year old windows, the show seemed to be creating itself.”
Dennis Harmon, who founded the studio in 1973, apprenticed under Richard Millard, Albinas Elskus, and Ludwig Schaffrath. He is the primary artist and designer at Emmanuel Studio and has extensive experience in all aspects of leaded and faceted glass.
From 2001 through 2003, he served as President of the Stained Glass Association of America. His company has restored and designed stained glass windows throughout the United States. Some of this work has been highlighted as illuminated maquettes that act as miniature windows dancing off the gallery walls. Museum visitors can enjoy these while sitting on church pews that complete the ambiance of the show.
Utility & Beauty: The Glass of Emmanuel Studios is on view through March 5th. Located at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets, the Customs House Museum is the second largest general museum in Tennessee.
About the Customs House Museum
Located 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