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Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.
Some of the events in June at the Museum are: Eric Buechel: The Familiar, This Is My Story, Art of the Staff, Flying High, Flag Day, and Tales & Rails.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper
This exhibition is one of the most comprehensive traveling exhibitions ever organized featuring works on paper by African-American artists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
The 70 works in the exhibition include drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum cuts and color screenprints by such noted artists as Ron Adams, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Eldizer Cortor, Margaret Burroughs, and many other outstanding artists.
This highly acclaimed exhibition has been featured in major museums stretching across America, and Clarksville is its only scheduled stop in a contiguous twelve-state region in our part of the country. The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
Eric Buechel: The Familiar
Eric Buechel grew up in a rural northern area of New Jersey, just west of Manhattan and attended the DuCret School of Art in Plainfield, New Jersey. He then transferred to Broward College in South Florida and earned a degree in fine art.
Since moving to Tennessee in 2002, Buechel has focused exploring art the camera. His three year battle with cancer gave him the desire to create with a new found perspective.
This Is My Story
Women writers representing multiple decades share their thoughts of who they are on May 14th, 2017 (Mother’s Day). Their writings are suspended on cloth, hung “clothesline style” in the gallery.
Art of the Staff
See art in a variety of mediums created by the staff of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.
This exhibit showcases maps, documents, dioramas, flags, and photos from several wars, featuring objects from the collection of Dr. John Olson.
Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature
This groundbreaking exhibition of Appalachian children’s literature examines seminal titles published since the 1800s. Come explore our region’s literary heritage and see how children’s literature tells the story of Appalachia. This is a traveling exhibit from East Tennessee Historical Society and Knox County Public Library.
This year’s fundraising event promises to be unlike any other Flying High in our history. This year’s theme is an evening is Havana Nights! “Havana Nights” will transport you back to a time when Cuba’s musical golden age flourished.
We will offer a special Tasting Bar featuring Old Glory’s specialties available to all attendees as well as an outdoor cash cigar bar. This year’s signature artist will be Billy Renkl, Professor of Art, Drawing and Illustration, at Austin Peay State University.
Tickets to this event are $135.00 for Museum members, and $185.00 for non-members. To purchase, contact the museum at 931.648.5780 or purchase online at https://flyinghigh2017.eventbrite.com
Art & Lunch: Life Through Art
Curator of Exhibits Terri Jordan will walk guests through the Kelley Collection of African American Art to discuss examples of how artwork in the exhibition demonstrate “life through art.” This program is free and open to the public; guests are encouraged to bring their lunch. In conjunction with the exhibit The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper.
As the principal cultural institution in our community dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our heritage, the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will present a program featuring a contemporary view of patriotism in America with a special ﬂag raising ceremony by the Marine Corps League. The speaker will be Dr. Dewey A. Browder, Professor Emeritus of History at APSU and a reared U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.
We will also draw names for the winners of the three copies of the World War II surrender documents. One given to a museum member, one to a current or retired military personnel, and one to the oldest Veteran to attend the Flag Day program. These important books have been generously donated by Dr. John Olson.
Program is free and open to the public.
Join us in June for Family Art Fridays!
Look what’s new on the Explorers’ Landing!
This month, look for the Lab, a newly designated science section of the Explorers’ Landing. All things optical, from convex mirrors to optical illusions, microscopes, binoculars, magnifiers, and kaleidoscopes, will be featured during the summer thanks to your contributions during The Big Payback.
Bring a friend, pull up a couple of labs stool at our science lab table and see what your eyes can discover!
Tales & Rails Tuesdays
Ms. Sue will read Appalachian stories in the auditorium.
The model trains will run:
Visit Ms. Sue at the Powers’ family log house to get better acquainted with our East Tennessee heritage. Make a button whizzer toy, listen to some bluegrass pickin’, make a woven fish, build a craft stick log house – and more! Visit our website for weekly updates of activities.
Celebrate Wilma Rudolph’s Birthday
Hear the story, The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison. Ms. Sue will read the book in the Turner Auditorium.
10:15am – 10:45am and 2:15pm – 2:45pm.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase in Seasons: The Museum Store. Also make sure to stop by and put together a mini paper book to write and illustrate your own exciting story in the Family Art Studio.
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be closed Sunday, June 18th for Father’s Day.
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
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