Clarksville, TN – The paintings on view in the Crouch Gallery of the Customs House Museum are full of moody color palettes that move from all corners of the papers they have been built upon. Reappearing ravens and telephone lines live harmoniously within textures of paint. Kathleen Conover’s fascination with society’s development has led to her discovery of the beauty in transformation.
The exhibition Industrial Evolution is comprised of symbolic shapes forming stories within mixed media works.
Conover received a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan and her graduate work in printmaking at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.
She holds signature status in many organizations, including the American Water Color Society (AWS Signature Member and Dolphin Fellow status), National Watercolor Society (NWS Signature Member status), Watercolor Honor Society (WHS Signature Status), Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA Master Artist Status), and International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA Nautilus Signature Member), among others.
The artist says of her work: “The ‘Industrial Evolution’ series of paintings is my visual interpretation of an era of change my country, the United States, is undergoing due to evolving world-wide technological and manufacturing industries. Inspiration and visual references abound from my iron mining home on Lake Superior in Northern Michigan, through the farming heartland to the desert southwest and from coast to coast. I strive to paint the colors, textures, lines, shapes, sounds and feel – the essence of this evolution that affects every aspect of American life. International travel deepens my interest in this subject.”
Kathleen’s work has been exhibited internationally including at L’Aquerelle World Competition, France, in Cappadocia, Turkey, at the Eau en Couleurs, International Watercolor Biennial, Castle of Bourgogne, Belgium, Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Shenzhen Museum, China.
Exhibits Curator Terri Jordan says, “For several years the museum has placed an emphasis on celebrating talented female artists during Women’s History Month (March). It is a great pleasure to add Kathleen to this roster and to give our audience a chance to see her beautiful and complex paintings.”
Industrial Evolution is on view March 2nd through May 2nd. An accompanying catalog is available at Seasons: The Museum Store.
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