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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum April 2018 Exhibits and Activities

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, 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 April at the Museum are: Nathaniel Mather: Stories Through Color, Exquisite Miniatures, Celebrating Women in Business, Seasons: Frank Majors, and Our Town: Stories Within Clarksville’s Doorways.

Our Town: Stories Within Clarksville’s Doorways
Our Town: Stories Within Clarksville’s Doorways


Nathaniel Mather: Stories Through Color
April 3rd – April 29th | Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery

Nathaniel Mather - Safe Harbor
Nathaniel Mather – Safe Harbor

The paintings of Nathaniel Mather, in their shallow spaces, childlike renderings of animals, flowers, and rough-edged patches of color are done in water medium materials on canvas and board. Born and raised in California, Nathaniel works in Nashville as an artist and illustrator. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.

Exquisite Miniatures
April 15th – June 24th

Miniature - The Janice Elaine
Miniature – The Janice Elaine

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are an American husband and wife team who mesmerize viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification!

A hallmark of their work is their ability to convey the feeling of a larger canvass or the essence of the natural world in miniature. “Exquisite Miniatures” consists of fifty signature paintings including landscapes, portraits, still lifes, wildlife, and other subjects by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist.

“Exquisite Miniatures” by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, Produced by David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director; for further information, visit davidjwagnerllc.com and artofwildlife.com. This exhibit is sponsored in part by Clarksville Dental Center.

Celebrating Women in Business
March 6th – April 29th | The Leaf Chronicle Lobby

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this exhibition uses objects and images from the Museum’s permanent collection to celebrate local businesses throughout Clarksville’s history that have been owned or founded by women. Learn about the Barbara Louise Hospital, First Woman’s Bank, local beauty shops, and more.

Kathleen Conover: Industrial Evolution
March 2nd – May 2nd | Crouch Gallery

“The most significant ‘signature’ element in my work is deep symbolism.” Kathleen Conover received a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She did her graduate work in printmaking at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

She holds signature status in many organizations, including the American Water Color Society, and has exhibited her paintings internationally in countries such as France, Turkey, and China.

Narrative Illusions: The Visions of Mindy Herrin
January 16th – May 6th | Orgain & Bruner Galleries

Mindy Herrin’s narrative sculpture is created with a combination of metal and alternative materials. Organic by nature, her forms use materials for their tactile properties, creating pieces that move, have the appearance of flesh, and hint to the adventures of being female in everyday life.

Seasons: Frank Majors
March 6th – May 27th | Jostens Gallery

Regional artist Frank Major’s photography is on display in the Jostens Gallery.

Our Town: Stories Within Clarksville’s Doorways
February 28th – September 30th | Memory Lane

An exhibition of regional stories featuring photographs and artifacts from our collection, including: the jail, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Court House, the Capitol Theater, and more.


First Thursday Art Walk
Thursday, April 5th, 5:00pm-7:00pm.

The museum is open to the public with free admission as part of Downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk.

Flying High 2018: Southern Soiree

Save the date! Flying High 2018: Southern Soiree will take place on Saturday, May 19th, at the Clarksville Country Club. Tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday, April 2nd. You can purchase online by visiting flyinghigh2018.eventbrite.com or by calling the museum at 931.648.5780.

Second Saturday Free Admission: Origami Birds
Saturday, April 14th

The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is open with free admission from 10:00am to 5:00pm as part of our Second Saturday Free Admission Day! Please join us in the Family Art Studio to make colorful origami birds in celebration of spring. We will take inspiration from the exhibit “Kathleen Conover: Industrial Evolution” on display in the Crouch Gallery until May 2nd.

For smaller hands, related age-appropriate activities will be available.

Staff will lead the activity from 10:00am–12:00pm and from 2:00pm–4:00pm.

Art & Lunch: Gallery Talk & Painting Demo with Rachelle & Wes Siegrist
Thursday, April 19th, 12:15pm | Free admission to event. Bagged lunches welcome.

In conjunction with the exhibit “Exquisite Miniatures”, artists Rachelle and Wes Siegrist will be giving a gallery talk and demonstration of their miniature painting technique in the Kimbrough Gallery.

“Exquisite Miniatures” by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, Produced by David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director; for further information, visit davidjwagnerllc.com and artofwildlife.com This event sponsored in part by Clarksville Dental Center

Spring Pottery Sale at Seasons: The Museum Store

During the month of April, Seasons: The Museum Store is offering 20% off all pottery in the store. No other discounts apply. Dress up your home or office with a piece of local, handmade pottery in a variety of styles.

All activities are free with your museum membership. Non-members pay regular admission fees. For more information contact Ms. Sue at or 931.648.5780.

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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