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Customs House Museum and Cultural Center hosts Nathaniel Mather’s Menagerie Exhibits through June 24th


Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The animal themed paintings on view in the Kimbrough Gallery of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center encompass the playfulness of childhood drawings in bold color palettes.

But upon closer inspection, one finds sophisticated textures and lines layered throughout each canvas.

Nathaniel Mather - Conversation

Nathaniel Mather – Conversation

Artist Nathaniel Mather has created well thought-out scenarios, collaged from paint, paper, crayon, and wallpaper, with fearless abandon.

There is an ease of movement through each compositions that leaves the viewer feeling like they are strolling along a sunny summer day.

The artist says of his work: “My work was influenced in the early stages of my painting career by the design genius of Motherwell and the color and texture of Klee. As I developed my own style and voice started to combine several mediums including acrylic, oil pastel, paper and ink on canvas.”

Nathaniel Mather - Daughters Love

Nathaniel Mather – Daughters Love

“I start each painting with color, line and texture and allow the markings to follow their own story, rearranging, adding and subtracting, layer by layer.”

“The process mirrors how I experience life, bit by bit, day by day adding up to something I could not have imagined in the beginning of the process.”

“The painting process also allows me to express emotions, allows for improvisation and taps into a place I cannot arrive to any other way.”

“That’s the gift paintings have given me and I try to share that experience with the viewer.”

Nathaniel Mather - Just Numbers

Nathaniel Mather – Just Numbers

The Nashville artist studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. His mixed media works have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and can be found in many corporate and private collections including Yale University Children’s Hospital, Marriott Corporation, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Warner Bros., Nashville Chamber Orchestra, University of Chicago, and Suite 28 Records.

Nathaniel is currently represented by Jules Place, Boston, MA, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minnesota, MN, and Shelton Gallery, Naples, FL & Newport, RI. Nathaniel Mather: Stories Through Color is on view through June 24th.

For more information on above event contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or

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




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