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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum May 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 May at the Museum are: Fantastical Patterns: The Art of Valentina Harper, World in Wood: The Folk Art of Herbert Baggett, Tennessee Watercolor Society 2018 Biennial Exhibition, Flying High 2018: Southern Soiree.

Valentina Harper - Miranda
Valentina Harper – Miranda


Fantastical Patterns: The Art of Valentina Harper
May 1st – May 31st | Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery

After 15 years working as a graphic designer, Valentina Harper started to create uplifting drawings and designs from her world of fantasies and dreams. In her Nashville studio, this Venezuelan artist enjoys working with different materials, and black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. Her love for artworks with little intricate details are a signature of her own drawing style. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.

World in Wood: The Folk Art of Herbert Baggett
May 15th – July 29th | The Leaf Chronicle Lobby

Wooden figures by Tennessee artist Frank Baggett are on display. These objects are from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s permanent collection.

Tennessee Watercolor Society 2018 Biennial Exhibition
May 19th – July 27th | Crouch & Orgain Galleries

Watercolor Society, Pat C Patrick - Gardeners Delight
Watercolor Society, Pat C Patrick – Gardeners Delight

The Tennessee Watercolor Society will open its 36th Juried Exhibition of water media paintings on paper at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, May 12th. Sixty works have been selected for display by juror and artist Lian Quan Zhen. Following its run at the Customs House, a selection of 30 paintings will continue across Tennessee as a traveling exhibit for the duration of 2018, stopping at three gallery venues including a final show at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga.

Nathaniel Mather: Stories Through Color
April 3rd – June 24th | Kimbrough Gallery

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.

Exquisite Miniatures
April 15th – June 24th | Kimbrough Gallery

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.

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.


The Big Payback
Wednesday, May 2nd

The Thanks to your donations during The Big Payback 2017, we are constructing a tree-themed puppet theater in Explorers’ Landing! This year, help us populate the tree with puppets all year round by “adopting” a puppet. Your online donation of $10.00 or more will help us achieve our goals in fulfilling our mission. To donate visit https://www.thebigpayback.org/CustomsHouseMuseum on May 2nd, starting at 12:00am. Join in the fun and follow our progress on our Facebook page!

Visit the new Tree Puppet Theater on Explorers’ Landing, and from 10:00am–12:00pm and 1:30pm–3:30pm, you can make your own paper bag puppet to take home. This activity is free with admission or Museum Membership.

First Thursday Art Walk
Thursday, May 3rd, 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
Saturday, May 19th

Flying High 2018: Southern Soiree will take place on Saturday, May 19th, at the Clarksville Country Club. Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase online by visitingflyinghigh2018.eventbrite.com or by calling the museum at 931.648.5780. Tickets are $150.00 for Museum Members and $200.00 for non- members. Numbers are limited.



Second Saturday Free Admission: Making Miniature Drawings
Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Clarksville | Saturday, May 12th

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! Join Ms. Sue in the Family Art Studio as we explore the world of miniatures.

After using a magnifying glass to examine the amazing miniature paintings by artists Rachel & Wes Siegrist in the Kimbrough Gallery, visit the Family Art Studio to create your own miniature drawings. Craft sticks will be available for making frames. Drop in at your leisure.

Mother’s Day Sale at Seasons: The Museum Store

Mother’s Day Sale
Mother’s Day Sale

Celebrate Mom! Enjoy 20% off one item in the store through May 13. Pick from an assortment of handmade, all-natural candles, soaps and bath bombs, perfect for pampering. We also carry an excellent selection of artwork and jewelry by local artisans.

The Family Art Studio Closed for Upgrades
May 14th – June 8th

The Family Art Studio will be closed for upgrades May 14th – June 8th. We appreciate your patience during this time. Simple craft activities will be available on Explorers’ Landing. Exciting new features will be revealed Saturday, June 9th.

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.


The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be closed Saturday, May 19th for our Flying High fundraiser event, as well as Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

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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