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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held May 3rd, 2018

Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Clarksville.
First Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Clarksville.

The May Art Walk will be held May 3rd, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the shops and galleries on Public Square, Franklin Street, and Strawberry Alley.

The participating businesses are listed below as well as a description of the work they will be exhibiting and services they will be offering during the event.

Downtown Commons (215 Legion Street)

Artist Information

The Downtown Commons is thrilled to join the First Thursday Art Walk for the first time in May 2018, and will feature It’s Relative.

Jeremiah & Jordan Johnson are a brother/sister duo with a unique sound and an eclectic taste in music. They are originally from a small town in West Michigan but now live in Nashville, TN.

Downtown Artists Co-op (96 Franklin Street)

The DAC is an association of talented local artists and interested patrons dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area. Our objectives are to sponsor art exhibitions of work by Co-op members and regional artists, to provide continuing support for the Co-op and its membership through the sale of art work, to encourage arts education with outreach programs and scholarship fundraisers, and to develop membership services which directly support the arts community.

Artist Information

Fantastic Chemistry: Cheating Sameness is a unique blend of two artists’ work. Jane Olson is a watercolor and collage artist, who admires abstract expressionist and impressionist artists. Regina Mick is an acrylic artist that likes to use many types of mediums. Both are contemporary artists that use bold colors creating abstract impressionistic varieties of work. Together this duo will create an eclectic show full of energy.

For more information go to our website at http://www.downtownartistsco-op.com or visit us on Facebook : Downtown Artist Cooperative.

Riverview Inn (50 College Street)

Artist Information

In conjunction with the May First Thursday Art Walk and a Meet the Candidate event for Kimberly Wiggins, The Riverview Inn is proud to host local photographer, Lucas Ryan Chambers.

Lucas Ryan Chambers is an internationally published photographer and graphic designer based in Clarksville, TN.

His passion for photography began while growing up in Hawaii and continues to be inspired by his love of the outdoors and travel. Lucas is the creator of the “Faces of Downtown Clarksville” as well as a free-lance photographer known by most as “The Dude with a Camera”.

In the past year, he has traveled to Haiti, spent time traveling the southwest United States, and working with various companies on marketing campaigns.

The Framemaker (705 North Second Street)

For over two decades, The Framemaker has offered a unique selection of frames and art services to the Middle Tennessee area.

Artist Information

New Work by Jim Diehr
The Framemaker proudly presents new work by Jim Diehr. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on May 3rd, 2018. An opening reception will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibit will remain on display at The Framemaker throughout the month of May during normal business hours (Mon. through Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm).

Jim Diehr has created art for more than 50 years. Jim Diehr is Professor Emeritus at Austin Peay State University. His work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.

Jim Diehr states: “My art work is intended to communicate ideas and stories about the human experience. I work in two and three dimensional media. My paintings are accomplished mixed media and transparent watercolor. Sculptures are created in various media but primarily wood, alabaster, stone and ceramic. I hope the viewer of my works look for the symbolism’s that support the meaning of my work. It’s my goal to have a meaningful conversation with the viewer”.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.

The Roxy Regional Theatre (100 Franklin Street)

Peg Harvill Gallery

For those who enjoy the visual arts, the Peg Harvill Gallery, located just beyond the lobby, hosts twelve shows annually featuring locally and nationally known artisans. Shows generally open the first Thursday of each month for our First Thursday Art Walk.

Artist Information

The Roxy Regional Theatre’s Peg Harvill Gallery is proud to host the exhibit “By Their Very Nature” by Tara Swalgren, during the May First Thursday Art Walk.

“I have always been interested in the innocent and peace mindset of animals. They are majestic, mysterious, and desired. They represent something that humans will never have. Yes, we are more advanced and our chances of survival are higher, but there is purity to animals that we don’t have. Animals don’t kill for revenge or other unnecessary means.”

“They enjoy one another’s company if permitted. They only act for survival. They do not over think the world around them. These are some of the many reasons I pursue animals as my subject matter. I find them captivating. However, I want to make the animals more desired, more captivating, and more mysterious. I integrate other natural elements onto these creatures.”

“They are fantastical yet they appear feasible. They don’t look so far off from the animals we see in our own lives. You might even believe that you have seen something like this before. I want my viewers to enjoy these creatures. Feel free to get lost in the color and texture. Indulge yourself, if only for a moment.”

For tickets to and information about our current production of MARILYN/GOD, please visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or call the box office at 931.645.7699.
Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am–2:00pm.

Hot Pita (136 Franklin Street)

Fit. Fresh. Fast. sums up what Hot Pita stands for! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to our downtown and surrounding areas with a healthy alternative to those boring fast food burgers!

Locally owned and operated, located on historic Franklin Street.

Artist Information

Hot Pita is thrilled to host local artist, Jane Olson, during the May First Thursday Art Walk.

Jane Sharpe Olson is a native Tennessean, originally from Memphis. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in European History and French, and a minor in Art History. She is a practicing attorney with Olson & Olson, PLC in downtown Clarksville.

Bright, strong colors and images permeate her art, and she uses mainly watercolor paints and manipulated, hand-painted papers in her paintings and collages. Jane finds inspiration in the works of famous artists such as Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, and Kadinsky, as well as Abstract Expressionists.

She is a member of the Downtown Artist’s Co-op of Clarksville, Tennessee. You can see more of her art online at Facebook/janeolsonart and on Pinterest:Jane Olson/My Paintings Board.

DBOgallery (128 N. Second Street)

Artist Information

DBOgallery will have its soft opening coinciding with the May First Thursday Art Walk. So as your out and about walking around, stop by 128 North second street in the Regions building. We will be open from 5:00pm-8:00pm that evening. I’ll be there working on my latest piece and will have some of my ongoing projects out on display. With several other arts such as photographer Lucas Chambers, the creator of Faces of Downtown Clarksville and Sy Arden.

Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street)

Artist Information

Edward’s Steakhouse is proud host local photographer, Tony Centonze, during the May 2018 First Thursday Art Walk.

Tony Centonze received his first Canon SLR camera when he was still at Clarksville High School. That Canon AE-1 led to a lot of experimentation, wasted film, missed shots, and frustration.

When the Canon had technical issues, a Minolta X-700 came along and changed the game. A little picture-taking success led to enrollment in a mail order course (before the age of the internet) at the New York Institute of Photography, which sparked a life-long love affair with the possibilities and challenges of photography.

While traveling abroad in 2009, a decision was made to pursue photography and writing as a second career. A membership in Clarksville Friends of Photography developed connections with many of Clarksville’s best, including Greg Williamson.

Williamson helped Tony become a stringer at The Leaf-Chronicle in 2010, photographing events at first and then writing about them as well.

Since 2010, Tony has written hundreds of articles, covered thousands of events, and taken hundreds of thousands of photographs that have helped document this decade of unprecedented growth in Clarksville/Montgomery County.

Tony now runs CFA (Clarksville Freelance Associates). In his spare time, he still loves to travel (40 countries so far) and focus on more artistic photographs. Some of those can be seen here. Thousands more still sit in digital files, waiting for their chance to be printed and brought back to life.

Stop in, see the art, listen to Jackson Miller on the piano and enjoy the Thursday night special, 1/2 priced $7.00 appetizers and 2 for 1 draft drink specials.

Yada Yada Yada Deli (100 Strawberry Alley)

Artist Information

Yada, Yada, Yada Deli is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk.

This month’s guest artists are Olasubomi Aka-Bashorum, the artist who was behind the brand-new “Starry Night Clarksville” mural, and Lucas Ryan Chambers, the creator of the “Faces of Downtown Clarksville.”

We hope you can join us while they unveil brand new works!

Customs House Museum (200 S. Second Street)

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is Tennessee’s second largest general interest museum. It features fine art, history, and children’s exhibits.

Artist Information

First Thursday Art Walk
Thursday, May 3, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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


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

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 12. 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.

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.

Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street)

Mildred & Mable’s is a unique and fun gift boutique offering something special for every occasion. Custom monogramming and gift baskets available for babies, birthdays, weddings and more.

Mildred and Mable’s is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and check out a new look and all of the great gift and clothing options!

Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)

You are sure to find something new and exciting each time you visit Rogate’s Boutique! Our store offers all the latest amazing fashion trends, while remaining focused on timeless style. And we know how much fun shopping should be, so you can always expect to have a great time here.

Rogate’s Boutique will be open late and is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

But, stop in and find something for your Spring wardrobe!

Journey’s Eye Studio (131 Franklin Street)

Journey’s Eye Studio is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk and will be open late!

Stop in and find something unique as we get ready to welcome Spring!

Roux Americajun (101 Franklin Street)

Happy hour & half-off appetizers during Art Walk, first Thursdays of every month

Roux is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

Stop in and grab something to eat as you check out the other galleries located in Historic Downtown Clarksville.

Horsefeathers Pottery & Art Studio (94 Franklin Street)

Horsefeathers is a paint your own Pottery and Canvas Studio — Come discover the artist in you! Horsefeathers Pottery and Art Studio is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk and will be open from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Couture Crush (125 Franklin Street)

Couture Crush is proud to support the May First Thursday Art Walk.

Stop in and find the perfect piece to spice up your wardrobe this Spring during the May First Thursday Art Walk!

F&M Bank (50 Franklin Street)

F&M Bank is proud support the May 2018 First Thursday Art Walk but will not feature an artist this month.


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