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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum October 2018 Exhibits and Activities

Clarksville’s Customs House Museum

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 October at the Museum are: Camille Engel: Her Home Tennessee, Alan LeQuire: From Clay to Bronze, Art Sale at Seasons: The Museum Store, Friday Mornings in October: Fall into Fun, Hands-On Activities: Halloween Science, Art 4 Us: Free Art Classes During Fall Break.

Gaela Erwin - Mother and Child reunion
Gaela Erwin – Mother and Child reunion

Customs House Museum Exhibits

The Art of Ashley Mintz
October 2nd – October 31st | Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery

Nashville artist Ashely Mintz creates colorful mixed media pieces that have exhibited in places such as the Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State University. Mintz says of her work, “Art, whether it is creating it or enjoying the works of others, is a very healing experience for me. Art is so personal, yet it can speak to anyone. Being an introvert, art has been the thing that has given me a voice.” This exhibition is sponsored in part by Nashville Arts Magazine.

Camille Engel: Her Home Tennessee
October 16th – January 2nd | Crouch Gallery

American contemporary realist oil painter Camille Engel is internationally acclaimed and known for her use of rich colors, textures, and intricate detail. This award-winning artist has created a series of paintings themed around the Tennessee State symbols.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will display 13 student works of art created within the same theme and chosen through a juried process, featuring work from grades 2nd – 10th. The student art competition is sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama and Chromatics.

Alan LeQuire: From Clay to Bronze
October 19th – January 6th | Orgain & Bruner Galleries

Alan LeQuire is best known today for his monumental sculptures in Middle Tennessee. “From Clay to Bronze” features works done in terra cotta, bronze, and drawings, and includes the traveling exhibit “Lost Wax Casting”.

This exhibit includes clay models, molds, wax castings, and finished bronze sculpture, along with photographs that help to explain the process that was invented in China over 10,000 years ago. Finished works include many of LeQuire’s small-scale figure studies. The exhibition promotes the value of traditional practices: studying the human figure and working from life.

Best of Tennessee Craft
August 4th – October 14th | Crouch, Orgain, & Bruner Galleries

The Best of Tennessee Craft Juried Exhibition represents a full range of media from artisans throughout the state. Juror Kathryn Hall reviewed 172 entries to create the show that is on display through October 14th. The awards for this show are sponsored by the Ayers Foundation.

Along with the juried work, the Museum will showcase Tennessee Craft’s Master Artist Collection of craft representing the finest work of Tennessee artists. Begun in 2001 to preserve and promote excellence in Tennessee craft for future generations, the collection grows by special invitation to master artists for signature works.

Annual Staff Art
August 3rd – October 28th | The Leaf Chronicle Lobby

See art in a variety of mediums created by the staff of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center.

Women Painting Women
September 6th – November 20th | Kimbrough Gallery

Pamela Wilson - Hologram Girl
Pamela Wilson – Hologram Girl

Seven contemporary women artists from across the United States form this annual exhibition celebrating women. The artists were chosen for their strong and unique styles. Their interpretations within the theme of figurative painting are as diverse as the many types of women in our society.

They are consistently creating, teaching, and exploring their medium with grace and respect for the subject matter.

John Baeder: The Scenic Route
September 11th – November 28th | Jostens Gallery

John Baeder - Big Boys
John Baeder – Big Boys

A master of classic Americana, John Baeder is known for his successful photorealistic portrayal of roadside diners and eateries, and nostalgic Americana. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Haynes Galleries.


Art Sale at Seasons: The Museum Store

Hello fall! During the month of October, cozy up your home and enjoy 10% off photography, prints, and paintings with our Art Sale. Museum Members receive additional 10% off. Selections include pieces by local artists Larry Martin, Patsy Sharpe, David Smith, Rachel Bull, and more.

First Thursday Art Walk
Thursday, October 4th, 5:00pm-7:00pm

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

Friday Mornings in October: Fall into Fun
Ages 2 – 5 | October 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
10:30am–11:30am | Explorers’ Landing

Get “hands-on” as you explore a Leaf Sensory Bin and discover the different shapes, textures, and colors of Autumn. Among the leaves, search for seed pods, small twigs, pieces of bark, and pinecones: can you help the squirrel find some acorns? Count how many you can find.

Look at the items up-close under a microscope or magnifying glass; what do you see? Play a matching game where you match what you find in the Leaf Sensory Bin to a picture of that item. Make an Autumn Tree craft to take home.

Hands-On Activities: Halloween Science
Ages 6 and above | Saturday, October 6th & 20th
10:30am–11:30am & 2:00pm–3:00pm | In the Family Art Studio

Become a “Jr. Scientist” in this drop-in program. Be prepared to get messy! Explore and play with a bowl of green slime: is it a liquid or a solid? Observe a chemical reaction as you combine baking soda and vinegar: what happens, and why?

Investigate pumpkins: get tactile as you feel around the inside of a pumpkin; pick-up pumpkins and predict their weight and size, then check if your predictions are correct by using a scale and a measuring tape.

Art 4 Us: Free Art Classes During Fall Break
October 9-12 | 8:30am–11:30pm or 1:00pm–4:00pm
For students in grades 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8

Customs House Museum Free Art Classes for Students set for October 9th-12th.

The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center recently received a generous Arts Engagement in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This funding allows us to offer a series of free art-making experiences called ART 4 US that will begin with these classes.

This project is a new community engagement initiative based on the premise that exposure to the visual arts can and should be an edifying encounter for anyone, regardless of skill level, background, age, economic standing, or other perceived barriers to the enjoyment of art. The hands-on experience of making art is an important project component. During 4 days this fall break, we will offer morning and afternoon workshops led by artists that focus on 4 different media: drawing, painting, 3-D and multi-media.

**Participants must register on-site at the Museum. A separate enrollment form is required for each participant at the time of registration.

For complete program information, please see our policy information on our website: www.customshousemuseum.org/educational-public-programs/art-4-us-fall-break

Second Saturday Free Admission Day
Saturday, October 13th | 10:00am-5:00pm

The museum is open to the public with free admission all day from 10:00am–5:00pm as part of our monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.

Art 4 Us: Demonstration with Jim Diehr
Saturday, October 13th | 10:30am–12:00pm

Join artist Jim Diehr as he demonstrates his sculpture technique. An Army veteran, Diehr studied at New York Art Student League, Pratt Institute, with college degrees of B.F.A. in Studio Art, Masters of Sculptures and Ceramics, Ed.S. Industrial Arts, and PhD.

He served as a college professor and administrator for many years in Kansas and Tennessee. His work can be found in the exhibition “Best of Tennessee Craft Juried Exhibition”, on display through October 14. This program is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Stories in Stone: Greenwood Cemetery Historic Walking Tour
Saturday, October 13th | 10:00am

Join us for an outdoor walking tour through Greenwood Cemetery, followed by a behind the scenes opportunity to view relevant artifacts from the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center’s Collection. Melissa Miller, Curator of Collections at the Customs House Museum, will serve as the tour guide.

Tickets are $20.00 or $15.00 for Museum Members, and may be purchased by calling 931.648.5780 or visiting Seasons: The Museum Store. All proceeds will benefit Museum’s Collection. In the event of rain storms, the tour will be rescheduled.

MONSTERS: Show me how to draw one!
Family Art Studio | Sunday, October 21st| 1:00pm–4:00pm

The truth is, nobody, not even the most famous artist, can tell you how to draw a monster. Whether cute and cuddly ones like the loveable Cookie Monster or the creepy ones like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, they exist only in our imagination.

Come draw or make the monster that’s in your head, be it friendly or scary. Maybe you would like to dress up as your monster for Halloween!

For more information contact Ms. Sue at or 931.648.5780.


The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be closed Monday, October 8th for Columbus 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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