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Custom House Museum exhibits Camille Engel Paintings of State Symbols

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – Box turtle, firefly, iris, and the tomato. These are a few of the muses in contemporary realist Camille Engel’s exhibition of Tennessee symbols now on view in the Crouch Gallery of the Customs House Museum.

Camille Engel - Smallmouth Bass Oil Painting
Camille Engel – Smallmouth Bass Oil Painting

The show, titled Her Home Tennessee, offers visitors a chance to see unique versions of the state’s many symbols. Included in the show’s thirty paintings are animals appearing to burst through paper and up-close vividly hued flowers; as well as, more traditionally painted birds in uncluttered blue backgrounds.

Engel is amazed and fascinated with color and texture, seeking to capture the richness of life. “For me,” Engel explains, “every morning is a fresh opportunity to find extraordinary joy in the most ordinary things.

My art overflows out of that joy.” Camille has dedicated 2-1/2 years toward research and reference for the artwork, spending another 18 months to create the paintings presented. Also on exhibition are the winners of the “My Tennessee Home” Student Art Competition, grades 1-12.

Camille Engel - Mockingbird Oil Painting
Camille Engel – Mockingbird Oil Painting

Juried by a panel of the Nashville Artist Guild, thirteen works were selected to exhibit with Camille’s show to the museum. The winning artworks were professionally framed by Jerry’s Artarama and scanned by Chromatics, Nashville, Tennessee.

Considering herself to be a self-taught artist, Engel works in the “indirect layering” technique of the Dutch Masters to create her paintings. Her oil paintings are accepted into prestigious many juried museum tours and art exhibitions from Santa Fe to New York City winning numerous awards along the way.

She was named one of our nation’s “Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art magazine 2014 and Fine Art Connoisseur magazine 2010.

Camille’s work has been featured in several publications, including Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist and International Artist.

Visitors to the Museum on Free Saturday, November 10th, can meet Camille Engel and hear her discuss her work from 10:30am-noon.

This Meet the Artist program is part of the ART 4 US project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Camille Engel - Tennessee Walking Horse Oil Painting Steppin Out
Camille Engel – Tennessee Walking Horse Oil Painting Steppin Out

Her Home Tennessee will be on view through January 2nd, 2019.

For more information 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 www.customshousemuseum.org


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