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Customs House Museum exhibition “Setting the Stage” will be on display through March 3rd


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Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – Skeletons, vintage rabbits, and ceramic cats are but a few of the quirky objects found in the Customs House Museum’s Crouch Gallery. Matthew Deric Gore’s exhibition, Setting the Stage, brings to life trinkets and flowers within moody, dark backgrounds of shadowed wallpapers.

Strange pairings make for interesting narratives for the viewer’s imagination in Gore’s realistic style of painting.

Matthew Deric Gore's "Setting the Stage" exhibition now on diplay at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.

Matthew Deric Gore’s “Setting the Stage” exhibition now on diplay at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.

A native of Nashville, Matthew Deric Gore trained as a graphic designer and illustrator, and considers himself to be self-taught in the craft of oil painting.

He combines the precision and drama of the European Old Masters with the humor of cartoonist Charles Addams and Edward Gorey to create the stories in his work. He builds his worlds using an ever-expanding cast of characters made up of figurines, dolls, toys, and antiques.

He creates his scenes using a “stream of consciousness” technique. Various objects will trigger associations with other objects. Once ideas begin to form, Gore will guide those concepts to formalize relationships between shapes, positive and negative space, and color. He pays close attention to the use of tonality.

Through careful arrangements of tone, he can construct the illusion of depth and reality. 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.

The artist will be presenting a gallery talk in the museum on Saturday, February 9th, at 10:30am. This event is part of the Museum’s Art 4 Us programming, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Setting the Stage will be on display through March 3rd.

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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