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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held April 4th, 2018

Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, Clarksville’s 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 April Art Walk will be held April 4th, 2019 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 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

“STAYING CURIOUS” by Stephen Schlegel
Opening Reception
April 4th – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Stephen Schlegel’s solo will primarily display photography followed by digital compositions and sculptures in photography.

He will highlight a section dedicated to a behind look at several DAC artists working in their respective mediums. The intent is to create a brief pictorial narrative showing each artist’s creative process. Stephen will also display a traditional & unique view of form in nontraditional views of portraiture.

His solo will display over 80 works with the largest a 4 ft x 5 ft mosaic commentating and highlighting the Veterans of Montgomery County and several surrounding counties.

This solo will be a feast for your eyes.

For more info call DAC at 931.919.3770 or contact us on Facebook.

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

Paintings by Tara Swalgren
The Framemaker proudly presents paintings by Clarksville, Tennessee artist Tara Swalgren.

This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on April 4th, 2019. 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 April during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm).

Tara states: “I am drawn to painting animals with a kind of urgency and desire. I want to create these intricate and beautiful creatures that we only see and hear about in folk lore or our fantasies. My art demands the viewers to get lost in the lines and repetitive details of the flowers and fur. It encourages the viewer to enjoy their train of thought and indulge in their imagination, to be there in that moment if only for a minute”.

Tara Swalgren graduated from Austin Peay State University with a BFA in Studio Art. She enjoys illustrating animals that have a captivating and mysterious feel, which she enhances by incorporating natural elements, such as flowers, crystals and plants. The creatures she creates are fantastical yet believable.

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 is proud to host local artist Terri Jordan in the Peg Harvill Gallery during the month of April. Jordan’s show features new works focused on flowers and women within garden settings to complement the Roxy’s production of David Adjmi’s “Marie Antoinette”.

Terri Jordan’s work has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the U.S. and is included in private and corporate collections throughout the Southeast, New York, England and Italy. In 2015 she was named in the Top Ten Portrait/figurative artists of Tennessee by the Portrait Society of America in a juried process.

In 2012, Jordan was one of twenty-five women artists selected to participate in the National juried exhibit, titled “Where Do We Go from Here? The Shape of Things to Come,” at the RCC Wiseman Gallery in Grants Pass, Oregon.

For tickets to and information about our current production of “Marie Antoinette”, 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.

Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street)

Artist Information

Edward’s Steakhouse is proud host local artists, Kristy Barnes and Jessica Brewer of B&B Designs, during the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

“Hello, we are Kristy Barnes and Jessica Brewer of B&B Designs. We recently started our arts and crafts business in January 2019 to help provide income for each of our households. We are a mom (Kristy, 45) and daughter (Jessica, 27) duo and we love to create things that bring joy to others.”

“Kristy, a recent widow, has a woodshop where we can custom cut, sand, and build our projects. We do projects with reclaimed barn wood from our family property as well as store bought wood and other things.”

“However, Kristy does most of the wood work while Jessica, a stay at home mom of three, does more of the design and creative work. But regardless of who does what we love being able to work and create with each other. We make many different things from personalized home décor, holiday signs, and custom-made pictures frames.”

“We have both found something that we are passionate about and are continuing to learn and grow as we go. Our goal is to be able to create something that will give you and your home a little bit of happy.”

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.


The Customs House Museum (200 S. 2nd 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.


H.N. James: The Urban Goddesses
Through April 14th | Lobby

Tennessee portrait photographer, H.N. James exhibits a series of work interpreting figures from mythology. The artist states of her work “We live in a time when old ways of viewing women are being challenged and I am pleased to be a part of that conversation as a living woman artist.”

Bold Strokes: The Art of Sandy Spain
Through April 28th | Harvill Gallery

This Nashville artist working in acrylics is known for her strong color palette. Ms. Spain has works in private collections throughout the United States, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Austria, and Germany.

Lynn Garwood: My View Through
April 28th | Jostens Gallery

My View features a Wisconsin artist who paints everyday objects. In 2009, Lynn Garwood closed down her sign painting business to concentrate on being an artist. Lynn’s paint of choice is acrylics. Under every painting, she paints a positive word. These words can be seen and at other times are completely painted over to be hidden.

Twentieth Anniversary of the Tornado
Through April 28th | Orgain/Bruner Galleries

This retrospective showcases artifacts and local stories related to Clarksville’s 1999 Tornado. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Legends Bank.

Mike Andrews: A New Vision
Through May 5th | Crouch Gallery

A local teacher & sculptor working in wood and limestone brings his new pieces to the Crouch Gallery. Included in the show are Andrew’s figurative pieces, abstract benches, and wall-mounted forms.

First Responders
Through May 12th | Memory Lane

First Responders includes artifacts and photographs from the Museum’s Collections related to Clarksville’s emergency responders, including the 1925 fire engine that was used by the Clarksville Fire Department.

15 Over 50: A Women’s History Month Exhibition
Through June 9th | Kimbrough Gallery

This exhibition features 15 contemporary women artists from across the country all over age 50. Works include photography, painting, and sculpture done in a variety of styles.

DBO Gallery (128 N. Second Street)

Artist Information

DBO Gallery is proud to host an exhibit by Olasubomi Bashorun during the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

Olasubomi Bashorun graduated with an art degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and now lives and works in the Middle Tennessee area. In addition to creating beautiful original work, he teaches art, instructs ballroom dancing and hosts creative workshops.

Olasubomi’s artistic inspiration was fostered and influenced, in part, by his high school art teacher, Kathleen Blake. “I have always had talent to see and create, but she made me realize what art can do for the mind and soul. She taught me to be creative and express myself with my art. I’ve been doing that ever since.”

“I believe that everyone of us should create. Sure, some peoples creation maybe more esthetically pleasing than others. But its not only about the outcome, it is about the process of starting from nothing, adding the first scribble then creating relationships from scribble to line, working through rough edges and the mistakes and then knowing when to walk away. Creating is for us all to get lost in something, express words, moods, feelings. Creating is life.”

Roux Americajun Restaurant (125 Franklin Street)

Roux is proud to support the April 2019 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.

Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)

Rogate’s Boutique will be open late and is proud to support the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

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

Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street)

Mildred and Mable’s is proud to support the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

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

Journey’s Eye Studio (131 Franklin Street)

Journey’s Eye Studio is proud to support the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk and will be hosting Ali Lyn.

About The Artist

Based in Tennessee, Ali Lyn specializes in creating mixed media pieces and fiber artwork.

Drawing inspiration from visually diverse sources which include: Chinese silk screen, illuminated medieval codices and modern biological texts. Her work bridges the sophistication of fine art with the storytelling of the fantastique.

Her highly-sought original fabric pieces, alongside her limited edition prints form a body of work which is evolving into a rich, intriguing narrative.
Stop in and find something unique for your home!

The United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, Inc.

(107 Jefferson Street, Suite 1)

The United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, Inc is proud to support the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

Horsefeathers Pottery & Art Studio. (94 Franklin Street)

Horsefeathers Pottery and Art Studio is proud to host local artist, Tracy Bettencourt, during the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk and will be open from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Tracy Bettencourt, artist, advocate for persons with disabilities, motivational speaker and APSU alumni, began to lose her eyesight in her early 30s from an eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Although the disease has left her blind, the hardships she experienced have not prevented her from living her life to the best of her abilities. She brings new insight to how art is viewed and continues to have a humble heart.

Artist statement

I am blind. I lost my eyesight over twelve years ago and within the past five years began painting using my hands. My life is very structured and I use assistive technology on my IPhone and IPad to identify colors. The paints I use are textured acrylic and forms of puffy paint.

My hands are my eyes and the puffy paint allows me to convey my thoughts and feelings onto canvas using tactile lines. Every day I wake and live in darkness yet with my newfound skill of painting, I am able to share my unique perception of the world around me as well as conveying the unseen beauty of life.

My paintings reflect hope, adversity, love, positivity, strength and determination. I put my heart, soul and insight into every piece of artwork. There will always be a mountain to climb yet I strongly feel that no matter what the obstacle, there is light within darkness and therefore there is hope.


Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)

Couture Crush is proud to support the April 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

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


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