Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center Crouch Gallery is home to the serene, organic sculptures of local artist and teacher Mike Andrews.
On view through May 5th, the show, titled A New Vision, includes over forty pieces made of wood, limestone, or alabaster.
Large figurative pieces like Theologian hold court across the gallery floor, while smaller sculptures, like James and Kay and Windblown float along the walls with dancing shadows.
The influence of the artist’s mentor, the late Olen Bryant, can be seen in many of the figurative works displayed. Upon the title wall sits The Master, paying homage to the well known sculptor.
Andrews states “This show is dedicated to my dear friend and mentor Olen Bryant. I was a student of Olen’s from 1980 to 1985 and worked as a studio assistant for him from 1982 to 1992. Olen became more than a teacher for me he was part of my family my son Michael worked for him the last 10 plus years of his life and he treated my daughter Sarah and youngest son Josh like they were part of his family. Elaine my wife and I miss him greatly and feel blessed to have known such a kind and gentle soul. He truly is a Tennessee treasure”.
Along with the sculptures, the exhibit includes a film and works by some of Andrews students. In 2014 Mike received the Artist of the Year Ovation Award from the Center for the Creative arts at APSU.
His work has been throughout the region and is represented in private collections from California to Washington D.C. and abroad. His sculptures can be found in collections throughout Tennessee including Vanderbilt University, the White House Public Library, the Nashville International Airport, Austin Peay State University, and The Ronald McDonald House.
About the Customs House Museum
Located 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