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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held February 6th, 2020

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, 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 February Art Walk will be held February 6th, 2020 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.

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

Summer Research: Relationships Past and Present by Katherine Tolleson
The Framemaker proudly presents portraits by Katherine Tolleson. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on February 6th, 2020. 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 February during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm).

This series of portraits was a part of my summer research trip to Ukraine, summer 2019. My mother is from Ukraine, and the last time that I had been there was almost 10 years ago. This series reflects the relationships that I had with these people when I was younger, and how revisiting them changed my view of reality and truth. This body of work examines the amount of change that occurred within these relationships, as well as the discovery of truths that I was previously unfamiliar with.

Katherine Tolleson was born and raised in Adams, Tennessee. She is currently studying at Austin Peay State University to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art. Experimentation and exploration is important in her work, as well as examining and deconstructing truth within relationships. She is inspired by the hard-working staff and faculty of APSU Art and Design department.

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

During the month of November, the Roxy Regional Theatre’s Peg Harvill Gallery will feature the work of Andrea Jacobson to complement the theatre’s productions of “The Fantasticks”.

Andrea’s oil paintings range in style from contemporary realism to abstract with a variety of subjects, from still life to landscapes to portraits. For more information about her work, please visit www.worksbyalj.com.

For tickets to and information about our current production of “The Fantasticks”, 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.

Downtown Artists Co-op – (96 Franklin Street)

Artist Information

The Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC) is proud to announce our 9th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition. Our Photo Expo gets better and better each year. The exhibit will feature many of the best amateur and professional photographers from the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky region. This exhibit features multiple categories and styles of photography.

Entries range from modern digital photography, to traditional B&W film and alternative process photography. Subject matter includes: Landscape /City Scape, Nature / Animals, Still Life, Interiors, Human Portrait/ Figure, Alternative process: Original image captured on film. Examples – Van Dyke Brown, Cyanotype, Liquid Emulsion, Polaroid, Infrared, Tintype. We invite you to come see some of the finest photographic art in our region.

Opening Reception will be Thursday, February 1st from 5:00pm till 8:00pm with awards given promptly at 6:00pm at the DAC Gallery located at 96 Franklin Street, Clarksville, TN. The show will remain on display the entire month of February.

Thank you to our sponsors; The Frame Maker (Glen Edgin), George & Sharon Mabry, F&M Bank, Sango Fine Wines and Spirits, Jim & Dottie Mann, Ted & Tamera Long, Jane Coates, & Allen Moser.

Hudubam Booktraders (110 Franklin Street)

Artist Information

Hudubam Booktraders is proud to host Sara King during the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk.

Born in 1996, Sara King is an artist based in the rural town of Lobelville, Tennessee. Her main medium that she practices in is Photography. Currently she is making work using cyanotypes, an alternative photography process. Her most recent bodies of work focus on mental illness, life cycles, and self preservation. She received her BFA from Austin Peay State University in December of 2018.

DBO Gallery (106 N. Second Street)

Artist Information

DBO Gallery is proud to host an exhibit featuring the work of Olasubomi Bashorun , Lorenzo Swinton and Grady Pennington during the February 2020 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.”

Journey’s Eye Studio (131 Franklin Street)

Artist Information

Journey’s Eye Studio is proud to host Kaitlynn Aubin during the February First Thursday Art Walk.

“My name is Kaitlynn Aubin. I am a 19 year old, aspiring artist attending Austin Peay State University to study Art Education. My artwork is mostly painted in oil or acrylic paint. However, I have delved into the world of drawing as well as painting murals. Most of my work can be found on my Facebook page Thistle And Daisy Creations.”

The Customs House Museum (200 S. Second 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.

Artist Information

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lucy Dunwody Boehm Porcelain Collection
February 23rd–May 3rd | Crouch Gallery | Sponsored by Fred & Judy Landiss

Edward Marshall Boehm, with no formal art training, started his porcelain studio in Trenton, New Jersey in 1950. The works he created have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Great Britain’s royal family, and President and Mrs. Richard M. Nixon, among others. Many of his bird figures were designed after the live animals at the Boehm aviary and gardens on the
Delaware River. The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center has one of the largest collections in the Southeast. We’ll celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the collection by displaying it in its entirety with an exhibition in the Crouch Gallery sponsored by Judy and Fred Landiss, founders of the Customs House Museum’s Lucy Dunwody Boehm Porcelain Collection.

Apron Strings: Ties to the Past
January 25th–March 16th | Jostens Gallery

Apron Strings: Ties to the Past reviews the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still relevant today. Featuring aprons dating from the 1900s through the present, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It also surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques apron-makers have used to express themselves, while still working within creative venues traditionally available to women. This is a program of ExhibitsUSA and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reimagined Lore: The Art of Tara Swalgren
January 14th–May 5th | Orgain Gallery

This animal-themed mixed media exhibition showcases the work of local artist & APSU graduate Tara Swalgren. She is currently an art instructor at Madsion Street Art & Music Academy in Clarksville. Swalgren explains, “I want to create these intricate and beautiful creatures that we only see and hear about in folk lore or our fantasies. I want to bring them into our reality, our view.

To allow us to gaze upon something so fantastical that it can only be made through art.”

I Have a Voice: Traveling Exhibition from Tennessee State Museum
January 14th–Mar 29th | Memory Lane

The exhibition, on loan from the Tennessee State Museum, gives a snapshot of Tennessee’s rich African American musical heritage and its influence on worldwide music. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to hear the voices of the many Tennessee African American men and women who made their mark on American music from ragtime to Motown.

Serepta Jordan: From the Collection
January 14th–March 1st | Lower Level Foyer

Serepta Mildred Jordan was born January 27th, 1839 in New Providence, Tennessee. Jordan started a journal around 1857, when she was 18. She continued writing in her journal until 1864, close to the end of the Civil War. The journal, recently restored, is featured in the exhibition along with photos and a collection of Jordan’s personal belongings.



Explorations in Color: Tennessee Women of Glass
January 8th–March 1st | Kimbrough Gallery

This exhibition features more than 30 works created by seven women artists working in glass. Artists Betty Turner, Sam Simms, Tammy O’Connor, Mary Beth McClure, Yvette Campagna, Alice Shepard, and Meredith Edmondson will have their glasswork on display.

Sher Fick: Imitation of Life
January 7th–March 30th | Bruner Gallery

Sher Fick brings her carefully crafted assemblages—works inspired by her spinal cord surgery. Fick was the inaugural artist at Seed Space for Experimental Art & Dialogue in Nashville, TN. Fick was one of nine female artists in TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century, a traveling exhibition featured at The Pool Art Fair, during Art Basel–Miami and ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI. She has exhibited in select museum, solo, and juried exhibitions since 2001.

Tom Malone: Works on Paper from the Museum Collection
Gifted by Charlsie & John Halliburton
January 3rd–March 1st | Harvill Gallery

See works on paper by beloved Clarksville resident Tom Malone. Malone studied at Austin Peay State University from 1971-1972 and continued art classes in 1974-1975. This series includes 10 portraits.

Malone died in 1998 as a result of an aneurism.

Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street)

Come enjoy the best steaks in Clarksville in a relaxed atmosphere with live piano on Friday and Saturday night. We also offer Clarksville’s largest wine selection in town from around the world. 10% Military and APSU discount daily

Artist Information

Edward’s Steakhouse is proud host local artist Matt Vedder, during the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk.

I started woodworking while stationed at Fort Irwin, California, building plaques for teammates as their going away gift. This was a purely voluntary thing where we re-purposed wood we harvested from furniture in training towns we used to prepare Army units for upcoming deployments.

Slowly, I started to expand my ability by trying new techniques and new projects, such as wood burning and farmhouse furniture construction.

After I retired and walked through a dark period of my life, I finally realized that God was pushing me towards woodworking and increasing my talents. With the help of God and encouragement from friends, I slowly walked into the abyss of entrepreneurship and small business, to where I currently stand waist deep; pushing myself to new ideas and pursuing the what ifs and the I wonder if I can do that?

During the infancy of this endeavor, I used stains and paints to accent my work, and have since then found my style that I feel truly separates my craft from other talented woodworkers.

I now solely focus on exotic and indigenous hardwoods and allow the natural colors of the species and their grains capture and display what God created. It is my hope that this approach, along with my willingness to attempt a new technique or idea will set my work apart from others.

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.

Clarksville Parks and Recreation (102 Public Square)

Artist Information

Clarksville Parks and Recreation is proud to host Amanda Taylor during the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk.

Amanda Taylor was born in 1992 in Clarksville, Tennessee. In 2018 she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Arts at Austin Peay State University. Taylor has a preference for painting and printmaking, specifically screen print. Taylor has been included in the 2016 group exhibition, Red, White, and Screwed held at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville Tennessee, as well as the 2016 group exhibition, Personal Geographies, held at the Seed Space gallery in Nashville Tennessee.

“Anxieties have a low frequency, a low hum that vibrates through your body and jitters your bones and heart. They present in different ways, like repeated phrases or a gross, monstrous being. Through painting, drawing, and printmaking, I create these pieces to suggest the surreal, the gross, and the uncanny to generate the low hum of anxiety while giving some small sense of humor to balance it out.”

Art Link Studios (117 B Strawberry Alley)

Artist Information

ArtLink Studios will be featuring a variety art from our in-house artists. We will have music by our music program as well featuring a solo musician playing enjoyable background music while guests come in and enjoy the wall art. We will also be offering several art projects guests can do throughout the evening.

Roux Americajun Restaurant (125 Franklin Street)

Roux is proud to support the February 2020 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.


Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street)

Mildred and Mable’s is proud to support the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk.

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

Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)

Couture Crush is proud to support the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk.

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

Yada on Franklin (111 Franklin Street)

Yada on Franklin is proud to support the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month!

Hot Pita (136 Franklin Street Suite 100)

Hot Pita is proud to support the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)

Rogate’s Boutique will be open late and is proud to support the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

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


Downtown Commons (215 Legion Street)

The Downtown Commons will not feature an artist this month, but is proud to support the December First Thursday Art Walk.

Horsefeathers Pottery & Art Studio (94 Franklin Street)

Horsefeathers is a paint your own Pottery and Canvas Studio — Come discover the artist in you!

Horsefeathers is proud to support the February 2020 First Thursday Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.

Frozen Fuel (120 Strawberry Alley)

Frozen Fuel is a family owned ice cream parlor serving the Downtown Clarksville community and its visitors.

Frozen Fuel is thrilled to support the First Thursday Art Walk in February, but will not feature an artist this month.


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