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Customs House Museum and Cultural Center to feature Visual Poetry for Women’s History Month

Customs House Museum & Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The galleries of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center celebrate Women’s History Month with a variety of art in new exhibitions.

Within the two-story Crouch Gallery, 14 artists from across the country share their interpretations under the title theme of The Poetry Around Us: Women Painting the Outdoors.

Works include watercolors, oils, and a mobile by Rachael McCampbell, who says of her piece, entitled Flowing, was “inspired by the movement of water from East Tennessee, to the Gulf and back again through storms.”

Other artists included in the show are Sharon Rusch Shaver, Mary Jabens, Susan Jositas, Jenifer Cline, Patsy Sharpe, Terri Jordan, Cathy Carey, Dawn Sutherland, Teri Malo, Denise Dumont, Anne Goetze, Robin Miller Bookhout and Carolyn Lindsey.

The Jostens Gallery plays home to a new series of paintings by Elena Burykina. Her inspiration for these works is the windy, sometimes foggy, beach of Harbor Island in South Carolina, with colors and light of sunrise, colors of dunes, movement of the salty air, and an ability to breathe freely and deeply. Elena has brilliantly merged abstraction and figurative styles in this moody suite of oils. Brushed Expressions is on display through May 21st.

Flowing by Rachael McCampbell
Flowing by Rachael McCampbell

On view in the Harvill Gallery through May 30th is a series of prints by Belgin Yucelen created during the COVID shutdowns. Titled Waiting Room, the work is based on Albert Camus’ The Plague. Belgin studied sculpture at the Florence Accademia D’Arte in Florence, the University of Colorado Boulder, Art Students League of Denver, and Scottsdale Art School. Her work has been displayed in museums and private exhibitions both in the United States and internationally.

Also on view through the month of March are the beaded skulls of Maria D’Souza and an invitational exhibition titled Art of the Horse. Maria’s unique work celebrates the lives and spirits of the animals she adorns from ideas that come to her in her dreams, while the group of award-winning artists in the Kimbrough Gallery pay homage to the equine through paintings and sculptures.

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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