December First Thursday Art Walk – December 1, 2016

 December Art Walk To Be Held on December 1st

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.

The December Art Walk will be held December 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 pm 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.


Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street)


Edward’s Steakhouse is proud to host local artist, David Smith, during the December First Thursday Art Walk.

Santa Claus, himself and his elf will be at Edward’s that evening as well. Bring the children or yourself to have pictures made with Santa.  All proceeds to benefit the Humane Society.

Stop in, see the art, listen to Jackson Miller, live, on the piano and enjoy the Thursday night special, 1/2 priced $7.00 appetizers and 2 for 1 draft drink specials.


The Roxy Regional Theatre – Peg Harvill Gallery (100 Franklin Street)


The Roxy Regional Theatre’s Peg Harvill Gallery is proud to feature the work of local photographer, Donald Groves during the December First Thursday Art Walk.  The gallery will also feature a “Community Wish List” for patrons to add their wishes to through the month of December.

Donald LC Groves is a professional opera and musical theater singer based in New York City. He has been lucky enough to travel the country performing and taking pictures. His portfolio spans the country from The deserts of New Mexico to the wilds of New York City. He looks for beauty in nature as well as the manmade.

Because photography runs in his family Donald has been exposed from an early age to wonderful photography and art. Having a grandfather and father who were both professional photographers has helped to shape his photographic eye and artistic vision. The combination of a rich artistic life through singing and performing and traveling has melded with a broad aesthetic upbringing in the world of art and photography. The result is a rich and varied portfolio of images shot with Donald’s unique perspective.

The gallery will only be open from 5pm to 6:30pm due to a performance of THE HAPPY ELF.  Additional gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am – 2pm.

For tickets to and information about our current production, THE HAPPY ELF, please visit or call the box office at 931.645.7699.


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.


Downtown Artists Co-op (DAC) is proud to announce our 16th Annual Holiday Exhibit and Bazaar! This annual DAC and community tradition features affordable, smaller works of fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts, all made by all our 40+ talented members. Just in time for the Christmas season, the DAC Bazaar offers great gifts and fantastic deals on original works of art by our local artist members. The Bazaar includes a diversity of amazing small pieces to include: holiday-inspired art like cards, ornaments, decorations plus hand-made, small works like beautiful jewelry, colorful oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, original drawings, pastels & mixed media pieces, hand-painted silk scarves, diverse  3D artwork, spectacular photography prints, fabric art and much, much more.

The opening reception for the DAC Annual Holiday Bazaar will be on December 1st from 5PM till 8 PM. The DAC will be serving up delicious appetizers, holiday goodies, punch and wine for the opening. There will be art, craft, music and merriment, so please join us. As always, the DAC opening is a central part of Clarksville’s “First Thursday Art Walk”, a wonderful evening of art, music and more in beautiful Historic Downtown Clarksville. First Thursday Art Walk occurs regularly on the first Thursday of each month.

On December 3rd DAC will host an Open House from 9AM-5PM. This event will feature all members’ holiday-themed work, plus a warm and welcoming DAC Gallery featuring refreshments like cookies and warm cider. Come see us and #shoplocal and #GiveTheGiftOfArt this season.
The Bazaar will be on display during the entire month of December at the DAC Gallery located at 96 Franklin Street, Clarksville, TN. DAC will be open extended hours till 5PM on Saturdays through December. See our website at or visit us on Facebook for more information.

The Holiday Exhibit and Bazaar is generously sponsored by the following: The Hand Family Companies, F&M Bank, Glenn Edgin at The Framemaker and Sango Fine Wines and Sprits.


Hops Java & Juice (100 Strawberry Alley)


Hops Java & Juice is proud to local artist, Olasubumi Bashorun, during the December First Thursday Art Walk.

Olasubomi was born in Lagos State, in the southwestern part of Nigeria. In his early years he realized his given talent for art. The passion followed years later when he noticed what creating art did for him internally. At first, he didn’t believe he could make a living as an artist, so he pursued other endeavors as a young adult. Then he realized there was nothing else he would rather do other than to share not only his art, but the therapeutic aspect, all art forms can offer. In his youth he moved to the U.S. and graduated college in Oklahoma. Today he lives in Clarksville, Tn.

Olasubomi runs an entertainment art studio, which teaches acrylic and oil painting, drawing and dance. One of his life goals is to open a nonprofit that will take these teachings into low income schools that cannot afford the arts programs, mental hospitals, children’s hospitals, retirement homes and nursing homes. Olasubomi hopes to grow as an artist and be a strong force in the very competitive world of romance art. However he just wants people to understand that art no matter the form, art is therapy and we all need it.

To view his art live keep up with his artist page on facebook and/or instagram “drafts by Olasubomi”. He has approximately four events a year that incorporates his art, local musicians, and local poets.


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.



Photography by Sara Straussberger

The Framemaker is proud to present Emergence by photographer, Sara Straussberger. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on December 1, 2016. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of December during normal business hours (Mn. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Sara Straussberger is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in the Department of Art and Design and a Philosophical Studies minor at Austin Peay State University. Emergence is her senior thesis exhibition. This body of work includes photographs of constructed landscapes. The artist’s process transforms banal objects that would typically occupy a space of only two or three feet into vast natural landscapes. These objects no longer exist in an environment—they become the environment.

The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.


Rogate’s Boutique (115 Franklin Street)

You are sure to find something new and exciting each time you visit Rogate’s Boutique! Our store offers all the latest amazing fashion trends, while remaining focused on timeless style. And we know how much fun shopping should be, so you can always expect to have a great time here.


Rogate’s Boutique will not feature an artist during the December First Thursday Art Walk, but will be open for business until 7pm.

Stop in an find a a few new things to welcome Winter and the Holiday Season into your wardrobe!


Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)


Couture Crush is proud to support the December First Thursday Art Walk and will stay open late that evening and will be serving refreshments.

Find some new additions for your Winter wardrobe during the December First Thursday Art Walk!


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.


Noel Night at Seasons: The Museum Store

Thursday, December 1, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Noel Night is an annual event featuring special sales and light refreshments to celebrate the holidays. Seasons specializes in local and regional artisans, featuring merchandise such as jewelry, pottery, art, toys, and other unique gifts. This year live holiday music will be performed by the Northwest High School Choir. Enjoy free gift wrapping and two holiday greeting card printing stations with an exclusive design by the APSU Goldsmith Press.

Spend $100 or more at Noel Night and receive a FREE 2016 Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Christmas ornament! Purchases made at Seasons: The Museum Store help support the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center.


Surroundings: The Art of Darryl Steele   October 20 – January 2

Nashville, Tennessee artist Darryl Steele depicts landscapes, birds, and other wildlife. His work is a showcase of mediums and methods, working in oil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and pencil, often striving to incorporate the qualities of one medium into the other. It has been included in many private and public collections around the world, including the collections of The Opryland Hotel, Vanderbilt University, and Nissan Corporation

Anton Weiss: Reaching for Infinity   October 27 – January 4

Anton Weiss was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His family moved to Springfield, Tennessee after World War II, and then to Nashville. His abstract expressionistic art has influenced many and is in several collections. Anton Weiss was heavily involved in the regional arts scene beginning in the 1960s. He was director of the art department at Watkins and helped with the creation of the Tennessee Art League and Tennessee Watercolor Society. Anton continues to paint from his studio in Nashville

Barry Motes: Relationships   December 1 – 30

Work by artist Barry Motes is on display in the Peg Harvill Gallery. His often surrealistic art investigates spiritual themes and their relationship to the physical world. Barry Motes is a professor of art, and head of the fine arts department, at Jefferson Community and Technical School in Louisville, Kentucky.

Christmas Town   November 15 – January 22

Hundreds of porcelain pieces recently donated by the Drye family make up a large display for Christmas Town! There are moving parts and lights, and even a model train making its way through the village.

Cut: An Invitational Exhibition   November 4 – January 16

This exhibit features work by several artists, all of whom cut materials such as paper, fabric, and aluminum to create their art.

120th Anniversary of Lui Heimansohn   October 1 – January 5

Heimansohn Steel and Salvage is a full service steel and scrap metal business located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Explore 120 years of their history in The Leaf Chronicle Lobby.

Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition   December 1 – February 3

A selection of the juried works from the 35th Biennial Exhibition makes its way across Tennessee as a traveling exhibit. The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is the last stop, making this your last chance to see this gathering of watercolor work.

“Her Honeybunch Sweetie Pie is Gone”   December 6 – March 12

This multimedia exhibit is a visualization of the poem by Stellasue Lee, depicting the tale of a cat’s reaction to her owner’s absence. Stellasue Lee received her Ph.D. from Honolulu University. Now Editor Emeritus at RATTLE, a literary journal, she previously served on the editorial board at Curbstone Press. She lives in East Nashville, TN with her husband artist Eric L Hansen and their two cats, Caylie and Tennyson.


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