Downtown Artists Co-op

Downtown Artists Co-op 96 Franklin Street, Clarksville TN, 37040 – – 931.552.4747 – – www.clarksvilleartists.net The DAC is an association of talented local artists and interested patrons dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the…

Downtown Artists Co-op

96 Franklin Street, Clarksville TN, 37040 – – 931.552.4747 – – www.clarksvilleartists.net

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:

The upcoming exhibit at the Downtown Artists’ Cooperative & Gallery  (DAC Gallery)  is titled  HERBARIUM. It will convey a collection of recent original ink renditions by artist member D.C.Thomas.

The opening reception will be during the First Thursday Artwalk, March 5th, in Downtown Historic Clarksville, from 5pm to 8 pm, at 96 Franklin Street.

The exhibit – HERBARIUM – will be on view until March 28th.

Admission into the DAC Gallery is free. For more information about the DAC Gallery, please visit  Downtown Artists Co-op | DAC | Tennessee | Clarksville.

Personal insight from the artist, “This project is no Emily Dickinson attempt, but just another juxtaposition of Sumi-e botanical contexts and allegorical titles I actually wanted to turn into poems. In this display of recent works, I show that I remain truthful to my art, to my imagination, to my pain, to the love inside of me. I will continue to strive remaining truthful to this amalgam of poetry and visuals that seem to extend from my heartstrings and pathways in my brain in a way I can’t quite explain.

To me, Herbarium is an important collection of Sumi-e paintings on crinkled rice paper, delicate to the touch, pleasing to the eye, intriguing, alluring and sometimes reassuring. Some could be abstract erotic. Overall, Herbarium is apt of helping one’s mind to transition into daydreaming whilst looking at it.
Herbarium is also a nod to the Women’s History Month – March. Plants, leaves, flowers are so rich in suggesting womanhood, fertility, ancestral beauty and they strongly perpetuate life through time and space, just like the beautiful sex of our species. They fight, they feed off of the light and they bury themselves into the ground,

roots conquer the barren soil, they ensure their living. They don’t grasp the concept of fear. Flowers pass into the next life through seeds I chose not to render in this exhibit. I haven’t gotten to that part yet. So much to figure out still.”

For more information about the artist (bios & statements) please visit www.dcthom.com.

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