City of Clarksville: Parks & Recreation

City of Clarksville: Parks & Recreation 102 Public Square – -931.645.7476 ARTIST INFORMATION: The City of Clarksville’s Parks & Recreation department is thrilled to join the June 2019 First Thursday Art Walk. Parks & Recreation…

City of Clarksville: Parks & Recreation

102 Public Square – -931.645.7476


The City of Clarksville’s Parks & Recreation department is thrilled to join the June 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

Parks & Recreation proudly hosts Ava Vienneau, Rachel White, Samantha Stoffregen and Tara Swalgren during the June 2019 First Thursday Art Walk.

Ava VienneauClarksville based photographer, Ava Vienneau, has been honing her skills in photography for the past several years. Originally a landscape photographer, Ava blended her photography skills with her seven years of portrait photography experience, bringing about a perfect marriage of her two passions. Capturing raw emotion and candid moments through Parks & Recreation is one of her favorite things about her job as a Marketing Specialist. She has won several awards to include her recent feature in the National Recreation and Park Association’s Premier Member Calendar. 

Rachel WhiteI moved to Clarksville, TN after growing up and going to school in East Tennessee. I am from Knoxville, TN, and graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2015 with my Bachelor’s in Parks and Recreation Management. This degree path let me learn more about our environment’s natural resources, and I believe that really influences my work with wire wrapping.

I enjoy learning more about the different kinds of stones that I use in my jewelry, and what chemical or physical processes, adulterants, or other natural phenomenon occurred to make a certain mineral or gemstone turn out the way it does. It’s fun to find out things about the materials that I’m working with, like the fact that Amethyst is a commonly known variety of quartz, but I got to learn that it turns different shades of purple due to iron deposits or irradiation while it’s forming! I enjoy being able to pass along something that shows off the stone and is a unique item for the wearer.

Samantha StoffregenBiography: After serving in the U.S. Army as a photographer and public relations specialist, Samantha Stoffregen now calls Clarksville, TN, home with her husband, stepson, and motley crew of rescue dogs, cats and horse. Her passion for photography grew with each mission or training assignment that separated her from her family. Photos were her source of comfort when hardships arose. That emotional connection is what drives her each time she picks up her camera. Whether photographing families or hanging out at the barn and capturing a horse and rider, every image is charged with emotion.

Artist Statement:

I remember photos everywhere in my home growing up: on the walls, in scrapbook albums and overflowing from boxes on the bottom shelf of the storage closet, which is how my home is now and what I want for you. Photos don’t just hold on to a fleeting moment in time, they grab a snippet of emotion to seal in with it. That emotional connection is what I want each person to develop when I take their photo. My passion is capturing those intimate, candid moments that are unique to your family, or the bond developed between a horse and rider after months of hard work. When you look back on your wedding photos, I want you to feel not just the bliss of the day, but the hope and excitement of a new future with your partner, the quiet butterflies you felt as each minute passed by till you said ‘I do.” As someone who has worn her photos thin from looking at them so many times, I understand the comfort a photo can provide. When a beloved pet crosses that Rainbow Bridge, those photos will be a source of comfort and one of the only things left behind, or when your family is separated by yet another training cycle, having photos to show your kids will help ease the ache in their chest. Photos aren’t just meant to be taken and forgotten. Display them, love them, laugh about them. Let me help you capture all of it.

Tara SwalgrenBotanical Essence

Paintings by Tara Swalgren

I am drawn to painting animals with a kind of urgency and desire. What am I doing with my skill if I do not create them? If I do not capture them? My talents have gone to waste. 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. The imagination I have for these creatures is exaggerated with gold leaf and ink. It adds an idealization to the creatures that can only be attained through those mediums.  My art demands the viewers to get lost in the lines and repetitive details of the flowers and fur. It encourages the viewers to enjoy their train of thought and indulge in their imagination, to be there in that moment if only for a minute.

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