June 2021 First Thursday Art Walk

Time to Get Out and Enjoy First Thursday ArtWalk!

The warmer weather is the perfect time to get out and experience First Thursday
ArtWalk in Downtown Clarksville.
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. 
The First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.
The June Art Walk will be held June 3rd 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.

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

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:
The Roxy Regional Theatre’s Peg Harvill Gallery is proud to feature the art of
photographer Mike Groves for the month of June 2021.
Mike Groves’ Photographic Gallery in Las Cruces is the best place to shop for
beautiful photos of the Organ Mountains and nature photos. With a large
selection of framed and un-framed photos to choose from you are sure to find
just the right piece of art for that special spot!
A native New Mexican, photographer Mike Groves has lived in Las Cruces, NM
since 1953. In high school he became interested in photography and took his first
sunset photos. Although he never had formal training in photography he had a
good eye for it. He studied and experimented while in college and after. His
interest was in outdoor and scenic images although he won ribbons for his
portrait and still life images as well as landscapes.
As his skills developed so did his love of the local scenery, especially the Organ
Mountains. He is particularly proud of his triptychs: three separate images which
fit together to make one. He feels these better show the expanse of the Organ
Mountains and the ever-changing light and color. His love of the area and its
natural beauty is evident in his work which he loves to share with everyone!
For tickets to and information about our current BACK TO THE MOVIES
FILM SERIES, please visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or call the box
office at 931.645.7699.
Additional gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9am – 2pm.

DBO Gallery (106 N. Second Street)
ARTIST INFORMATION:
But Different: Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun/ Dori Jontez-Knude

DBO gallery presents 2 artists, Ola and Dori for the first time in a duo. As
different as their approaches may be on first glance – they both speak a common
experimental, abstract and energetic visual language.
“I have to change the way I think when it comes to creating contemporary
abstract work. Realism came naturally to me, abstract is a relationship, the more
time I have with it the more I understand it” stated Olasubomi.

The 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.


Artist Information:
Patsy Sharpe: Small Worlds
June 4 – Aug 29 | Harvill Gallery
Watercolor artist Patsy Sharpe displays thirteen of her finely-detailed miniature
paintings in the new exhibit Small Worlds. Sharpe has exhibited in local, national and international shows and she is a member of the Signature Tennessee Watercolor Society, The Miniature Art Society of Florida and the Southern Watercolor Society.
Richard Sloan’s Birds of the Southeast
Through July 18 | Kimbrough Gallery
Richard Sloan’s careful attention to detail is captured in his exquisite illustrations
of Southeastern birds. Once a staff illustrator at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Sloan & work has been collected by the Smithsonian Institution among others. This collection of illustrations was donated to the Museum by Mr. & Mrs. Carl Eisemann.
Annual Staff Art Exhibit
Through June 27 | Lobby
The annual staff art exhibit showcases the creative work of those who work behind-the-scenes at the Museum. Each piece reveals the unique personalities of the artists, special moments in their lives and their inspirations.
Susan Bryant: 7 Chapters from A Book About Light
A 40-Year Retrospective of Photographs
Through July 25 | Crouch Gallery
View the “7 Chapters” that represent the diverse processes Susan Bryant uses to create her expressive photographs. Her work includes gelatin silver prints, hand-colored silver prints, digital photographs, daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. Bryant has taught at APSU for 30 years and her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S.

ArtLink Studios (116 Strawberry Alley)
ArtLink Studios located at 116 Strawberry Alley, will be featuring a variety art
from our in-house artists.

ARTIST INFORMATION:
ArtLink is proud to feature Artist and volunteer Jackie Lewis in our gallery space
this month.

Jackie Lewis has lived in Clarksville now for 7 years. The move here brought the
opportunity to focus more on her art. She joined the Downtown Artist’s
Cooperative in 2015 and began experimenting with different mediums. A few
years ago she began doing pyrography (woodburning) and hasn’t looked back!
Her passion is creating unique pieces for clients and making their visions a
reality.
Artwork can be seen at the Downtown Artist’s Cooperative and other various
businesses around town, as well as, in Nashville.  To see her most current
pieces go to Instagram!
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The studio is open for creating and we encourage the public to come in and get
crafty!
Let’s get social! – – Artlinkclarksville.com

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 to support the June 2021 First Thursday Art Walk
and will feature local artist Tracy Bettencourt this month.
Tracy Bettencourt, owner/artist of Bettencourt Originals, advocate for persons
with disabilities, former fitness competitor, motivational speaker and APSU
alumni, began to lose her eyesight in her early 30s from an eye disease called
Retinitis Pigmentosa. Although the disease has left her blind, the hardships she
experienced have not prevented her from living her life to the best of her
abilities. She brings new insight to how art is viewed.


Artist statement
I am blind. I lost my eyesight over twelve years ago and within the past five years
began painting using my hands. My life is very structured and I use assistive
technology on my IPhone and IPad to identify colors. The paints I use are
textured acrylic and forms of puffy paint. My hands are my eyes and the puffy
paint allows me to convey my thoughts and feelings onto canvas using
tactile lines. Every day I wake and live in darkness yet with my newfound skill of
painting, I am able to share my unique perception of the world around me as well
as conveying the unseen beauty of life. My paintings reflect hope, adversity, love,
positivity, strength and determination. I put my heart, soul and insight into every
piece of artwork. Each piece of artwork is a Bettencourt Original. There will
always be a mountain to climb yet I strongly feel that no matter what the
obstacle, there is light within darkness and therefore there is hope.
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.

City Boy Country Life (120 Franklin Street – Suite 114)
A curated collection of home decor, entertaining necessities, gifts & seasonal
offerings.
ARTIST INFORMATION:

City Boy Country Life: A Lifestyle Collection is thrilled to participate in the in June
2021 First Thursday Art Walk and will feature local artist Glenda Sykes.


Kimo’s Hawaiian Grill (125 Franklin Street)
Aloha! Experience made-from-scratch authentic Hawaiian Dishes. Let us take
you on a trip to the Islands on the waves of delicious authentic flavors. We will
create the combos of flavor that will have you coming back for more.

ARTIST INFORMATION:
Kimo’s Hawaiian Grill is thrilled to support the First Thursday Art Walk in June,
but will not feature an artist this month.


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:
The Framemaker is proud to support the June 2021 First Thursday Art Walk, but
will NOT feature any artists or exhibits this month due to the COVID-19
pandemic.


Couture Crush (101 Franklin Street)
ARTIST INFORMATION:
Couture Crush is proud to support the June 2021 First Thursday Art Walk.
Stop in and find the perfect piece to spice up your summer wardrobe, during the
June First Thursday Art Walk!

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