The October First Thursday ArtWalk Could Be Frightening But Fun!
It’s time for pumpkins and falling leaves and 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 October Art Walk will be held October 7 th 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 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.
First Thursday Art Walk
Oct 7, 5 – 8 pm
The Museum will have free admission during First Thursday Art Walk Clarksville
from 5 – 8 pm. Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck will be set up in the Museum
courtyard serving decadent snacks.
Interactions: Paintings by Judy Lavoie
Oct 5 – Jan 2 | Jostens Gallery
A wide variety of themes inspire Judy Lavoie to paint. Interesting textures inspire
her, as do delicate colorful flowers and brightly lit landscapes. “By exaggerating
colors, or sometimes altering them from reality, I aim to preserve a moment in
time, recreating the subject in my own way.”
Still: Ceramics by Anne Beyer
Through Nov 28 | Harvill Gallery
Anne Beyer’s work is inspired by the relationship between the natural world and
the human psyche. In this exhibit, she explores the relationship between
handcrafted wood-fired ceramic forms and digitally designed 3D-printed objects.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Through Nov 7 | Lobby
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 and pays tribute to the history and
culture of the Hispanic and Latin American communities. This year’s national
theme is “Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future.” This exhibit features a
variety of Hispanic and Latin American cultural objects, clothing and traditions.
Familiars: The Art of Beverly Parker
Through Oct 27 | Crouch Gallery
Beverly Parker’s background in darkroom developing and printing provided a
bridge to experimenting with other photography processes. Parker taught
advanced darkroom and alternative processes at APSU through the Community
School of the Arts. She is a co-founder of the Downtown Artists Co-op.
Start Your Engines! A Celebration of Racing in Montgomery County
Through Oct 31 | Bruner, Orgain, Hand & Kimbrough Galleries
Sponsored by Tri-Star Beverage and MPG Transport
The Museum expands its Challenge & Champions exhibit with this multi-gallery
exhibition showcasing Montgomery County’s auto racing history and the local
legends that formed the sport. Start Your Engines! highlights race cars, art,
historical memorabilia and video footage of personal stories from locals who
established auto racing in the area.
ArtLink Studios (116 Strawberry Alley)
ArtLink Studios located at 116 Strawberry Alley, will be featuring a variety art
from our in-house artists.
ArtLink will have the elaborate fantasy fairy houses of Betty Jo Metcalf on display
during the October 2021 First Thursday Art Walk.
Betty Jo Metcalf is a self taught artist, hobbyist and fairy cosplayer in the
Clarksville, TN area.
She started creating her fairy dwellings and other whimsical enchantments in the
spring of 2016 to express her love and deep appreciation for the beauty of the
natural world and fantasy world.
Betty says: “When I was little, I grew up in the country with plenty of open spaces
and lots of time to be a kid and play outside and explore my surroundings. My
love of nature and the wonderment of hidden worlds soon began to take shape
from there. I was always searching in the woods, around streams, looking under
bushes, flowers and around every tree for signs of fairies and the magical
dwellings I imagined them living in.
When creating my fairy houses, I love using natural materials found in nature,
upcycling found objects in and around the area, working with paper mache and
other mixed media to create one of a kind, magical dwellings.
I have always had a creative mind, and was constantly putting my ideas into
My whimsical fairy houses have been on display at the Tennessee Renaissance
Festival and the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. I have also donated many to raise
money for local charities.
All my fairy dwellings are made with love, happiness and a little bit of magic.
It is my wish to open the door to my enchanted world and share my creations
with those seeking a little bit of fairy.”
The studio is open for creating and we encourage the public to come in and get
Let’s get social!
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
Edward’s Steakhouse is proud to support the October 2021 First Thursday Art
Walk and will feature local artist Amanda Blount this month.
Amanda Blount is a retired veteran, writer, filmmaker, and award-winning local
photographer who grew up on a tobacco and peanut farm on the east coast of
NC, near the Great Dismal Swamp.
Amanda is a mostly self-taught photographer; taking her first photo in 1973 when
she was six years old. She has considered it her lifelong passion to capture
life around her and share it with the world.
She attributes her adoration of nature, hometown, and historical photography to
her rural upbringing and lifestyle. Still, her passion also spans multiple genres,
including conservation, wildlife, historic preservation, landscape, still life,
photojournalism, street photography, activism, Americana, and so much more.
She creates art in color and black and white.
While serving in the US Army, Amanda spent her adult years traveling the world.
This opened her eyes to the lives of other cultures and she spent much of her
time off capturing the people and places around her (amassing a collection of
thousands of unpublished photos of her travels). These photos include far-flung
places such as Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Iraq, Panama, various countries in
Europe, and even behind the wall in East Berlin.
One of the more exciting freelance photography opportunities Amanda is known
for is the 1996 Olympic torch run in Columbus, Ga.
Amanda is also a free-lance-published writer, working various times with rural
newspapers to capture the American story, and more recently, her photos and
story were published in the 2021 NANPA journal.
For over four decades, due to her military and federal service and raising her
children, Amanda considered her passion for photography only a hobby.
Retirement and becoming an empty nester have provided Amanda the
opportunities needed to pursue photography full-time.
Amanda is currently working on a photography project related to the personal
power of marginalized communities. She is also the Friends of Dunbar Cave
Grants Committee Chair and is highly involved in the current film bringing the
Dunbar Cave State Park tour to disabled communities.
As many veterans do, Amanda has made Clarksville, TN, her home, and her
photography reflects her love for the area and its people.
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.
Downtown Artists Co-op (96 Franklin Street)
The exhibit at DAC for October is plein air work by DAC plein air painters was
planned to coordinate with the city-wide 2Rivers Paint Out event. The DAC Plein
Air Painters group formed about eight years ago as an informal satellite of the
Chestnut Painters for the Land with the goal of giving regional painters
opportunities to paint outdoors on location in the Montgomery County and
surrounding area. Many, but not all, members of the group belong to the
Downtown Artists Co-op. The group’s experience is varied with some being fairly
new to plein air painting, while others have traveled out of the country to paint
with well-known artists. Most members have participated in local plein air
competitions, and some have competed in prestigious invitation-only events
throughout the United States.
The group meets on Monday mornings throughout the year when weather
permits. During the worst weather of winter, the group meets at DAC to set up
and create still life paintings to keep the edge of painting from life, rather than
photographs, within a very limited time frame.
Members of the group are Janet Felts, Leah Foote, Mary Hoffpauir, Henrietta
Kemp, Eunice Kern, Betty Liles, Gail Meyer, Jo Putnam, and Yuson Yi.
Twitter – @Clarksville_DAC
Instagram – @downtown.artists.cooperative
Facebook – @clarksvilleartists
Downtown Artists Cooperative
96 Franklin St. Clarksville, TN 37040
Roxy Regional Theatre (110 Franklin St)
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.
During the month of October, the Peg Harvill Gallery at the Roxy Regional
Theatre will feature the photography of David Magers. Titled “Flight to Freedom,”
the exhibit will feature a series of bird photos representing the freedom to which
Harriet Tubman courageously led 300 slaves via the Underground Railroad,
complementing the themes of Freedom Train, which will be performed on the
Roxy stage October 15 through October 23.
David will add a special ambience to his Art Walk show on October 7 by playing
several songs on the piano from the Freedom Train era.
David Magers is an award-winning nature photographer, specializing in birds.
His work has been shown in many venues in the Clarksville area, and he has
authored several birding articles appearing in the Tennessee Conservationist
magazine. Retired from Caterpillar, Inc., David also plays in the local Celtic band
Red River Breeze.
For tickets to and information about our current productions of TEA FOR
THREE and FREEDOM TRAIN, please visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or
call the box office at 931.645.7699.
Additional gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9am – 2pm.
City Boy Country Life: A lifestyle Collection (120 Franklin St. Suite 114)
A curated collection of home decor, entertaining necessities, gifts & seasonal
City Boy Country Life: A Lifestyle Collection is thrilled to participate in the in
October 2021 First Thursday Art Walk and will feature local photographer Donald
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
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.
Trazo Meadery (116 Franklin St)
Experience Tennessee’s first meadery. Family owned and operated, Trazo Mead
works to bring the highest quality meads to Tennessee. Check out our tasting
room in downtown Clarksville!
Trazo Meadery is proud to support the October 2021 First Thursday Art Walk.
Artist: Holly Pearce (Pixykist Designs)
Bio: A background in costuming, theater set/parade float design & face/body
painting Holly combines her love of color & fire with ingenuity to work her magic
on mixed media pieces that are uniquely whimsical. Her designs have truly been
River City Clay (115 Franklin St)
River City Clay is an art gallery and studio located in downtown Clarksville. We
offer pottery classes for all skill levels with the goal of spreading our love for
ceramics with our community.
River City Clay is an art gallery and studio located in downtown Clarksville
offering pottery classes for all skill levels with the goal of spreading our love for
ceramics with our community.
River City Clay combines the passion and expertise of it’s three owners with over
80 years of combined experience.
Our three owners have a history that all began with our company’s reason for
existence – pottery. Ken and Melody Shipley are internationally recognized
potters that have shared their love of ceramics through teaching for over four
decades. It is through their teaching that Shelby Crutcher, a business student,
found her talent and passion for pottery as well. She has now been making pots
for almost 10 years; all the while remaining connected with her ceramics family.
The threat of the pandemic brought unique challenges to their individual journeys
in 2020, but it gave them the opportunity to think about what would come next.
They all had the same goal in mind; each with a unique vision. All it took was one
meeting to realize that their individual visions would make one great idea. That
idea would be known very soon after as River City Clay Studio – an interactive
pottery studio and gallery that would bring a new avenue for creating art to our
The Clarksville Collection (120 Franklin St. Suite 109)
The Clarksville collection offers elevated home goods, art, and apparel that
champions the Clarksville, Tennessee community.
The Clarksville Collection is thrilled to support the October 2021 First Thursday
Art Walk, but will not feature an artist this month.
BE SURE TO STOP IN AND SEE THESE OTHER VENUES DURING THE FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK:
Mildred & Mables – 109 Franklin Street
Couture Crush – 101 Franklin Street
Downtown Commons – 215 Legion Street
Hudubam Booktraders – 110 Franklin Street
Journey’s Eye Studio – 131 Franklin Street
Sanctuary on Main – 334 Main Street
DBO Gallery – 106 N. Second Street