WHAT: First Thursday Art Walk – October
WHEN: Open 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 6 th , 2022
WHERE: Shops & Galleries on Public Square, Strawberry Alley, & Franklin St.
CALL: (931) 614-0255
First Thursday Art Walk for October
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 6 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.
Art of the Nashville Artist Guild
October 4 – November 27 | Kimbrough Gallery
The Nashville Artist Guild is a nonprofit, juried organization of professional artists,
irrespective of any
particular school, style or movement. For over 70 years, the Guild has promoted
fine visual art as an integral
part of Middle Tennessee life and provided educational opportunities to the
A Simpler Life: Photographs by Carl Wilson
October 19 – January 2 | Jostens Gallery
In this new series of photographs, Carl Wilson features scenes of the land,
animals and people of rural
Spookies from the Collection
Through November 6 | Lobby
From a Victorian wreath made of human hair to mysterious portraits and dolls,
get in the Halloween spirit with
this selection of spooky artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.
Peripheries: New Work by Laurén Brady
Through October 30 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries
Laurén Brady is a visual artist living in Charlotte, Michigan whose paintings
explore landscape, memory and
respond to current environments through expressive mark-making and bold use
The Art of Clarksville
Through October 26 | Crouch Gallery
This impressive collection of original artworks representing the expansive story of
our community is on display
together for the first time. From picture-perfect downtown views to charming
watercolors of peaceful
riverside scenes, the collection contains over 60 works of art that depict a historic
Clarksville scene, were
created by a Clarksville resident or both.
Thomas Adams: Pen & Inks from the Collection
Through October 19 | Harvill Gallery
Local artist Thomas Adams captured iconic Clarksville sites in pen and ink with
these drawings from 1973 and
- Experience these landmarks – some no longer standing – with this
collection of delicate illustrations.
Illumination: The Art of Dr. John Stanton
Through October 16 | Jostens Gallery
A variety of subjects come to life in the illuminated glasswork and engravings of
Dr. John Stanton.
First Thursday Art Walk
Oct 6, 5 – 8 pm
Free to the public
The Museum offers free admission during First Thursday Art Walk Clarksville
from 5 – 8 pm. Grab a bite from
Hotdog Emergency food truck in the Courtyard!
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 2022 First Thursday Art
Walk and will feature local artist Maegan Collins this month.
Return to the Smokies
Maegan Collins is a local photographer that has called Clarksville home since
graduating from Austin Peay State University. She loves to photograph the
moments that mean the most to her, including this collection of moments from a
recent visit to the Smoky Mountains. These are the moments that she shares
with millions of others that visit one of the most popular National Parks in the
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.
Roxy Regional Theatre (110 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.
During the month of October, the Peg Harvill Gallery at the Roxy Regional
Theatre will feature artwork by Blossom Robertson to complement the Roxy’s
upcoming production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, playing October 13 –
Blossom Robertson was born in Tacoma, Washington and moved to Clarksville,
Tennessee in 1996. She attended APSU’s fine arts program from 2001 to 2003.
While in college, Blossom started a family and took a hiatus from her art
endeavors, taking a 9-5 job to raise her children. As her children got older she
began to refocus on her love of art and began leading private paint parties locally
to share the joy of creating something with others. She left her day job and began
leading classes at Horsefeathers, as well as privately. After a brief stint in
framing and a training program to become a yoga instructor, she has put her full
energy into her two passions – yoga and art. She is currently a yoga instructor at
Shangri-La Hot yoga and leads paint classes at local venues around town as well
as privately. Her work consists of mostly acrylic paintings, but dabbles in ink,
watercolor markers, and some basic woodworking. She has done murals for
some local businesses and friends. You can find her work at local places around
“I tend to lean towards images of space, flight and female characters. These
themes symbolize woman’s liberation, freedom of sexuality and spiritual growth. I
love the visual aspect of something slightly dark yet also beautiful.
After some major life changes I have spent the last few years really learning who
I am, embracing it and exploring the weird and different. My love of nature, bugs,
skulls and film all pop up repeatedly.
I don’t generally create a piece with an intent to convey a particular message. I
paint whatever I am feeling at that moment, whatever brings me joy, whatever
fantasy is floating in my head.”
City Boy Country Life (120 Franklin Street Suite 114)
City Boy Country Life: A Lifestyle Collection is proud to feature NEW work from
local artist Kris Lee during the October 2022 First Thursday Art Walk.
Kris Lee is originally from San Jose, CA, but has resided in the Clarksville, TN
area since 1999 when the US Army brought her husband to Ft. Campbell, KY.
Upon his retirement in 2007, the family chose to stay and make Tennessee their
While being a military spouse for most of her marriage, she has had a variety of
different careers. Through it all she has had a passion for art, both performing
and visual. A dancer as a child and through college, she is no stranger to the
stage. As a college student she majored in art, and as an adult, she dabbled in
graphic arts for local advertising.
In 2016, after a creative drought, she was convinced by a family member to try oil
painting. With no prior experience in this medium, she rose to the challenge. And,
despite being primarily self-taught with some coaching from her family, she fell in
love with the oils, canvas, and pallet knife.
Kris is an avid hiker and loves the beauty of the mountains and the Tennessee
countryside. These very images are where she gets her inspiration to paint. She
hopes to continue to hone her craft and share this beauty through her art with the
DBO Gallery (106 N. Second Street)
DBO Gallery is proud to present a guest artist, Wesley Hernandez during the
October 2022 First Thursday Art Walk. Wesley Hernandez, a military veteran
[More to Come].
Trazo Meadery (116 Franklin Street)
Trazo Meadery is proud to support the October 2022 First Thursday Art Walk and
host local photographer Nadia Amro.
“I am Nadia Amro, and I am honored to be the featured artist at Trazo Meadery in Historic Downtown Clarksville. Although I am a local artist, I have had the pleasure of exploring the world. I wasn’t born here; however, Tennessee has had my heart and soul since 1996, and I LOVE it here. I originally started my photography by accident actually. Along my travels, I was that annoying person who stopped every 5 minutes to take a picture of pretty much EVERYTHING. When I returned home, I opened a bottle of wine, invited some friends over, and we had a “viewing party” of sorts. When they started asking me to make photos for them, Amro Art was born.
I’d like to introduce my Mother Nature Collection, which is sourced from photography of flowers and animals from all over the world. There are roses and blooms from throughout Europe, eagles, owls, cows, and a very judgemental chameleon met along travels in the United States, butterflies followed during their migration, and the diamonds of dew on a rose at first light. Putting this collection together brought back so many wonderful memories, and I’m thankful to be able to share them here.
All of my work is original photography presented on a variety of different mediums, and I do not replicate, recreate, or reprint any of my work. Each piece is personal and intimate, and wholly one-of-a-kind.
Thank you for taking the time to see my work, and I truly hope you enjoy it. If one of them speaks to you, or just reaches out and grabs your eye, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.”
Art Link (116 Strawberry Alley)
ArtLink is proud to support the October 2022 First Thursday Art Walk and will
host local artist Ragaiey Ibrahim.
“I like to think I am more of an art enthusiast, as I love to explore all around for
the artwork the world has to offer and enjoy constantly learning all these new
ideas and methods people apply to such unique creations.
Finding my passion in helping others express theirselves in such a manner is
what led to my desire of wanting to create and share to others myself now!”
The ArtLink studio will be open during the October 2022 First Thursday Art Walk
with a variety of featured art projects you can pop in and create!
Let’s get social!
The New Gallery (732-744 Joseph St. Art. + Design Building)
The New Gallery is Austin Peay State University’s 1500 sq’ white cube
contemporary art gallery operated by the Department of Art+Design. The New
Gallery brings in nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists to
Clarksville for exhibitions, lectures, workshops, class visits, and studio visits with
The New Gallery, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative
Arts and the Department of Art + Design, continues the 2022-23 exhibition
season with One More River, a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Friday.
“I am excited to introduce the work of Chris Friday – or just Friday – to the Austin
Peay and Clarksville community,” said Michael Dickins, director of The New
Gallery. “Friday creates drawings of figures at rest or doing mundane leisure
activities, but on a larger-than-life scale. It’s the scale of the drawings, one close
to 20 feet long, that draws in the viewer and enhances the importance, and
desire, of leisure and rest – but with their backs turned toward the viewers –
forcing the viewer to become a bystander and witness to this leisure – not a
participant. The exhibition title, One More River, refers to the song One More
River to Cross by Sam Cooke. With this exhibition, Friday, as a Black woman,
asks the question, ‘When is that last river coming, because I’m tired?”
In the exhibition essay, written specifically for this exhibition by Joe Tolbert Jr., he
writes: “Set against the backdrop of the artist’s experience of 2020, family
archives and history collide in Chris Friday’s new exhibition, One More River.
With this exhibition, Friday invites us into her freedom dream of rest for Black
people in the United States.
Tolbert continues: “One more river to cross. One more mountain to climb. One
more valley I gotta go through then I’m leaving my troubles behind.” The chorus
of the song from which this exhibition gets its title sets up a problem for Black
people. Friday shared, ‘It’s this idea, especially in the Black community that, ‘Oh,
don’t worry about the here and now, cause when we die, we will get this eternal
rest.’ I’m fundamentally disagreeing with the idea that we’re not allowed to have
that right now.’”
The exhibit opens on Monday, Sept. 26, and runs through Oct. 28 at The New
Gallery in the Art + Design building on the campus of Austin Peay State
The New Gallery will be open for the First Thursday Art Walk on Oct. 6 from 5-
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.
2 Rivers Plein Air Painters 2022 Exhibit
Reception: Thursday, October 06 5pm – 8pm
Exhibit: DAC – Rivers Gallery – – October 06 – 30
Twitter – @Clarksville_DAC
Instagram – @downtown.artists.cooperative
Facebook – @clarksvilleartists
River City Clay (115 Franklin Street)
River City Clay invites you to come paint a bowl for the Empty Bowls Project
October 6th from 5 to 8 pm. Each bowl painted will be donated to the Empty
Bowls Project to be a part of the dinner event in February 2023. The event
benefits local food insecurity non-profit organizations like Loaves and Fishes,
Urban Ministries, and the Food Initiative. The cost to paint a bowl is $8.
BE SURE TO STOP IN AND SEE THESE OTHER VENUES DURING THE
FIRST THURSDAY ARTWALK:
Mildred & Mables – 109 Franklin Street
Couture Crush – 101 Franklin Street
Hudubam Booktraders – 110 Franklin Street
The Clarksville Collection – 120 Franklin Street – Suite 109
Pups, Plants & Goods – 117A Strawberry Alley
Sanctuary On Main – 334 Main Street
The Clarksville Collection – 131 Franklin Street