September 2022 – First Thursday Art Walk

First Thursday Art Walk for September

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 September Art Walk will be held September 1st 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.
Museum Exhibitions

Peripheries: New Work by Laurén Brady
September 9 – October 30 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries
Laurén Brady is a visual artist living in Charlotte, Michigan whose paintings
explore landscape, memory and
responding to current environments through expressive mark-making and bold
use of color.

The Art of Clarksville
September 10 – 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.
Spookies from the Collection
September 22 – 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.
The Nature of Olen Bryant
Through September 5 | Crouch Gallery
In collaboration with the LeQuire Gallery & Studio in Nashville, this
retrospective exhibit features a wide array
of works by Tennessee treasure Olen Bryant. A revered professor of art at Austin
Peay, Bryant’s sculptures
have graced the inside of the Governor’s Mansion, prominent Tennessee
museums and art collections across
the country.
Annual Staff Art Exhibit
Through September 18 | 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
4th Annual Cohen Clinic at Centerstone Community Art Show
Through September 22 | Kimbrough Gallery
This annual exhibit from the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at
Centerstone showcases local artists,
both amateur and professional, who are also veterans and military family
members. The Cohen Clinic provides
accessible mental health care to veterans and their loved ones.
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.

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

  1. Experience these landmarks – some no longer standing – with this
    collection of delicate illustrations.
    Exploring Our Town: An Adventure for All Ages
    Explorers Landing
    New Memories, New Adventures, New Explorers Landing! Explore our town with
    timeless favorites like the
    Bubble Cave and McGregor’s Market, or go fishing at The Landing and put on a
    show in the Puppet Theatre.

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 September 2022 First Thursday Art
Walkand 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.

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 September, the Peg Harvill Gallery at the Roxy Regional
Theatre will feature artwork by D.C. Thomas to complement the Roxy’s upcoming
production of INTO THE WOODS, playing September 08 – September 24.
Artist’s statement for Lands of Lore
            I feel very content for having the opportunity of showing my ink-wash
scrolls I haven’t yet exhibited anywhere else; most of these artworks are meant
to complement the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm
inspired musical, INTO THE WOODS, at the Roxy Regional Theatre. 
            Lands of Lore will feature monochrome art alongside colorful mixed
media compositions, one of which I had the delight of presenting during my first
solo exhibit entitled MA+VE, in 2018.
            I love to bounce from colorful palettes to monochrome ranges, and then
back again. Every time I do it, I feel that I am taking a productive step back to see
the whole picture and that it helps me to adjust my compositions to my emotional
Artist’s Bio
D.C. Thomas was born in Bucharest, Romania.
Growing in Romania, the artist’s life has been imbued with history and fairytales,
which are woven in the tapestry of her childhood.
Both, history and myth, have been providing nourishment throughout the course
of her life for art creation and shaping new channels for manifesting one’s
She studied Journalism in Bucharest, where she completed an editorial
internship and another in radio broadcasting. It was in the capital that the artist
began to cultivate her sensitivity for photography.
Now, a Naturalized citizen of the United States of America, D.C. is the author of a
volume of poems titled Her Suns and Their Daughters: Daughters Of The
Universe Seen (also known as DOTUS).
Her current projects include painting, writing poetry and prose, creating audio
content,  and analog and digital photography.

Trazo Meadery (116 Franklin Street)
Artist Information:
Trazo Meadery is proud to support the September 2022 First Thursday Art Walk
and host Jennifer C. Pierstorff.
Jennifer C. Pierstorff creates a variety of colorful and moving art whose subject
matters can vary from abstract to medical art and more.  There is an underlying
theme focused on bringing awareness to causes she feels passionate about,
such as the environment and health care.  Her favorite mediums include acrylic,
watercolor, ink, collage, and mixed media pieces.   Jennifer has been
showing art all over Massachusetts, Vermont, North and South Carolina, and
Tennessee for over twenty years as an established artist.  For this Exhibit, she
has selected works representing her different areas of focus over the years.
Jennifer believes art creates a safe space to play, meditate and just enjoy the
process of creating.  The troubles of the world can fall away when a state of flow
is entered.  That flow is essential to healing and is why she shows up every day
to create.
Jennifer’s belief:
 “Art is Life”

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
Artist Information:
Follow the ‘Herd’ to The New Gallery – the work of Paula Kovarik opens
exhibition season
The New Gallery at Austin Peay State University, with support from The Center
of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Department of Art + Design, is
pleased to kick off the 2022-23 exhibition season with “Herd,” a solo exhibition by
experimental quilter Paula Kovarik.
“I have fallen in love with the work of Memphis-based experimental quilter Paula
Kovarik, and I am excited to open up our exhibition season with a large
installation of her new works,” said Michael Dickins, director of The New Gallery.
“‘Quilter’ is a box that Kovarik often gets put in, but her works are not quilts at all.
They do use the vernacular of quilting and quilting materiality, but the quilt base

is merely a ledge that Kovarik gladly leaps from. This installation consists of
playful sculptures, nuanced stitched
drawings and interactive works where the artist tries to make sense of her place
within the chaotic political world that surrounds her.”
The exhibit opens on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and runs through Sept. 16 at The
New Gallery in the Art + Design building at Austin Peay.
“I express myself through the medium of fabric and thread and explore what
cannot be seen,” Kovarik said. “My intuitive line work travels the surface of my
work as if a meditation has become solid, and I am inspired by everything from
cracks in sidewalks to electronic circuitry and microscopic life. The tactile nature
of the cloth and thread makes the work approachable and mysterious at the
same time. It’s about layered, ripped, cut and sandwiched together pieces –
producing a composition held together by the narrative of the thread. Inward
thoughts become outwardly apparent through slow and studied attention to
Several events are scheduled to accompany the exhibition:
 Kovarik will present an artist lecture on her work and creative practice at 6 p.m.
on Aug. 31 in the Art + Design building’s Room 120.
 A reception and gallery talk with Kovarik will start at noon on Sept. 1 in The
 This exhibition will be open during Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on
Sept. 1 from 5-7:30 p.m. Kovarik will be in The New Gallery with her sewing
machine giving demonstrations and having conversations with visitors.
The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public.
A virtual tour of the exhibition will be available soon at
Hours for The New Gallery are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed on
weekends and holidays, and follow the university’s academic calendar.
For more information on this exhibition, contact Dickins at
About the Artist
Kovarik received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale. As the creative director and owner of Shades of Gray,
Inc., a graphic design studio, she specialized in communications. And now she is
a full-time artist and fiber art workshop teacher.
Kovarik’s award-winning fiber art has been recognized by several national
venues including Quilt National, Quilts=Art=Quilts, ArtQuilt Elements, World of
Threads, FiberArt Now Excellence in Fibers and the Visions Art Museum. Her
work has been collected by the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln NE and the

International Airport in Memphis, TN as well as several private collections. She
has been profiled in American. Craft, FiberArt Now and Art Quilting
Studio magazines. Her work is featured in “Art Quilts Unfolding – 50 Years of
Innovation” by Sandra Sider, Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis and Martha Sielman and
“Art Quilts International Abstract & Geometric” by Martha Sielman.
Paula lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.

River City Clay (115 Franklin Street)
Artist Information:
River City Clay Studio is proud to support the September First Thursday Art Walk
and will feature handmade pottery made by Ken Shipley, Melody Shipley, and
Shelby Crutcher. The gallery is also spotlighting handwoven textiles and
handmade jewelry by Eloise Freeman.

Journey’s Eye Studio (131 Franklin Street)
Journey’s Eye Studio is proud to host Hannah Campbell during the September
2022 First Thursday Art Walk.
Hannah Campbell is a watercolor artist, Army wife, and momma to two small
humans. She has always felt pulled to both art and science, and previously
worked in the functional medicine world as a health coach with a degree in
nutrition. When her first child was born, a craving for something more creative led
her to pick up watercolors during nap time. She fell head over heels for art again,
and Feed & Dwell was born.
Feed & Dwell is a way for Hannah to bring her loves of art and science together.
She strives to create beautiful pieces and useful learning materials that inspire a
love of nature and real food. Her recent releases include a collection of seasonal
produce prints, and a collection of butterflies of Tennessee (available both as fine
art prints and as learning cards for children).

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
DBO Gallery – 106 N. Second Street

Sanctuary On Main – 334 Main Street
Art Link Studios – 116 Strawberry Alley
City Boy Country Life – 120 Franklin Street – Suite 114

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