CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s what’s happening at the Customs Museum in August.
Familiars: The Art of Beverly Parker Aug 3 – 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 July 29 – Oct 31 | Bruner, Orgain, Hand & Kimbrough Galleries
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! will highlight race cars, art, historical memorabilia, and video footage of personal stories from locals who established auto racing in the area.
Patsy Sharpe: Small Worlds Through 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.
Select Works from the Reliant Bank Collection Through Sept 5 | Lobby
From picture-perfect downtown views, to watercolors of charming architecture and peaceful riverside scenes, Reliant Bank’s extensive art collection contains over 60 works of art that depict a historic Clarksville scene, which was created by a Clarksville resident or both. Selections from this newest donation to the Museum include pieces by Peg Harvill, Danny Goodrum, Jackie Langford, Marvin Posey, Tony Biagi, Silke Tyler, and Max Hochstetter.
C. Douglas Charlton: Out of Darkness Purgatory, Mayhem, Color, Love, Hate, Light, and Tomorrow Through Sept 26 | Jostens Gallery
C. Douglas Charlton grew up just outside of Nashville in Gallatin, Tennessee. Old Hickory Lake provided an inspiring backdrop to begin creating artwork. Having spent much of his youth in his grandfather’s woodshop, Charlton uses wood as his surface medium of choice. His paintings have a neon-rustic look that conveys nostalgic emotions. Building depth through layers of color, his artwork has the ability to transport you to the ethereal experience of your most cherished memories, whether it be a person, place, or pure emotion.
First Thursday Art Walk August 5, 5 – 8 pm
The Museum will have free admission during First Thursday Art Walk Clarksville from 5 – 8 pm. Grab a sweet treat from Janae’s Italian Ice in the Museum Courtyard too.
Flying High August 21, 5 – 10:30 pm
At Flying High, the Museum’s largest fundraising event, you can bid on exquisite artwork, jewelry, gift baskets, and experiences in the live and silent auctions, while supporting the Museum. This event is sold out. You can still bid on silent auction items without being an event attendee; more information to come.
Touching History August 3 & 10, drop by between 1 – 3 pm | Memory Lane
This event is for all ages and is free with membership or paid admission. Experience hands-on history with Ms. Pat as you grind coffee beans. Discover how handmade fabric was crafted and spin a zoetrope in Touching History, a drop-by program for all ages. Step back in time as you interact with historic artifacts that give you a glimpse of life in a 19th-century log cabin before electricity.
Make a Paper Tube Race Car Aug 28, drop by between 10 am – 12 pm & 2 – 4 pm | Family Art Studio
This event is for ages 3 and up, it is free with membership or paid admission. Use your imagination to combine toilet paper tubes with an assortment of other items such as buttons, paper clips, stickers, and pipe cleaners to create your own model race cars. Be sure to check out the real race cars in the museum galleries.
Museum Discovery Quest
It is free with membership or paid admission. The free Take It N’ Make It Activity has been developed for school-age children. Explore Museum exhibits with your family in a creative way with Museum Discovery Quests – entertaining, self-guided “scavenger hunts” that pique kids’ curiosities and captivate their attention. Several different themes are offered, and all of them include a free Take It N’ Make It activity packet for kids to make a fun project at home. Sign up for a Perks Pass to win a free prize from Seasons: The Museum Store after finishing three MDQs. The available MDQ themes are Nature Trails & Tales, Stories, Tools & Simple Machines, and Structures.
Huff & Puff Express Model Trains Exhibit open daily | Volunteer Train Crew members run trains Sundays, 1 – 4 pm and Wednesdays, 10 am – 12 pm
Enjoy one of the largest model railroad layouts in the region boasting a miniature castle, UFO, and scenic landscape. Interact with the miniature world by making automobiles move and helicopters fly. The model train exhibit is open daily and themes change every season.
The Museum will be closed the weekend of August 21 and 22 for the Flying High fundraiser.