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Franklin Art Scene turns 8 Friday

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Franklin Art Scene

Franklin Art Scene will celebrate eight years of “Connecting Art to the Community” on Friday, Sept. 6 from 6-9 p.m.   

Be sure to stop by Gallery 202 to thank Kelly Harwood, a co-founder of the Art Scene, and enjoy his stunning new landscapes, soulful animals and colorful abstracts. Special guest artist Albert Naham will also be onsite displaying his unique metal sculptures.    

Elsewhere, Rare Prints Gallery will have an amazing collection of vintage and antique maps and prints. The gallery is owned by Michael Damico, also an Art Scene co-creator along with Harwood and Autumn Betheafor. 

Along with a variety of sites downtown, don’t forget to hop on the free trolley or jump in a car and head to the fabulous, off-the-beaten-path sites such as the Williamson County Enrichment Center, VintageTN, Franklin Creative or Imaginebox Emporium, where plenty of art, parking and refreshments await.    

Featured artists in the September Art Scene include:   

• Franklin Creative, located at 1261 Columbia Ave., will showcase Samantha Ornellas and Shelly Moore who will feature “Life in the Garden" themed pieces.   

• Franklin Road Apparel, located at 508 W Mains St., will showcase the art and a live demo of local fiber artist Sissy Harrington and the work of abstract artist Yovi Veliz, as well as musical group South for Winter.   

• Gallery 202, located at 202 Second Ave. S., will feature gallery owner Kelly Harwood and sculpture artist Albert Nahman.   

• Hester & Cook, located at 340 A Main St., will host artist Jill McElroy, who believes that creativity multiplies the more we use it.   

• Historic Presbyterian Church, located at 5th and Main St., will feature husband and wife pottery team Larry and Tracey Rogers.   

• Imaginebox Emporium, located at 311 N. Margin St., will showcase the original illustrations of Cory Basil as well as his other creations using mediums such as watercolor, oil and gauche.   

• John H. Green, located 118 4th Ave. N., will display the work of Courtney McCullough, who loves texture and unique color combinations.   

• ONYX & ALABASTER, located at 134 2nd Ave. N., will host artist Hannah Mooney, whose pieces convey movement, energy and balance,   

• Purple Butterfly, located at 142 2nd Ave. N, will feature artist Alison Fullerton, who paints visual anthropologies — portraits that explore different cultures and people. Greg Pope, singer-songwriter and author of “I’m a Big Girl,” will share his music.   

• Sage Sleep, located at 434 Main St., will showcase Eddie and Connie Hill of Hill Fine Portraits, who are internationally known for their portrait artistry.   

• Savory Spice, located at 324 Main St., will host Paulette Licitra, whose paintings try to capture the poetry and charm of place.   

• Tin Cottage, located at 334 Main St., will showcase artist Kimberly Star, who creates heirloom quality Halloween décor.   

• Twine Graphics, located at 304 Public Square, will display the work of Jon Reddick, whose oil paintings are inspired by music.   

• VintageTN, located at 1261 Columbia Ave., returns this month as an artisan destination for those looking for inspiration, community and materials.   

• Visitor’s Center, located at 400 Main St., will feature the culinary creations of Toni Zorich.   

• Williamson County Archives, located at 611 W, Main St., will feature Pat Bistline, who combines nursing and art to provide healing. Her journey has taken her pieces as far the Vatican.   

• Williamson County Enrichment Center, located at 110 Everbright, will feature Peggy Leigh Reeves, who is inspired by faith, self-expression and music.   

The Franklin Art Scene invites lovers of the arts to stop by all participating locations during the evening’s crawl, and the Art Scene trolley is also available for free rides throughout the event.   

For more information on the Franklin Art Scene, a full list of artists and a map of all featured locations, visit

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