February Art Scene proves to be inspiring experience

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February’s edition of the Franklin Art Scene, a monthly art crawl, offered plenty to see while bringing some great talent to downtown venues. 

One of the must-see stops was Twine Graphics & Screen Printing, which showed the works of up-and-coming Murfreesboro artist John Smith. Smith’s series of abstract color paintings drew a large crowd. His pieces, which he describes as “emotions conjured through paint,” showed a mix of warm and cool colors that pin personal feelings like animals in a bestiary.  

“This series was a really fun challenge,” Smith said. “Being a living, breathing human is such a hard thing to describe. To paint feelings felt like a great first challenge, and as I’ve had some good feedback from other artists regarding my work, I am excited to share these paintings with the folks of Franklin.” 

Art teacher Dan Klepper filled space in the back of Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church with face painting stations for kids and a nice lineup of paintings that mixed his students’ work with his own. Klepper teaches classes on oil painting out of his residential studio and for organizations such as the YMCA.  

Klepper was a commercial photographer for 30 years.  

“My job was to create photographs that illustrated magazine articles,” he said. “I would book models, find locations and get props to tell a story with my images. I now use my camera and that talent to create images for painting references. I have always been drawn to the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and that period of time. Much of my work reflects that style.” 

Klepper said that as an art teacher especially enjoys teaching children. 

“It is so rewarding seeing my students create art that is beyond what they and their parents believed was possible and to witness people being in awe of art created by children that look like it was created by an adult,” he said. 

Sage Sleep also had a good display of the soothing works of artist Carol Moon. Driven by a search for freedom, Moon said, “Painting is such pure joy for me. As an artist, one of my favorite things about participating in events like this is the opportunity to hear the stories. I consider it a privilege to listen as someone shares why one of my paintings sparks something inside of them. The artist, their creative expression and the one experiencing the art share that moment. … It just reminds me how art truly brings people together.” 

The art crawl runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at participating locations. To learn more, visit www.franklinartscene.org.

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