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Local artists begin monthly art walk

The Franklin Art Scene, debuting Friday, is a result of the budding art vibe in downtown Franklin, the increased awareness of the talent right here in our own community and the creation of more of an artsy scene to offer another option for night life in downtown. The event is the brainchild of artist and Gallery 202 owner Kelly Harwood, Damico Frame & Art Gallery owner Michael Damico and Merging of the Arts founders Autumn Bethea and Kandy Whited who have decided to try something new in Franklin.

The initial event will begin tomorrow Sept 2 at 6 p.m. and will be held every first Friday of the month. Tour art galleries and shops that promote art in downtown Franklin from 6-9 p.m. during the Franklin Art Scene Downtown Tour of the Arts, sponsored by Infiniti.

From The Factory at Franklin to the Bunganut Pig, visit seven galleries, 14 alternative galleries – businesses hosting artists and their works – two working art studios and nine restaurants and meet some of the many artists living in this community.

Franklin and Williamson County have long been known for the musical artists who call this area home but it is also becoming a haven for other types of artists.

“There are a lot of hidden wonderful artists [in this area],” said Harwood.

The neighbor down the street, a doctor by day, may be a talented painter. The real estate agent who sold the house next door may be making stylish, attractive jewelry when not showing homes. A barn in the country may house a kiln, a potting wheel and a talented teacher who discovered a stress reliever.

While the artists are tucked away, there are numerous art galleries and studios that feature the works of local artists and shops that host their works, Harwood said.

Friday night that will change.

“It’s not your average art walk,” said Harwood. “Its so much more than galleries.”

“A lot of people are hosting their own artist or a friend’s art,” Damico added. “It’s a great way for artist to get exposure.”

To make the tour even easier, participants may purchase a $5 wristband and catch the trolley anywhere along the route. The Franklin Transit Trolley will be making a continuous loop during the event with numerous stops.

“Each place along the route will focus on a new artist at each event and each location will have refreshments,” Harwood said.

Because so many shops other than galleries already host local artists, it wasn’t difficult for organizers to stir up excitement along Main Street and Columbia Avenue for the monthly event.

“Hosting artists is an opportunity to join the art scene as alternative galleries,” Damico said. “Everyday retailers with a different purpose can host an artist who can provide a minimum of 10 original pieces of work and have real talented art work by local artists on display. There are a lot [of talented artists] in this area.”

On the tour, stop in and see the glass blower on Columbia Avenue.

Check out Rare Prints on Main Street and discover a trove of treasures.

The Hip-Hop Shop is preparing a surprise for visitors who enjoy airbrush art.

Kimbros Pickin Parlor, known for featuring local musical talent, will host “the most amazing painter – Vonn Berry,” Harwood said.

Whats-in-store is featuring a jewelry artist.

At Paul Crommelin’s studio visitors will meet artist Gary Bozeman and repurpose jewelry artist, Kristin Clemens.

Enjoy a drum circle with Massod Taj and more than 30 of his closest friends playing African style music in the backyard of the 202 Gallery on Second Avenue. Inside the gallery check out featured artist DeWaele DeBock.

Even Cadence Bank will host area artists, and don’t forget to tour The Factory’s Artist Row.

Of course, since this is Williamson County, there will be live music all along the route.

For information, visit to or friend Franklin Art Scene on Facebook.


Posted on: 9/1/2011


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