Franklin Art Scene sponsors are asking the public to help them ring in the event’s one-year anniversary at its 30-plus participating locations on Friday, Sept. 7 in Historic Franklin’s downtown core.
A group of small business owners launched the art crawl last year, in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association, to promote local talent and community relationships. Since its conception, the free monthly event has been a unique experience for both the art novice and the connoisseur. A sweeping variety of magnificent work ranges from blown glass and turned wood to original art and live music.
More than 1,000 patrons came out for the free event in August, with many of the galleries and working studios serving food and drink and some offering live music. Trolleys circulate among all the stops, and $5 buys an unlimited wristband to jump on and off at will from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Stops are located throughout downtown Franklin, and include the antique district and The Factory at Franklin.
In addition to an online map and QR code, a Franklin Art Scene smartphone application is now available on Google Play. The download gives users up-to-date information on the upcoming art crawl and its locations.
For information on the event or to download maps and applications, visit www.franklinartscene.com.
Each Franklin Art Scene, all of the host sites offer a unique opportunity to view local and international artists while engaging with the Williamson County community. Ten highlights of the September event include:
Heart and Hands, the “Made in Tennessee” shop on Main Street, is featuring live woodcarvings with Ralph Isenberg, who crafts incredibly detailed figurines with little more than a penknife. Also, owner Carol Bennington will showcase her punch-needle embroidery pieces, each a frameable work of art. Heartandhandsonline.com
The Heirloom Shop on Main Street is a new addition to the crawl, and is featuring local artist Jade Reynolds. Reynolds, who gained a reputation locally for hand-painted children’s furniture, is now also known for her fine art pieces that include still life, abstract and animal subjects. Theheirloomshopfranklin.com
Carpe Diem Photography’s shotgun-house gallery on South Margin Street will offer both the captivating images of everything from music to nature by owner Will Jordan, as well as the popular rusted-iron sculpture of local artist Kris Nethercutt. If you’ve seen the 20-foot “Rusty” standing guard over The Factory at Franklin, you know Nethercutt’s work. It’s been seen in folk art shows and galleries around the nation. Carpediem212.com
O’More College of Design on South Margin has kicked off the fall semester with a newly installed campus gallery, located in the ca. 1866 Abbey Leix Mansion. This month, the spotlight shines on adjunct professor and furniture-maker Doug Regen, who utilized materials from the renovations to craft uniquely beautiful pieces. Omorecollege.edu
Damico Frame and Gallery on East Fowlkes Street will present the never-before-seen-here New England photography of local artist and writer Donna O’Neil, who grew up on the coast of Massachusetts. You can feel the salt air in O’Neil’s raw images of working waterfronts, rocky coastlines and life in the tiny fishing villages that dot the Atlantic seaboard. Damicogallery.com
Imagine Gallery of American Fine Art & Objects at The Factory at Franklin will commemorate the anniversary by offering guests professional portraits taken by photographer Elle Bailey. Jacqi Michaels and John Foster will offer guests live music while they experience the gallery.
In addition to Imagination Gallery, the retail complex offers 11 different art crawl locations on its “Artist Row.” Factoryatfranklin.com
Bagbey House on Fourth Avenue will be hosting six artists and photographers among its antiques and vintage pieces during the art crawl’s one-year anniversary. Artists Tom Tjornehaj, Laura Melling, Wagadevi thimmaiah, Debbie Smartt, Robin Hillman and Pam Francis will display original art, mixed media, jewelry and photography pieces.
Kaleidoscope on West Main Street will feature Linda Pellegrino, a local jewelry designer who takes vintage treasures and fashions them into one-of-kind pieces—like a ‘70s leather belt repurposed into a cutting edge cuff bracelet. Each of the limited edition pieces has a bit of history behind it, and the collection will include necklaces, wrap bracelets, earrings and more. facebook.com/kaleidoscopehome
Rare Prints Gallery on Main Street will display prints from John James Audubon’s Birds of America. The space sells original antique prints and engravings, some dating back to the early-18th century. Rareprintsgallery.com
Village Real Estate on Church Street will host Nashville’s Olga Alexeeva on Friday, a Russian painter who produces beautiful contemporary art. The former European actress combines real elements with fanciful ones in her paintings to produce abstract and modern original works. villagerealestate.com
September’s participating host sites: “Artist Row” at the Factory at Franklin, Arbor Antique Mall, Bagbey House, Bob Parks Realty, Boutique MMM, Carpe Diem, Chrome Halo, Damico Frame & Art Gallery, Franklin Glass Blowing Studio, Gallery 202, Gregg, Rains, Daniel, Christian, Cloughl; Heart and Hands, Heirloom Shop, Honey’s Vintage Sweets, Imagine Gallery, J.L. Clay Center, Kaleidoscope, Kelly Spalding Designs, O’More College of Design, Outdoor Classic Structures, Paul Crommelin, Rare Prints Gallery, Saddlecreek Design, Scarlett Scales Antiques, Serendipity Skincare & Cosmetics, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Thomas Kinkade Gallery and Village Real Estate.
Participating restaurants: Boxwood Bistro, Bunganut Pig, JJ’s Wine Bar, Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Red Pony and Saffire Grill.
From The Factory to Main Street, Columbia Avenue to the Second Avenue Arts and Antique district, many of the locations feature artists working during the crawl.
To learn more, visit www.franklinartscene.com.
(L-R) Cindy Townsend of Kaleidoscope, Kay Winslette of Serendipity Skincare & Cosmetics and Micki Goetsch of Arbor Antique Mall.
(L-R) Marianne DeMeyers and Sara Thomas of Honey's Vintage Sweets.
(L-R) J. Edward and Brenda Campbell of Village Real Estate and Jim McReynolds of Gallery 202.
(L-R) Mike Damico of Damico Frame & Art Gallery, Downtown Franklin Association Director Nancy Williams, Clark Shelton of Highly Logical Marketing and Calveta
Posted on: 9/5/2012