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Junes Franklin Art Scene toasts advent of summer

Artwork by Annie Tagg, on display at Heirloom Shop


Stroll, sip and see artwork from local artists and beyond while satisfying your creative bent. The Franklin Art Scene will help its guests ring in the summer months this Friday with the return of monthly art crawl on Main Street and the surrounding downtown area from 6-9 p.m. 

The monthly first-Friday event, coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association, includes more than 30 locations in an area thriving with spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Highlights include …
•The Heirloom Shop on Main Street is featuring Annie Tagg, a local artist and graphic designer who will exhibit several paintings during the June 7 art crawl. Tagg builds layers into her work to create depth and to convey feeling as she works. Working through oils, acrylics and pastels, the artist communicates emotions through her angel or natured-centered pieces. 
•Gina Cashia will be the featured artist this month at Stites & Harbison on W. Main Street. Cashia is currently a senior at the University of Alabama studying Art History and Italian, and will have several pieces of art on display. Inspired by Abstract Expressionist artists, she does not follow a specific process–rather, she incorporates the use of brushes, pallet knives, drips, and splatters allows for her paintings to incorporate movement, freedom, and emotion.
•In addition to Cashia’s work, the law firm will also feature work by Joseph Bibb, front-porch tunes of The Bennett Family, and food truck fare.
•Gallery 202 on Second Avenue North will exhibit a collection of Kelly Harwood’s pieces, entitled “Eye Candy.” The Nashville artist paints in a range of mediums and styles to create large abstract and landscape work, as well as whimsical contemporary figures. Work by Harwood, who is also owner of Gallery 202, is currently displayed in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the country.

“Kelly's Eye Candy” by Kelly Harwood, artist on display at Gallery 202

•Just down the street, Arbor Antique Mall will provide live entertainment for Art Scene goers. Leigh Robbins, an award-winning singer-songwriter who has written tracks for a slew of movies and television programs, including The Mask and As The World Turns. In addition, the antique and jewelry store will host artists Ken Walls and Robert Cortner, a metal sculptor.
•Across the way, Franklin Antique Mall is hosting artist Marlena Karlsson. Karlsson uses mixed media to complete her pieces, often utilizing chalk, acrylic, enamel, oil, sprays, stains and resin to create the art. She says she receives her inspiration from nature, especially sunsets, trees, flowers, water and wind.
•Riverside Antiques on Bridge Street will be showing work by Tiffany Nesbitt, owner and art instructor of Uptown Art. During the art crawl, guests will be able to watch Tiffany is “live time”–she’ll start and complete a piece at the home & decor shop.
•In June, Thompson Station-based artist Pam Francis returns to Bagbey House Antiques. Francis will bring her functional art and abstract compilations of organic imagery in combined watercolor and acrylic pieces.
The art crawl is free, but a $5 wristband includes unlimited stops on the trolleys that circulate throughout the circuit from 6 to 9 p.m. Many of the locations offer wine and additional refreshments.
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 event and its locations. 
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Posted on: 6/5/2013


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