On the Edge of the Art Scene
By Pam Horne, Managing Editor and Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
While walking or hopping the trolley, don’t forget to stop by the shops and galleries on the side streets and around the downtown loop, where some of the town’s best finds anchor the edge.
This is only the fifth time the Franklin Antique Mall in the historic Ice House, at the corner of Second Ave, South and Margin Street, has hosted an artist, said owner Amanda Pitts.
|Damico Frame & Art Gallery Exhibit
“I love art and l love having a new artist in here showing what they do,” Pitts said.
Tomorrow night’s featured artist is Marilyn Farnsworth Wendling. Her preferred style of painting is Alla Prima—creating one work in one session.
Her palette of choice is red, yellow, blue and white, and she says she truly enjoys plein air painting.
In 2009, the Tennessee State Museum selected one of her paintings for the state’s permanent collection and another was chosen for the art collection at the Governor’s Residence.
A trolley ride away
Around the block on First Avenue, Regions Bank is joining the Art Scene’s art crawl by hosting four artists, who have dubbed themselves Art Soup.
Music is also in the mix at the downtown bank.
Artist Dana Reynolds will demonstrate her use of various foundations and media to create her textured patterns.
An artist for most of her life, Jamie Moon is drawn to many forms of art.
She has been a graphic artist, a muralist and a painter.
|Regions Bank exhibit
When she discovered clay a few years ago she only used it as a teaching medium until she realized how much she loved working with clay.
Moon will demonstrate her skill, creating a piece while guests enjoy refreshments and the pop fusion sounds of The John Hancock Band.
Dr. Marion Haynes and Susan Rowland, both painters, will also be demonstrating their style of art for visitors.
“We’re really excited about having artists here at the bank,” said Cathy Askins, branch manager.
“We are committed to being involved in the community and we love being a part of downtown.”
Cross over Main Street and around Bridge Street, past Puckett’s Boathouse. The stroll or drive will be well worth the time, as the corner of Bridge and Second has a hub of activity.
In fact, if you are looking for a spot to anchor your vehicle early in the evening, you can use the free parking lot at Riverside Antiques. Owners Delores and Dwight Lynch will welcome you with open arms.
The Lynches are excited about having familiar artist Kris Marks as a returning exhibitor. Marks is busy creating new pieces with an all-new look for this second annual celebration night.
Across the street, The Coffee House will have music and refreshments for your creative tour of downtown Franklin by night. One of Franklin’s new hot spots by morning, day and night, this Victorian-style venue says “stay and chat”, eat and read or just sit and relax to music.
With a successful summer under their belt, Spierto said they are looking forward to celebrating the downtown event with a new folks looking to step out of the core and move to the outer edge of Franklin’s shops and boutiques.
Her across- the-street neighbor at 145 Second Avenue is also preparing for a big night.
Trisha Nesbitt is hosting Franklin native Donna Brevard. The artist will share her illustrations from a new children’s book called Frankie the Pencil’s Adventure written by local author Donna O’Neill. Brevard will also feature her nature-inspired prints and oil paintings, the subjects of which are garden plants, landscapes and rural barns.
By trolley, by car, by bicycle or on foot, plan to take in the offerings off Columbia Avenue beginning at Uncle Bud’s Catfish where, for the first time this season, the restaurant will host an artist, said General Manager, Ricki Terry.
Williamson County resident. Sketch Bourque will display his drawings and “surreal and imaginative” acrylic paintings.
And less than a block away D’Amico’s is featuring Libby Ballard, born and raised in Marion, Virginia.
Of her art, Ballard said, “I found artistic expression through all types of crafting and sketching. I enjoy painting mainly with oil and experimenting with different styles. Growing up near my grandparents’ farm I had developed a great love of nature through witnessing their care of the animals and plants, explaining why most of my paintings are of flowers and animals, although I have been known to produce landscapes and whimsical works as well.
Ballard’s works are in private collections in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia.
There you have it, a full range of art, music, and fun around the perimeter of downtown Franklin, where the summer stroll will be remembered along with the new friends you’ll meet.
Posted on: 9/5/2013