CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here are the events taking place at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center during the month of October.
Nashville Artists Guild Art, October 4 – November 27 | Kimbrough Gallery: The Nashville Artist Guild is a non-profit organization made up of professional artists, regardless of any particular school, style or movement. For more than 70 years, the Guild has promoted the fine visual arts as an integral part of Middle Tennessee life and provided educational opportunities to the public.
A Simpler Life: Photographs by Carl Wilson, October 19 – January 2 | Jostens Gallery: In this new series of photographs, Carl Wilson presents scenes of the land, animals and people of rural Kentucky.
Collection Spookies, until November 6 | Lobby: From a Victorian crown made of human hair to mysterious portraits and dolls, get into the Halloween spirit with this selection of spooky artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.
Peripheries: new work by Laurén Brady, until October 30 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries: Laurén Brady is a visual artist living in Charlotte, Michigan, whose paintings explore landscape, memory, and respond to current environments through expressive marks and bold use of color.
Clarksville Art, until October 26 | Crouch Gallery: This impressive collection of original artwork representing the vast history of our community is on display together for the first time. From picture-perfect views of downtown to charming watercolors of peaceful riverside scenes, the collection contains more than 60 works of art depicting a historic Clarksville scene, created by one or two Clarksville residents.
Thomas Adams: Pen and Inks from the Collection, until October 19 | Harvill Gallery: Local artist Thomas Adams captured iconic Clarksville sites in pen and ink with these drawings from 1973 and 1974. Discover these landmarks – some no longer standing – with this collection of illustrations delicate.
Enlightenment: The Art of Dr. John Stanton, until October 16 | Jostens Gallery: A variety of subjects come to life in Dr. John Stanton’s illuminated glassworks and prints.
First Thursday Art WalkOctober 6, 5-8 p.m. Free to the public: The Museum is offering free admission during the first Clarksville Art Walk Thursday, 5-8 p.m. Grab a bite from the Hotdog emergency food truck in the yard!
Fifth Saturday Donation Day, October 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: The fifth Saturday is donation day! Visit the museum before heading to Fright on Franklin – costumes are welcome! Craft with Mrs. Sue in the family art studio, get treats from YaYa Confectionery, and vote for your favorite costumed staff member. Any monetary donation to the Museum is your admission. All donations directly support the mission of the Museum.
Walking tour of historic Greenwood CemeteryOctober 1, 8, 15 & 22 | 9 to 10 a.m. $20 ticket | $15 Membership Ticket: Customs House Museum and Cultural Center hosts our popular historic walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery, one of Clarksville’s oldest active cemeteries. Take a spooky walk through the winding paths of Greenwood to hear stories full of local history and intrigue. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Hurry – space is extremely limited!
Meet a firefighter, Oct. 12, meeting between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Free with subscription or paid admission | Memory Lane: For National Fire Prevention Month, members of Clarksville Fire Rescue visit the museum to talk with children and adults about their work and the special equipment they use. Stop at the 1925 Ahrens-Fox fire truck in Memory Lane to visit them; Child-friendly fire safety information will be available. We thank Chief Michael Rios and the members of Clarksville Fire Rescue for making this event possible.
Family Art Saturday: Make a Bat Puppet, October 29, meet between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. | From 3 years old, with an adult Free with subscription or paid entry | Family Art Studio: Bats Aren’t Scary; they are wonderful and useful creatures! They eat a lot of insects and mosquitoes that are harmful to farmers’ crops. Join Mrs. Sue to make a paper bat puppet and pretend she swallows mosquitoes!
*All parents are required to participate and supervise their children.
F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express Model Trains, Exhibition open every day | Trains run Sundays 1-4pm and Wednesdays 10am-12pm: enjoy one of the region’s largest model railway networks with a miniature castle, UFO and scenic scenery. Interact with the miniature world by making the cars move and the helicopters fly. The model train exhibit is open daily and the themes change seasonally.