CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s what’s happening at the Customs House Museum and Cultural in August.
Enlightenment: The Art of Dr. John Stanton, August 4-October 16 | Jostens Gallery: A variety of subjects come to life in Dr. John Stanton’s illuminated glassworks and prints.
Thomas Adams: Pen and Inks from the Collection, August 5 – 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 delicate illustrations.
4th Annual Cohen Clinic at Centerstone Community Art Show, August 22 – September 22 | Kimbrough Gallery: This annual exhibit from the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Centerstone features local artists, both amateur and professional, who are also veterans and members of military families. The Cohen Clinic provides accessible mental health care to veterans and their loved ones.
Vietnam: 2 soldiers, 2 artists, 2 trips from yesterday and today, until August 14 | Kimbrough Gallery: From helicopters and hand grenades to watercolors and canvas, this is the story of two brave soldiers who fought their way into the world of art. This memorable and one-of-a-kind exhibition highlights the best Vietnamese work by David Wright and Chuck Creasy. It all comes together in this exhilarating and meaningful show, which connects two lives, two worlds, two journeys.
Train Stop: Clarksville and the Locomotive, until August 28 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries: Clarksville’s history is intertwined with the railroad, and this exhibit features artifacts, photographs, and stories to illustrate its impact on local industry and the community.
The nature of Olen Bryant, until September 5 | Crouch Gallery: In collaboration with the LeQuire Gallery & Studio in Nashville, this retrospective exhibition features a wide range of works by Tennessee treasure, Olen Bryant. A revered art teacher at Austin Peay, Bryant’s sculptures have graced the interior of the Governor’s Mansion, prominent Tennessee museums, and art collections across the country.
Annual Staff Art Exhibition, until September 18 | Lobby: The annual Staff Art Exhibition showcases the creative work of those who work behind the scenes at the Museum. Each piece reveals the unique personality of the artists, special moments in their lives and their inspirations.
Exploring our city: an adventure for all ages, Landing of the Explorers: New Memories, New Adventures, Landing of the Explorers! Explore our city with timeless favorites like the Bubble Cave and McGregor’s Market, or go fishing at The Landing and put on a show at the Puppet Theatre.
First Thursday Art WalkAugust 4, 5-8 p.m.: The museum will offer free admission during the first Clarksville Art Walk Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
Ice-O-Rama, presented by Dairy Queen August 20, 1-3pm | Courtyard of the Museum: It’s the last party of the summer! Join us for the fun, family-friendly Ice Cream-O-Rama at the Museum! Sample sweet treats from Dairy Queen of Clarksville, hit the bullseye at the dipping stand, or throw a pie in the face of some friends in the community. Be sure to show your competitive side by playing court games. We will also have the delicious Taqueria Lo Arado Jalisco food truck set up to satisfy your hunger. This event is a Museum fundraiser to support our mission and continued children’s programming, Explorers Landing maintenance and more.
Touching the story, every Thursday in August, meet between 1pm and 3pm | Memory Lane: All Ages | Free with membership or paid entry. Discover hands-on history by grinding coffee beans, see how handmade fabric was made, and spin a zoetrope in Touching History, a drop-in program for all ages. Step back in time by interacting with historical artifacts that give you a glimpse of life in a 19th century log cabin before electricity.
Family Art Saturday: Make a Paper Kite, August 27, meet between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. | From 3 years old, accompanied by an adult. Free with membership or paid entry | Family Art Studio: Have you ever caught the perfect gust of wind for your kite and watched it soar high? Create your own paper kite in the Family Art Studio to play outside before the weather turns cold. *All parents must 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.
Blue Star Museums, May 21-September 5: Blue Star Museums is offering free admission to the museum to the country’s active duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve, from Armed Forces Day to National Day. work. Admission is good for the military ID holder and up to five family members.