CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here is what is happening at the Customs House Museum and Cultural in August.
Illumination: The Art of Dr. John Stanton, August 4-October 16| Jostens Gallery: A variety of subjects come to life in the illuminated glasswork and engravings of Dr. John Stanton.
Thomas Adams: Pen & 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. Experience 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 at Centerstone showcases local artists, both amateur and professional, who are also veterans and military family members. The Cohen Clinic provides accessible mental health care to veterans and their loved ones.
Vietnam: 2 Soldiers, 2 Artists, 2 Journeys Then & Now, Through August 14 | Kimbrough Gallery: From helicopters and hand grenades to watercolors and canvas, this is the story of two brave soldiers who battled their way into the world of art. This memorable, one-of-a-kind exhibit highlights David Wright and Chuck Creasy’s best work from Vietnam. It all comes together in this exhilarating and meaningful show, one that bridges two lives, two worlds, two journeys.
Train Stop: Clarksville & The Locomotive, Through August 28 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries: Clarksville’s history is closely tied to the railroad, and this exhibit showcases artifacts, photographs and stories to illustrate its impact on local industry and the community.
The Nature of Olen Bryant, Through September 5 | Crouch Gallery: In collaboration with the LeQuire Gallery & Studio in Nashville, this retrospective exhibit features a wide array of works by Tennessee treasure Olen Bryant. A revered professor of art at Austin Peay, Bryant’s sculptures have graced the inside of the Governor’s Mansion, prominent Tennessee museums and art collections across the country.
Annual Staff Art Exhibit, Through September 18 | Lobby: The annual staff art exhibit showcases the creative work of those who work behind-the-scenes at the Museum. Each piece reveals the unique personalities of the artists, special moments in their lives and their inspirations.
Exploring Our Town: An Adventure for All Ages, Explorers Landing: New Memories, New Adventures, New Explorers Landing! Explore our town with timeless favorites like the Bubble Cave and McGregor’s Market, or go fishing at The Landing and put on a show in the Puppet Theatre.
First Thursday Art WalkAug 4, 5 pm – 8 pm: The Museum will offer free admission during First Thursday Art Walk Clarksville from 5 pm – 8 pm
Ice Cream-O-Rama, Presented by Dairy Queen Aug 20, 1 pm-3 pm | Museum Courtyard: It’s the final bash of the summer! Join us for the crazy fun, family-friendly Ice Cream-O-Rama at the Museum! Enjoy sweet treats from Dairy Queen of Clarksville, hit the bullseye at the dunking booth or throw a pie in the face of some community friends. Be sure to show off your competitive side while playing some courtyard games. We’ll 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 the continuation of children’s programming, Explorers Landing upkeep and more.
Touching History, Every Thursday in August, drop by between 1 pm – 3 pm | Memory Lane: All Ages | Free with membership or paid admission. Experience hands-on history as you grind coffee beans, discover how handmade fabric was crafted and spin a zoetrope in Touching History, a drop-by program for all ages. Step back in time as you interact with historic artifacts that give you a glimpse of life in a 19th-century log cabin before electricity.
Family Art Saturday: Make a Paper Kite, Aug 27, drop by between 10 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm | Ages 3+, with adult. Free with membership or paid admission | 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 take and play outdoors before the weather turns chilly. *All parents are expected to participate with and supervise their children.
F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express Model Trains, Exhibit open daily | Trains run Sundays, 1 pm – 4 pm and Wednesdays, 10 am – 12 pm: Enjoy one of the largest model railroad layouts in the region boasting a miniature castle, UFO and scenic landscape. Interact with the miniature world by making automobiles move and helicopters fly. The model train exhibit is open daily and themes change every season.
Blue Star MuseumsMay 21 – Sept 5: Blue Star Museums offers free Museum admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve, from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. Admission is good for the military ID holder and up to five family members.