CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here are the events happening at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in the month of October.
Art of the Nashville Artist Guild, October 4 – November 27 | Kimbrough Gallery: The Nashville Artist Guild is a nonprofit, juried organization of professional artists, irrespective of any particular school, style or movement. For over 70 years, the Guild has promoted fine visual art 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 features scenes of the land, animals and people of rural Kentucky.
Spookies from the Collection, through November 6 | Lobby: From a Victorian wreath made of human hair to mysterious portraits and dolls, get in the Halloween spirit with this selection of spooky artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.
Peripheries: New Work by Laurén Brady, through 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 mark-making and bold use of color.
The Art of Clarksville, through October 26 | Crouch Gallery: This impressive collection of original artworks representing the expansive story of our community is on display together for the first time. From picture-perfect downtown views to charming watercolors of peaceful riverside scenes, the collection contains over 60 works of art that depict a historic Clarksville scene, were created by a Clarksville resident or both.
Thomas Adams: Pen & Inks from the Collection, through 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.
Illumination: The Art of Dr. John Stanton, through October 16 | Jostens Gallery: A variety of subjects come to life in the illuminated glasswork and engravings of Dr. John Stanton.
First Thursday Art Walk, Oct 6, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free to the public: The Museum offers free admission during First Thursday Art Walk Clarksville from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Grab a bite from Hotdog Emergency food truck in the Courtyard!
Fifth Saturday Donation Day, Oct 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Fifth Saturday is Donation Day! Visit the Museum before heading down to Fright on Franklin – costumes are welcome! Do a craft with Ms. Sue in the Family Art Studio, get some sweet treats from YaYa’s Confectioneries and vote on your favorite costumed staff member. Any monetary donation to the Museum is your admission. All donations directly support the Museum’s mission.
Historic Greenwood Cemetery Walking Tour, Oct 1, 8, 15 & 22 | 9 – 10 am $20 ticket | $15 member ticket: The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is hosting our popular historic walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery, one of Clarksville’s oldest active cemeteries. Take a spooky stroll through the winding paths of Greenwood to hear tales full of local history and intrigue. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Hurry – space is extremely limited!
Meet a Firefighter, Oct. 12, drop by between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free with membership 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 job and the special gear they use. Drop by the 1925 Ahrens-Fox firetruck in Memory Lane to visit with them; kid-friendly fire safety information will be available. We thank Chief Michael Rios and members of Clarksville Fire Rescue for making this event possible.
Family Art Saturday: Make a Bat Puppet, Oct 29, drop by between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Ages 3+, with adult Free with membership or paid admission | Family Art Studio: Bats aren’t spooky – they’re wonderful and helpful creatures! They eat lots of insects and mosquitoes that are harmful to crops grown by farmers. Join Ms. Sue to make a paper bat hand puppet and pretend it’s gobbling up mosquitoes!
*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 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: 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.