CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s what’s happening at the Customs House Museum and Cultural in August.
Lighting: The Art of Dr. John Stanton, August 4 – October 16 | Jostens Gallery: The illuminated glass works and engravings of Dr. John Stanton bring a variety of motifs to life.
Thomas Adams: Pen & Ink from the Collection, August 5 – October 19 | Harvill Gallery: Local artist Thomas Adams captured iconic Clarksville locations in pen and ink with these drawings from 1973 and 1974. Experience these landmarks – some of which no longer stand – with this collection of fine illustrations.
4th Annual Cohen Clinic at the Centerstone Community Art Show, August 22 – September 22 | Kimbrough Gallery: Hosted by the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Centerstone, this annual exhibition features local artists, both amateur and professional, who are also military veterans and family members. The Cohen Clinic provides accessible mental health care to veterans and their families.
Vietnam: 2 soldiers, 2 artists, 2 trips then & now, until August 14 | Kimbrough Gallery: From helicopters and hand grenades to watercolors and canvases, this is the story of two brave soldiers who fought their way into the art world. This memorable, one-of-a-kind exhibition showcases the finest work by Vietnam’s David Wright and Chuck Creasy. It all comes together in this exciting and meaningful show that connects two lives, two worlds, two journeys.
Train Station: Clarksville & The Locomotive, Until August 28 | Bruner & Orgain Galleries: Clarksville’s history is closely tied to 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 association with Nashville’s LeQuire Gallery & Studio, this retrospective exhibition features a wide range of work by Tennessee treasure Olen Bryant. Bryant, a distinguished professor of art at Austin Peay, has graced the interior of the Governor’s Mansion with his sculptures, as well as prominent Tennessee museums and art collections across the country.
Annual employee 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 artists’ unique personalities, special moments in their lives and their inspirations.
Exploring our city: An adventure for all ages, Explorers Landing: New memories, new adventures, new Explorers Landing! Explore our city with timeless favorites like 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, 5:00pm – 8:00pm: The museum offers free admission during the first Thursday Art Walk Clarksville from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Ice Cream O-Rama, Presented by Dairy Queen August 20, 1pm-3pm | Museumshof: It’s the last party of the summer! Join us for the crazy, family-friendly Ice Cream-O-Rama at the museum! Enjoy sweet treats from Dairy Queen of Clarksville, hit the bull’s-eye at the dunking booth or throw a pie in the faces of some community friends. Make sure to show your competitive side while playing some court games. We’ve also set up the delicious Taqueria Lo Arado Jalisco food truck to satisfy your hunger pangs. This event is a fundraiser for the museum to support our mission and the continuation of the children’s program, the maintenance of Explorers Landing, and more.
touch history, stop by every Thursday in August between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. | Memory Trail: All Ages | Free with membership or paid entry. Experience hands-on history as you grind coffee beans, discover how handmade fabrics were made, and spin a zoetrope in Touching History, a drop-by program for all ages. Travel back in time as you interact with historical artifacts that give you a glimpse of life in a 19th-century log cabin before electricity.
Family Art Saturday: Making Paper Kites, August 27, between 10:00 – 12:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 | From 3 years, with adults. Free with membership or paid entry | Family Art Studio: Have you ever captured the perfect gust of wind for your kite and watched it soar high? Make your own paper kite at the Family Art Studio to take with you and play outside before the weather gets chilly. *All parents are expected to attend and supervise their children.
F&M Bank Huff & Puff Express model trains, exhibition open daily | Trains run Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Enjoy one of the largest model railways in the region with a miniature castle, a UFO and a picturesque landscape. Interact with the miniature world by moving cars and flying helicopters. The model railway exhibition is open daily and the themes change every season.
Blue Star Museums, May 21 – September 5: Blue Star Museums is offering free museum admission to active-duty military personnel in the country and their families, including the National Guard and Reserves, from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. Admission is good for the military ID holder and up to five family members.