The Franklin Art Scene will follow Saturday’s Pumpkinfest with its November event on Friday, Nov. 1. The first-Friday art crawl, which has consistently grown in attendance since its 2011 conception, will feature 30-plus participating locations in Historic Franklin’s core.
Art Scene locations are dispersed throughout downtown, including the antique district and spots up and down Columbia Avenue. There is no set starting point for art crawl participants; guests are encouraged to begin at any map location. Trolleys circulate among all the stops throughout the night, and $5 buys an unlimited wristband to jump on and off at will from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition to an online map and QR code, a Franklin Art Scene smartphone application is now available on Google Play. The download gives users up-to-date information on the upcoming art crawl and its locations.
Some highlights of the November 1 event include:
- Just off Columbia Avenue, Damico Frame & Art Gallery will showcase work by Jennie Schut, a local painter who has shown her work throughout the state. As an artist, Schut perceives the many relationships active in an engaging piece of work and uses light and dark, smooth and rough, colorful and dull elements to create her masterpieces.
- Savory Spice Shop, a new boutique spice store on Main Street, is hosting local acrylic artist Roy Laws. Laws offers artistic interpretations of vintage guitars, rock n’ roll icons and outlaw country legends.
- The Williamson County CVB Vistor Center at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street is hosting “visual jazz” painter JD Wise, who appreciates the modern, mid-century style of the ‘60s.
- Heirloom Shop is hosting painter Maia Ketterbaugh at its Main Street shop, and artist who paints still-life objects in an oil medium.
- On the Public Square, Boutique MMM will display pieces by Laurel Nash, a jewelry artist and silversmith who primarily works with leather.
- On Second Avenue North, antiques store T. Nesbitt & Co. is offering a look at Cynthia Birdsong’s work. Birdsong will display her mixed-media pieces. As an artist, she has taught adults and children at Cheekwood Botanical Garden for nearly 20 years.
- Bagbey House on Fourth Avenue North is showcasing several of their in-house local artists in November, including Debbie Smartt, Lisa Hayward and Jill Harper.
- O’More College of Design on S. Margin Street hosted a scholarship competition for high school students across the state this fall. The Verve show graphic design submissions will be displayed alongside a professional exhibit in the College’s fine art gallery.
- Gallery 202 on Second Avenue South is exhibiting fresh work from Nashville painter Diane Davich Craig and Franklin-based jewelry artist Paula Barnett.
About the Franklin Art Scene
In 2011, a group of Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) members launched the monthly Franklin Art Scene to promote local talent and community relationships in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn. Since its inception, the first-Friday event has been a unique experience for both the art novice and the connoisseur, offering a sweeping variety of magnificent work that ranges from blown glass and mixed-media pieces to original paintings and handcrafted jewelry.