Franklin Art Scene :: June 2014

"Einstein" by Bren Brown
“Einstein” by Bren Brown

As the Franklin Art Scene grows older, so does our crowd: we just continue to see a steady uptick of crowds every first Friday!

Those participants who will turn out for the Franklin Art Scene this Friday will enjoy exhibitions of original art at various locations throughout Franklin’s historic core — including the Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 34th Juried Exhibition at O’More College of Design, a biennial event juried by nationally renowned artist Pat Dews.

Hosted in the Abbey Leix Mansion on the College’s South Margin Street campus, the show will cross the state from June 2014 through January 2015 once it leaves Franklin, with gallery venues in Humbolt, Cookeville, Knoxville, Elizabethton and Chattanooga.

In addition to O’More, a few highlights include:

  • The Bob Parks Realty office on Main Street will feature “The Women of Williamson County” for June’s art crawl, featuring Susan Harlan, Gail McDaniel, Gale Haddock and Shelley Snow—all local artists who work primarily in watercolor.
  • Rachael McCampbell is one of the featured artists for Regions Bank on First Avenue South in downtown Franklin. A native Tennessean whose painting reflect surrounding aesthetics, her subjects include running horses, flying birds and the landscapes that influence her home in Leiper’s Fork. Also exhibiting work during the June event is Camille Moore, a painter who primarily works in oils to create still lives, dogs, birds and chickens.
  • Savory Spice Shop on Main Street is hosting Rex Ellsworth this Friday, who makes functional art in the form of sculptural clocks and lamps. His eclectic works also include painting, sculpture, functional art, and jewelry.
  • The Bagbey House is hosting its newest resident artist, Shelley Newman-Holmes, for June’s Franklin Art Scene. The eclectic shop in downtown Franklin is also throwing a beach-themed party during the monthly event, and often provide refreshments, wine and live music to accompany the art. Randy Hayward is also showing.
  • The Heirloom Shop on Main Street is displaying work by Bren Brown, a self-taught artist who works with oils and charcoal to skillfully create detailed portraits.
  • Yacoubian Jewelers is exhibiting the photography by Duane Chambers, who shoots primarily landscapes. Duane’s quest is to visit every National Park in the U.S. and Canada–which is almost complete, with the exception of Alaska.
  • Franklin Custom Interiors is hosting Victor Hood, an artist who won second Best of Group in the realistic bust category at the 2011 International Woodcarvers Congress. In addition, the store will display work by Bill Dale, a potter who works with clay and has been exploring hand-built, colorful tiles of late; as well as Diane Lee, a local painter.
  • The ever-dynamic artist Roy Laws will be showing at Vue Optique during Friday’s art crawl.

The art crawl is free, but a $5 wristband includes unlimited stops on the trolleys that circulate throughout the circuit.

Because next month’s event falls on the Fourth of July, the Franklin Art Scene will not host a July event. The next art crawl will be held Friday, August 1.

In conjunction with the monthly gathering coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), around 30 sites will host local artists on their properties, 6-9 p.m. Many of the locations offer refreshments, drink or live music. For more information about participants, go to To see this month’s featured artists, visit the non-profit’s Facebook page at