Franklin Art Scene {October 2015}

Williamson County Archives, Artist Janet King
Williamson County Archives, Artist Janet King

Last month’s Franklin Art Scene marked four years since the free event’s inception, and the celebration of local artists will continue on Friday, October 2nd! This monthly art crawl, organized by the Downtown Franklin Association, takes place the first Friday of each month and features 30-plus locations throughout the downtown Franklin area hosting local artists and their work.

This Friday’s locations will exhibit the best of the Williamson County art world with photography exhibits, original paintings from the abstract to the figurative as well as striking woodwork. Some of the highlights include:

  • Bagbey House, located at 134 4th Avenue N. will feature Ken Walls, whose recent work has revolved around roadside signage and neon marquees of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church, found at Five Points will have Hugh Elledge, an artisan furniture maker, woodworker and artist displaying his impressive body of work.
  • Hope Church will be hosting Mark Neubauer at their office location at 137 4th Avenue S. Mark has over 25 years of experience as a graphic designer and artist with extensive experience in print design. He loves to create and to build—both of which he employs in creating his art which includes handmade canvas and board frames are made by hand.
  • O’More College of Design, located at 423 S Margin Street is slated to host alumna Kimberly Kelly, an abstract artist and 2013 graduate of O’More. Her work embodies gestural strokes, layering of light and shadow and an emotional response achieved through the interaction of various colors.
  • T. Nesbitt & Co., the vintage and antique shop at 145 2nd Avenue N, will feature Cory Basil. Based out of Nashville, his illustrations are notable for their touching love stories told in comical and macabre ways, featuring innocent characters surrounded by unsettling darkness.
  • Visitor Center just off Main Street and 4th Avenue will have Bill Hobbs who has been doing photography since he was 10. His photography is heavily influenced by the black-and-white newspaper photography of his 1970s childhood.
  • Williamson County Archives at 611 W Main Street will feature the Southern Charm Exhibit—a showcase of scenes that are unique or prevalent in the county.

Refreshments will be provided by many of the locations, and some will feature live music throughout the event that runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A map is available online showing all locations and 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.

For more information on the event or to download maps and applications, visit


Boutique MMM, Artist Maureen Obrien
Boutique MMM, Artist Maureen Obrien
Parks Realty, Artist Dan Klatt
Parks Realty, Artist Dan Klatt
Shuff's Music, Artist Lizzy Ragsdale
Shuff’s Music, Artist Lizzy Ragsdale