Participants taking the Franklin Art Scene route on April 4 can expect to enjoy 70 degree weather and fresh artists of the first-Friday art crawl through downtown Franklin’s historic core.
In conjunction with the monthly gathering coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), around 30 locations will host local artists on their properties, 6-9 p.m. Many of the sites offer refreshments, drink or live music.
The art crawl is free, but a $5 wristband includes unlimited stops on the trolleys that circulate throughout the circuit.
For more information about participants, go to www.franklinartscene.com.
To see this month’s featured artists, visit the non-profit’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FranklinArtScene.
A few highlights include:
- O’More College of Design on S. Margin Street will hold a book signing for O’More instructor and artist Susan DeGarmo’s altered book ManyPaws: the years of change. The piece a light-hearted and interactive pop-up book for women aging. The artist will also display various mixed-media and altered book pieces.
- Award-winning and internationally acclaimed artist James R. Threalkill will showcase his oil and acrylic paintings at Regions Bank in downtown Franklin during the April Art Scene. During the first-Friday event, the Nashville native will feature a collection of jazz musicians that display a definite New Orleans flair. “James R. Threalkill’s artwork represents a passion for the beauty of life and the vibrancy of color and movement. His images capture the essence of individuals and their various lifestyles. His appreciation for the spontaneity of jazz is clearly evident in his musical creations. His textured abstracts display the freedom of creativity that he balances with his expressive realism,” says Threalkill’s website.
- The Heirloom Shop on Main Street will be featuring Laine Barley’s “Outdoor Art” series. The Columbia, Tenn., artist works with acrylic and mixed media to create pieces that display vibrant life and tranquil natural settings. www.lainecb.blogspot.com
- Cindy Birdsong, Nashville artist and art educator, is Savory Spice Shop’s April featured artist. Cindy will be featuring her whimsical, mixed-media paintings that portray both abstract and realistic scenes. www.cynthia-birdsong.weebly.com
- Bob Parks Realty is hosting sculpture artist Janel Maher during Franklin’s first-Friday art crawl. Her work is known for capturing the heart, soul and very essence of one of our greatest treasures – the horse. Maher’s sculptures can be found among collections throughout the United States, Europe and South America with two perpetual trophies in England and South Africa. www.janelmaher.com
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 event and its locations.