Work by Annie Tagg

We’ll be ringing in the summer months this Friday with the Franklin Art Scene! The monthly event, coordinated by the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), includes more than 30 locations in an area thriving with spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join us Friday, 6-9 p.m., as we toast the warm  weeks ahead!

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

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Highlights include:

Local artist Gina Cashia will be the featured artist this month at Stites & Harbison on W. Main Street. Gina is currently a senior at the University of Alabama studying Art History and Italian, and will have several pieces of art on display. Inspired by Abstract Expressionist artists, Gina does not follow a specific process–rather, she incorporates the use of brushes, pallet knives, drips, and splatters allows for her paintings to incorporate movement, freedom, and emotion.

In addition to Gina’s work, the law firm will also feature work by Joseph Bibb, front-porch tunes of The Bennett Family, and  food truck fare!

The Heirloom Shop on Main Street is featuring Annie Tagg, a local artist and graphic designer who will exhibit several paintings during the June 7 art crawl. Tagg builds layers into her work to create depth and to convey feeling as she works. Working through oils, acrylics and pastels, the artist communicates emotions through her angel or natured-centered pieces.

Work by Kelly Harwood

Gallery 202 on Second Avenue North will exhibit a collection of Kelly Harwood’s pieces, entitled “Eye Candy.” The Nashville artist paints in a range of mediums and styles to create large abstract and landscape work, as well as whimsical contemporary figures. Work by Harwood, who is also owner of Gallery 202, is currently displayed in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the country.

Just down the street, Arbor Antique Mall will provide live entertainment for Art Scene goers. Leigh Robbins, an award-winning singer-songwriter who has written tracks for a slew of movies and television programs, including The Mask and As The World Turns. In addition, the antique and jewelry store will host artists Ken Walls and Robert Cortner, a metal sculptor.

Just across the street, Franklin Antique Mallis hosting artist Marlena Karlsson. Marlena uses mixed media to complete her pieces, often utilizing chalk, acrylic, enamel, oil, sprays, stains and resin to create the art. She says she receives her inspiration from nature, especially sunsets, trees, flowers, water and wind.

Riverside Antiques on Bridge Street will be showing work by Tiffany Nesbitt, owner and art instructor of Uptown Art. During the art crawl, guests will be able to watch Tiffany is “live time”–she’ll start and complete a piece at the home & decor shop!
In June, Thompson Station-based artist Pam Francis returns to Bagbey House Antiques. Pam will bring her functional art and abstract compilations of organic imagery in combined watercolor and acrylic pieces! They will also be hosting Jill Harper.

Work by Terry Naysmith