“Triumph” Jennifer Baltimor

October kicked off a new quarter for the first-Friday Franklin Art Scene, bringing in a host of new sites and visiting artists. Though the annual Wine Down Main Street event will be in full swing Friday night, that only adds to the party—many of the art crawl locations will be open.

A $5 ticket gives you an unlimited Art Scene wristband to the trolleys that circulate from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Because of the coinciding Boys & Girls annual fundraiser Friday night, the trolleys will not drive down Main Street. For more details and map information, go to www.franklinartscene.com.

Highlights include:

  • At O’More College of Designon S. Margin Street, the four-year design institution is using its newly installed campus gallery to feature award-winning sculptor Joni Younkins-Herzog and local painter Jennifer Baltimore. Friday night will launch this particular exhibition, and will display several pieces from both artists in the gallery, located in the ca. 1866 Abbey Leix Mansion.Younkins-Herzog is a Florida-based sculptor, whose work has been featured both across the country and internationally. Her pieces combine beauty with absurdity, mixing overt sensuality with grotesque elements to blur the lines between reality and fantasy. The sculpture often incorporates repurposed and recycled elements, which also help demonstrate the artist’s curiosity towards science and modern biotechnology developments.

    Baltimore, an art and psychology teacher at Middle College High School in Franklin, is an emerging artist who uses fluid acrylics and glazing to create works of realism, abstraction and non-objective art. She examines quiet moments of everyday life, and mixes elements of the past with the present. www.omorecollege.edu

  • Stites & Harbison law firm on West Main Street will host author Margie Thessin and illustrator Sam Whitson, who will be on hand to sign copies of Thessin’s newest work, Lizzie’s War. In a moving tale based on true stories, the children’s novel explores life under Union occupation through one young girl’s perspective. Whitson, a retired colonel in the United States Army, used detailed drawings to help portray the heart-wrenching circumstances many Americans found themselves in at the time, how the war divided families and split communities.Stites & Harbison will also have YaYo O.M.G., a gourmet food truck run by Chef Yayo Jiménez that serves vintage Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. www.stites.com
  • Down on Columbia Avenue, custom furniture company Saddlecreek Design will feature a number of fine pieces, including woodwork by owner Scott Moore. The studio acts as the business’s showroom, and holds hand-sculpted modern, traditional and contemporary work—much of it made out from reclaimed materials. Moore will reveal three new pieces that will include hand-forged steel elements and abstract wall art, created from shop scraps. www.saddlecreekdesign.com
  • On Second Avenue South, two fused glass artists will display pieces at Outdoor Classic Structures, a design-build firm that focuses on non-climatized areas and outdoor construction. Jan Bell and Adrienne Parker will demonstrate their skill through the glass, and exhibit designs that are an exploration of patterns, textures and colors. Both local artists show innovative and traditional techniques, often working with the glass from the inside out and making their own molds. www.outdoorclassicstructures.com
  • Imagine Gallery of American Fine Art & Objects, located in the upper mezzanine at the Factory at Franklin, will kick off the holiday season with an “Artful Treasures Holiday Gift Show” on Friday. The venue will feature hand-painted silk scarves, exquisite glass vases, unique pottery, platters and more. www.imagine-gallery.net
The following Art Scene stops will be participating in Wine Down Main Street on Friday, and will resume their art crawl hosting in December:
  • Avec Moi
  • Bob Parks Realty
  • Boutique MMM
  • Good Findings, Inc.
  • Heart and Hands/Patchwork Pantry
  • JONDIE Boutique
  • Merridee’s
  • Puckett’s Gro.
  • Serendipity Skine Care & Cosmetics
  • The Heirloom Shop