The first week of October kicks off a new quarter for downtown Franklin’s monthly crawl, bringing in a host of new sites and supplementary artists this Friday, Oct. 5. The Franklin Art Scene carries more than 30 locations with it, taking participants from the antique district and down Columbia Avenue to Main Street and the Factory at Franklin.
September’s one-year anniversary brought more than 1,500 patrons to the free event, and many of the galleries and working studios offered live music for the milestone month.
As always, trolleys circulate among all the stops, and $5 buys an unlimited wristband to jump on and off at will from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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 art crawl and its locations.
- Arbor Antique Mall on South Margin Street will offer an extensive lineup for the October event: five local artists will demonstrate live paintings throughout the store for the evening. In addition, artist-in-residence Ken Walls and wife, Amy, will present a paper-mache installation on the shop’s front porch. The incredible masterpiece will be a half-scale, New Orleans style mausoleum with a glow-in-the-dark interior. ArborAntiqueMall.com
- Just off Franklin’s Main Street, Shuff’s Music on Third Avenue North will host the musical and artistic musings of James Williams and Sylvia Phillips. Williams fashions expressionistic pieces and will use the opportunity to launch his two published books, Love in the Olive Grove and Lemons Love Me. Phillips is a gifted painter who produces works of realism. She will also offer live music for the night. ShuffsMusic.com
- Shoe shop Boutique MMM on the Public Square will hold work by two Middle Tennessee implants, both of which have been exhibited in galleries and private collections around the country. Sketch Bourque is a Spring Hill artist who composes amazing graphic drawings and portraits, and his sketches have graced the cover of many local publications and books. Pam Francis of Nashville will feature her functional art and abstract compilations of organic imagery in combined watercolor and acrylic pieces. BoutiqueMMM.com
- Fresh on the circuit, CharacterEYES on Church Street will feature Nashville-based fine artist Dorsey McHugh to kick off the eye care boutique’s first month as an Art Scene participant. McHugh will display more than 15 colorful acrylics that reflect the adventure of relationships and life’s journey. Guests will also notice two eight-foot wooden guitars that suspend from the ceiling—pendants handmade by CharacterEYES Owner Dr. Jim Tilley. Charactereyespc.com
- Down the street and beside Sweet CeCe’s, Kaleidoscope will offer a different kind of artistic talent for the event. Jheri Beth Rich & Greg Rogers of J.B. Rich Artisan Soap Co. will be handcrafting goat’s milk soap at the antique shop. The pair, based out of Shelbyville, Tenn., will be producing luxury scents like chocolate mint, fruit cocktail, cucumber melon and more. KaleidoscopeHome.com
- The Bagbey House on Fourth Avenue North will host several artists (as always!), including watercolorist Laura Melling, jewelry artist Wagadevia Thimmaiah, Robin Hillman, Trina Schmidt and local photographer Debbie Smartt. Don’t miss this bevy of incredible talent!
- Gallery 202 on Second Avenue South; Jewelry artist Teva Chaffin and Dave Pic’kell who constructs “saggar fired pottery.”
- Damico Frame & Art Gallery off of Columbia Avenue on E. Fowlkes Street; Eclectic collection of several artists with spookily themed art. Costumes encouraged.
- Serendipity Skincare & Cosmetics on Main Street; Work by Deanna Williams, Julian Wayne Hagan and Nancy Higgins and Prophetik designer Jeff Garner. The exhibit will include Williams’s “Happy Flowers & Fairies” series as well as Hagan’s “Earth, Sea and Sky” collection. Higgins is best known for capturing the moment on canvas through her landscapes and portraits.
- Scarlett Scales Antiques on Second Avenue South; O’More College of Design instructor Susan DeGarmo will provide her altered books, full of intriguing mixed media.
- The Clough Team, Daniel-Christian, and Gregg/Rains Building Group on Fifth Avenue South; Jewelry artist Danica Van Horn fashions unique, handmade pieces.Wine provided by Moon Wine & Spirits.
- Stites & Harbison law firm on West Main Street will host local artists Joseph Dzuback Bibb and Sam Whitson. Bibb’s work includes paintings and mixed media. Much of the Franklin native’s recent work is influenced by both his Irish and Tennessee heritage and the landscape of his ancestors. Whitson is a local artist who did sketchings for Margie Thessin’s soon-to-be-released book, Lizzie’s War. In addition, Bennett and Mina Burnside will provide lyrical musings on the firm’s front porch.
From The Factory to Main Street, Columbia Avenue to the Second Avenue Arts and Antique district, many of the 30-plus locations feature artists working during the crawl. To learn more, visit www.franklinartscene.com.