The 26th rendition of Clarksville’s Riverfest is stepping out in fine fashion. The art exhibits component is blessed with a truly amazingly diverse collection of artwork for viewing and consideration. Escape from the heat and trampings and check out the wonders at the free art exhibits just up the hill from the Riverfest central staging area. Here’s something to whet the appetite.
The curators and gallery directors of the Riverfest Fine Arts Exhibits invite everyone to the free “neighborhood” gallery tour. There are three exhibit shows for the Tour d’Art 2013. All are within the general downtown area and away from the highly sought after parking meccas. That is reason enough to forego the main area for a while.
The Amateur & Professional Exhibit holds court at the Smith-Trahern Mansion, 311 Spring Street. The rooms are filled with works by local amateur and professional artists. There are amazing works on display here so take your time and browse freely. Purchase award winners and category award winners are readily denoted by display ribbons and signage. A diverse collection of media formats and forms give this exhibit a truly open feeling. Avant-Garde, contemporary, modern, drawings, paintings, film and digital photography, mixed media, 3D and fiber, wood work, fabric and metal, most all manner of genre are richly presented.
The Senior Citizen Exhibit is housed at the Downtown Artists Co-Op, 96 Franklin Street. Opening on Thursday night as part of the regular First Thursday Art Walk, the Tour d’Art exhibit saw a lively flow of art enthusiasts through the Co-Op’s doors to peruse the bi-level exhibit hall’s many works on display. A diverse mix of media and styles give breath and sustenance to the exhibit.
The High School Exhibit is given full run at the Customs House Museum, 200 South Second Street. Exciting treasures await the inquisitive eyes of the Riverfest guests as these young artists have given vent to their innermost impressions and understandings of their world and hopes. Stroll through the exhibit hall and perhaps you will discover your own budding Picasso or Dali!
[Photos by Turner McCullough/JazzWaves Imaging Solutions]