PHOTO: Kelly Harwood of Gallery 202 stands alongside his paintings during Friday night’s Franklin Art Scene. Harwood was the featured artist at his gallery for September. / Photos by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
September’s Franklin Art Scene was, indeed, quite scenic.
Scores of people came out to help celebrate the monthly event’s eighth anniversary as the streets and sidewalks of downtown Franklin glowed in the light of Friday’s dusk. Many of the shops hosted artists from all backgrounds, restaurants were full of customers, and musicians lent some atmospheric sounds.
“This is great,” said Kelly Harwood, owner of Gallery 202 and one of the founders of the Art Scene. “This has been something that has really pulled the community together.”
With every room and the courtyard of his gallery on Second Avenue filled with friends and visitors Friday evening, Harwood was beaming with pride. For one, he was this month’s featured artist at Gallery 202, something he has done every September Art Scene since the first one was held in 2011. He displayed his new landscapes, soulful animals and colorful abstracts, and was also joined by 82-year-old artist Albert Nahman of New Mexico, who had a collection of metal sculptures sprinkled around the courtyard.
Another reason for Harwood’s heartiness was the fact that Art Scene had reached a milestone with its having reached year eight and shows no signs of slowing down. Harwood collaborated with three other local art enthusiasts to launch Art Scene: Michael Damico, owner of Damico Frame and Art Gallery; Autumn Bethea, who owned a gallery on Second Avenue North at the time; and Nancy Williams, then director of the Downtown Franklin Association.
While the downtown shops featured the works of area artists, the sidewalks were lined with a variety of musicians. Here is a sampling of those, plus other images from the Franklin Art Scene.