BY JOHN McBRYDE
The Franklin Art Scene keeps expanding, and the monthly downtown Franklin event has added a number of sites to its list of places where artists from the Greater Nashville area and beyond can show their creations.
Now in its ninth year, the Art Scene welcomes Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, Mason Chiropractic, Renasant Bank, Storehouse No. 9 and Towne Creek Realty to its lineup of places where art lovers of all ages and backgrounds can wander and soak up the sights, sounds and sensations.
In addition, Franklin Road Apparel will be hosting a fundraiser and promotion for Bloom Family Design, a local volunteer organization of creative people who buy, decorate and install rooms for foster children.
Best of all, perhaps, Mother Nature will be bringing a welcome relief from the heat that absolutely plagued September when October’s Art Scene takes place Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Don’t forget to hop on the free trolleyor jump in your car and head to the off-the-beaten-path sites where you will find plenty of art, parking and refreshments.
Featured artists in the October Art Scene include:
- Finnleys, located at 435 Main St, will host acclaimed artist Danielle Duer, a designer focused on ambitious, original projects that tell the authentic stories of her very special clients.
- Firstlight Art Academy & St. Philip Catholic Church, located at 113 Secnd Ave. S., will feature the favorite artwork of the 4-8-year-old students in the KidsArt program along with the Music Is Strings group.
- Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, located at 117 Fourth Ave. N., will be hosting five fabulous artists: Bill Hewitt, Mike Smith, Katie Mickholtzick, Devon Dixon and Gary Shrader, as well as offering free parking to Art Scene guests.
- Franklin Creative,located at 1261 Columbia Ave., will showcase “Faces of Humanity” portrait work by artist Samantha Ornellas.
- Franklin Road Apparel, located at 508 W. Main St.,will be hosting a fundraiser and promotion for Bloom Family Designas well as showcasing collage artist Audie Adams and singer Mallory Bennhoff, a Franklin High school senior.
- Gallery 202, located at 202 Second Ave. S.,will feature artist Emily Allison whose piecesinvolve incorporating found and interesting objects into papier-mache, three- dimensional sculptures.
- Hester & Cook, located at 340 A Main St., will host artist Janeth Murray McKendrick, who creates ceramic plaques of historic buildings and private homes.
- Historic Presbyterian Church,located at Fifth and Main street, will feature the pottery of artist Matt McAlister, whose love of water, fish, fossils and music is visible in his work.
- Imaginebox Emporium, located at 311 N. Margin St., will showcase the original illustrations of Cory Basil as well as his other creations using mediums such as watercolor, oil and gauche.
- John H. Green, located at 118 Fourth Ave. N., will display the work of Nicole D’Andrea, who styles her own unique handbags and empowering bracelets for the girl on the go.
- Sage Sleep, located at 434 Main St., will showcase artist Mattie Wolfe, whose artwork is best known for its striking use of contrast and fluid designs.
- Savory Spice,located at 324 Main St., will host artist Sketch Bourque, whose work is comprised of drawings, paintings and sculptures.
- Tin Cottage, located at 334 Main St., will display the unique watercolor artwork of Katherine Raymond, whose paintings capture a sense of place, time and mood.
- Towne Creek Realty, located at 140 Fourth Ave. S., will display the work of Ansley Black, whose work shows her ability to capture perspective and demonstrative texture on a large or a small scale.
- Twine Graphics,located at 304 Public Square, will feature artist Matt Jenkins,who works primarily with acrylic on unusual mediums such as barn wood and drumheads.
- VintageTN, located at 1261 Columbia Ave., returns this month as an artisan destination for those looking for inspiration, community and materials.
- Visitors Center, located at 400 Main St., will be featuring fiber artist CatieBeth Thomas, who is inspired by nature and her studies in Native American, Mesoamerican and Italian Pre-Renaissance Art.
- Williamson County Archives, located at 611 W. Main St., will feature the art of Elizabeth Worrell Braswell, whose paintings capture the simple, beautiful, timeless things in life.
For more information on the Franklin Art Scene, a full list of artists and a map of all featured locations, visit https://www.franklinartscene.org/.