First Thursday Art Walk showcases works of local artists – Main Street Media of Tennessee


Clarksville’s August edition of First Thursday Art Walk highlighted the works of well-known local artists at a variety of downtown venues, some, veterans of many shows, others, showing their work for the first time.

D.C. Thomas was featured at the Roxy, with her show, In Pursuit of Memories. Kitty Harville had some of her works on display downstairs at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. Upstairs, in the main lobby, author Minoa Uffelman was joined by her editors, Pyllis Smith and Dr, Ellen Kanervo for a book-signing of her latest release, The Civil War Letters of Sarah Kennedy: Life Under Occupation in the Upper South.

Jon Duncan, a local  photographer whose superb work has been gaining lots of attention, held his first-ever show at Edward’s Steak House. 

“This is the first time I’ve done any kind of photography show,” Duncan said. “I had a few images already printed up, when David Smith asked me to do this. I got some smaller, more affordable sizes done just for the show. Every photo here is of Clarksville. I figure, most people who need something for their home or office would appreciate a Clarksville scene.”

Duncan says, Clarksville ends up being a lot of his work, but his passion is centered on music.

“Jax Hollow reached out to me and asked me to photograph her show at the Ryman,” Duncan said. “It was her first time there. She was opening for Melissa Etheridge. She saw my work and said I have to have you shoot this occasion for me. I was honored.

“Shooting an unsigned artist, and catching the emotion that she experienced, …  that place came unglued. There are videos out there of people pounding on the pews. I thought the roof was going to come off the place. She was overcome with emotion, and it was emotional for me to even be there and have the opportunity to capture that moment.”

Duncan works with things like album covers, performance coverage, music videos and interviews.

“Anything related to music is where I want to be,” Duncan said. “The best thing about this job is, it’s something different almost every time I pick up the camera, and I love it.”      

Red River Clay, The Clarksville Collection and others also participated in this month’s Art Walk.

The biggest single event at the August edition of First Thursday Art Walk was Downtown Artist Co-Op’s annual Regional Juried Art Exposition, which featured nearly 100 pieces submitted by local artists, in four categories; Drawing, Oil, Water and Mixed Media/Collage.

Stephen Schlegel said, DAC has held its annual exposition for about twelve years. “It’s open to everyone,” Schlegel continued. “It’s part of DAC’s outreach. We had nearly 100 entries this year. We offered prize money and  had some great sponsors. F&M Bank is an enduring sponsor of our events, and Cliff Whitaker sponsored this year’s online gallery. 931 Wine & Spirits is another loyal sponsor, so we always want to say thanks to all of them.”

Winners at this year’s show include: Best of Show – Jane Olson’s Celestial Quilt, and two People’s Choice Awards – Frank Lott’s The Pour, and Joe McLain’s Evergreens in the Mist.

Additional award winners include: 

Drawing 1st Place – The Reckoning by Ellen Money, 2nd Place – approaching Storm by Betty Liles.

Mixed Media/Collage 1st Place – I See the World Burning by Jennifer Pierstorff, 2nd Place – Astral Projection by Mehgan Jernigan, 3rd Place – 659 Third Avenue by Karen Wollenberg.

Oil Media 1st Place – Irrational Fears by Asad Thomas, 2nd Place – The Scale House by Betty Liles, 3rd Place – My Father’s Garden by Jane Olson, Honorable Mention – Gallatin City Cemetery by Toby Delk and Honorable Mention – The Blue Vase by Betty Hargis.

Water Media 1st Place – Karma, Karma Chameleon by Annalee Parker, 2nd Place The Pour by Frank Lott, 3rd Place – The Inventor’s Apprentice by Steve Chlupsa.

The show will hang at DAC thru Sept. 3, 2023. The gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday. For hours and information, go to

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