More than 20 trees decorate the rooms of the beautiful historic Smith Trahern Mansion during Trees of Christmas. Opening with a reception Dec. 2 from 2-5 p.m., the trees will be open for display Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a $2 donation. Each tree is designed and decorated by a local club or organization. Smith Trahern Mansion is at 101 McClure St. in Clarksville. Visit smithtrahernmansion.com.
Downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Artwalk will be Dec. 5 between 5-8 p.m. for music, food and fun at the annual Noel Night at Seasons: The Museum Store. The gift shop will offer special discounts, free giftwrapping and more. Also, thanks in part to event sponsor Ufford Law & Mediation, the holiday movie favorite, “The Santa Clause,” will be screened Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the member appreciation movie night series.
DECEMBER 7 and DECEMBER 21
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Hands-On Explorers: DIY Toy Climber on Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 between 2-4 p.m. at the Family Art Studio. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for kindergarteners and older with an adult. Make a Gift Day is observed in December. There will be templates on hand in the shapes of robots, animals, holiday symbols and more to decorate and cut out. Or create a unique design to use. Finish the climbing toy using string and a few other materials. The toy will climb to the top of a hook using a simple seesawing motion. Enjoy racing the climbing creature with the ones family members make.
A layered poster demonstration by exhibits preparator Randy Spurgeon and Lonnie Frey will be Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in the lobby. Spurgeon and Frey, granddaughter of famed poster designer Landy R. Hales will give a demonstration. See the techniques used by Hales to create his layered posters. Stop by the museum’s Kimbrough Gallery to see Hale’s original work.
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Second Saturday Free Admission Day on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum is open to the public with free admission all day as part of the monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Sunday Family Fun Learning Day: Handmade Hanging Boxes on Dec .15 from 1-4 p.m. in the Family Art Studio. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for all ages at parents’ discretion. Treasures can be found in large boxes and in tiny boxes. Some boxes are square, others round, some have four sides, and some have eight. Boxes can even be made out of paper plates. Join Sue Lewis, curator of education, as paper plate hanging boxes are made that were designed by one of the teen members. Enjoy some unusual boxes in the Inspiration Tower in the Family Art Studio. Be inspired to create an unusual box.
THROUGH DECEMBER 31
The Kimbrough Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Dr. John Stanton’s Art of the Gun through Dec. 31. An exhibition of Dr. John Stanton’s artisan rifles and pistols is featured in the Museum’s Kimbrough Gallery. Clarksville’s own Stanton not only builds each gun, he designs themed engravings and bone inlays within each piece.
THROUGH DECEMBER 31
The Kimbrough Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Landy R. Hales: American Master of the Layer Poster and Fashions of the Time through Dec. 31. Hales was a well-known designer in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. Later in life, from 60-82, he used his design experience and patented techniques to create an extensive, colorful body of work based on personal themes. Mr. Hales made each poster by hand using coping saws, chisels and wood les. Supplementing the art are fashions from the Museum collection.
THROUGH DECEMBER 31
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Little Explorers: Cookie Monsters each Friday between 10:30-11:30 a.m. during December at Explorers’ Landing. The events are free with paid admission or membership for 2-5 year olds with an adult. National Cookie Cutters Week and National Cookie Day both fall in December. Find fun using different shapes and sizes of cookie cutters and play with “cookie dough” (modeling compound Model Magic). There will also be various everyday items to make different imprints and textures such as animalgurines, feathers, leaves, kitchen utensils, child-safe clay pottery tools and more. Or maybe squish, roll and pull the Model Magic as its properties are explored. Children can create a festive holiday Model Magic “cookie” to take home. They can embellish their “cookie” with all kinds of decorations and even make it into a delightful ornament. Model Magic “cookie” is non-toxic and for decoration only.
THROUGH JANUARY 5
The Orgain and Bruner galleries of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature neo-expressionist artist Hunt Slonem’s playful paintings that often depict multiples of the same subject in a loosely composed grid, and are rendered with gestural brush strokes. This exhibit contains works from the museum collection, the Tennessee State Museum collection, as well as new pieces from Hunt’s studio.
THROUGH JANUARY 5
The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Christmas Storefront: From the Museum Collection through Jan. 5. The holiday exhibit in Memory Lane showcases a festive street of shops featuring items from the Museum collection.
THROUGH DECEMBER 31
The Harvill Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature the recent works of Leah Foote through Dec. 31. Clarksville artist Leah Foote works in watercolors and mixed media. She is a member of the 2 Rivers Painters, Downtown Artists Co-op and the Tennessee Watercolor Society.
THROUGH JANUARY 12
The Jostens Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature the sculptural dresses of Belgin Yucelen through Jan. 12. The exhibition, titled “Semblance,” will consist of garments portraying a past culture’s sophistication. Yucelen creates her dresses similar to the Turkish styles of the 17th through 19th centuries. She used traditional techniques and materials from Turkey and other parts of Asia to add embellishments to the metal dresses.
THROUGH JANUARY 13
The Crouch Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature the organic abstract art of Jennifer Bowen through Jan. 13. Kentucky native Jennifer Bowman is a self-taught contemporary non-objective abstract artist. Her work continues to develop a strong following and has been shown on HGTV, as well as inclusion in the collections of Taylor York (Paramore), Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, Holly Williams (musician/daughter of Hank Williams Jr.), other music legends, and professional athletes.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program will hold a free 12-week training course to teach family members the knowledge and skills needed to cope more effectively with people with mental illness. Attend with other family members just like in a confidential setting. Gain insight into how mental illness affects a relative; take an eye-opening look inside some of today’s current brain research related to mental illness; learn how families can become advocates for better treatments for their relatives; learn about the mental illness medication issues available and the latest treatment options; learn to cope with worry and stress; and learn to focus on care for you, as well as loved ones. Many describe the impact of this program as life changing. Join the more than 200,000 individuals who have gained information, insight, understanding and empowerment. Classes will begin in January at Tennova Hospital-Clarksville. The class is free and confidential. Interested individuals must pre-register by calling Karen at 270-885-9410.
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