First Friday Art Crawl Highlights Local Artists, Showcases Williamson County Culture
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Franklin Art Scene returns to downtown Franklin on June 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to feature unique pieces created by a wide range of local artisans, along with the second annual Critter Invasion — an exhibition of sidewalk chalk art.
The Downtown Franklin Association, the coordinator of this free monthly event, is partnering with the Williamson County Arts Council and during June’s Art Scene only, patrons will have a chance to experience the Critter Invasion exhibit, which consists of temporary street art by local artists, composed entirely of chalk on improvised locations. Those looking to view all of the critter drawings should be sure to check out “Critter Alley,” located at the Bagbey House.
In addition, guests should make plans to stop by the Williamson County Archives as well. Not only will they be able to spot a critter, but they can also view art pieces created by young artists as a kickoff for the Kids Arts Festival set for Saturday, June 3rd, at Pinkerton Park.
Friday’s locations are slated to offer a sweeping variety of magnificent work, ranging from mixed-media pieces and handcrafted jewelry to turned wood and original paintings, including:
- Boutique MMM, at 238 Public Square, will display the paintings of Denise Michelle, a Middle Tennessee State University graduate whose works explore a variety of mediums including welding, wood sculpting and casting, as well as oil and acrylic.
- Gallery 202, located on Second Avenue South will feature handmade jewelry and encaustic pieces created by Carol Evans. Jewelry has been her passion for some time and she loves seeing the sheets of metal, rolls of wire and strings of gemstones and pearls turn into small works of art for wearing.
- Hope Church, at 137 4th Ave South will host the works of Eva Grace which include mixed media pieces made with torn scraps of fabric, newspaper clippings, postage stamps and more.
- Imagine Box Emporium, at 311 N Margin, is set to show the illustrations and paintings of Nashville artist, Cory Basil. Previously featured at OZ Arts Nashville and numerous art crawls, he describes himself as “born with a brush, stories and such.”
- Jack Yacoubian Jewelers, found at 300 Public Square, will highlight local artist Susan Ebersold’s art that is inspired by the color and positivity of her surroundings, and meant to bring emotion to the surface.
- The Registry, located at 347 Main Street will feature artist and teacher at Battle Ground Academy, Alison Logan. With a focus on the human form, her current works combine this with emotional landscapes that reflect her inspirations through oil, watercolor and graphite.
- The Visitor Center, at 400 Main Street, will feature local woodturner, Ben Paty, whose techniques were developed from master crafters David Ellsworth and John Jordan.
- The Williamson County Archives, at 611 Main Street will host several, local young artists as a kick off for the Kids Art Festival set for the Saturday, June 3 at Pinkerton Park
Many of the galleries and working studios serve complimentary refreshments during the evening, and some offer live music. A free trolley ride, sponsored by Genesis of Cool Springs, will circulate among all the stops, and patrons can jump on and off at will from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.