Monday, November 19, 2012

The Franklin Art Scene

Good Monday to you dear readers! I hope that all of you had a good weekend! Ours was busy as always. I most often find myself wishing that I had a weekend from my weekend. But I suppose being busy is better than being bored!

Today I wanted to share with you something that is very dear to me, The Franklin Art Scene (or First Friday Art Crawl) is a street fair that is held the first friday of every month in Franklin Tn. The next one is coming up on December 7th (mark your calendars!!)

This monthly event features all sorts of local artisans around the Nashville and Franklin area. From painters to potters, sculptors and welders, jewelry designers and collage artists. This street fair has something for everyone. I love being a part of this community and seeing all of the new creations by all of my lovely artists friends.  

I have been attending this event since it started back in 2011. Its a wonderful night where local artists open up their homes, galleries, and shops to the public. There is always wine, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and plenty of local arts and crafts up for sale. Several of my very close friends also attend and participate in this event every month. Its a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come out and support local artists and even find treasures to bring home with them. (I always end up buying 2 or 3 pieces of small artwork or jewelry).

The Franklin Art Scene starts around 6pm on the first friday of every month and runs until 9pm (some places will be open a little later depending on if there are still people wandering about). There are dozens of shops and galleries that open their doors to the public around the Franklin square. And some of the antique stores even stay open so patrons can come in and shop. 

One of my very favorite galleries to visit on this special night is run by several of my very good friends. This gallery is not actually a gallery but a house! That magically turns into a gallery on the night of the Franklin Art Scene (thanks to a lot of hard work from the artists).

Located at 225 2nd Avenue South in Historic Downtown Franklin, this gallery houses local artists such as Kristin ClemensPaul Crommelin, Jerry Quinlisk, Michael Coleman, Katie Connolly Wolf, Katie Wilson and Sam of Luchair Pottery. I have known Kristin Clemens, Katie Wilson, and Paul Crommelin for many years and I love coming to see them and all of their amazing work every month.

If you have not attended the Franklin Art Scene I highly recommend stopping by. There are so many wonderful artists to meet and every one of them has something different to offer.

Are their any local artists or art/craft fairs in your area? Share them in the comments below! I love to discover new local artists and events!!

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