Setting The Scene Downtown 9

Franklin ArtScene Showcases Area’s Vibrant Art Community

The first Friday of each month in downtown Franklin is anything but ordinary. As a matter of fact, it’s quite a scene.

That’s because it’s the day the Franklin Association hosts the Franklin ArtScene – a free, monthly art crawl that takes participants through downtown Franklin’s diverse historic buildings and celebrates Williamson County’s unique artistic talent. ArtScene includes dozens of galleries, studios and restaurants spread throughout an area of downtown Franklin flourishing with locations on the National Register of Historic Places. ArtScene celebrates Williamson County’s local craftsmanship, and provides both the novice and art connoisseur the opportunity to see art ranging from blown glass to turned wood and mixed media.

To date, over 300 artists have participated in ArtScene and new artists are welcome to join each month. Gallery 202, a diverse art studio in historic downtown Franklin, has been the cornerstone of ArtScene for several years. Says Gallery 202 owner Kelly Harwood, “A few of the local artists and merchants wanted to bring more awareness to the art community and build a platform for artists to showcase their work, while also giving patrons a wonderful Friday evening out in downtown Franklin.”

ArtScene administrator Linda Childs works diligently with the artists and galleries to ensure each event is enjoyed by all. “We are blessed with great sponsors and supporters who make ArtScene fabulous to attend,” says Childs. “We have a great team of volunteers who join us each month, working as trolley ambassadors and site visitors. We call them our ArtScene Aficionados.” Franklin’s Damico Frame & Art Gallery serves as Map Master for each event and a newly formed ArtScene committee will work together with city and county organizations to promote art in Franklin.

September 2016 will mark the fifth anniversary of the Franklin ArtScene and Childs says the celebration that month will comprise an entire week. Passports, glow sticks and chalk art are just a few of the fun things planned for that month’s ArtScene.

Harwood sees the ArtScene growing in the coming years. “We are still going strong and as long as we keep supplying fresh art and patrons are attending and purchasing, the Franklin ArtScene will continue.” Childs agrees. “The Franklin ArtScene will evolve and progress, but the purpose will not change – which is to promote art in Franklin in a fun, casual way. ArtScene provides local artists an opportunity to display their work in a way that would not otherwise bring people to our beautiful, historic downtown.”

ArtScene Fun Facts:

First Friday of every month

6 to 9 p.m.

Free admission

Free trolley provided by TMA

Learn more about the Franklin ArtScene 
online at DowntownFranklinTN.com.