Several notable local artists will be among the featured guests in downtown Franklin on Friday for Franklin’s monthly art scene.
The Williamson County Arts Council manages Franklin’s art scene on the first Friday of each month. It runs from 6pm to 9pm in downtown Franklin, where many shop owners host artists from a variety of backgrounds, as well as offering free refreshments and live music. Participants can ride to each stop during the event with a free wheelchair.
Presented at the historic Presbyterian Church of Franklin will be Franklin artist Shari Lacey.
Lacey is no stranger to the art scene, having performed several times before, including at church.
The Ohio-born works mostly in his home studio in Franklin and experiments with textures, mixed media, sketching, colors and more. It seeks to express what is inside, the outside world.
Her artistic style was shaped by applying texture to the canvas and adding paint with a pallet knife.
“It was a progression of style,” Lacey said. “When I started painting with a pallet knife, I found a freedom in painting that I didn’t know before.
“I am a free, expressive artist. The pallet knife, along with the mixed technique, lends itself to my personality. When I started experimenting with them, I found the best way to express what I felt inside. ”
Lacey’s work has appeared on HGTV, Nashville Flipped on The DIY Network, Nashville Lifestyles At Home, Southern Exposure Magazine, The Tennessean and others. She licensed selected work with Kirkland and Hobby Lobby home stores throughout the country, and exhibited her fine art in galleries and stores throughout the Southeast.
She graduated from the University of Miami’s Fine Arts Program (Oxford, Ohio) and spent years working as a flight attendant, later moving into the music industry as a publicist while creating art. A few years ago, she switched entirely to the field of art.
Also for the art scene on Friday at Franklin Road Apparel will be a mix of artists from different backgrounds.
Mixed media artist Dr. Andre Churchwell, senior associate dean of diversity at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will showcase his visuals.
Churchwell is a professor of medicine (cardiology), radiology and biomedical engineering and has a full-time internship at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. He is also a fan of fashion and is featured in Nathaniel Nati Adams’ book “I’m Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman”, published as part of an exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on the history of men’s fashion.
He writes poetry and prose and contributes to a fashion blog, while finding time to make visual arts.
“I have found that my art is both a means of self-expression and a means of reducing daily stress,” he said.
The artist Michael J. McBride will join Churchwell at Franklin Road Apparel. The graduate of Tennessee State University also received a degree in painting from Illinois State University. He is currently an art instructor in Tennessee and has been a leading artist on many community mural projects in the area.
McBride was featured in Visions of My People, an exhibition organized by the Tennessee State Museum in honor of 60 years of African American art in Tennessee. His was one of the works purchased for the permanent collection.
His current work, Too Black, Too Fast, is a traveling art exhibition for African-American jockeys and coaches.
McBride’s work has been featured in both private and public collections in the United States and abroad. His work has been featured in television sitcoms such as Living Single, The Wayans Bros. Show and The Jamie Foxx Show, and he has illustrated more than 80 children’s books and book covers for several publishing groups.
Learn more about McBride at www.michaeljmcbrideart.com.
The musical entertainment on Friday at the Franklin Road Apparel will be country singer Pime Hernandez.
The Florida-born is also influenced by southern rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B. He writes or co-wrote all his songs and talks about the many trials and tribulations in life, both good and bad.
He can be followed on social media @iampimehernandez and on Spotify by searching Pime Hernandez.