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APSU Downtown Gallery set to open with 'Whatever'

The new Austin Peay Downtown Gallery is housed in a small, two-story building, tucked away in downtown Clarksvilles Strawberry Alley.

The inside has that newly renovated odor of fresh paint and clean floors. Its only a mile or less from the main campus, but the new gallery is strategically located in the heart of Clarksvilles growing art district. On the first Thursday of every month, this areas many galleries open their doors to crowds of art enthusiasts.

Were going to add to whats going on around here, Gregg Schlanger, APSU professor of art, said. The new Austin Peay Downtown Gallery is housed in a small, two-story building, tucked away in downtown Clarksville's Strawberry Alley.

The inside has that newly renovated odor of fresh paint and clean floors. It's only a mile or less from the main campus, but the new gallery is strategically located in the heart of Clarksville's growing art district. On the first Thursday of every month, this area's many galleries open their doors to crowds of art enthusiasts.

“We're going to add to what's going on around here,” Gregg Schlanger, APSU professor of art, said.

The building was leased a few months ago by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts to provide gallery space for APSU alumni and faculty. After some intense refurbishing, it's set to open on Nov. 5 to correspond with that month's First Thursday Art Walk.

“It's a way to help our alumni who are out there trying to build their careers,” Schlanger said. “It gives them a line on their resume and allows us to brag about our program.”

The gallery opens with “Whatever,” a show of work by APSU art alumni. Artists featured in this exhibit include Chip Boles, Marc Pewitt, Miranda Herrick, Betsy Wynkoop, Kelly Kerrigan, Ally Reeves, Bill Eilliot, Scotty Peek, Young Kim, Donna Stack, Travis Childers and Melody Shipley.

“They're all alumni, and it's going to be a great group show,” Schlanger said.

“Whatever” opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. that Thursday evening. The exhibit runs through Nov. 28.

The gallery will be open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, but it will be closed this Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact Schlanger at 931-221-7789 or schlangerg@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth