Williamson County seamlessly mixes historic architecture and small-town charm with live music, visual arts galleries and other businesses that showcase local art, making picking a starting point the toughest part for a newcomer who wants to explore the local arts scene. Fortunately, the Franklin First Friday Art Crawl takes care of that.
Franklin First Friday Art Crawl
The Franklin First Friday Art Crawl happens the first Friday of every month and is simply a tour that's "a good time focusing on the arts of Franklin," says Michael Damico, owner and operator of Damico Frame & Art Gallery and one of the key organizers of the event. The event started in September 2011 and draws a crowd of anywhere between 700 and 1,400 people each time.
There are 20 locations around downtown Franklin that participate in the unique blend of fun, art and community spirit. Galleries and numerous artists put their works and products on display for the event.
Art for All
Some of the most popular stops include the Franklin Glassblowing Studio, the original paintings, sculptures and hand-made jewelry of Gallery 202, and the antiques and collectibles of the Arbor Antique Mall.
Rare Prints Gallery focuses on the selling of fine antique prints – dated anywhere from the 1500s to the 1900s and including such authors as John J. Audubon, William Curtis and Giovanni Piranesi.
Guests can take advantage of $5 unlimited trolley rides to take them along the tour. Since most of the locations are an easy jaunt from each other, people may opt for a pleasant walk to enjoy the live music and refreshments from local bars and eateries as they get a taste of the culture.
The Williamson County arts scene would not be complete without the Artists Row at the Factory, a community of artists in their studios who manage their own spaces and have their work on display for others to enjoy at The Factory At Franklin.
"They put it all out there for people to see with their production studios and their retail spaces all in one area. It really is a unique experience," Damico says. "There is always something new and exciting to see each month. We always want to provide a new experience each time."
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