Creator of Franklin Art Scene’s posters talks design process, ‘wonderful concept’ of event

Creator of Franklin Art Scene’s posters talks design process, ‘wonderful concept’ of event

PHOTO: Cory Basil works with paint at his studio in Franklin. / Photo courtesy of Samantha Bean


Franklin artist, writer and musician Cory Basil is involved in every Franklin Art Scene that rolls around each month — really involved.

Not only has his Imaginebox Emporium on North Margin Street been a stop on the Art Scene since Basil opened the gallery’s doors in May of 2016, but he also serves as the creator of the event’s iconic posters. Basil said it can be a time-consuming task, but he’s always pleased with his illustrations and he has also learned a new method along the way.

“It’s been a labor of love as one can take me as many as 20 hours to create,” Basil said. “At times it starts with a tag line or a general idea for the month, or I simply sit down and sketch ideas until something pops out at me.

“Most of them have been painted digitally using an App called Procreate with Apple’s iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. It was definitely an adjustment for me to move into the digital realm of painting, but once I conquered the learning curve I absolutely loved it.”

Basil’s work will be displayed and available for purchase at Friday night’s Art Scene, and Imaginebox Emporium will also feature local artist Joanna Thatcher’s paintings in abstraction.

Basil, whose creative outlet can be in the form of a painting, an illustration, a poem or a song, said the monthly Art Scene is ideal for artists to gain not only an audience, but also confidence.

“It’s a wonderful concept that really brings together the community and gives life and culture to our historic downtown,” he explained. “It has also provided encouragement to many artists who may have previously been hesitant about putting their art out in public.

“All of us artists have been there, and it is a very vulnerable thing. The structure of the Franklin Art Scene is one that provides new artists a safe platform to express themselves with their work, and our community here is a welcoming one.”

Here are a few of the other featured artists. For more information on the Franklin Art Scene and a map of all featured locations, visit

  • Franklin First United Methodist Church, located at 148 Fifth Ave. S., will feature photographer Rick Borchert, who strives to create unique images of places and objects that are part of everyday life. They will also showcase over 80 works of art created by the students of Glendale Elementary.
  • Franklin Road Apparel, located at 508 W Mains St., will feature local photographer and cinematographer Bryce Thwaits along with local R&B Indy band The High Tide.
  • Imaginebox Emporium, located at 311 N. Margin St., will showcase the original illustrations of Cory Basil as well as his other creations using mediums such as watercolor, oil and gauche.
  • Visit Franklin, located at 400 Main St., #200, will host artist Sketch Bourque whose work ranges from acrylics to graphite drawings.
  • Hope Church, located at 137 Fourth Ave. S., will feature the paintings of Linda Watson, a lifelong Southerner who grew up on a farm and in a creative family.

The Franklin Art Scene invites lovers of the arts to stop by all participating locations during the evening’s crawl on Friday, Jan. 4 from 6-9 p.m. The Art Scene trolley is also available for free rides throughout the event.

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