ABOVE: From his spot at the downtown Franklin Visitor Center, Sketch Borque displayed his “simple but creative” works of art at Friday’s Franklin Art Scene. // Photo by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
The phrase “warm and inviting” couldn’t have been more apropos than it was Friday evening during the first Franklin Art Scene of the new year.
Typical for January in Middle Tennessee, the weather was misty and cold and just plain disagreeable. But the golden glows coming from the shops, restaurants and other downtown spots participating in the monthly event were indeed inviting for the crowds seeking warmth.
They were also a haven for the participating artists.
“I am so glad to be at the Visitor Center,” said Sketch Borque (yep, real name), referring to the downtown Franklin location on Fourth Avenue North. “I’ve shown at several Franklin Art Scenes, but I’ve always wanted to be at the Visitor Center. And finally, here I am. It’s fantastic, just meeting everyone and talking about my art.”
A Spring Hill resident, Borque is originally from Louisiana. His work consists of acrylic paintings and colored pencil/graphite drawings that range from narrative/surreal to portraits.
“I like to keep it simple but creative,” he said as he pointed out some of his artwork. “It’s not super-complicated. My bedrock rule is it has to be interesting, inspirational and influential, but in a good way. It’s not disturbing.”
Down the street just past the Williamson County Judicial Center, Hope Church was offering music, refreshments and a roomful of paintings by Linda Watson of Cannon County. A true Southerner, Watson says she comes from a creative family who “taught me how to find beauty and design in everything around me.”
Though she lives in Woodbury and shows at a Murfreesboro art crawl, she said she feels most at home at the Franklin Art Scene.
“Franklin seems more open and friendly,” she said. “It’s really a good way for the artists and the visitors to interact.”