Art Walk adds new draw for children with Kids’ Corner

The July Last Friday Art Walk brought out the children and offered them their own roving exhibit, showcased Fine Arts Blount as is grew, focused attention on the War in Iraq through a lightshow and brought Alice in Wonderland to life in Preservation Plaza.

Those were just a few of the acts and art exhibits Last Friday Art Walk enthusiasts enjoyed during the July 25 event. The Art Walk happens on the last Friday of each month and showcases art of different genres from around the area. The event is organized by the Maryville Arts Coalition.

Coalition event coordinator Katie Gamble said the Kids’ Corner moves from location to location depending on the businesses that sponsor it. The venue helps children learn more about art.

Studio 212 sponsored the Kids Corner in July and featured street performances by magician Matt Cummings and juggler Zac Johnson. Members from Southern Kids in Theater performed scenes from their current production of “Alice in Wonderland” outside Preservation Plaza.

Fine Arts Blount members showcased an exhibit called “All Things Growing,” with each artist interpreting the theme in their own way.

FAB artist Bruce Busey had an exhibit at Swanks at 100 Court Jazz Restaurant and Club and musician Mark Barnes had a laser light show entitled “Until the Tears Are Gone” at Clear Silat’s Street Kung Fu.

Author Maggie Jackson signed copies of her book “Maggie’s Ireland” at the Knitting Nest next door to Canvas Hair Design. The Knitting Nest was getting rave reviews on their new home in Davis Lofts.

Gamble said that because the Art Walk is focused on all aspects of art and not just visual arts, Last Friday Art Walk organizers plan to start focusing on a different discipline every couple of months. The first “themed” Art Walk is Aug. 29 and will be centered around art and music. Gamble said work shown in the August Art Walk will be inspired or influenced by music in some way and that the hope is to have musicians lining Broadway Avenue playing music while visual artists interpret the music as it is being played.

Interested musicians and artists wanting to participate or find out more should email Katie@maryvilleartwalk.com.

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