Last Friday Art Walk offers artistic ‘Tribute to Music’

The Last Friday Art Walk will take on a musical flavor this month, with the theme for the event dubbed “The Tribute to Music.”

Much of the artwork shown or demonstrated in the walk will be inspired or influenced by music in some way. The event is organized by the Maryville Arts Coalition. Katie Gamble, Maryville Arts Coalition events coordinator, said many of the locations would have musical artists in addition to their scheduled featured artists.

“We’ve got around 18 musicians or musical groups participating this month which is a substantial amount of different types and styles of music all centered in downtown Maryville,” Gamble said. “It should be interesting to be able to walk down the street and see different styles of music as you experience each venue.”

Gamble said there would be people who build musical instruments showing their particular instruments. Mike Clemmer, owner of Wood-n-Strings Dulcimer Shop in Townsend and Rob Knudson, who builds didgeridoos, will be on hand to explain craft. Knudson will lead a drum and dig circle at the Plaza Garden beside Preservation Plaza.

“Anyone who plays a dig is welcome and to sit in on the circle,” Gamble said. “I think the drum and dig circle is going to be one of the highlights of this artwalk.”

Circle Modern Dance is going to be at Studio 212, going from venue to venue improvising their dance routines at each location.

Kids Corner is back this month at Studio 212. During the July event, youngsters molded clay musical instruments and artist Leann Moe has since fired them so they’ll get to play music with them. There will also be face painting and a magician and the band Hollowtree will be perform.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” Gamble said. “We’ve had such a great response from Kids Corner and hopefully it will continue.

The Kids Corner fun will continue in September. New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, quarterly participants, will host Kids Corner.

A sampling of artists and events at other venues include:

• Ocean Sunday, a group of ninth grade musicians, will perform and 7-year-old photographer Bailey Lombardo will display her work at Southland Books on Broadway.

• The Palace Theater is hosting the Fine Arts Blount children’s program, where students of Pam Brockman and Diane Bishop will display their work.

• At the Davis Loft penthouse there will be a photography exhibit by Allen Shamblen, Liz Smith, and Leslie Karnowski. “All of it is music-based, which should be some really good music photography and that will be really interesting,” Gamble said.

• Van Metre School of Dance is having Appalachian Ballet Co. open rehearsals for people to watch. Artist Randy Phelps also will have a display of work there.

• Local musicians Gordy Gilbertson and Phillip and Valerie Sharpe are playing Broadway Avenue and Cusick Street.

• Robinella will play at Tomato Head and Avenue C will be at Two Doors Down. “There’s a wide mix of instruments and bands,” Gamble said.

• The Fine Arts Blount gallery will have abstract work on display.

“Music is really about expression and abstract art is about emotion and interpretation and this was a great way to bring collection of work together. It should be a really interesting exhibit,” Gamble added.

Interested musicians and artists wanting to participate or find out more or businesses wishing to sponsor the Kids Corner event can email Gamble at

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