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Last Friday Art Walk is Feb. 29

The Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Maryville is set for Feb. 29. Planners say the event will combine music, art and dancing to make the last Friday of February fun.

Fine Arts Blount ArtSpace Gallery kicked off Last Friday in January and organizer Katie Gamble said everyone was impressed with the turnout and the energy on the streets of downtown Maryville. All the businesses that were part of the inaugural art walk are back this month.

“We’ve got a lot of new stuff,” Gamble said. “The main thing I’m really excited about is a performance piece with Rob Knudson and two other artists,” she said. “The musicians are going to play music while artists are behind them, painting.”

Kit Hofer and Walt Fieldsa are the artists who will be creating while live music swirls around them. The dual performance will be at Preservation Plaza.

“When the music stops, the painting is finished, and then they sell the paintings at the end of the night,” she said. “To watch the painters paint to the music is a neat thing.”

The painting/music performance is going to be on the ground level of Preservation Plaza so people can watch through the windows from East Broadway Avenue.

Dancers will also be featured. Appalachian Ballet Company is opening its doors as the senior company rehearses for their upcoming spring show. Last Friday guests can come in, have some refreshments and watch the dancers. Circle Modern Dance Group will bring their improv dancers to dance through the streets and interact with the crowds, said Gamble.

Fine Arts Blount is doing a portrait show. Then the children from the Primary Players are going to be doing scenes from “James and the Giant Peach.”

“They are participating in Last Friday by having children dressed in full costume, walking down the street handing out fliers,” said Gamble.

Robinella Contreras is doing double duty. The talented singer will perform at Tomato Head at 9 p.m. But during Last Friday hours, she will have her paintings on display at Canvas Hair Design.

Aaron Benson will have his ceramic art on display at Studio 212 on Harper Avenue.

Brackins’ Blues Club is having Scott Holt play that evening. “He’ll be performing there, and Mike Adams will have his paintings there,” Gamble said.

Gamble said Brackins owners helped get the word out by sponsoring this month’s postcard announcement. Blount Today sponsored January’s postcards and Gamble is looking for sponsors for March.

Last Friday Art Walk maps will be available at all the participating businesses. The back of the maps list the artists, where they are and what medium they are exhibiting or performing.

Having the maps available at all businesses grew out of comments from last month’s inaugural event. “This way, if people are interested in specific mediums, they can go where they want to go and see artists they want to see first and then meander. That’s one of the changes we noticed that needed to happen,” she said. “It’s an ever evolving event and, as things go on, hopefully we’ll progress even more.”

Gamble is exhibit chair at Fine Arts Blount. To reach her, click on www.Katie@lady-of-the-earth.com.

A tentative lineup of talent for the Feb. 29 Last Friday Art Walk is as follows:

• ArtSpace Gallery (Fine Arts Blount) - “Portraits: An Intimate Look at Life” work by members of FAB

• All Natural Health Shoppe - TBA

•n Boyd Thomas Clothing - (painter) “Ra Ra Schlitt”

• Brackins Blues Club - (painter) “Mike Adams” and live music by blues legend Scott Holt

• Canvas Hair Design - (painter) “Robinella”

• Capitol Coffee/Heath Claiborne Gallery - TBA

• Dandy Lions - TBA

• Preservation Plaza - (glass blower) “Everett Hirche” and a collaborative performance piece “Painting the Music” by (musicians) Rob Knudson, Nick Spagnuolo & Adam Atkins and (painters) Kit Hoefer & Walt Fieldsa

• Professional Hair Designs & More - (photographers) Tom McDaniel & Elizabeth Smith and (installation artist) Jacob Stanley

• Southland Books/Southern Studio Stained Glass/Detour Coffee - (photographer) Corrin McIntyre and live music by Brian Campbell and Shane Beaux

• Studio 212: Ceramic Arts - (ceramic) Arron Benson and Leanne Moe

• Sullivan’s - TBA

• Razberries - (painter) Mary Bristol

• 2 Doors Down - TBA

• The Tomato Head - (painter) Jessica Gregory

• Van Meter School of Dance & The Appalachian Ballet Co. - performance by the Appalachian Ballet Co.

Last Friday Art Walk is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29.

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