On a street stage

Last Friday Art Walk features performing arts

Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage,” and Maryville did their part to bring performers to the floodlights at the June 27 Last Friday Art Walk. The performing arts are a growing attraction at Art Walk, and the June event found several showing off their talents.

Katie Gamble, event coordinator with the Maryville Arts Coalition, said the performance arts were represented well at Last Friday Art Walk.

“I heard a lot of really positive responses from the theater groups. They pretty much had full houses. To date, a lot of the focus has been on the visual arts, so we are trying to bring attention to other disciplines as well as we showcase our local artists,” Gamble said.

Gamble said Southern Kids in Theater and Foothills Community Players had good crowd response.

“SKIT productions did a performance from “Annie” at Founders Park, and Foothills Community Players had a full house for their performance,” she said.

Last Friday Art Walk also had a magician stationed at the Capitol Theater. “I think he did really well. He was really excited about being able to participate,” Gamble said. “That interaction with the crowd -- that is a form of performance art in its own right.”

Gamble said it is rare when groups from the performing arts want to come and show off their talents.

“We want to be able to accommodate them. I think that brings an added element to the event and to the evening,” she said. “It gives people the idea this is a fun, entertaining event.”

Gamble said Fine Arts Blount had a good exhibit, as did Carl Gombert. “FAB did their tribute to the Red, White and Blue, which was really a great exhibit,” she said.

Gamble said Gombert, a professor at Maryville College, had an amazing exhibit. “There’s no other way to describe it,” she said.

Gamble said the turnout was good for the event. “It went well. We had a lot going on, and some were worried about the rain,” she said. “But it didn’t rain, and we had good crowds.”

Gamble said the crowds enjoyed the horse-drawn trolley that navigated downtown during the walk. “We’re going to try our best to continue to have the horses, but it depends on getting sponsorships to help financially,” she said.

The Last Friday Art Walk for July is Friday, July 25, 5:30 p.m. in downtown Maryville.

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