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Last Friday Art Walk to introduce new Kids Corner

A new event at the Last Friday Art Walk this Friday, July 25, will invite the children in the community to learn more about art while having fun.

Maryville Arts Coalition event coordinator Katie Gamble said the Kid’s Corner will move from location to location each month. Businesses in the downtown area can sponsor Kid’s Corner and have it in front of their business during the Art Walk. The first Kid’s Corner will be at Studio 212 where artist Leann Moe will have street performances with Matt Cummings, a magician, and Zac Johnson, a juggler.

“Leann Moe is introducing Kids’ Corner because of the positive response of people bringing children to see art,” said Gamble. “We want to give kids their own special unique corner to be creative and start their love for art early.”

Gamble said businesses interested in hosting Kids Corner should contact her. In addition to one or more children’s activities, there will be a hotdog vendor stand at the site, complete with an umbrella. Other venues hosting artists routinely hold receptions with wine and cheese or other adult beverages for their guests, so now children can purchase hotdogs and soft drinks from the hotdog vendor.

“At Kids Corner, you can get a fancy hotdog or plain one. Kids don’t like wine and cheese,” she said.

September’s host is already on board and will be New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Gamble said.

Gamble said some of the other exhibits planned for the July 25 Last Friday Art Walk include one by Fine Arts Blount called All Things Growing. “Each artist has taken that theme and interpreted that in their own way,” she said.

Southland Books is having a surprise guest artist and Bruce Busey, another FAB artist, will be at Swanks at 100 Court Jazz Restaurant and Club.

Mark Barnes will be performing at Clear’s Silat Street Kung Fu. Barnes is a musician, and he coordinates a laser light show with his music. “Until the Tears are Gone” is the name of the exhibit, and it’s a tribute to those fighting in Iraq, Gamble said.

Maggie Jackson is going to be at the Knitting Nest next door to Canvas Hair Design. The Knitting Nest is celebrating their move to the new location with a book signing by the popular Jackson. Her book is “Maggie’s Ireland.”

Southern Kids in Theater will perform “Alice in Wonderland” in the Preservation Plaza Garden.

Gamble said the coalition has big plans for August show.

“We are really excited about our upcoming event. We feel it’s one of our coming out events - The Tribute to Music,” she said.

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 months. “We will organize the walk around a theme, maybe once a quarter, and focus on that medium that month. This is our first one, and it’s a tribute to music,” she said.

Gamble said all the work shown in the August Art Walk will have a musical influence or be inspired by music in some way.

“We are hoping to have musicians, people who build musical instruments, artists painting to music and artists talking about art and music and doing demonstrations on how they create their art,” she said.

Gamble said Last Friday planners also hope have musicians lining Broadway Avenue. “We’ll have acoustic music positioned down the street and assign a visual artist to each one to paint or create to the music. You will be able to listen to the music and watch the partner artist create a visual painting.

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

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