Filling the streets

Last Friday Art Walk draws 650-plus

The turnout keeps growing for the Last Friday Art Walk as more than 650 people strolled the streets downtown and enjoyed art of all kinds during the evening of April 25.

“It was awesome,” said Maryville Art Coalition executive director Katie Gamble. “We’re estimating we had at least 650, maybe 700, which was really exciting. My goal is to get 1,000 by July. This was the first month we had good weather, and people responded.”

Gamble said there were a diverse group of activities going on for everyone to enjoy. “I know that everybody is really starting to get the idea behind the Maryville Arts Coalition, and people are starting to buy art,” she said. “They’re realizing it’s much better than a print. We had good sales, and people opened their wallets and were buying local art work. People were coming out and bringing kids and enjoying the walk.”

Gamble said one of the highlights for her was the ceramics show at the penthouse at Davis Lofts with the band Hollowtree playing for guests. “Lee Ann Moe arranged all the ceramic artists, 14 or 15 of them,” she said. “It was really neat. People could look at the art, listening to the music and just watching the sunset. It was beautiful.”

Gamble said, if the weather holds, she expects the horse-drawn trolley to come for the next Last Friday Art Walk scheduled for May 30. “Next month is going to be even better. Swanks is going to be open and that’s really exciting.”

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