Color splashed pumpkin patch

Allison Shore helps big sister Sarah find her pumpkin at the Dandy Lions pumpkin patch.

Allison Shore helps big sister Sarah find her pumpkin at the Dandy Lions pumpkin patch.

Molly Teague and Stephanie Bales check out the pumpkins decorated by the first-grade students at Foothills Elementary School. The pumpkins were on display for the Kids Corner of Last Friday Art Walk at Dandy Lions.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Molly Teague and Stephanie Bales check out the pumpkins decorated by the first-grade students at Foothills Elementary School. The pumpkins were on display for the Kids Corner of Last Friday Art Walk at Dandy Lions.

In the spirit of Halloween and art, students at Foothills Elementary School decorated over 150 pumpkins and gourds as the featured artists at Dandy Lions Gift Shop this past Friday for the monthly Last Friday Art Walk.

Jessica King’s first graders were the first class to participate, but soon all first graders from Foothills Elementary were eager to decorate and show their artistic talents. Decorated with everything from yarn to glitter, paint and die cuts, the pumpkins were a wonderful showcase of each student’s personality and abilities.

The pumpkins and gourds, which were all donated from the Fall Harvest Farms Garden Center off Peppermint Road in Maryville, were then sold at Dandy Lions during Art Walk for $5 each. All monies from the sold pumpkins went back to the school to be used in art-related programs. The pumpkins were a hot item all day on Friday and were sold to families all over East Tennessee who came to check out Dandy Lions and the Last Friday Art Walk. The pumpkin buyers expressed excitement at getting a one of a kind piece of true art while helping a local school at the same time, said Dandy Lion owner Joy Carver. Some even paid over the $5 price as am additional donation, said Carver.

King said that the students were all thrilled to participate in the downtown Art Walk events and were proud to show off their work to the community. Many parents and students stopped in to see their special pumpkin and to pose for pictures with their creation -- in their Halloween costumes.

Last Friday Art Walk takes place on the last Friday of every month. Local and regional artists are featured at all participating downtown businesses each month, organized and supported by the Maryville Arts Coalition. Next Art Walk is Friday, Nov. 28.

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