After the bird, take the walk

November’s Last Friday Art Walk is day after Thanksgiving

The Last Friday Art Walk for November will give those who over-indulged for the holidays a chance to walk-it-off while shopping for some great art work and having some fun. Last Friday Art Walk will begin at 5 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.

The event officially lasts until 9 p.m. and will include plenty of holiday cheer, Maryville Arts Coalition event chair Katie Gamble said.

Gamble shared her thoughts on the October art walk, which happened on Halloween. “October was great,” she said. “We had a great turnout. People came out and were dressed up and festive, and it was exciting. It seemed like there was a lot of community camaraderie with everyone coming all dressed for Halloween. We hope to have same thing for day after Thanksgiving. Lots of people will be off work so, we hope we’ll have a lot of people wanting to stretch their legs, hear great music, see great art and experience the holiday atmosphere while appreciating art at the same time.”

Gamble said Arts Alive is having its Celebrate Christmas exhibit with live music from a high school violinist.

Lauren Karnitz and Tom McDaniel will have their work on display at Swanks. Karnitz is an artist celebrity in the Knoxville art community. “It gives the Art Walk in Maryville credibility having the establish artists come in,” she said.

Fiber artist Karen Miller will be at the Knitting Nest. “She does really great textile tapestry art which is different. The idea is to expose the public to something new,” Gamble said.

The Capitol Theater will feature the Streamliners and Fine Arts Blount will have their holiday extravaganza. They will be selling original works and prints for sale and greeting cards.

Jun Salinas from Flowers and Such will be at Boyd Thomas doing floral arts. “He is a floral artist and creates these elaborate, beautiful works of art out of flowers and flower petals,” he said. “I’m really excited about his exhibit. That’s thinking outside the box. Not everyone sees floral arranging as art.”

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