Last Friday Art Walk is taking on a spooky, festive mood next week as the monthly event will be celebrated on Halloween, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Maryville.
“There are lots of really great artists who are going to be out,” said Maryville Arts Coalition event coordinator Katie Gamble. “There is lots of influence as far as the seasonal holiday.”
At Preservation Plaza, artist Pam Brockman has spooky Halloween art. “I’m excited to see her work,” Gamble said. “It’s unique.”
Down West Broadway Avenue at Boyd Thomas Clothing, Annamaria Gundlach will have her work on display. “She’s a clay artist and has done a series of masks I think are very festive for the season,” Gamble said.
At the Capitol Theater, the Streamliners will be back and will put on a Halloween bash. There will be dancing and guests are encouraged to come in costume.
Gamble said that every year at Halloween Brackins’ Blues Club hosts a costume contest, which she says works well into Art Walk. “Everybody gets to be artists and decorate themselves,” she said. “They come out and have a good time.”
Taylor Bowers, age 10, will be displaying her art work at Professional Hair Design. Taylor is a painter and a sculptor.
PHD also has Halloween festivities planned for kids.
Brand new this Art Walk is the new home of Fine Arts Blount on East Broadway. To celebrate their first Art Walk in their new gallery and the season, they will have an exhibit called “Nocturnal.”
“They’ll have a kind-of ‘best of the best’ that shows the great art FAB members have been doing and celebrates their a great location,” Gamble said.
Gamble said the merchants and businesses downtown have gotten into the Halloween. “It’s kind of nice how it fell on the Last Friday, and everyone kind-of embraced it and are anticipating the excitement of the night,” she said. “I hope everyone has a good time. It only comes around once a year. The tie-in with art just makes it fun.”
Dandy Lions is going to host Kid’s Corner and will have a Jack-o-lantern exhibit from local art students.
Gamble said the opening of new galleries in downtown Maryville has been very exciting. This year, Pistol Creek Gallery, the Fine Arts Blount new gallery and Broadway Galleries at Preservation Plaza have all opened in downtown.
“I think it’s really exciting,” said Gamble. “This is what we’ve been gearing up for with the Art Walk. The Art Walk was established in hopes we could make a little artist community and hoping that galleries would pop up.”
Gamble said it is obvious the public is interested in art as galleries open downtown. “That was something Maryville was lacking,” she said. “I think Art Walk has raised awareness and enhanced a climate where these galleries wanted to come here.”
Two individuals have joined the Maryville Arts Coalition to help Gamble as she organizes the event.
Artist Amy Campbell and Lisa Tuggle are on board. “I was so excited to have new blood on the board,” Gampbell said.