Last Friday brings out music and art lovers

It’s time for Last Friday Art Walk again, and some from the August event may still be swinging to the music.

Music brought out a crowd of art lovers in August, curious to see how art and music could be used simultaneously to create something special.

The musical theme for the Last Friday Art Walk on Aug. 29 drew a strong audience in spite of predictions that the Maryville-Alcoa high school football game would take the crowds away.

“Despite the ballgame, we had a really large crowd,” said Maryville Arts Coalition coordinator Katie Gamble. “We were really stoked. We weren’t sure whether we were going to have the people because of the ballgame, but we did, and it turned out really well.”

Gamble said she and the Arts Coalition board were happy with how well the music theme went. Each artist had to have work that related to music. In some cases, visual artists were coordinating with musical artists to create interpretations of the music as it was being played. “You could walk down the street and hear music and hear crowds of people gathered around the music. People were dancing in the street. It was really cool,” Gamble said.

Although Gamble told the artists they had to stop at 9 p.m., many of those on hand to enjoy the event didn’t want to stop. “There was a huge crowd. After 9 p.m., there were people still wanting to dance around and listen to music,” she said.

Organizing the special themed art walk was a lot of work but very fulfilling. “People are really getting used to seeing visual artwork. We still want to be sure we include other mediums of art, like music, dance and theater,” Gamble said.

For the upcoming Last Friday Art Walk on Sept. 26, Gamble is excited about what is in store. “There’s a lot of really cool stuff going on,” she said.

“Denise Stewart-Sanabria and Carl Gombert are doing the installation of visual art at the Davis Lofts penthouse entitled ‘Humans,’ which should be really, really interesting,” Gamble said.

Gamble also will be doing a show during the art walk and the Big Read will be going on at Southland Books. Katie Kenny is having an exhibit at Swanks Jazz Restaurant and Bar while Diane Bishop is at Preservation Plaza with live music. New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center will participate, and the Capitol Theater will have its first official show at the renovated theater, which will feature the swing band The Streamliners.

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