Every Last Friday Art Walk is its own unique event, as artists and the public admire and discuss the creative works of the artists on display.
But the Last Friday Art Walk in August pulls in a whole new realm. One of Maryville Arts Coalition’s special “themed” evenings, the Art Walk on Friday, Aug. 28 is the second annual Tribute to Music.
Maryville Arts Coalition director Katie Gamble clearly loves this event, her excitement level rising as she discusses all the different elements of the evening.
Tribute to Music pairs musicians at each venue with artists who paint to the music being played in venues and on the street at Art Walk. Their artistic creations will evolve as the music moves them. Art Walk begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m.
“(Tribute to Music) gives the public an opportunity to see how music influences and inspires various artists and how they work,” Gamble said.
The public, too, can join in on the fun by finding their inner-artist at Founder’s Park, where a Community Art Project will feature two large canvases stretched between the pillars, ready for children and adults to add their paint to the project. Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will provide the music for inspiration.
“We’ll have two canvasses for the public to be able to paint as an interactive activity,” Gamble said. “At night’s end, they will be saved to be put on display at Preservation Plaza on Saturday. she said. “It will be on display at the artist’s reception for people to see what it looks like. It’s going to evolve and change as the night progresses and things get painted over,” she said. “It will be interesting to see how music influences the painting.”
This month, the Last Friday party continues to Saturday night, Aug. 28. Two events on Saturday will capture the interest of those who create or simply care about art.
There will be a special “Destination Downtown” VIP Wine Tasting & Patron’s Preview” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Preservation Plaza. It is hosted by and will benefit, the Maryville Downtown Association. Destination Downtown tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the Downtown Association, Canvas Hair Design, The Knitting News, Boyd Thomas Clothing and The Market.
This fundraiser will include the early preview of the “music-inspired” artwork from Friday’s “Tribute to Music” before it opens to the public, a wine tasting, including hors d’oeuvre as well as a silent auction of various items from Downtown supporting artists and businesses.
Following the VIP Wine Tasting, a free reception at Preservation Plaza will welcome all who want to see and purchase the art work created at Tribute to Music. Works created by the artists -- including the murals from the Community Art Project -- will be on display and the artists will be selling their creations. The reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. and wine vouchers will be available for the cash bar. Tomato Head and Fine Arts Blount are donating food and desserts for the public viewing. Wine will be provided by Creekside Wines & Spirits.
Another difference in the August Tribute to Music Last Friday Art Walk is that the Call to Musicians and Call to Artists for the event is open until Art Walk begins on Friday. Any musicians singer/songwriters and any artists in the area are encouraged to perform for Tribute to Music by simply registering up until 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Locations will be coordinated and assigned and space will be limited with first come, first served availability. Performance time will be during the Last Friday Art Walk only and musician will be responsible for all equipment.
There is no registration fee/payment for musicians. Artists interested in painting to the music must be 18 or older and residing in the United States. Entry fee for artists is $15 and includes the reception, two wine vouchers and the opportunity to sell the work created during Last Friday Art Walk plus up to two other completed works. All work submitted and created that evening will be for sale during the reception. Maryville Arts Coalition retains a 30 percent, with the balance going to the artists. All work must be for sale at the reception the following evening.
“We’re going to have anybody who to participate, artists or enthusiasts who want to paint, come and paint to the music and display your work on Saturday. You don’t need to be a professional. We want everyone to try their hand at this,” Gamble said.
Artist should check in from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Founder’s Park. “We’ll have our table set up at Foundry Park. Artists must then drop off their completed work from 9 to 10 p.m. Friday night at Preservation Plaza for the reception on Saturday,” said Gamble.
A list of the artists and musicians who will be featured at each business and the Art Walk map will be in Blount Today next Thursday, Aug. 27.