Happy Birthday!

Last Friday Art Walk is one year old

d to see if patrons would brave 20 degree temperatures to visit artists and enjoy their work during the inaugural Last Friday Art Walk that kicked off in January 2008.

The first anniversary for the monthly art event looks to have the same forecast as last year.

“Again, it’s probably going to be 20 degrees,” Last Friday Art Walk founder and Maryville Arts Coalition executive director Katie Gamble said.

Gamble said the one year anniversary is one of the most exciting thing about this month’s Last Friday Art Walk.

“It’s fantastic. Holy cow, we made it. If we can make it through one year, we can make it through two, and we’ll really work on making it a lasting event for Maryville,” she said. “We’ve got a good line up, good board members, projects lined up and things to organize.”

Gamble said the Maryville Arts Coalition is going to build on the momentum that’s been created so far. “We have the event going, and now we’re trying to organize it a bit more,” she said. “We’re trying to get a scholarship program underway for high school kids who want to pursue a career in the arts.”

Gamble said the coalition is going to start applying for grants and getting more volunteers involved. “We’re going to try to have a fundraiser in the spring to help with the scholarships,” she said.

Gamble said one of the new participants for the art walk will be Maryville College, who will host a small presentation to publicize the Civic Arts Center being built on campus. The college will hold its reception in the Davis Lofts penthouse on East Harper Avenue.

“I’m really excited Maryville College is going to have a small presentation about the upcoming civic center. They’re trying to connect with the public. The Maryville Arts Coalition and all the arts organizations are really going to embrace and work together to make this artist community happen in Maryville,” she said. “We’re all going to be working together to fulfill these goals for making art in Maryville a staple in the community.”

Maryville College also will host artists Carl Gombert and Mark Hall in the penthouse of the Davis Lofts. Kim Slater will be featured at Boyd Thomas, the Foothills Community Players will put on their play The Cemetery Club at the Capitol Theater, followed by the swing band the Streamliners.

In the Arts.Alive Gallery on the bottom level of the former Red Cross building (under Dandy Lions), photographer Regina Garner will be featured.

“I’m excited they’re participating. Arts.Alive is one of our newest galleries, and I’m excited they’re embracing the Art Walk and being an active participant,” Gamble said.

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