Take a walk

July’s Last Friday Art Walk has mixed bag of artistic treats

It’s time to take that July walk. Last Friday Art Walk hits not only on the very last Friday of July, but the very last day of the month. Area artists are ready -- showcasing a variety of media from painting to glass to jewelry.

Maryville Arts Coalition executive director Katie Gamble said June’s Art Walk had a good response and businesses are hoping even more art lovers will turn out in July.

“We had a good one last month, a good turnout, and, if the weather cooperates, we’ll have a great crowd,” she said. “Art Walk is one of those things that happens consistently and some months are bigger than others. It’s something where friends and neighbors call each other up and say, ‘Let’s take the Art Walk together.’”

Gamble said about 15 businesses or galleries are hosting artists and are open for art walkers. “There’s a lot going on with Art Walk,” Gamble said.

Gamble said Lyda Plemmon’s ArtsAlive Gallery always has good exhibits and over at Professional Hair Design, artist Laura Riddick is set to be featured.

“She’s got some large scale paintings that are really great,” Gamble said.

Gamble said the Fine Arts Blount ArtSpace has their multiple media group exhibit. “There should be a lot of art in that location,” she said.

Kathleen Wermuth is scheduled to be at Canvas Hair Design. She’s doing a fundraiser supporting the 22q13 Deletion Foundation for families dealing with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. A gift basket drawing will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Gamble said artist Keith Elrod will have his paintings at Razberries. The All Metro Health Shop across from Preservation Plaza will feature Betti Green paintings.

Artist Anthony Kale will be hosted at Dandy Lions. Kale specializes in glass and jewelry. Singer/artist Doug Harris will be featured at Studio 212, and Henrietta Foy will be hosted at Boyd Thomas Clothing. The Village Tinker will showcase Jessica Ernsberger’s mixed media work.

Preparations are also already underway for the August Art Walk, which is one of Maryville Arts Coalition’s themed walks. The theme for August is a Tribute to Music. There is a registration process for people who want to paint to the music, Gamble said.

The deadline for that has been extended to Aug. 17. Artists need to register and pay $15. The fee allows them to paint to any of the musicians they want at any location around downtown, Gamble said. “We’re hoping to have around 15 to 20 bands or groups of music playing out on the street.”

Gamble said Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will play at Founders Park, and there will be a community art project similar to the community teepee project done during the Eco-Sculpture competition that ran as part of Art Walk in April.

“We are going to have a large canvas set up so the public can paint to how the music inspires them, and we want the children to get involved,” she said. “It will be a great big group project. The finished product will be on display at a reception on Saturday, Aug. 29, for every one to see what the finished piece looks like.”

Gamble said MAC organizers are excited to see the second annual Tribute to Music. “Last year it was a new event, and we were building it up. Now, in the second year, we know a little bit more and are trying to expand on it and get it better organized and have more things going on,” she said. “Hopefully there will be more artists out painting to different types of music. This will allow people to can see art and hear music and experience how they play off each other.”

The reception at 7 p.m. on the Saturday after August’s Art Walk will be open to the public. A patron’s early preview party before the exhibit is open to the public will be held at 5 p.m., with a special wine tasting. The preview party will be hosted by the Downtown Association.

“It will be $25 a ticket. If you have a special painting in mind to purchase or want to see it early, get your wine tasting ticket,” she said. “They will have hors d’oeuvres from local restaurant and caterers. You’re definitely getting your $25 worth.”

Lineup for the July 2009 Last Friday Art Walk includes the following artists.

• Arts Alive Gallery - (painting) Susan Kolpack & (music) Brad Rasmussen

• Dandy Lions - (glass/jewelry) Anthony J. Kale

• All Natural Health Shoppe - (painting) Betti Green

• Broadway Galleries (photography) “An Exact Vision” group exhibit

• Southland Books- (painting) RaRa Shlitt

• Razberries - (painting) Keith Elrod

• Studio 212 - (painting) Doug Harris

• Canvas Hair Designs - (painting) Kathleen Wermuth

• Boyd Thomas Clothing - (painting) Henrietta Foy

• Tomato Head - (photography) Tom McDaniel

• Capital Theater- (music) Streamliners Big Band

• FAB ArtSpace - (multiple medias) “The Opposites Attraction” group exhibit

• Professional Hair Designs - (painting) Laura Riddick “Artist Ambitions”

• Village Tinker - (mixed media) Jessica Ernsberger

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