November Last Friday Art Walk will usher in holiday season

The November Last Friday Art Walk is a way for holiday shoppers to kick off the season downtown after chasing Black Friday bargains all day on the day after Thanksgiving.

That’s the approach Maryville Arts Coalition executive director Katie Gamble and members of the organization are taking.

“We’re really hoping the November Art Walk builds into something that is a kick-off to the holidays. After you’ve been at the malls and craziness of the whole Black Friday shopping experience, you can come downtown and experience a charming and relaxing evening,” she said.

Gamble said people can see items made by local artists and artisans. “You can have your hot cider and cookies and walk through downtown and find that special gift you can’t get at the mall and big department store,” she said. “We are hoping it will build into a really great Art Walk for the year.”

The last Friday of November always falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year the December “Last Friday” would be Christmas Day, so November’s Art Walk will be the last of the year.

“We’re going to focus on November being our kickoff for the holidays,” Gamble said.

The Foothills Community Players will have Christmas carolers on hand. “The Players are going to have Christmas carolers meandering through downtown, which we are really excited about,” Gamble said.

The October Last Friday Art Walk was a spooky, festive time because it fell on Oct. 30, the day before Halloween, according to Gamble. “It was a good event. We were really happy with the turnout.”

Many of the patrons who were walking the streets and checking out the art came clad in their best Halloween outfits. “It does make it festive with the people that dressed up,” Gamble said. “It adds that little touch of mystery and fun, and everybody gets into the spirit of it.”

Gamble said a variety of artists are set to exhibit at different businesses during the November Last Friday Art Walk in Downtown Maryville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. Dandy Lions is going to have Mary England doing fabric arts. All Natural Health Shop will have Karen Brackett with painting. Boyd Thomas Clothing will feature owner Bill Womac. Knitting Nest will have jewelry art by Sandy Koeshall. FAB ArtSpace will have a group exhibit, “All that Glitters” and upstairs there will be a special seniors exhibit. Molly Nichols and other FAB artists have been teaching a painting workshop with seniors. Village Tinker will feature painting by Grace Garland.

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