Go ‘haunting’ downtown for Last Friday Art Walk

October Last Friday Art Walk is shaping up to be an eventful affair with woodworkers at two venues, a new entertainment journal debuting and horror films to compliment swing dancing downtown.

Maryville Arts Coalition executive director Katie Gamble said there are a variety of artists and activities for everyone to enjoy this Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at businesses in downtown Maryville.

“We’ve got a couple different woodworkers events which is going to be exciting,” she said. “The Village Tinker has a wood turner, and FAB ArtSpace Gallery has a special woodworking exhibit in the upstairs part.”

At Southland Books, the kickoff party will be held for The Roundabout, a new entertainment journal for the community. “They’re going to have live music and poetry reading, and it should be great,” Gamble said.

Kenneth Kant, an artist and sculpture, will be the featured artist at Razberries. Kant, who owns and operates Greystone Arts gallery and studio, has been creating pottery, sculpture and kiln glasswork for five years. His exhibit will include both functional pieces and more whimsical sculptures.

At The Capitol Theater, the Streamliners swing band that normally plays will change identities for the Halloween holiday and become The Screamliners. Clips from classic horror films will start at 5 p.m., with swing dance lessons beginning at 8:30 p.m. and the Screamliners take the stage at 9. “The movie clips are free,” Gamble said. “The Screamliners will follow in full costume and that will be exciting.”

Gamble said that since Last Friday Art Walk is on the night before Halloween, folks will give their costumes a trial run for the evening. “We’re hoping that -- despite the Walk not being on Halloween night -- people will get into the spirit of the holiday and dress up and come out with kids and visit with their neighbors,” she said.

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