April Art Walk to bring bling and song to Broadway

Artist Karen Brackett shows off her work at Boyd Thomas.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Artist Karen Brackett shows off her work at Boyd Thomas.

Rosy the Clown created balloon animals at Professional Hair Design.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Rosy the Clown created balloon animals at Professional Hair Design.

Elaine O’Sullivan, left, and Susan Mink Coclough

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Elaine O’Sullivan, left, and Susan Mink Coclough

The April Last Friday Art Walk will feature everything from photography and printmaking to music and hand-made jewelry.

The Eco-Sculpture competition originally scheduled for April has been rescheduled until the May Last Friday Art Walk.

“The Eco Sculpture competition has been moved to May and work will go up May 17 with a reception and winners being announced at 7 p.m. on the evening of the Last Friday Art Walk on May 28 in the Davis Lofts,” Maryville Arts Coalition board member Leanne Moe said. “The sculptures will be up through the month of June.”

Maryville Art Coalition executive director Katie Gamble shared her thoughts on some of the exhibits and artists coming to downtown for the April Last Friday Art Walk.

At the Clayton Center for the Arts on West Lamar Alexander Parkway, the printmaking of Art Werger will be featured.

At ICMAS, Inc., on McCammon Avenue, Bob and Susan Hirche will host jewelry-maker Mei Lynn Hoe and will have music by the local group The Two Dougs.

Susan Hirche said Hoe makes jewelry called “Simply Girly,” named after the nickname her father gave her and her twin sister. “She made me a necklace from sea glass from Puerto Rico. It is a pretty, delicate necklace,” Susan Hirche said.

At Boyd Thomas Clothing on West Broadway Avenue, the paintings of Leigh Ann Jernigan will be featured by store owner Bill Womac. “Bill always does a great job hunting down his artists and trying to bring something different each month, which is what we appreciate,” Gamble said.

The Let’s Move Together Blount County Arthritis Walk will sponsor a scavenger hunt at Last Friday Art Walk to promote the walk, which is Sunday, May 2. Participants can donate $5 and receive a list of clues to “Find the ART in Arthritis.” The clues will lead to different artists at Art Walk. Once completed, the completed forms can be turned back in for prizes. Forms can be picked up and donations made at a booth in the parking lot of Boyd Thomas.

At the Knitting Nest on East Harper Avenue, photographer Phil Savage’s work will be showcased. “Phil Savage is a fantastic photographer out of Knoxville, and I think he had a limited edition Dogwood print a few years back,” Gamble said. “He’s great and if anyone hasn’t seen his work, I recommend they check it out.”

At the Tomato Head restaurant on West Broadway Avenue, a series of paintings by Julie Armbruster entitled “Doomed Mammals” will be shown. “It is quirky, fun, very contemporary kind of work,” said Gamble.

At the Capital Theater, West Broadway Avenue, Soul Connection will perform.

The band formerly called Soul Sanction was formed in the mid-1960s and became one of East Tennessee’s favorite soul, blues and oldies bands. Soul Connection has also opened shows for B.B. King, Ray Charles, Bobby Blue Bland, and James Brown. This show will feature classic soul, Motown and dance videos before the show and during intermission. The band will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 if purchased online and $15 at the door.

At the Fine Arts Blount ArtSpace gallery on East Broadway Avenue, “Great X Scapes: Land, City, Skyscapes” by featured artist Gloria Nelson will be shown. Upstairs there will be an exhibit by Leisa Rich. “Leisa Rich is an instructor from Arrowmont,” Gamble said. “She is an international artist and is teaching at Arrowmont.”

At the Palace Theater on West Broadway Avenue, work by Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning fourth-grade artists will be shown, along with a student-produced film entitled “Seeing the World with an Artist’s Eye,” with teacher Patty Young.

“Part of the process of the Art Walk is to give artists on all experience levels the opportunity to show their work and be in front of the public,” she said. “The Palace Theater specializes on focusing on children’s art classes and gives the children the opportunity to display their work. They get really excited.”

At Professional Hair Designs on Church Avenue, the paintings of Joan Palmer will be featured. “She’s a great artist and has shown a couple times at Art Walk,” Gamble said. “We look forward to having her back. She always brings great stuff.”

The Village Tinker on West Broadway Avenue will showcase the photography of Wendy Titsworthy. “I’m excited to see this exhibit,” Gamble said.

At X. Ta Dye 4 Ink!, on East Harper Avenue, artist Julie Costner’s illustrations “Psychedelic Relics & A Few New Ones” will be featured along with music by The Fish Sticks at 6 p.m.

“I’m really curious about ‘The Fish Sticks.’ I love the name,” said Gamble. “Julie is a great local artist and is well known, and it is always nice to have an established artist on the Art Walk.”

At Brackins’ Blues Club on East Broadway Avenue, the Experimental Rock/Jazz trio Akashic Mysteries will perform mainly original instrumental songs. Members Tony Karnowski and Ron Hubbard worked together in the late 1990s in the now-defunct band The Clinically Tested Wicked, Wicked Cow People. They joined with Sean O’Connell and formed this band in early 2009. Over the course of a year and several shows, The Akashic Mysteries have begun to find themselves writing and playing more song-oriented pieces while still retaining the spirit of their open-ended improvisations, Karnowski said.

The group will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, April 30 at Brackin’s Blues Bar. There will be a $3 cover charge.

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