Making music in Maryville

August Last Friday Art Walk sets stage for musical talent

This month’s Last Friday Art Walk is all about the music.

Musical performances will be seen at venues and along downtown streets as part of the annual event that focuses attention on artists who use music as their form of artistic expression.

The Art Walk’s Tribute to Music always proves to be one of the most popular Last Friday Art Walk events each year.

“It gives us an opportunity to showcase both the visual and performing arts,” said Melissa Nance, Art Walk coordinator with the Maryville Arts Coalition. “We’re excited about the turnout. I think we have more than 10 performers - everything from bluegrass to the blues as well as our visual artists will have works on display.”

Nance said art encompasses more than just the visual arts. “Performing artists are important and this gives musicians as well as some dancers an opportunity to come out and share some of their talents with us,” she said.

The coordinator said Preservation Plaza will have members of Smoky Mountain Blues Society performing and Fine Arts Blount is going to be doing art related to music.

“In the grassy area near Tomato Head restaurant we’ll have an open drum circle and any drummers are welcome come join us,” she said.

The coordinator said “Hoopers,” individuals who dance with hoola hoops will be performing at the drum circle. Appalachian Ballet is practicing for their upcoming Blue Jeans and Ballet show in their studio at the VanMetre School of Dance and guests are invited to come watch and browse the book sale, she said.

“We’re also happy the new Lollipops Children’s Boutique will be participating in the Art Walk and are having their grand opening this weekend,” she said.

Lollipops will host a photography exhibit by Hope Photography.

At Boyd Thomas Clothing, the Back Seat Delilahs and the Can’t Hardly Play Boys are playing. “They played there last year, and they were a crowd favorite. They will be in the parking lot at Boyd Thomas,” Nance said.

John Dupree “Gripte Fritter,” acoustic Folk guitarist, is going to be playing in the plaza garden between Two Doors Down and Preservation Plaza.

The Village Tinker has one of Maryville’s favorites performing at their store.

“We’ve got Robinella performing at The Village Tinker,” said Nance. “Up in the Davis Lofts, we have a photography show with Rachele and Luke Angelo, a husband wife team. Rachele Angelo will show photography and Luke Angelo will play music for everybody.

Photographers Brandon and Liz Shinn are at Leann Moe’s Studio 212, which is located at 212 E. Harper Ave. “They’re also having a band and sculptor Leann Moe is going to be doing a pottery demonstration,” Nance said.

The Art Walk coordinator said this is a great month for folks to try the Art Walk for the first time “If you’ve never been to Art Walk, this is month to try it. There will be free food and music so come out and have a good time,” she said

Other venues and artists include: Gail Karnoupakis at Dandy Lions (Watercolors); Lindsey Kardatzke performs original music and guitar at Little Nifties; Jarrod Justice at Tomato Head (acrylic paintings); “Spank,” an 80s Tribute Band, will play at The Capitol Theater; Heavy Rain will perform at Brackins’ Blues Club; Sculpture Steve Kerr will be at Clear’s Silat with music by Joshua Pritchard;

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