Last Friday Art Walk goes ‘black’

Womac landscapes highlight night of ‘arty’ downtown shopping

Artist and Boyd Thomas Clothing store owner Bill Womac knows what to do when he makes a “mistake” painting a landscape.

Change the title.

Womac will debut “Landscapes: From Real to Surreal,” at his downtown store on Broadway during Last Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26.

“The ‘real’ landscapes are the ones that turned out and the ‘surreals’ are the ones that didn’t turn out,” Womac said with a laugh. “It gives me latitude if I mess up.”

Womac said 12-inch by 12-inch paintings range from snow-scapes to marsh-scapes to mountain-scapes and each is on Edge brand canvas. “My whole purpose in doing this body of work is to create something that is affordable and appealing to the general public.”

Womac said he is proud to be affiliated with both Fine Arts Blount and Maryville Arts Coalition, the organization responsible for coordinating Last Friday Art Walk. Last Friday Art Walk was begun in January of 2008 by artist Katie Gamble.

“These two arts organizations are working diligently to enhance the artistic experience in Blount County,” he said. “With the advent of the Clayton Centers for the Arts, multiple disciplines of art are being brought more into people’s minds than ever before in Blount County.”

Womac also is putting a series of paintings related to the ballet on display at Van Metre School of Art, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Appalachian Ballet. In addition, a portion of proceeds from art sold at Womac’s store on Friday will be donated to FAB and Maryville Arts Coalition.

Maryville Arts Coalition events coordinator Melissa Nance said the theme for the November Last Friday Art Walk will be “Art Market.”

It is, after all, on Black Friday.

“We’re trying to encourage people to shop locally and support downtown businesses as well as the local artists,” Nance said.

At Clear’s Silat on Broadway, Haitian artist Jemps Maigman will be on hand to demonstrate his woven bracelets, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to support an elementary school being built in Hatte Cotin, Haiti.

Several of the locations will have holiday music including the Maryville Dulcimer Club at the Village Tinker from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Craig Hurst will play piano, and Sandi Koeshall will share her beaded and silver jewelry at the Knitting Nest on East Harper Avenue. At the Clayton Center for the Arts, work will be displayed from painters Marcia Goldstein, Tom Reising and Sue Lane as well as ceramics by Edna Harvey.

Capital Theater will have the sounds of the Smooth Groove Band.

Studio 212 on East Harper Avenue will feature a preview of the Holiday Pots sale that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11. Little Nifties, located beneath Dandy Lions, will feature hand-carved gourd creations by Linda Sharp.

Tomato Head restaurant on Broadway will have photography by Patrick McInerney from a body of work entitled “Wanderland.” FAB ArtSpace Gallery on Broadway will showcase work by painter Katie Gamble. Upstairs guest can purchase items at a wearable art and gift boutique.

The Hoop Exchange of Knoxville will be offering free hoop lessons from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a fire hoop demonstration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The demonstrations will be in the grassy area next to Tomato Head.

This is the last art walk for the year. Last Friday Art Walk will resume in February.

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