‘Harvest’ is theme for Last Friday Art Walk

The Maryville Farmers’ Market usually kicks off early Saturday mornings, but this week the farmers will be clocking in about 16 hours early.

During the September Art Walk on Friday, Sept. 24, folks will have a chance to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables during a special Moonlight Market held in conjunction with this month’s Art Walk theme of “Harvest.”

“I’m excited about the farmers market because that will be something a little different,” Art Walk coordinator Melissa Nance said. “A lot of people don’t get to go on Saturday mornings, so it gives people an opportunity to go who don’t.”

Nance said the “Moonlight Market” is a part of the effort to bring themes to each Art Walk, and it goes along with September’s “Harvest” theme. “It’s a good partnership with a smaller farmer’s market,” she said. “Several businesses also have “Harvest” themes and are trying to get artists that reflect that theme.”

The Art Walk coordinator was happy with new participants who have joined the Art Walk recently, including Broadway Muffler, Lollipops and Broadway United Methodist Church. “We didn’t go seeking these businesses,” she said. “They came to us, in part because of our efforts to get the word out about Art Walk.”

Nance said Art Walk organizers also are making a change for the winter and are planning on wrapping up Art Walk for the year after the November Art Walk. “We have decided not to have Art Walk in December and January of this year. We’re going to spend that time gearing up and have themes for each month in 2011, doing additional marketing and getting Art Walk signage for businesses that are participating,” she said.

Nance said that the open drum circle held beside Tomato Head restaurant in August was so popular that there will be an open drum circle for anyone who wants to join during each Art Walk.

The Art Walk coordinator thanked the Maryville Downtown Association for their support, the Art Walk Committee and Lynn Moore. “We always want to thank Katie Gamble for getting this off the ground and Maryville Arts Coalition for their support,” Nance said.

Here is the line-up for Art Walk at press time:

• Clayton Center for the Arts - In the Denso Community Gallery in the Main Building, there will be an exhibit called “Triple Treat” which includes sculpture by Joyce McCroskey, jewelry by Kim Slater and paintings by Karol Smith. In the Blackberry Farm Gallery and Student Gallery in the Recital Hall are exhibits by Maryville College Faculty. Refreshments will be provided.

• Dandy Lions - Sallie Macy/Joy Meadows Silk paintings.

• Boyd Thomas Clothing - Tom McDaniel, a photographer from Knoxville.

• Knitting Nest - Craig Hurst will play the piano.

• Tomato Head - Photographs by Zachary Jones

• Capitol Theater - C. Vaughn Leslie & Boys Night Out will be jamming to the best in soul, R&B and Carolina beach music. Tickets are $12 if purchased online or $15 at the door. This show is BYOB, beer and wine only. $5 per wine bottle or six pack. This is a dance event. Buy tickets at www.bookthecapitol.com.

• Clear’s Silat - .W. Becker will be doing Ballroom Dancing demonstrations and mini lessons.

• Village Tinker - Sue Campbell makes cornhusk dolls and will be demonstrating how to create them.

• Founders Park - Maryville Farmers Market “Moonlight Market” will feature Joy Meadows demonstrating silk painting and Lindsey Kardatzke playing and singing.

• Van Meter School of Dance - Blue Jeans and Ballet performed by the Appalachian Ballet Company at the Clayton Center for the Arts: An evening of dinner, drinks and a show at 6 p.m. Dinner will be outside on the plaza followed by the Blue Jeans and Ballet performance in the recital hall with former Broadway performers Kathy Moore McDougall and Bruce Moore. Tickets, $55 each, are available at 865-982-8463 or the Clayton Center, and include dinner.

• Grassy area near Tomato Head Restaurant - Open drum circle participants will be performing.

• Lollipops - Elain O’Sullivan of O’Sullivan Dunlap Studio, an artist/sculptor, will be on hand to showcase her work.

• Broadway Muffler - Sharon Webb wildlife art sculpture in paper mache.

• Broadway United Methodist Church- Olga Radar will show her paintings and dolls.

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