Last Friday Art Walk showcases sound and art of music

Bridget and Sarah Matlock showed off their talents at Clear Silat’s for July’s Last Friday Art Walk.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Bridget and Sarah Matlock showed off their talents at Clear Silat’s for July’s Last Friday Art Walk.

The sounds and sights of music and music-themed art will be in the businesses, on the sidewalks and throughout downtown as folks celebrate Maryville Arts Coalition’s annual Tribute to Music, the August theme for Last Friday Art Walk.

“It is traditionally the biggest month of the year for Art Walk,” said new Art Walk coordinator Mandy Sitzlar. “Most businesses have more than one thing going on.”

Some businesses have both musicians and artists. “There’s a lot of outdoor activities, so it isn’t just about being inside the businesses. We are hoping for a big turnout,” Sitzlar said. “Even driving by on the street, you’ll see something is going on.”

Sitzlar said Robinella Contreras Bailey is making her second appearance performing at The Village Tinker, 417 W. Broadway Ave. The free outdoor concert will begin at 7 p.m. “A lot of people will come out to see Robinella. She is also a local artist, both with her music and her visual arts. She has her work at The Village Tinker, so she joins them for Music month again this year,” Sitzlar said.

Sitzlar said this is the second month that The Market at Washington and High has participated in Last Friday Art Walk, and they are having a local band as well. “Will Tate and 6 Mile Express will perform at The Market, beginning at 6:30,” she said.

Something Savory Bakery moved to 131 E. Broadway recently. They are enjoying being in the middle of the action, said Sitzlar. “They’re hosting a kids’ frosted sugar cookie decorating event, which will draw more children to Art Walk. Rara Schlitt will have her work on display and the Bluegrass band Check Engine will perform. In addition, they are doing some cooking, with proceeds from the sale of the artwork and the food going to the Food Connection as a donation.

Sitzlar said there are several outdoor activities and a couple different musicians will be set up outside. Guitar player Matt Everett is performing in the Preservation Plaza courtyard. The Quartet of the Smokies also will be in Founders Square and Cherokee flutist Randy McGinnis will play at Dandy Lions.

At the Vienna Coffee House, 321 High St., house barista Kyle Wigington will be the featured artist. He will be displaying photos and paintings with a music theme.

Boyd Thomas Clothing, 227 W. Broadway Ave., is hosting Katie Gamble, president of Maryville Arts Coalition, along with guitarist Robert Anderson.

Sitzlar said enthusiasm is building among downtown businesses as Last Friday Artwalk approaches. “A lot of businesses are participating,” she said. “Everybody is pulling out all stops for Tribute to Music.”

The full list of venues and their featured artists include:

The Appalachian Ballet Company will be showcasing some of the dances at the studio for their upcoming Blue Jeans & Ballet performance during Last Friday Art Walk.

The Blount County Art and Craft Guild will display hand-painted guitars in front of the old Tommy Covington Studio in downtown Maryville for Last Friday Night Art Walk.

Boyd Thomas Clothing is hosting artist Katie Gamble and musician Robert Anderson on his guitar.

Brackin’s will have guitarist Lefty performing.

Broadway United Methodist Church will feature painter Sarah Daily Frey who combines natural and architectural elements into her paintings.

The Capitol Theatre is having the Streamliners perform.

The Clayton Center’s featured artist is Joe Letitia. His show is called Didymus and will be at the Blackberry Farms gallery at the Clayton Center.

Clear’s Silat and Street Kung Fu will feature Willem de Thouars and his watercolor paintings.

Dandy Lions brings the sweet, haunting sound of Cherokee flutist Randy McGinnis to their store for Last Friday Art Walk.

Fine Arts Blount will be featuring a series of hand-painted guitars to honor Maryville’s 4th Annual Tribute to Music. Also featured will be the kids from Youthful Expressions Studio’s summer camps. For listening pleasure, Fine Arts Connection’s Kathy Huber and Jacob Molina will be performing throughout the evening.

Keep Blount Beautiful will be handing out pocket ashtrays in downtown during Art Walk.

The Market, a fairly new addition to Art Walk, is having Will Tate and the Six Mile Express at the store beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Something Savory has local artist is RaRa Schlitt with new paintings for sale. Something Savory will be serving a dinner and dessert, with all proceeds from the art and bakery sales donated to The Food Connection. At 8 p.m, enjoy the music of bluegrass musicans Check Engine.

Tomato Head will feature photographer J. Daniels Photography. He specializes in local nature scenes.

Vienna Coffeehouse will host barista Kyle Wigington. Wigington has put together a display of photos and paintings with a music theme, and he will be doing a performance as well at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., Open Mic night begins.

The Village Tinker is hosting a free concrt with Robinella, who returns for her second annual August Art Walk at the shop.

Roaming the streets and at downtown venues such as Founder’s Square will be bands and musicians paying tribute to Music Month at Last Friday Art Walk.

The Plaza Courtyard will have Matt Everett, a local musician who played with flutist Randy McGinnis at the Clayton Center in July.

Founders Square will feature the music of “Quartet of the Smokies.”

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