Last Friday Art Walk brings diverse talents to downtown

Winter break is over! Last Friday Art Walk begins its fourth year on Friday, Feb. 25, and Art Walk coordinator Melissa Nance said the event will bring a diversity of talent and genres to downtown Maryville.

The Last Friday Art Walk took a two-month break following the November Art Walk and returns this month.

“I’m really excited about starting back this month, because we have such a diversity of events happening this month,” said Nance. “We are covering literature, music and some of our favorite local artists will have work on display. I feel like we’re coving everything.”

Nance said the Art Walk brings people downtown who normally may not come downtown. “They come downtown, and it may be their first time to visit those shops or restaurants,” she said.

Art Walk has also become a place for emerging talent. Nance said student artists will be featured prominently this month. “We have Maryville High School student artists and members of their orchestra at Broadway United Methodist Church. We have the winners of the Scholastic Art competition on display at the Clayton Center for the Arts.”

Nance said The Palace Theater is showing work from Heritage Middle School art students. “We have three places displaying student art work, so we’re exciting about that,” she said.

The event coordinator said two films are also being shown during the Art Walk. “Casablanca” will play at The Palace Theater and “The Hasty Heart,” will be seen at the Capitol Theatre.

“Our newest venue, Vienna Coffee Company, is going to be participating, and we are excited to have them on board,” said Nance.

The lineup for the February Last Friday Art Walk is:

Boyd Thomas, 227 W. Broadway Ave. -- Kim Slater will feature her unique and unusual wearable art made from found objects.

Broadway United Methodist Church, 309 E. Broadway Ave. -- Art from Maryville High School. In addition, several members of the Maryville High School Orchestra will offer a short concert in the sanctuary. They will accept a love offering toward their trip to Carnegie Hall this spring. The art will be seen in the narthex, right inside the front doors. The music will start at 6:15 p.m.

The Capitol Theatre, 127 W. Broadway -- The film “The Hasty Heart,” tells of a wounded Scottish soldier whose last few weeks of life are spent in a convalescent ward of a hospital in the Orient. He is changed by the sympathetic treatment his fellow patients try to give him and his stubborn rejection of this. The man’s extreme independence of spirit nearly wrecks the good intentions of those who want to make him happy, but at last he learns the great lesson of love for his neighbor. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and under. For tickets and more information contact: Craig Taylor Brown at 865-250-8090.

Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway -- The works of area high school and middle school students in the annual Scholastic Art exhibition. More than 220 works ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, prints, photographs and mixed media make up this show. The Silver Spoon Café will be open until 7 p.m., and the Center will offer light refreshments.

Clear Silat, 113 E. Broadway Ave. - Maryville photographer Joel Davis will feature his work.

Fine Arts Blount ArtSpace Gallery, 106 E. Broadway Ave. - Romance is the theme for the FAB gallery featuring artists Henrietta Foy, Bridget Matlock Wilson, Deede Edele, Jonathon Golightly and Joy Meadows. Baked goods will be available.

Founders Square -- Live radio remote.

The Palace Theater, 113 W. Broadway Ave -- Adventures in Media by the Heritage Middle School art students of Karen Miller. Following the Art Walk the Palace Theater Film Club invites all to join in for a viewing of “Casablanca.”

The Tomato Head, 211 W. Broadway Ave., -- Will feature recent paintings by Ruth Allen.

Vienna Coffee Company, 321 High St., -- Performance artists Get’em Debraz will begin playing at 7 p.m.

Village Tinker, 417 W. Broadway Ave. -- Brett Smuckler, author, will be on hand from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring her first novel, “Under the Same Sky.”

For information about the Last Friday Art Walk or Maryville Arts Coalition, visit

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