July Last Friday Art Walk features painters, spinners, music and more

At Boyd Thomas Clothing, Maryville Art Coalition scholarship winner Elizabeth Gombert poses by one of her paintings during the June Last Friday Art Walk.

Photo by Jenifer Clark

At Boyd Thomas Clothing, Maryville Art Coalition scholarship winner Elizabeth Gombert poses by one of her paintings during the June Last Friday Art Walk.

July might be called “hump” month, the transition between a carefree summer and school beginning. To help celebrate, July’s Last Friday Art Walk, sponsored by the Maryville Arts Coalition, has a smorgasbord of treats for art lovers.

Last Friday Art Walk takes place along the streets and in the stores of downtown Maryville from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the last Friday of every month, with the exception of December and January. Artists are recruited by area businesses to showcase their work, sometimes doing demonstrations, and many businesses offer shopping specials and/or serve refreshments to Art Walk participants.

New to Art Walk this month is participation by the popular The Market at Washington and High. The Market will feature The Spurgeon Boys performing acoustic classic country. They will also have all-you-can-eat barbecue and $2.50 pints.

Artists this month include three hand spinners from the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, who will be demonstrating their craft at The Knitting Nest; a concert by Robinella at the Capitol Theatre; oil paintings by James Owens at Boyd Thomas Clothing; watercolor artist Lyda Plemons at Something Savory Bakery and many more.

The list at press time includes these artists. Other businesses may also be open.

Boyd Thomas Clothing -- The clothing store will feature James Owens, who taught himself to paint with oils and is inspired by the esthetic of the late 1940s and 1950s. “When I approach a painting, it is all about the mood, the feel. What is important to me is that the viewer be entertained,” says Owens. His work shows in galleries from Los Angeles to Tokyo and has been used in Hollywood movies.

Capitol Theatre -- Robinella will perform at 8 p.m. Call the theater for tickets because it was approaching a sell-out.

Clear’s Silat & Street Kung Fu -- Acrylic painters Henrietta Foy and Cindy McDannel will be featured, as well as the work of Bridget Matlock.

Clayton Center for the Arts -- The Blackberry Farms Gallery will feature Paul Lee. He is a professor of art at the University of Tennessee. His show of recent photographs is called: Spectacle of Banality: The 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Also on display is “Personal Perspective,” featuring art created by local artists with developmental disabilities and physical limitations who have utilized groundbreaking techniques to express themselves on canvas.

Fine Arts Blount -- Deede Edele has been creating artwork since childhood in various forms. She enjoys experimenting with textures, paper and pure colors. Deede specializes in pet and people portraits. Her portraits are unique because of the use of acrylic textures, paper tearing and color pourings on canvas as well as watercolor paper. FAB is also featuring their Cupcake Project where artists create “Artful Little Cakes” to sell to hungry Art Walk guests.

The Knitting Nest -- An adventure in hand spinning is on the agenda for The Knitting Nest, as artist show just how many steps it takes for a fleece to become a sweater. Learn what roving is and how drop spindles and wheels create yarn from a pile of fluff. Members of the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild will be on hand with their beautiful spinning tools to demonstrate and talk about this century-old craft.

Something Savory Bakery -- Along with treats to eat, Something Savory welcomes artist Lyda Plemons. She is a well-known, local artist, and her work consists largely of watercolors on canvas, using nature as a backdrop for her inspiration. Her work will be on display at the bakery, and she will be present to meet people and share with them. The bakery will be serving a variety of cookies, iced tea and coffee.

The Market -- The Spurgeon Boys will perform their acoustic classic country. They are a local group that has been playing for 20 years and just released a new CD. The Market is also having all-you-can-eat barbecue and $2.50 pints.

The Tomato Head -- Photography from The Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley grace the walls this month at The Tomato Head. Images featured were produced through the ImageMakers photography program of The Club. The program encourages youth to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography.

The Vienna Coffeehouse -- The photography of Cat Griffith-Beason is a must-see at Vienna Coffeehouse. Griffith-Beason is a recent graduate of Maryville College. Her preference for utilizing people as her compositions main subject is evident throughout her work. The photos in this series are done in black and white film, which were developed and printed by the artist.

The Village Tinker -- This eclectic gift shop welcomes Dick Ensing to the July Art Walk. Dick paints in the tradition of the French impressionist. He loves capturing the beauty of this area and uses Cades Cove and the surrounding country side as his inspiration. He will be presenting original pieces as well as prints of his most popular pieces.

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artprints writes:

The Knitting Nest, the Tomato Head, and the Village Tinker all sound delightful. I wish I could be there and also see Mr. Ensing's Cades Cove. Dolores Regallis www.art-prints-paintings.com