Stroll downtown for tasty treats, local art at Art Walk

Rikako Kurihara, Jananii Vaz, Yoshiko Inohara and Ayako Dotoku enjoy a night downtown during the May Last Friday Art Walk.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Rikako Kurihara, Jananii Vaz, Yoshiko Inohara and Ayako Dotoku enjoy a night downtown during the May Last Friday Art Walk.

Last Friday Art Walk for June will be a tasty learning experience as Something Savory bakery downtown features the Art of Pie Making as an example of culinary arts.

“We’re excited this month to have Something Savory bakery participating in Last Friday Art Walk,” said Melissa Nance, coordinator for the Maryville Arts Coalition event. “They’re going to be doing the Art of Pie Making, with demonstrations and samples and selling a variety of pies people can take home.”

Nance said June is the perfect month for folks to come experience the Last Friday Art Walk. “Summer is a great time to come out and participate in Art Walk,” she said. “Whether you do it every month or have never done it, summer is a great opportunity to get free food and drink while you enjoy art from our local community, as well as visit some stores you might not have visited in the past.”

Nance said Amy Campbell will show her work at Village Tinker. Southland Books will celebrate history of the area with the re-issue of the “The 1926 Maryville/Alcoa City Directory.” The book includes a resident directory and a street guide.

The Maryville Arts Coalition will showcase the works of the two artists who were awarded the MAC scholarships this year. The work of Sophia Morgan and Elizabeth Gombert will be on display at Boyd Thomas Clothing.

While at Boyd Thomas, Nance said Art Walk attendees will have the opportunity to show their support for Maryville Arts Coalition.

“We will have tickets for sale for our upcoming benefit concert on Thursday, July 21. Randy McGinnis will play a concert featuring the traditional Cherokee flute in the Lambert Recital Hall at the Clayton Arts Center.”

Last Friday Art Walk line up at press time included:

Boyd Thomas Clothing, 227 W. Broadway Ave. - Boyd Thomas Clothing will feature Maryville Arts Coalition scholarship winners. Elizabeth Gombert, a recent Maryville High graduate, will be going to Bennington College in Southern Vermont in the fall. Her artwork is mostly figurative and she serves as her own subject primarily working in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Sophia Morgan, a recent Maryville High graduate, will be going to Memphis College of Art. Sophia works in mixed media painting and drawing and her artwork is mainly inspired by her own imagination combined with cultural references:

Capitol Theatre, 127 W. Broadway Ave. - The Capitol Theater will have Streamliners Swing Orchestra performing at 8 p.m.

Fine Arts Blount, 106 E. Broadway Ave. - Fine Arts Blount will have a “Personal Perspective,” featuring art created by local artists from Open Arms Care who have developmental disabilities and physical limitations who have utilized groundbreaking techniques to express themselves on canvas.

Something Savory Bakery, 131 E. Broadway Ave., - Something Savory Bakery will have the “The Art of Pie Making,” which will include pie-making demonstrations and samplings.

Southland Books, 801 E. Broadway Ave. - Southland Books will be celebrating the re-issue of The 1926 Maryville/Alcoa City Directory. Southland Books will be open until 7:30 on Art Walk night.

The Vienna Coffeehouse, 321 High St. - The Vienna Coffeehouse will feature Susan Birdwell, an artist with the Townsend Artisan Guild who does painting and sculptures.

The Village Tinker, 417 W. Broadway Ave., welcomes folk and portrait artist, Amy Campbell. With more than 20 years of experience, Campbell works in diverse media and loves celebrating all things local. Her portraits of Sam Houston and several others are on permanent display in the Maryville Municipal Building.

Tomato Head, 211 W. Broadway Ave. - Tomato Head restaurant will be featuring, “Astonishing Tales of Perilous Adventure,” a mixed-media exhibit featuring the work of six artists from Work Horse Collective.

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