March Art Walk brings variety, energy to downtown

Variety is a good description for this month’s Last Friday Art Walk on March 25.

“I think this is going to be a good kickoff to spring,” said Melissa Nance, entertainment coordinator with the Maryville Arts Coalition. “We’re excited. We have literary artists, visual artists, dancing, music and film. We have a little of everything.”

Last Friday Art Walk is organized by the Maryville Arts Coalition. Businesses in downtown Maryville hold receptions and give exhibit or performance space for artists while the community comes to appreciate the art, shop and enjoy some fun fellowship.

At the Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College is welcoming their artist-in-residence Mark Giangaspero with a reception. “Southland Books is back with the Art Walk and with recent upgrades to their coffee shop, they are excited to welcome folks to come check out their shop. They will also have a local author there,” she said.

At the Capitol Theater, the Streamliners Orchestra will have swing dancing and the Palace Theater will have art from students at Eagleton and Walland elementary schools. “That will be followed by a film made in Cades Cove and Gatlinburg entitled ‘A Walk in Spring Rain,’ which is perfect for spring Art Walk,” Nance said.

Nance said The Village Tinker will feature local author Dicie Kimsey Headrick. “She’ll be signing her book. She grew up in Maryville and all the proceeds go to the Pregnancy Resource Center,” Nance said.

Broadway Muffler is participating again this month with two local jewelry artists and the Vienna Coffee House will have RaRa Schlitts and open mic night, Nance said.

Featured artists and their venues for Last Friday Art Walk include:

• Southland Books, 801 E. Broadway Ave., will feature local author Pamela Schoenwalk who made the New York Times Best of 2010 list. She will be signing her book “We Were Strangers.”

• Boyd Thomas Clothing, 227 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, will host Chriss Hardy of The Painted Room in Knoxville.

• The Knitting Nest, 109 E. Harper Ave., Maryville, will host local artist Heather Whiteside, known as a master at combining color with an uncanny knack for story telling. Her vibrant local urban landscapes exude a certain comfortable familiarity that makes the onlooker feel “part of the scene.” Heather’s original painting “Dog Day Afternoon on the Square” was chosen for the Dogwood Arts Festival’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Print, in 2010.

• Tomato Head restaurant, 211 W. Broadway Ave., will feature paintings by Vickie Kallies Lee.

• Capitol Theater, 127 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, presents the Streamliners Swing Orchestra. Tickets and more information at

• FAB ArtSpace Gallery, 106 E. Broadway Ave., will feature a spring theme as the walls are in “bloom” with florals painted by Gail Kournupakis, Norma Reigle, Susan Tolson and Cindy McDannel. For texture and color, fiber artists and mixed media specialists Bridget Wilson Matlock, Joy Meadows, and Katie Kinney will have work displayed on the second floor gallery.

• The Village Tinker, 417 W. Broadway Ave., will be featuring Dicie Kimsey Headrick and her new children’s book, “Althea Spineeta With Curls In Her Hair.”

• Grassy Area near Tomato Head will feature an open drum circle and hoops.

• Broadway Muffler, 301 W. Broadway Ave., will be hosting Cathy Romancuzk and Sara Jones who make handcrafted jewelry.

• Broadway United Methodist Church, 309 E. Broadway Ave., presents Joyce McCroskey, artist and sculptress.

• Vienna Coffee House, 321 High Street, Maryville, will feature painter Ra Ra Schlitt. She plans to sell her work for $70 with buyers making checks out to Habitat for Humanity Women Build. There will also be an open mic starting at 7 p.m. for all ages.

• Clayton Center for Arts will welcome Artist-in-Residence Mark Giangaspero to campus. A collection of his recent work will be on display throughout the week in The Clayton Center for the Arts Blackberry Farm Gallery. An artist’s reception will be held on Fri., March 25 from 6-8 p.m.

• Former Roy’s Records store will feature Pistol Creek Catch of the Day playing in a preview of April Foolies. The preview party will offer tickets to April Foolies for purchase.

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