Last Friday Art Walk boasts 12 businesses for May event

Last Friday Art Walk promises to be a diverse blend of genres this months as 12 businesses are participating in the monthly exhibition of art in downtown Maryville.

“We’re excited about the diversity we have this month,” Maryville Arts Coalition event coordinator Melissa Nance said. “We have several authors, lots of artists, and we have several quilters.”

Nance said there also will be jewelry artists and a local crafter who makes handmade soaps. In addition, Vienna Coffee has Open Mic night and the Palace Theatre will have a showing of the movie “White Heat” at 7:30 p.m.

“We also have the ‘cupcake project’ at Fine Arts Blount. They are making artful cupcakes and selling them as a way to raise funds. The cupcakes are unique and tasty,” said Nance. “We’re expecting an even better turnout than last month, and there will be plenty to do with 12 businesses participating. The forecast calls for beautiful weather.”

The Last Friday Art Walk schedule is as follows:

Boyd Thomas Clothing welcomes Jonathan Howe, a local artist in multiple mediums who studied under Carl Gombert at Maryville College and is now a full time artist.

Broadway Muffler is featuring jewelry artist Cathy Romanczuk. Cathy has a flare for the natural and organic look. Her jewelry is unique and features original designs.

Clayton Center for the Arts has Tone Haugen-Cogburn in the Denso Gallery. Haugen-Cogburn makes and designs quilts relating to the architectural theme. Many of the quilts in the exhibit started with inspiration from Norway where Haugen-Cogburn grew up. Most quilts have a story behind them but can be viewed differently by each person.

Clear’s Silat and Street Kung Fu will feature Miranda Ott, a recent graduate of Maryville College. She studied ceramics at Chautauqua Institute School of Art in New York in 2010 and will be displaying her ceramic vases and trays in earthenware and stoneware.

Dandy Lions will present fiber artist, award winning quilt artist and jewelry designer Bridget Wilson Matlock.

Fine Arts Blount is all about “Guilty Pleasures.” Highlighted artists C. Kip Tweedie and Norman Gipson both work with wood. The CupCake Project also showcases the delicious side of art.

LaRue’s on Broadway will be featuring Norman Gibson of Pyromania. His art is pyrography or wood burning.

Little Nifties is hosting a book launch for “The Fox Diaries,” written by Valarie Budayr. They are also featuring the oil paintings of artist James Owens.

The Village Tinker will welcome Colette Souder of Rainwater Farm this month. Making products that are good for you and good for the environment has been Rainwater Farm’s commitment for 19 years. Today Souder makes 29 varieties of bar soaps and a variety of other all natural, long lasting, highly effective and safe for the environment. All of her products are high quality and free of unnatural additives such as PABA, petroleum, and sodium lauryl sulfate.

The Knitting Nest welcomes jewelry designer Melissa Sicard as its May Art Walk Artist. Melissa works primarily with contemporary as well as vintage photos, pictures and artwork, which she captures behind glass tiles, creating one-of-a-kind pieces to adorn necklaces or bracelets. For a most unique gift giving idea, Melissa can create custom tiles using a client’s family portraits, pet photos, child’s artwork, etc. Her pieces are inspired by French themes, animals, nature, religious icons and much more.

The Palace Theater hosts William Blount High School Students of Melanie Pritchard and Doris Poppelreiter displaying painting, drawings, sculpture and digital media. The Palace Theater Club presents “White Heat” staring James Cagney at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door. For advance tickets, call 865-983-3330 with a Visa or MasterCard.

Vienna Coffee Company will be featuring photographer David P. Young who has had a lifetime of journeys as a college professor at Maryville College, a missionary (with his wife to the Philippines, Cuba and Nicaragua), a church bureaucrat (25 years with the Presbyterian Church USA), and poet/photographer (eight books published). They will also host an Open Mic night for all ages at 7 p.m.

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