September’s Last Friday Art Walk has youth appeal

Kaydee Sparks, left, and Brittany Alexander show off their face paint during the Last Friday Art Walk in August.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Kaydee Sparks, left, and Brittany Alexander show off their face paint during the Last Friday Art Walk in August.

If there was a Last Friday Art Walk for children, this just may be it.

“It seems there are several business doing children’s themes,” said Mandy Sitzlar, Art Walk coordinator for Maryville Arts Coalition.

Boyd Thomas Clothing is featuring a children’s book written by Pam Frye and Gina Guchanan with illustrations by artist RaRa Schlitt. The sale of “If Only I Had You” will benefit Harmony Adoptions.

The Palace Theater will feature the work from the students of Anne Winsauer in Art for Asperger’s. Winsauer and Mary Catherine Lewis work with children and young adults on the autism spectrum by using visual arts to stimulate learning. At 7:30 p.m., The Palace will show the movie “National Velvet.”

“Broadway Muffler is featuring a youth organization sponsored through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency,” Sitzlar said. “We didn’t really plan it this way, but it seems there are a lot of younger artists being featured this month. September looks like it will have something for everyone with a lot of diversity.”

Something Savory has invited back the same band that played at the August Last Friday Artwalk - The Check Engine Band, along with their artists. “It was packed with tons of people last month, so they’re getting them to come back for an encore,” Sitzlar said.

Sitzlar said the Last Friday Art Walk in August, with the annual theme of Tribute to Music, was a success. “It went really well, the outdoor music locations were awesome, and I thought the crowds really picked up,” she said. “Also, we haven’t done face-painting in a while and that was a hit.”

For September Last Friday Art Walk, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, the venues at press time and their featured artists include:

Boyd Thomas Clothing, 227, W. Broadway Ave., will host artist RaRa Schlitt, authors Pam Frye and Gina Guchanan and the children’s book, “If Only I Had You,” to raise funds for Harmony Adoptions.

Tomato Head restaurant, 211 W. Broadway Ave., will feature Jarrod Justice’s acrylic paintings.

The Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College campus, will feature an exhibit in the Denso Gallery entitled “Evolving,” by Antuco Chicaiza. The art shows culture and tradition.

Vienna Coffeehouse, 321 High St., will feature the band Sunshine Station performing at 7 p.m.

Fine Arts Blount at the Art Space Gallery, 106 E. Broadway Ave., will feature D.D. Nielsen and Rafael Casco, both new members of FAB. Nielsen is a self-taught sculptor and mixed-media artist. Casco was born in Honduras and earned a degree as an art teacher there in 1990.

The Palace Theater, 113 W. Broadway Ave., will feature Anne Winsauer’s art students. She is a graphic designer who realized the learning potential of children and young adults on the autism spectrum using visual arts. After teaching school for four years, she started Art for Asperger’s LLC.

The Village Tinker, 417 W. Broadway Ave., will feature Raku artist Amber Ochs of “In the Wild.” Raku art is created from clay that is bisque fired to harden the clay. Ochs will be showing a sampling of her work including wall art, tea light holders, jewelry, magnets and more.

Clear’s Silat, Street Kung Fu & Tai Chi, 113 E. Broadway Ave., will host Stephen Kerr, a local artist and award winning modeler who has put together a tribute to the legendary author and visionary Jules Verne. Clear Silat will also feature Elayne Shields-Bryant, who offers unique, customized, and personalized baby gifts.

Southland Books, 801 E. Broadway Ave., will feature author Susan Dorsey who will be signing her book, “A Civil Death,” from 5:30-7 p.m.

Broadway United Methodist Church, 309 E. Broadway Ave., will host two painters from Townsend, Mary Lynn Morgan and Francy Cash.

The Knitting Nest, 109 E. Harper Ave., will feature Emily Waters, a jewelry designer.

The Capitol Theater, 127 W. Broadway Ave., will feature members of The Foothills Community Players in “Bus Stop.” The play begins at 7:30 p.m.

Broadway Muffler, 301 W. Broadway Ave., will be hosting “I Wanna Fish Too,” which is a youth organization sponsored through the TWRA. They will have a display explaining their mission. In addition, work by wildlife artist Sharon Webb will be on display.

Dandy Lions, 300 E. Church Ave., will host wildlife photographer Berry Spruce.

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