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Art D'Vine — A Gallery Hop on State Street

December 03, 2012

Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s a great time to take a break and get into the holiday spirit with the next Art D’Vine, a gallery hop and wine tasting on State Street. Downtown Bristol’s eight art galleries are preparing themselves for what is sure to be a festive art walk and wine tasting on Friday, December 7, from 6p.m. to 9p.m.

As in the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping at Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, CityMug, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, blowfish emporium, One Night Stand Gallery, and Hatching Perspective Gallery. Each gallery will feature a different wine varietal for sampling. René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol, says: “Art D’Vine is always a great way to celebrate the arts in Bristol, and to experience the energy and enthusiasm of our downtown. And with this gallery hop being so close to Christmas, it’s also a great opportunity to support your local artisan community and find those extra-special gifts for everyone on your Christmas list!”

The gallery owners have decked the halls and trimmed the trees in anticipation of a great night sharing fine art and fine wine with art hop participants. One of a Kind Gallery will be unveiling a new batik by Mimi Kind entitled "Twilight in the Mountains," and there will also be new and exciting pottery pieces by Ed Lockett. The State Street Jammers will be providing musical entertainment at 606 State Street Gallery. Virginia Intermont will be hosting One Night Stand Gallery at a new venue this Art D’Vine – Sessions 27 on State Street. They will be showing a continuing slide show of students’ artworks and photographs, and the students will also have an end-of-semester sale of art prints and photos. The Benjamin Walls Gallery will have a new release from New England on display. CityMug Gallery will be exhibiting the first solo show by King College sophomore Jessany Bowman. "Here and There" is a series of self-portraits taken in the artist's home and hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee; they explore her internal and external worlds, and how she fits into her surroundings. With the Hatching Perspective Gallery, Art D’Vine participants get the chance to explore the creativity of art students in the Bristol, Virginia, school system.

As always, this event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts and Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN-VA.

For more information, please contact René Rodgers of Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700, rrodgers@believeinbristol.org, or visit the website at www.believeinbristol.org.