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Arts and Entertainment District Planning 2nd Annual State of the Arts Celebration

May 23, 2012

Once again, Bristol will be alive with the arts for a special State of the Arts Celebration the second weekend in June, coordinated by the Believe in Bristol Arts and Entertainment District Steering Committee. Committee members are working with numerous venues, artists, and performers to promote and plan arts activities to enjoy throughout downtown the entire weekend. It's also a time to spotlight artists and venues who are doing what they do best: bring Bristol consistently great performances and memorable artistic experiences.

"It's a time to come downtown to experiment, explore and experience art right here in Downtown Bristol," said Katherine Bowman, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol.

The State of the Arts Celebration is part of the continuing effort to keep the Bristol scene's momentum going strong and to establish the cities as the region's premier destination for arts and entertainment.

“We are very excited to be showcasing the wide array of arts and entertainment available in Downtown Bristol,” says Mimi Kind, chair of the Arts and Entertainment District Steering Committee. "The State of the Arts is a celebration to create awareness in our community of just how we are working to cultivate Bristol’s creativity.”

Artists, venues, and performers are invited to contact the Committee to participate in the collective promotions, coordinate with others in downtown Bristol, or participate in the Committee's efforts to build on the success of last year's event.

The following is a partial list of confirmed activities for the State of the Arts Weekend. Other downtown businesses are adding events daily. If you are a business owner in the downtown community and would like to publicize an arts event, or need help developing an event, please contact the Believe in Bristol office at 423-573-2200.

Friday, June 8th
"Rising Art Stars" show at One of a Kind Gallery throughout the weekend, featuring the work of young, promising artists in the area.
4:00 pm — Beer Tasting at Inari Wines
6:00 pm — Art D'Vine, a gallery hop and wine tasting on State Street
7:30 pm — Crooked Road General Store presents Jeff and Sheri Easter at The Paramount. Jeff and Sheri Easter have been nominated for numerous Dove Awards, and have won five. They have also received a Grammy nomination. Sheri has been named the Singing News Favorite Alto eleven times and Female Vocalist four times. Also include numerous nominations in Bluegrass and Country Gospel
7:30 pm — Ballroom Lessons at Bristol Ballet
8:00 pm — A Great Disaster to perform at Machiavelli's
9:00 pm — Steve Gilbert with Dallas Danger at Acoustic Ale House
10:00 pm — Now You See Them to Perform at 620 State


Saturday, June 9th
8:00 am — Cooking Demonstration at State Street Farmers Market
9:00 am to noon — State of the Arts Kids Day will be held at the TriSummit Parking lot — there will be a hands-on craft project, face painting, balloon animal crafting, cookie decorating, martial arts demonstration, movement class and magic show.
11:30 – 12:30 – State of the Arts POWER HOUR art competition at State Street Farmers Market. Artists from all over the area are invited to come out and complete a work of art of their choosing from start to finish in 1 hour. Prizes will be given – for more details, please contact the Believe in Bristol office at 423-573-2200.
12:00 – Kids Painting Workshop at blowfish emporium, pre-registration is required, plus 15% storewide discount entire weekend
3:00 pm — AiPP member guided tour of sculptures downtown
4:00 pm — Wine Tasting at Inari Wines
5:00 pm — Special Movies and Music in the Park. Details to follow.
7:00 pm — The Austin Arnold Scholarship Benefit Show — featured bands performing include Spank, Forsaken Hero, Addie Bradley, The VW Boys, and others.
9:00 pm — Flipside Runner to perform at O'Mainnin's
10:00 pm — Holy Ghost Tent Revival to perform at 620 State

In November of 2010, the City of Bristol Virginia officially designated Downtown Bristol as an Arts and Entertainment District and charged Believe in Bristol with the oversight of this district. The district steering committee has representation from each of the arts-based businesses in Downtown Bristol and works together to boost Bristol's creative economy and cultural tourism, and collaborate to develop, encourage, and enhance ideas that cultivate Bristol's creativity.

A detailed schedule of events for the weekend will be available on the Believe in Bristol A&E District web page at www.bristolarts.org. For more information, please contact Katherine Bowman at Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2200 or kbowman@believeinbristol.org.