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Washington-Lee Elementary honors artist Laurel Burch with Student Artwork Displayed in Historic Downtown Bristol!


The Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the 6th Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.

“The student art gallery is a wonderful way to highlight the creativity of children in the community, and to encourage them to pursue and enjoy the arts,” says Maggie Bishop, Executive Director for Believe in Bristol. “It is a very important part of the arts culture in Bristol, and it gives the community a wonderful opportunity to share in the artistic accomplishments of our area students.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The fourth gallery of art went up this week, showcasing artwork from fifth grade students at Washington-Lee Elementary inspired by artist Laurel Burch.

Laurel Burch passed away in 2007 from a rare bone disease, but left an artistic legacy of paintings, jewelry, and designs on coffee mugs, clothing, tote bags, prints, fabrics, buttons, and note cards through the Laurel Burch Design Studio.

The fifth grade students at Washington-Lee Elementary have created bright, colorful tin foil designs of cats inspired by the work of this self-taught artist whose trademark style seeks to communicate happiness and a strong, imaginative spirit. Laurel Burch’s uplifting spirit was evident in her artwork as well as her life: “I have had to overcome such an enormous number of obstacles that I have developed a belief system which allows me to feel like I can accomplish almost anything. Of course, I can’t, but sometimes the courage to say ‘I can’ is all it takes.”

Artwork by the students from Washington-Lee Elementary will be on display at the Hayes Furniture Building until May 1, 2017.



Downtown Bristol Events

2017 YWCA Tribute to Women

April 27 | Bristol Train Station


The 2017 Tribute to Women banquet and silent auction will be held at the historic Bristol Train Station located at 101 Martin Luther King Blvd., Bristol, Va., at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ywcabristol.org. Funds from this event support the mission of YWCA Bristol including efforts to increase the economic empowerment of women and families, promote women's health and safety, and to support racial justice and civil rights.

The Pickin' Porch Show: True Grass Band

April 27 | Mountain Music Museum


The Pickin' Porch hosted by Rick Dollar presents Poor Mountain Records recording artists True Grass Band April 27 at the Mountain Music Museum (626 State Street in downtown Bristol TN)! Fresh off recording their first CD with #PoorMountain, these guys put on a great show. Show starts at 7pm so get there early for the best seats!

Trivia Night

April 27 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Who doesn't like a good old fashioned game of trivia? Join Bristol Station Thursday every Thursday at 7:30 pm for a FREE game of trivia. Bring your dogs, your kids, and your (smart) friends to create a team! Knox Trivia Guys will be hosting the game, and prizes for top teams will be awarded!

Redleg Husky

April 27 | Studio Brew


Redleg Husky is a country, bluegrass, and blues duo based in Asheville, North Carolina. Since its inception in 2012, the band has been performing its unique blend of American music in barrooms, theaters, and festivals throughout the Southeast and beyond.

The Diamonds

April 27 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

Fritz & Co. Band and Jake Quillen Band

April 28 | Studio Brew


Fritz & Co Band and Jake Quillen Band (formerly the Comet Conductors) will perform at Studio Brew April 28th at 8pm.

Lodi

April 28 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Lodi are a folk-acoustic-bluegrass-rock fusion group based out of Bristol, VA.

Jigsaw Jane

April 29 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Jigsaw Jane is a high energy 5-piece cover band that plays everything from classic/southern/alternative rock to driving/old school/new age country music.

Cybersecurity and Financial Fraud Educational Seminar

May 2 | Piedmont Station


Learn from a local expert who is leading the charge in Cybersecurity Technology advances in our region, Dr. Abrar A. Qureshi of UVA Wise. Learn how to protect your organization from the inside out. Get Q&A time with the expert(s). Network with others focused on beating the hackers.

Don’t miss this important event! Space is limited, so reserve your seat soon. Please RSVP to liz.weaver@wellsfargo.com or 423-793-3849 by April 25, 2017.

About Dr. Qureshi
Dr. Qureshi received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Government College University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Central Philippine University, a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Qureshi has worked in the Information Technology industry for more than thirteen years. He was last employed at General Electric where he worked on various software engineering projects, software development, database design, system/software test and automation, and quality assurance.

Radio Bristol Premieres: Ed Snodderly

May 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol focuses on new recordings and projects from nationally recognized artists before a live audience in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. On Friday, May 5, Radio Bristol is proud to feature new music from multi-talented singer-songwriter, actor, and co-founder of the famed Down Home listening room, Ed Snodderly. Ed will be performing music from his latest release Record Shop.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Listeners may be part of the live, studio audience or listen online at ListenRadioBristol.org.

About Ed Snodderly
The Tennessee native looks a bit like Doc from Back to the Future with shorter hair and Buddy Holly glasses. His voice is the sonic equivalent of an old denim shirt, creased and worn and reassuring. While “folk” doesn’t quite capture Snodderly’s essence—he is more singer-songwriter steeped in country and bluegrass—he is nevertheless finely tuned to the eccentricities of traditional music. His writing style is unique.

The songs are original, yet familiar. His guitar playing holds those ancestral rhythms. He makes primitive banjo and drums sound like the most obvious combination in the world. Whatever you want to call him—Alt-Country Singer? Old-Time Musician? Folkie?—Ed Snodderly is proof that Southern music, with all its old peculiarities, is alive and kicking. Several of his songs have been recorded by musicians such as Sam Bush, Missy Raines, Jerry Douglas and John Cowan. The Country Music Hall Of Fame Museum honored him by inscribing a verse of his song, “The Diamond Stream,” upon the wall in the Hall Of Honor.

Art D'Vine

May 12 | Downtown Bristol


On Friday, May 12, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., downtown will be filled with art lovers as several galleries and some local favorites join together to host another Art D’Vine event! This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region.

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to offer! Refreshments will be provided and many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling. The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists. Those who complete their passport and visit each stop will be entered into a raffle to win a gift certificate for Mercantile on State!

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 & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

Also Coming Up

2017 YWCA Tribute to Women
April 27 | Bristol Train Station
The Pickin' Porch Show: True Grass Band
April 27 | Mountain Music Museum
Trivia Night
April 27 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Redleg Husky
April 27 | Studio Brew
The Diamonds
April 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Fritz & Co. Band and Jake Quillen Band
April 28 | Studio Brew
Lodi
April 28 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Jigsaw Jane
April 29 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Cybersecurity and Financial Fraud Educational Seminar
May 2 | Piedmont Station
The Pickin' Porch Show: A Night of Bluegrass!
May 4 | Mountain Music Museum
Radio Bristol Premieres: Ed Snodderly
May 5 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ronnie Milsap
May 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Real Life Heavies
May 5 | Studio Brew
Pastries on Piedmont Spring Merchant Marketplace
May 7 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time: The Piedmont Melody Makers w/Alice Gerrard and The Downhill Strugglers
May 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Pickin' Porch Show: Tennessee Border
May 11 | Mountain Music Museum
Art D'Vine
May 12 | Downtown Bristol
Great American Cleanup
May 13 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Ballet presents Mulan, the Legend
May 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Todd Cecil and Back South
May 13 | Studio Brew
Relay for Life New Team Party
May 15 | Studio Brew
LinkedIn: Optimizing Your Profile Class
May 16 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Active Shooter Situation Seminar
May 18–23 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
A Celtic Evening
May 18 | Studio Brew
Border Bash
May 19 | Downtown Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Jaystorm Project
May 19 | Studio Brew
The Grand Ole Uproar
May 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Train Day 2017
May 21 | Bristol Train Station
Below 7
May 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Relay for Life Bristol
June 2 | Cumberland Square Park
Border Bash
June 2 | Downtown Bristol
Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
June 2 | Studio Brew
Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol
June 16–25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash
June 16 | Downtown Bristol
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
July 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Border Bash
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash
August 4 | Downtown Bristol

More Upcoming Events »

Community Notice Board

Central Cafe by Rivers Way

Thursdays & Fridays

Join Rivers Way this week and support youth and young adults with disabilities as they acquire new job skills! Lunch is served most every Thursday and Friday at Central Christian Church, a block from Tennessee High School at 424 Melrose Street. This week's lunch is Turkey BLT, Broccoli Salad and Homemade Desserts. The cost of the meal is only $5.00 and this includes tea or coffee. There are a number of spots open on Thursday when students and teachers from Virginia High School do the cooking and a few spots left on Friday when students and teachers from Tennessee High School do the work. To sign up, visit www.RiversWay.org/about2.

Crochet Classes

Tuesdays | Bristol Public Library


Join BPL each Tuesday Evening for Crochet Class/Club. All Ages and Skill Levels Welcome! Bring your current crochet project and enjoy the crochet community. For beginners, the class will start with the very basics of crochet. Just bring the following:

  • 1-2 balls of 100% cotton yarn (worsted or medium weight)
  • Size H/8 (5.00mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors (any kind will do)

*Tip lighter colored or multiple colored yarn can be easier to crochet for beginners (easier to see the stiches)

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