April 08, 2016 | 6 pm
Downtown Bristol | MAP
From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 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 at Benjamin Walls Gallery, A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Kil'n Time Contemporary Ceramic Studio, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Public Library, Hatching Perspective Gallery, as well as featuring shows from two students from King University: Rachel Burrus & Tessa Klingensmith. Refreshments will be provided and participating locations will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.
The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:
- Birthplace of Country Music Museum -The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be featuring local artist Nick Freeman. Nick will be displaying charcoal drawings, mostly of Bristol landmarks. They will also have the special exhibit, "Made in Tennessee" open for guests to enjoy free of charge for the evening.
- Bristol Public Library -Bristol Public Library will be featuring two artists for Art D’Vine – Nancy Steele and King University student Tessa Klingensmith!
- Nancy C. Steele exhibition will hang the months of March and April. Mrs. Nancy Steele is a graduate of Roanoke College. She taught elementary school for twenty years in New Jersey. She has studied with a number of artists including Donna Dewberry, Steven Reeves, Judy Dench, and Kitty Williams. She is certified to teach the Donna Dewberry One Stroke Painting Method, Level 1 and 2 and works on all kinds of surfaces including canvas, wood, glass, plastic, tile, and ceramics.
- Tessa Klingensmith is an artist working in the mediums of photography and graphic design. Regardless of the medium, narrative and story have always driven her work. Words Remain is a series that explores the elements of design combined with typography. This project combines two of her passions, creative writing and design to create a personal series of visual poetry. Tessa is a senior at King University studying Digital Media Art & Design. She has had work featured in local galleries as well as juried competitions including a short film screened at a local film festival.
- Benjamin Walls Gallery – Be one of the first to reserve Benjamin Walls new book entitled, “Beyond,” which will include a foreword written by entertainment icon Dolly Parton. Beyondis a compilation of Walls’ best work and will feature all of his museum-exhibited pieces. It has taken Walls 12 years, one million miles of travel, and 300,000 exposures to capture the images featured inBeyond.A first look video and the book, which will begin shipping to clients in November, are available now through the Benjamin Walls Gallery and atwww.BenjaminWalls.comat a special pre-publication price.
- H.P. King Room (at the Foundation) – Rachel Burrus is a local artist and professional photographer. Her love of art began at an early age, eventually guiding her to a passion for photography. Her creative design typically focuses on vintage styles. Burrus is a senior at King University majoring in Digital Media Art & Design with a minor in English. She has had her work featured in local galleries and will be showcasing her gallery exhibition Ethereal. Ethereal is a surrealist fine art photography series that explores how dreams evoke emotions within the human soul and how people continuously reach for a heavenly state or enlightenment.
- A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts — The 40+ local artist vendors have been working hard to bring in new work for you! Small, unique items that make great Mother & Fathers Day gifts are available starting at $2 – gifts like hand-painted wine bottles, handmade pottery, postcards and note cards. Larger items from $20–$1,000 will truly make a statement – paintings, furniture, photographs, and stained glass.During this exclusive after-hours shopping experience, you'll have help from multiple artists on-site, so you can be sure to find A Work of Art – a truly unique and memorable giftto give this spring!
- Kil’n Time Ceramic Studio – Be sure to stop by Kil’n Time Ceramic Studio for a special discount during Art D’Vine only! Kil’n Time is one of the largest paint-your-own pottery studios in the nation, and it’s located in Downtown Bristol! They offer a wide selection of ready-to-paint ceramics for both children and adults, as well as fused glass and mosaics. Not a natural born artist? Not a problem! Kil’n Time now offers new coloring book bisque – they outline the design, you make it your own and color it in!
- Blackbird Bakery – Don’t forget to pick up some made-from-scratch sweet treats at Blackbird Bakery, listen to renowned Gerald Sheppard perform a program of acoustic instrumental guitar, and of course meet and greet with featured artist of the month, Bob Ellis! Ellis lives and works in Bristol and nearly all of his photos are of the local area. All of the images have been captured with a simple digital camera and several of the works feature his custom hand-made framing as an integral part of the piece. His greatest wish for his presented work is that people find themselves lost in thought or otherwise transported from the here and now.
- Hatching Perspective – The Bristol Virginia School Board office on LeeStreet will exhibit artwork completed by Bristol Virginia Public School students for public viewing. There will be some fantastic middle school art from Jan Black's students; paper craft, origami, presidential portraits, and shades of color.
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,