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It's the most wonderful time — and Art D'Vine — of the year!

December 13, 2013 | 12 am

On Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the downtown Bristol galleries are again joining forces to bring Art D’Vine to the local community. This evening 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.

“Art D’Vine is a wonderful way to embrace the holiday spirit and have a festive and fun night out with family and friends,” says René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol. “It’s also a great time to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list! We are giving away six gift certificates – one for $100 towards the image portion of any limited edition photograph purchase at the Benjamin Walls Gallery and five for $25 each towards the purchase of original artwork by Kaylynn Wilster, Ken Simmelink, Briana Morris, C. G. Shaver, and Lisa Boardwine, all artists at 606 State Street Gallery. These gift certificates will be given to six lucky winners drawn from those who have gone to every gallery on the walk and had an Art D’Vine ‘passport’ stamped at each stop.”

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping at Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, blowfish emporium, Pretty Girl Station, and Hatching Perspective Gallery. The galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.

With stockings hung and the halls decked, the festive galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists:

* Kil’n Time will be hosting Bridgeforth Design Studio, along with author C. R. Blevins, in support of a new Kickstarter campaign to fund A Western Tale Graphic Novel. Autumn Semones will also debut Crazy Creations, serving a fully edible, hand-sculpted cake made specifically for Kil'n Time and Art D'Vine! Plus Eat, Drink & Be Merry, a fun book on Christmas traditions will also be on display and available for purchase.
*The Benjamin Walls Gallery will debut its 28th new image this year – Ben’s 4th new Appalachian image in the past month!
*606 State Street Gallery will be offering discounts up to 40%, noted in the individual artists’ spaces. The 606 State Street Jammers will also be performing.
*One of a Kind Gallery will introduce their new potter, Paul Gaskins, and will also host Gerald Sheppard, guitar player and maker, who will be sharing some wonderful music with Art D’Vine patrons.
*blowfish emporium will have artist D. R. Lawson doing demos, music by Mark Luague and Scott Shelton, and a free vaping bar set up by Creeper Vapor of Abingdon.
*Pretty Girl Station will host paintings by Lauren Seigner, copper and enamel jewelry by Jennifer Murphy, pearl and antique charm jewelry by Alice Pitchie, and novels by Bristol’s own, Chuck Thompson.
*The Hatching Perspective Gallery at the Bristol Virginia School Board office on Lee Street will be featuring artwork from Bristol, Virginia elementary, middle, and high school students, including self-portraits, collage portraits, and crazy hair designs!

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. We will be hosting four seasonal Art D’Vines in 2014 – March, June, September, and December – so keep your eye out for these dates!

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