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Art D'Vine in Historic Downtown Bristol

June 20, 2014 | 12 am

On Friday, June 20, 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, with the gallery hop serving as the kick-off event to this year’s State of the Arts Weekend, June 20–22. 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 Kil’n Time, One Night Stand Gallery (at the Hayes Furniture Building), Benjamin Walls Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, blowfish emporium, Pretty Girl Station, and Hatching Perspective Gallery. Many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.

“Art D’Vine is the perfect way to explore downtown Bristol’s art scene – and to learn about all the other wonderful events you can enjoy during State of the Arts Weekend,” says René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol.

The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:

• Kil’n Time will be hosting special musical guests and offering 20% off select ceramic items.
• The Hayes Furniture Building (801 State Street) will host the One Night Stand gallery, a pop-up exhibition of paintings by Perry Johnson, former Virginia Intermont art professor. The artwork, spanning ten years, shows an astute eye a sharp wit.
• Be among the first to view the two new Benjamin Walls images recently chosen for exhibit at The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The exhibit, entitled "Wilderness Forever," is part of a nationwide celebration commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act – a landmark legislation that has preserved over 100 million acres of land since its signing in 1964. Benjamin's two successful images were among only 64 images chosen for display from more than 5,500 professional submissions. The exhibit opens September 3 in Washington, DC, but you can see the newly awarded images here in downtown Bristol at Art D'Vine.
• Several artists will be unveiling new works at the entrance to 606 State Street Gallery at 7pm.
• One of a Kind Gallery will be introducing the work of Raymond M. Byram, who creates silk-screen color prints called serigraphs. The gallery will also be offering 10% off art supplies.
• Resident artist Michelle McKinney will be painting at blowfish emporium, and Strange Awakenings will be playing some fun music!
• Pretty Girl Station will be featuring works by multi-media artist Peggy Barnett.
• The Hatching Perspective Gallery at the Bristol Virginia School Board office on Lee Street will be showcasing artwork by Natalie Monyak, a recent Virginia High School graduate.

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 one more Art D’Vine this year on September 12, which will also serve as a fundraiser for the Arts & Entertainment District! For more information, please visit www.believeinbristol.org or contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or info@believeinbristol.org.