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Save the Weekend! Schedule for Arts & Entertainment District's 3rd Annual State of the Arts Celebration Announced

May 22, 2013

Once again, Bristol will be alive with the arts for a special State of the Arts Weekend on June 14–16, coordinated by the Believe in Bristol Arts & 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 that are doing what they do best: bringing Bristol consistently great performances and memorable artistic experiences.

Artists, venues and performers are invited to contact Believe in Bristol 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. 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 276-644-9700.

Friday, June 14
12:00 pm — Tunes @ Noon with Symphony Rags at the Paramount Center for the Arts
4:00–6:45 pm — Artistic-themed beer tasting at Inari Wines
6:00–9:00 pm — Art D'Vine, a gallery hop and wine tasting on State Street – Participating galleries include Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery, blowfish emporium, Hatching Perspective Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, Pretty Girl Station, and The Purple Loon.
6:00–9:00 pm — 606 Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery
7:30 pm — Swing dance lessons at Bristol Ballet

8:00 pm–1 am — Roots Beards & Boots Road Show at Machiavelli’s with Folk Soul Revival, This Mountain and The Whisky Gentry
Time TBC — F-Bomb at O’Mainnin’s Pub

Saturday, June 15
10 am–noon — State of the Arts Kids Day at the TriSummit Parking lot – There will be a hands-on craft project, face painting, cookie decorating, jazz movement class, sidewalk chalk for creative expression, and a guided Caterpillar Crawl (parents must accompany their children on this guided walk).
10:00 am–6:00 pm — Sidewalk comic book sale at Mountain Empire Comics
11:00 am–noon — 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 one hour. The winning artist will be featured on the A&E section of the Believe in Bristol website, along with our Facebook page, and also displayed in a local gallery for one month.
For more information and to register, contact Bethany at 423-360-7376 or bethanywwilson@hotmail.com.
11:00 am–4:00 pm — Where’s Bob Ross? Find our Bob Ross-alike in Downtown Bristol and you can be a “Happy Little Tree” and get your picture taken with him!
12:00–2:00 pm — Free figure drawing class at The Purple Loon
1:00–2:00 pm — Strike a pose! Check out the ballerinas in the Bristol Ballet window.
3:00–4:30 pm — Free earring assembly class at The Purple Loon (materials not included)
3:00–4:00 pm — Strike a pose! Check out the ballerinas in the Bristol Ballet window.
4:00–6:45 pm — Artistic-themed wine tasting at Inari Wines
At dark — Special screening of 2012’s “Pitch Perfect” at Cumberland Square Park, sponsored by BVU
8:00 pm–1 am — Roots Beards & Boots Road Show at Machiavelli’s with Folk Soul Revival, These Undowners, The Twang Bangers and Wise Old River
Time TBC — Polychrome at O’Mainnin’s Pub

Sunday, June 16
1:00–4:00 pm — Art Swap at Downtown Center (Farmer’s Market site) – Visual artists can swap paintings, photographs, sculptures and unneeded supplies. But don’t stop there: the swap is also for the whole range of the arts, so it could include fiber arts, ceramics, pottery, jewelry and their related supplies. It can also include sheet music, instruments, dance clothes and shoes, literature and even an offer to trade lessons in piano, dance, voice, painting, etc. Be creative in what you offer to trade!
For more information and to register, contact Susan Long at276-494-9925 or SLong116@aol.com.
1:00-5:00 pm — Special Sunday opening hours at select stores

All weekend!
Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm — Glasgow Theatre Company’s Urinetown: The Musical at the Paramount Center for the Arts
Art in Public Places self-guided sculpture walk (pick up your map from various outlets downtown)
Historic Downtown self-guided walking tour (pick up your map from various outlets downtown)
Rising Stars Art Show at One of a Kind Gallery
15% off all artwork at 606 State Street Gallery
10% off custom framing @ Benjamin Walls Gallery
Select offerings at blowfish emporium
15% select items at Kil’n Time
50% off select Christmas merchandise at Cranberry Lane

In November of 2010, the City of Bristol Virginia officially designated Downtown Bristol as an Arts & 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. The sponsors for this year’s event are the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, BVU, the City of Bristol, VA, the City of Bristol, TN, and the Junior League of Bristol.

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