State Of The Arts Returns!

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.


State Of The Arts Schedule

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 TBD — 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 TBD — 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% off select items at Kil’n Time
50% off select Christmas merchandise at Cranberry Lane


Visit bristolarts.org or believeinbristol.org for more information.

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