Each month there's an art walk in downtown Bristol to showcase all of the art galleries that are along State Street.
The art galleries have been a key piece of the success in revitalizing the downtown area. The successful rebirth of the downtown in Bristol can be attributed to many things, one of which is the number of art galleries that have located downtown.
Local art plays just as much of a key role as music in the region's heritage. "Arts are just so important to be involved with to appreciate and it really does a great job of reflecting what the community is about," says Bethany Wilson owner of the Blowfish Emporium.
Especially when 99 percent of what's displayed in the downtown galleries are created by local artists. "All of the art in here is local. We have our own art plus we've got 37 other artists in here right now and every single one of them is local," Mimi Kind, owner of One of Kind gallery said.
The quality of all of the local art is one of the factors that brings visitors and locals back downtown. "Because of the galleries we've been able to really bring the art talent together. It's not somebody's individual thing at home but it's really brought it together so people can see it and appreciate it," Virginia Hiss, one of the co-op members at 606 State gallery said.
And just like anything that's created locally, the revenue stays here. "It's our hometown, it's our talent and the money stays here in our community," photographer and gallery owner Benjamin Walls said.
And for Kil'n Time, a create your own ceramics shop, it was a driving force to start their business downtown. "We realized that a few years ago that downtown was going to be key to the revitalization of Bristol. Art is always essential to life and to the downtown," owner Sylvia Musgrove says.
"It's regional and local talent and these people are so good and they're presenting these amazing pieces of art that reflect our community," Rene Rodgers with Believe in Bristol added.
And its definitely drawing people back to downtown.