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Art D'Vine kicks off springtime events in downtown Bristol

staff report • Mar 4, 2013 at 2:25 AM

BRISTOL — The Downtown Bristol galleries are again joining forces to present Art D’Vine from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 8. This evening stroll offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and review a range of works from artists across the region.

“Art D’Vine is the premier way to experience the revitalization of the downtown and see what’s happening among area artists,” said Sylvia Musgrove of Kil’n Time. “There’s a wonderful collaborative spirit among the galleries and it’s the top way in the Tri-Cities to see a number of works at one time.”

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

Ben Walls will show a new release from coastal Florida, and this Art D’Vine will also be the last night to take advantage of his Tiger Trip promotional pricing. Ceramic artist Aleta Chandler of Almost Aleta Studios will demonstrate wheel-thrown pottery at Kil'n Time, and she will also have some of her finished works on display.

Three new regional artists will be featured at blowfish emporium, which also will host a surprise art improvisational project. One of a Kind Gallery will have a large group of their artists, craftsmen and authors available for conversation, photos, and signings. Also, they are introducing Susan Ratliff Ball, a Bristol, Va., artist and her handmade diaper bags, totes and baby products with an introductory price of 20 percent off.

Two artists will be featured at 606 State Street Gallery: Bruce Cole, a photographer specializing in fine art nature images, and Ken Simmelink, a painter of animals and landscapes. With the Hatching Perspective Gallery, gallery hoppers get the chance to explore the creativity of art students in the Bristol, Va., school system.

The One Night Stand Gallery, featuring the art of King College students, will be held at the Believe in Bristol office at 36 Moore St. There will also be a new participant joining Art D’Vine: Pretty Girl Station, a ladies’ boutique opening in Downtown Bristol, will be hosting an exhibition of paintings by artist Pat Jessee.

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 and Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, Tenn.-Va. Additional Art D’Vines will be held June 14, Sept. 13, and Dec. 13.

For more information, call René Rodgers of Believe in Bristol at (276) 644-9700, e-mail rrodgers@believeinbristol.org or visit www.believeinbristol.org

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