The third annual State of the Arts Weekend kicks off this Friday with Art D’Vine. This event will ignite the weekend-long celebration which plays host to a large variety of arts and entertainment activities held throughout Historic Downtown Bristol on June 14, 15 and 16. With numerous events happening including art sales, a kids’ art day, an art competition, an art swap, a movie in the park, and extended hours for several businesses downtown on Sunday, Bristol is geared up to be the premier arts and entertainment destination for the area this weekend. “We have planned a host of fun and creative events all weekend long. State of the Arts is a wonderful opportunity for local artists and artisans to showcase their work to the community, and also for the public to participate in the wide variety of arts downtown,” says René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol. “We hope that this weekend will inspire people to come downtown to be a part of our thriving arts scene.”From 12 noon on Friday, June 14, and going through the late afternoon of Sunday, June 16, there are a host of events scheduled in downtown Bristol. There is something for everyone to enjoy – check out our updated calendar of events to plan your weekend now!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 PubSaturday, 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, balloon twisting, and the self-guided Caterpillar Crawl. Sponsored by the Junior League of Bristol.* 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 One of a Kind Gallery for one month. For more information and to register, contact Bethany at 423-360-7376 or firstname.lastname@example.org. * 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 Loon12:00–3:00 pm — Pinterest Project Saturday at blowfish emporium — come on in to the shop for about an hour to make a wonderful Father's Day gift. Cost is $20 and includes all materials and a framed gift! * 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 — The Shifters at O’Mainnin’s PubSunday, 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 at 276-494-9925 or SLong116@aol.com. Sponsored by AAME.* 1:00-5:00 pm — Special Sunday opening hours at select stores including Kil’n Time, 606 State Street Gallery, Benjamin Walls Gallery, blowfish emporium (1:00–4:00 pm), and One of a Kind Gallery (1:00–4:00 pm)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* Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm — Anne of Green Gables: A New Musical at Theatre Bristol* Art in Public Places self-guided sculpture walk (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 LaneAll local media and the public are invited and encouraged to come experience our celebration of Bristol’s creativity – we want you to take part in the arts in the hearts of Bristol, TN/VA! For more information, contact René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol at 276=644-9700 or email email@example.com. You can also visit our website at bristolarts.org or believeinbristol.org.