On October 14, tonight, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the Boro Art Crawl will celebrate its first birthday with more different types of art that ever before. Just a year ago a group of more than 50 people met at the Center for the Arts for an interest meeting, from this group the Boro Art Crawl Committee was formed.
Glenn Merchant was a member of the original Boro Art Crawl planning committee and this Crawl is dedicated to him. Merchant, owner of Moxie Art Supply, was an artist, arts advocate, friend, and supporter. His recent loss leaves a hole in heart of the local art community, but the Crawl will be celebrating his contributions in style, with more young artists and more art-related activities than any other Crawl.
This month Boro Art Crawl has a very special young artist participating. Tabitha West was born the day after Christmas in 2003 a seemingly normal baby, but at one and a half she was diagnosed with a genetic syndrome called 1p36 Deletion Syndrome. With this syndrome comes many handicaps, including being unable to sit, walk, and talk. But West was determined from the age of four to find a way to communicate with the world. One of the ways she has learned to communicate is though painting. West’s achievements have been featured in many publications, including Nashville Arts Magazine. She won first place in the national Expressions of Courage Art Contest for People with Epilepsy. Tabitha is always looking for new opportunities to show everyone that no matter what your disabilities, there is always a way to express yourself with paint! All proceeds from her work go towards her special medical needs. She will be featured at The Write Impression on Murfreesboro City Square.
The Write Impression will also host artists Charlie Hunt and Sierra Simmons. Also, Murfreesboro Rocks will be there offering the chance for Crawl participants to paint a rock and then place it somewhere around town. The fun comes when one is found and shared using #murfreebororocks and #BoroArtCrawl on social media.
While in the area, check out their neighboring stores. Sugaree’s will host singer Alison Young, as well as the trunk collection of sustainable fashion designer Liz Alig, (http://www.lizalig.com) who uses only vintage and discarded fabrics, and employs women in free trade collectives to do the sewing, and fine artists Alexis Grigsby and Desire Hough. Funtiques, and L&L Construction will feature the work of Charlie Hobbs, Debbie Schultz, Don “Vos” Owens, and Sarah Clark.
This month poets, the Delineators, will host and open mic night at the Earth Experience. The Earth Experience galleries will be filled with art and dinosaurs. They will be showing the works of Beth Moore, Bruce Frasier, Ella May Owen, Jessica Hayes, S.M. Teal, and Stephen Young. Make sure to stop by as they will also be giving away tickets to the Murfreesboro Symphony’s Jurassic Park Concert that is coming up soon.
Top of the Block is returning to the Crawl this month with artists Erin McClelland,
Ramsey Hall, Robert Holt, Tina Whitfield, Carol Berning, Pamela Mack, Francois Mack-Mahe‘. And Studio Tour Artists will be showing their work in the old Henry’s Florist space. Their sampling of creations by tour artist will be sure to get art-lovers excited about their upcoming annual event in November.
Playing to the upcoming Halloween holiday, there will be an opportunity to win prizes by finding ghosts hiding at different Crawl locations. Instructions on how to play the game will be available at participating locations. And of course, the wearing of costumes to the Crawl is highly suggested!
Other participating businesses and organizations include: DreaminginColor, Mayday Brewery, Cultivate Coworking, Liquid Smoke, Green Dragon, Let’s Make Wine, Amelia’s Closet, Simply Pure Sweets, The Boutique at Studio C Photography, The Block, Quinn’s Merchantile, Murfreesboro Art League at Cannonsburg Village, The Block, Center for the Arts, Moxie Art Supply, Two-Tone Gallery, Murfreesboro City Hall Rotunda, and Studio 903.
A map of all Crawl locations will be available online a few days before the event and at each participating location the night of the Crawl. This map will also note where refreshments and entertainment will be available. For a copy of the map or more information, visit www.boroartcrawl.com or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BoroArtCrawl.