The Boro Art Crawl is turning a year old this October. Just a year ago, a group of more than 50 people met at the Center for the Arts to determine interest in such an undertaking, and from this group the Boro Art Crawl Committee was formed.
On Friday, Oct. 14, the Crawl will feature more artists and artwork than ever before, in 25 different locations available for viewing from 6–9 p.m.
Glenn Merchant, who passed away suddenly in April, was a member of the original Boro Art Crawl planning committee. The upcoming Crawl is dedicated to him. Merchant, owner of Moxie Art Supply, was an artist, arts advocate, friend and supporter. His loss leaves a hole in the local art community, but the committee will be celebrating his contributions in style, with even more varieties of art.
Art can be many different things, and for this Crawl, Sugaree’s will once again have live models in its windows showing off fashions from a trunk show by Liz Alig, a fashion designer who is part artist and part activist for women in free trade regions in the world. Alig (lizalig.com) uses only vintage and discarded fabrics, and employs women in free trade collectives to do the sewing.
“I started asking a lot of questions after living in Kenya for a summer,” Liz Alig says on her website. “I went shopping and no longer just glanced at the price; I glanced at the tag to find out where it was made. I started to realize that there are people who make our clothes. People with their own dreams, good days, bad days . . . children. One question led to another and I started to realize that something needed to change. We have an opportunity to give the people who make our clothes a better life.”
Sugaree’s will also host singer Alison Young, as well as fine artists Alexis Grigsby and Desire Hough. Check out the boutique’s neighbors Funtiques, The Write Impression and L&L Construction. They will feature the work of Charlie Hobbs, Charlie Hunt, Debbie Schultz, Don “Vos” Owens, Sarah Clark and Sierra Simmons.
At The Write Impression, Murfreesboro Rocks will be 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.
This month, poet collective the Delineators will be performing 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 upcoming Nov. 13 Jurassic Park concert.
Studio 903 will feature the work of Michelle Sweatt, Nancy Turner and Leslie Shaffer Thomas, as well as live music from Goose Hollow.
In honor of the Halloween holiday looming just ahead, 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, wearing costumes to the Crawl is highly recommended!
Other participating businesses and organizations include: Top of the Block, DreaminginColor, Daffodilly Design, Mayday Brewery, Cultivate Coworking, Liquid Smoke, Green Dragon, Let’s Make Wine, Henry’s Florist, Amelia’s Closet, Simply Pure Sweets, The Boutique at Studio C Photography, The Block, Quinn’s Mercantile, Murfreesboro Art League at Cannonsburgh 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 is below, and will be available at each participating location the night of the Crawl. For more information, visit boroartcrawl.com or facebook.com/boroartcrawl.