Wire Wrap Pendant – Jewelry Class (Nov. 20 or 21)

In this hands-on class, learn to create beautiful wire wrap jewelry from a master wire sculpture artist.

Using semi-precious gemstones, fine copper wire and over two decades of experience, Russell Lawson guides each student to gain a working knowledge of essential wire wrapping techniques. Students will become familiar with the tools of the trade and add an exponentially utilitarian skill set to their artistic repertoire.

In this 2-hour session, students will create one complete wire-wrapped pendant with a semi-precious gemstone wrapped in fine copper wire. Fee for the instruction, supplies, knowledge and complete pendant is only $75. All materials will be provided.

Students will have the option to add-on a “to-go” kit for supplies to make an additional pendant at home, using their new skills (add $25 at checkout). The kit includes one semi-precious gemstone (gemstones will vary) and fine copper wire. Wire cutter is not included in add-on kit.

This class will be offered twice in November, on November 20 and 21.

On Saturday, November 20, the class will be held in the Studio at the Carousel (the 2nd floor tower between the Kingsport Carousel and Kingsport Farmers Market) from 10 a.m. – noon.

On Sunday, November 21, the class will be held in the Inventor Center (118 Shelby Street) from 2 – 4 p.m.

Register online now at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/engage-kingsport-oca-office-31583742351 or call 423-392-8414. Online sales will end 48 hours prior to the class.

For more information about the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com.

The Christmas Connection 2021 poster

Celebrating 42 Years of Artisans and Crafters in Kingsport

Celebrating 42 Years of Artisans and Crafters in Kingsport
Join us for the Christmas Connection – Artistic Creations Fair

The beloved Christmas Connection is celebrating 42 years of bringing some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors to Kingsport. Whether you are refreshing your home décor, trying to find that perfect gift, or treating your taste-buds, the Christmas Connection is here to connect you just in time for the holiday festivities. You can find unique gifts and support artisans in our region. Free admission all weekend!

As the weather turns colder, the Civic Auditorium will be filled with a warm and festive holiday glow to put customers in a holiday mood for shopping. The sights, sounds and smells of Christmas will surround shoppers as they shop from the region’s best craftspeople, artisans, artists and creatives. A few of the items you will find include Country Crafts, Home Décor, Fine Woodcrafts, Leathercrafts, Handmade Soaps and Lotions, Candles, Jewelry, Christmas Ornaments, Stained Glass, Wheel Thrown Pottery, Fabric Crafts, Needlework, American Girl Doll Clothing, Pet Accessories and Clothing, Dichroic Glass, Handmade Greeting Cards and Paper Art, Snowmen, Santas, Candied Pecans, Baked Goods and much more!

For this merry 42nd celebration, the vendors will be keeping the event hopping, and music will be serenading the Christmas customers as they shop. On the Main Stage you will find the Christmas Connection Café, serving up country favorites. Outside the front entrance make sure to stop by the food trucks to satisfy your salty, savory or sweet taste buds. We will also welcome the Kingsport Ballet to the entry foyer with their homemade baked goods for sale.

Whether you have been enjoying the Christmas Connection for years or you are trying it out for the very first time, this artisan and craft fair has something for you! Kingsport’s Annual Christmas Connection, a free admission event, is to be held November 12 and 13 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and is sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. Staff will be working with the Civic Auditorium and following all the current protocols carefully. There will be socially distanced booths among other safety precautions.

Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is excited and blessed to be able to continue this tradition for its 42nd consecutive year serving the artists and the community. Thank you for supporting your local artisans!

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 12            10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday          Nov. 13            10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com  or call 423-392-8414.

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The Christmas Connection 2021 poster

The Christmas Connection 2021 poster


About the Office of Cultural Arts

The Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. We operate the Renaissance Arts Center, the Farmer’s Market, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Kingsport Public Art Program, Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. The OCA works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500-acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory. Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives. While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

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Kingsport’s 13th Annual Sculpture Walk is a Sight to See

Kingsport’s 13th Annual Sculpture Walk is a Sight to See

When the Office of Cultural Arts (OCA) put out a national call for artists for the show, artists all across the country responded.

“With an artist from New Jersey and an artist from Key West, Florida, we are proud that we can bring a diverse group of artists to exhibit in the show,” said Hannah Powell, Coordinator for the Cultural Arts program. “Our department strives to not only highlight the local talent that we have in the Kingsport area, but we also like to import various artists’ work to share diverse creativity with the community of Kingsport.”

This year, the OCA is bringing eight new sculptures to the downtown area of Kingsport. Two of the artists are new to the exhibition, while two of the artists have exhibited in Kingsport before.

“For those who really enjoyed C.R. Gray’s ‘Popsicles’ at the Kingsport Farmers Market, I’m sorry to report the sculpture has been replaced,” said Powell. “The good news is, it has been replaced by another one of the same artist’s treasures that is perfect for the market location: ‘Watermelons.’”

Jim Gallucci is also returning, this time bringing two arches, one at City Hall, “Monarch Migration,” and one on the corner of East Market and Commerce Street, “A Flock of Blackbirds.”  Powell hopes that those visiting the art galleries like Cindy Saadeh, Suzanne Justis and Up Against the Wall will find his blackbirds arch to be a nice touch to the artistry found on Market Street.

New artist, Nathan Leslie, comes from North Carolina. Three of his sculptures can be found along the downtown strip of Broad Street. Two, “Family” and “Growth,” will be at the intersection with Main Street, and his third one, “Joy,” is a pop of color in the City Hall garden along Church Circle.

The other new artist is Mary Angers of New Jersey. Mary brings a sculpture called “Twisted” at Broad and Center Streets that resembles the line structure found in the Noland Plan for the city. Her second sculpture, “Timeless,” can be found on Broad Street at its intersection with New Street.

Though sculptures have been delivered and installed throughout the month of October, the official opening of the exhibition is October 23 with a reception at City Hall, 415 Broad Street.  Shuttle rides to view the sculptures will begin at 10 a.m. Maps will also be provided for those who prefer to walk. Charlie Brouwer, guest juror, will be visiting to share his insight into the artwork he chose for show.

For more information on the Sculpture Walk, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com  or call 423-392-8414.

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previewimage.mapThe public is welcome to walk the Sculpture Walk at your own pace.

Map of the SW13 Sculptures with brief bios is available for download viewing HERE:

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The Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. We operate the Renaissance Arts Center, the Farmer’s Market, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Kingsport Public Art Program, Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. The OCA works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500-acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory. Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives. While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

Sculpture 'Ride' 2021

Join us for Sculpture ‘RIDE’ on October 23rd, along with opening Reception

Kingsport is doing a Sculpture “Ride” in honor of the 13th Sculpture Walk opening this year! This sculpture ‘ride’ will be in place of the traditional sculpture walk.

Limited to the first 15 people – The 2021 Sculpture ‘RIDE’ begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 23rd. Opening Reception will be at the new City Hall, 415 Broad St, Kingsport, TN 37660, following the shuttle ride. Charlie Brouwer, guest juror for the 2021 Sculpture Walk XIII, will be visiting to share his insight with us into the artwork he chose for the show.

The ‘Sculpture Ride’ to view the sculptures will begin at 10 a.m. and is free to the public, but seats must be reserved in advance. Please reserve your seat online today by clicking the eventbrite link, or call the Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414 to reserve your seat!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/190605876307   

We look forward to seeing you!

Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts 423-392-8414

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Iron Pour in Kingsport! FUN, FOOD, FLAMES & white-hot Iron

You don’t want to miss being a part of this!  The 2021 Kingsport Iron Pour will take place on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, with workshops taking place in the weeks prior.  You have a chance to create your own iron artwork! See details below.

You’re not just invited to watch, you’re invited to make your own art.  On Saturday, May 8th, the furnace will roar, crackle, flame, and spark with power and excitement!  Join us for an iron pour demonstration conducted by Sculpture artist Tripp Jarvis and a team of master sculptors as they heat 500 pounds of iron until it’s white hot, then pour it into molds made in the Scratch Mold Workshop.  Let the fireworks begin!

To watch, it’s free!  To participate by creating your own mold, it’s only $15 to create your own Iron Art thru one of the workshops.  (see below for details)

Food Trucks will be on site with us as the iron pour is heating up!  11:30am – 3pm is projected time of the fun!  

Venue:  The Inventor Center    118 Shelby St., Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

 

Scratch Mold Workshops:

Class option 1:  Friday, April 30th, 10am – 12 noon  (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option 2:  Friday, April 30th, 6pm-8pm (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option 3:  Friday, May 7th, 10am – 12 noon (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option  4:  Friday, May 7th,  6pm-8pm (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option 5:   Saturday, May 8th, 10am – 12 noon  (This is the morning of the Iron Pour event.  All molds must be completed no later than 1pm) (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Workshop:

Create your own iron artwork by making a Scratch Mold.  Suitable for beginners and students of all skill level, you’ll scratch unique designs into an 8-inch sand mold which will be cast with molten iron by professional artists during the main event (held on Saturday, May 8th).  At the end of the night, take home your one-of-a-kind art.  The workshop cost includes all materials needed for the workshop and the casting of your piece in iron on May 8th during the main event.  Rain or shine.  Advance registration required.  $15 scratch block mold.  (ALL WORKSHOPS ARE SOLD OUT – But join us for the IRON POUR demonstration on May 8th!)

Visit www.EngageKingsport.com & click on “Buy Tickets” at the top to reserve your spot!  Call 423-392-8414 with any questions.

Direct link to ticket page:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-pour-scratch-mold-workshop-tickets-148818848181?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

 

This Scratch Mold Workshop and Iron Pour is hosted by Engage Kingsport and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at the Inventor Center located at 118 Shelby Street, and is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

About the Office of Cultural Arts

The Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. We operate the Renaissance Arts Center, the Farmer’s Market, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Kingsport Public Art Program, Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. The OCA works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500-acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory. Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives. While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

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Now Accepting Art Applications for New City Hall Gallery

Now Accepting Applications for New City Hall Gallery

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is looking for regional and local artists to be featured in the new city hall main lobby. Art submissions will be entered into an artist database and future exhibits at the new city hall will draw from this database of submissions. Exhibits will be temporary, lasting one month to three months. If you would like to be considered for exhibiting your work, you may submit via email or mail a packet to the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

If emailing, please send all inquiries/submissions to KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com.

When submitting your work, please include the following information, along with 5-9 photos of your work and a copy of your artist statement.

Subject line of your email:  “City Hall + [Your last name]”

Please include all of the following information in the body of your email:

Name:

Company Name (if applicable):

Phone Number:

Email address:

Type of Art (Art Medium):

How many pieces do you have available to exhibit?

Have you exhibited your artwork before?      If so, where?

Please attach the following items to your email: 

  • Your Artist Statement (If you have one.)
  • 5-9 pictures of your work (Please make sure your images are a small enough file size to send through email if choosing this option. Do not exceed 12MB per email)

If mailing, please include all application info, a copy of your artist statement and 5-9 pictures of your work. Mail your submission packet to the address below:

City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

For more information about submitting art for the new city hall gallery, please email KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com or call 423-392-8414.

Now Accepting Art Applications for New City Hall Gallery

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POSTPONED! Model Train Show coming to Kingsport! March 27 & 28, 2020

POSTPONED!  Model Train Show coming to Kingsport!  March 27 & 28, 2020

Train Displays!  Interactive Demos!  Vendors!  Food Trucks!  Carousel Rides!  Crafts!  Memorabilia!  Scavenger Hunt!

The Kingsport Model Train Show will be held at the Kingsport Farmers Market on Friday, March 27th & Saturday, March 28th.  Admission is only $5 and children 8 and under get in for FREE. Tickets will be available online at Arts.KingsportTN.gov (click here) for pre-sale, or at the door on event dates. This event is made possible with sponsorships by Engage Kingsport, The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, and the Kingsport Model Trains Project*.

You also won’t want to miss experiencing a local favorite “The Santa Train Project” and its 220’ of track, 16 tables of custom made mountains, scenery and replicas of local buildings all made by hand by community volunteers and train enthusiasts! Please contact Doug Paton with any questions: Kingsportmodeltrains@gmail.com or cell 423-502-5359

Exhibitors/Vendors include:

The Santa Train Project,

Lynchburg Area “N” Scalers,

New River Valley Model Railroaders,

Larry Weed’s Z Scale,

Crossville Model RR Club,

Mark Woomer of Kingsport,

Sam Spence of Meadowview, VA,

Pete Steuer of Mills River, NC,

Auntie Ruth’s Doughnuts & Pretzels,

Home Run Hot Dogs,

and more!

Location:

Kingsport Farmers Market Pavilion

Friday, March 27  from 12noon – 6pm

& Saturday, March 28  from 10am – 4pm

 

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Intro to sewing class! (March 14)

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Intro to sewing class! This is a 3 hour course that will get you acquainted with your machine and you’ll leave with a completed pin cushion. Limited space available. Must provide your own machine with all parts. If you do not have a machine there are a limited number of machines available for rent, but must be reserved. Instructor: Arielle Sprinkle, of Storybook Creations

 

 

Saturday, March 14th in the 2nd level Studio Space at the Kingsport Carousel
350 Clinchfield St. Kingsport, TN 37660.
10am – 1pm (3-hr course)
$40 per student
www.EngageKingsport.com – “Buy Tickets”
*Online sales end 48 hours prior to class.

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*SOLD OUT* Presenting the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue at the Renaissance Center

This veteran’s day, the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue honoring those who have have fought to defend our freedom. This jazz ensemble will present a concert at the Renaissance Center Theatre in Kingsport, TN on Nov 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The concert is now SOLD OUT.

The Renaissance Center is located at 1200 E Center St, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660. For any additional information please contact bandofmidamerica@gmail.com or the Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414.

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Sculpture Walk XI begins with a reception with Mike Roig!

Sculpture Walk XI takes on a new form with sculpture talks and hands on sculpture workshops. Rolling out as a series, the sculptures for Sculpture Walk XI will be installed separately over several months. The first of which will be installed on September 28, followed by a sculpture talk and workshop.

The artist for the first two sculptures of the walk is Mike Roig. Mike’s pieces are often kinetic – moving effortlessly with the wind, providing great interest. They are expertly wrought in stainless, industrial steel and other durable materials. Mike will install two pieces on Friday, September 28. ‘Moondance’ will be installed in the Ridgefields Circle and ‘Aerial’ will be installed in Downtown Kingsport. Mike lives and works in Carrboro, NC where he and his wife, author-artist Clay Carmichael, maintain the Heartworks Studio.

On Friday, September 28 the Office of Cultural Arts invites the public to a reception and talk with artist Mike Roig. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kingsport Public Library – after 5:30, please enter from the Shelby Street parking lot.

For more information, please or call 423-392-8414. For more information on Mike Roig, visit www.mikeroig.com.