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:

Sculpture Walk XIII map and brief bios-2 pages

 

 

 

 

 


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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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

 

IntroToSewing

Intro to sewing class! (March 14)

IntroToSewing

 

 

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.

hades of Blue Jazz Ensemble

*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.

A Special FunFest Production- A Civil War Evening!

A Special FunFest Production – A Civil War Evening!
“The Meeting in Appomattox – The Last 48 Hours”

This is a first person enactment of Grant & Lee’s meeting in Appomattox. Curt Fields will portray U.S. Grant, and Thomas Jessee will portray Robert E. Lee. Both men will stay in character, even when talking casually to the audience. They have performed together for many years, specifically at Appomattox!

Fields is from Nashville, TN and Thomas is from Central Florida. Lead in 15-20 musical presentation by John “Canjo” Van Ardalls.

$5 admission tickets. Tickets available at the FunFest headquarters inside the Kingsport Chamber, or at the Renaissance Center Theatre Box Office on the day of the production, starting at 5:30pm. Theatre doors will open at 6:00pm on Monday, July 16th.
For more information, contact Wayne Strong at 423-323-2306.

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts invites your input.

We Would Like YOUR Input!!

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts invites the Kingsport community to share input for a Public Art Master Plan.  The City’s public art program was created in 2006 and includes a ‘Percent for Art’ Ordinance and established a Public Art Committee.  The Committee created Sculpture Walk in 2007 and has annually exhibited contemporary outdoor sculpture for over 10 years.  Over the years, several sculptural pieces have been purchased or commissioned for Kingsport and more recently murals have been added to help celebrate the community.  In 2017, the Office of Cultural Arts organized two temporary public art installations, Humanae and Rise Together Kingsport.  Now it is time to work on a new plan of action, and the public is encouraged to fill out the attached survey.   A round table discussion will be held on Thursday May 10 at 4 PM in room 310 of the Kingsport Renaissance Center.

 

To take the survey click here!