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!  11am – 4pm 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

Class option 3:  Friday, May 7th, 10am – 12 noon

Class option  4:  Friday, May 7th,  6pm-8pm

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.

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.

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 ONLINE – Kingsport Carousel Gift Shop

 

SHOP ONLINE HERE!

A portion of our gift shop items are now for sale ONLINE!

Follow this link to shop digitally:  ONLINE ORDERING   Shop with us even if you can’t make it to see us 🙂

Thank you for your purchase!

The Kingsport Carousel is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel located inside the temperature controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN (at the corner of E. Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Downtown Kingsport). We are currently closed, but hope to reopen soon.  For updates to Carousel Schedule, please call 423-343-9834.

 

ChristmasConnection 2018

2020 Christmas Connection Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

ChristmasConnection 2018

2020 CHRISTMAS CONNECTION
DATES:  (FRI – SUN)  NOV. 13, 14, 15, 2020

THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION –
ARTISTIC CREATIONS FAIR!

2020 Christmas Connection
(Fri – Sun) Nov. 13, 14, 15, 2020
Now accepting Applications! (see below)

The Christmas Connection is a very well established cultural event in Kingsport, hosting some of the region’s best craft artists. This favorite holiday staple is looked forward to year after year!  Year 2020 will be the 41st consecutive year serving the artists and the community! This year’s Christmas Connection will be held the 2nd weekend in November, due to elections being held the 1st week, at the Civic Auditorium.  The Civic Auditorium will host artistic creations in various media, just in time for Christmas gift shopping.

Dates of 2020:  November 13, 14, 15, 2020

Location: Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Sponsored by: City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts (423) 392-8414

Website: https://Arts.KingsportTN.gov

Event Link: https://fb.me/e/bQsjvDJSg

Email: ChristmasConnection@KingsportTN.gov

Admission: Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is FREE and open to the public!

Applications: July 1 – DEADLINE for applications & photos. No cost to apply!  Acceptance is by invitation only. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and crafting creations. There will be a limited number of exhibitions for each category or media.  Application packet is now available!  Download 2020 application packet HERE

 

Downtown Kingsport Welcomes New Mural ‘Silent Skies’

Downtown Kingsport Welcomes New Mural
‘Silent Skies’

A new flock of birds has landed in Kingsport—painted birds, that is. The installation of the “Silent Skies Mural Project,” which features portraits of all 678 birds on the endangered species list, began in downtown Kingsport, Tuesday, February 5.

This 24-foot by 50-foot vinyl-printed mural will hang at the corner of Market and Broad Streets, where the “Humanae” mural once hung. The “Silent Skies Mural Project” is a representation of an installation that opened in Vancouver, Canada, last August. That installation featured the original 678 portraits on 8-inch by 8-inch canvases, arranged in a 100-foot mural. Artists for Conversation, a Canada-based non-profit that promotes conservation through wildlife art, launched the collaborative project with an international call for artists.

Kingsport’s own Suzanne Barrett Justis is a Signature Member of Artists for Conversation, and “Silent Skies” features six of her portraits. The windows of her gallery, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art, look out directly onto the wall where the mural will hang. Tuesday morning, she was out on the street excitedly taking pictures of the mural installation, which was done by end-of-day.

“It’s exciting for me as an artist,” Justis said, “but I hope it’s exciting for Kingsport to say, ‘Hey, we have this mural, and one of our own is on it.’”

The idea of printing the mural on vinyl was Justis’ idea. A longtime wildlife and conservation artist who originally studied animal science, Justis believed it was important to bring this mural to as many places and people as possible. While the original installation has hung in Vancouver, Arizona, and is now set to travel to China, Justis is working hard to bring vinyl versions to cities and zoos across the country. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts worked with Justis to make Kingsport the very first place to host the vinyl installation.

“This mural is bringing awareness to the 678 endangered species of birds,” Justis said. “It’s also letting international artists shine, and it has a call to action to learn more about each species.”

The mural invites people to visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/ where they can view each bird portrait online. Prints of each portrait are available for purchase, and the proceeds will benefit conservation education among youth, as well as bird conservation.

The “Silent Skies Mural Project” will hang in downtown Kingsport for six months. For more information, please visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/.

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Have you seen a scratch mold workshop and iron pour?

Welcome all to our scratch mold workshop
and iron pour!

In about an hour and a half attendees who take part in this workshop will be able to make a sand mold of their design that will then be filled with molten iron forming a lasting metal positive image. You make your own design! Bring your ideas with you. Designs can be anything from your initials, your house number to patterns with complex designs. You will be making a one-of-a-kind creation out of iron. Jim and his crew will give you instruction and help you out with the mold making. 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.

On March 9th between 9 am and 3 pm there will be a scratch mold workshop. The estimated time for the iron pouring to begin is at 3:30pm. While the iron pour finishes up we will have a band and a food truck for your dinner and your entertainment.

To participate in this workshop your options for both days are purchasing:

  • A scratch mold- $35 per person,
  • A scratch mold and dinner –  $50 per person
  • Just the food for $20
  • An additional scratch mold may be added (limit 1 per person) for $25.

Band

Donnie and the Dryheavers
Beth Snapp

Food

A.M. Kingsport

To see an example of an scratch mold workshop and iron pour check out this video from the AbOmingOg Intl. Arts Collective iron pour event by clicking here.

To reserve your spot for this event CLICK HERE
Hope to see you there!

Christmas Connection 2018

Here Comes Christmas Connection 2018!

It’s Almost Christmas Connection Time!

 Kingsport’s 39th Annual Christmas Connection, a free admission event, is to be held November 9 – 11 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more!

In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium West Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

With the holidays fast approaching, Christmas Connection is a great place to find unique gifts and support master craftsmen in our region.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 9              12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 10                10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov.11              12 Noon – 4 PM

 

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

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.

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Join us for the Kingsport Carousel’s birthday party & Fun Fest block party

Carousel birthday party balloon imageThe Kingsport Carousel is turning 3!!!

You are invited to help us celebrate on July 7th from 10 am -1 pm at the Kingsport Farmers Market and Kingsport Carousel.  There will be FREE Carousel Rides, rock painting, music, games, Kona Ice, plein air paining, Joe P signing his book and more!  We hope to see you there!