Wire Wrap Pendant – Jewelry Class (Sept.11)

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

Using semi-precious gemstones, fine copper or silver 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 or silver 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 wire. Wire cutter is not included in add-on kit.

Location:  Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center (2nd floor, Room #228):

Sunday, September 11:  from 2 p.m. – 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.

Call for Qualifications – the Sculpture at Brickyard Park

CALL FOR QUALIFICATIONS

FOR KINGSPORT, TN
The Rotary Club Sculpture at Brickyard Park

The Rotary Club of Kingsport, TN, in collaboration with the Kingsport Public Art Committee, Edens Investment, and Barge Design Solutions, Inc., is seeking qualifications from artists or art teams for the commission of a centennial sculpture to commemorate the every-day heroes of the community at the traffic circle currently in development for the Brickyard Village.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18 with previous public sculpture experience. Refer to the Selection Criteria listed below for additional requirements.

BUDGET: Up to three finalists will be selected to develop concept proposals for this project. The total project budget for the selected commission is not to exceed $50,000. Each finalist will be paid a $500 stipend for his/her proposal. The selected artist/art team will be paid up to $48,500 for the commissioned work. The selected artist/art team will be responsible for own travel costs, materials, housing, and personal liability insurance. Finalists will be required to present their work to the Selection Committee and will not be reimbursed for travel costs or hotel accommodations. If a finalist prefers to present their concept proposal virtually, then arrangements will be made to do so.

DEADLINE: August 8, 2022

Download the entire brief here >>  BRICKYARD RFQ Final.docx

Apply for Christmas Connection 2022

Open Call for Vendors for The 2022 Christmas Connection!

OPEN CALL for Art and Craft Vendors for Christmas Connection 2022!

 

Kingsport, TN – Calling all artists, artisans, creatives, and craftspeople of all trades! Applications are being taken for those wishing to exhibit in this 2-day event, taking place on November 11th & 12th, 2022 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

“The Christmas Connection – Artistic Creations Fair” is sponsored by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and is celebrating its 43rd year of artistic creations in 2022!  A very well established cultural event in Kingsport, the event hosts the region’s best craftspeople, artisans, artists, and creatives.  People from our region and beyond look forward to The Christmas Connection year after year.

Application deadline is July 1, 2022.  There is no cost to apply. Christmas Connection 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.

This year’s Christmas Connection will take place the second weekend in November, due to elections being held at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

2022 DATES/HOURS:

FREE Admission to the public!

Fri. Nov. 11:  10AM – 7PM

Sat. Nov. 12:  10AM – 7PM

 

Applications deadline is July 1, 2022.

Here is a link to download the 2022 application packet: 

>> Christmas Connection 2022 Application

 

Sharable link to Christmas Connection page:

https://arts.kingsporttn.gov/community-engagement/christmas-connection/

 

Apply for Christmas Connection 2022

Apply for Christmas Connection 2022

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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, 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.”

 

Acrylic Pouring w Elena

Adventure into Acrylic Pouring! (July 30)

Adventure into the fun and unpredictable world of Acrylic Pouring!

Elena Corradino will teach you everything there is to know about this exciting style of abstract art.

You will make 10 paintings of various shapes and sizes, and each will be different.  You will learn 5 different types of pours, including a double flip cup, AND 3 ways to make “cells”.  You will discuss color theory and what makes abstract art pop, and Elena will go into detail about the materials, brands she uses, etc.  You will leave with the knowledge of how to do this on your own as well as beautiful art!

Link to Sign Up & Register For the Class:

Register HERE:  Tickets link 

 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Kingsport Carousel 2nd Floor Studio, 350 Clinchfield St., Kingsport, TN, 37660

10am – 2:30pm (30 min break for lunch, bring-your-own or eat local) 4hr instruction/creative time

All materials you need will be provided.

Please no Pets.

(Limit to 7 Students) Age 13+

*Online sales end 48 hours prior to class.

Please call us with any questions:  423-392-8414

 

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.

Gallucci

 


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.”

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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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

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.

 

Have you ever thought about a specialty license plate?

In Tennessee, drivers can purchase certain* Specialty License Plates in place of the normally issued state license plate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these plates supports the organization featured so it’s a great opportunity to support the cause you care about most.

Tennessee also permits the personalization of any plate with up to the amount of characters available on the plate. Choose a unique phase or name for your license plate and stand out from the crowd.

You can get a new license plate anytime—not just when your tags expire. Your tag fee will be prorated.

For more information, please visit www.tnspecialtyplates.org/about.

Certain criteria must be presented to be eligible for some Specialty License Plates such as emergency services or military.

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