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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logo for 42nd year

Christmas Connection Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

logo for 42nd yearOPEN CALL for Art and Craft Vendors for Christmas Connection 2021!

 

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 12th & 13th, 2021 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 42nd year of artistic creations in 2021!  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, 2021.  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 covid-related scheduling logistics, at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:

FREE Admission to the public!

Fri. Nov. 12:  10AM – 7PM

Sat. Nov. 13:  10AM – 7PM

Application deadline is July 1, 2021.  Here is a link to download the 2021 application packet:  CC21Application

 

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

Call To Muralists

Call to Muralists

Call to Muralists

Requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt

 

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The City of Kingsport, under the direction of the Office of Cultural Arts, with advisement from both the Public Art Committee and the Greenbelt Committee, is requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt. At this time, the project consists of two murals, which may grow to more. The suggested theme for the murals are vintage Kingsport, or nature you would find along the greenbelt. Text should only be used if significant to the design of the mural.

Background:
The Kingsport Greenbelt is a part of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Kingsport. The city is looking to make the Greenbelt more beautiful and inviting by adding artwork to overpasses along the path. There are different layouts to the overpasses. The two that are up for current artists’ consideration are the Eastman Road overpass, and the Clinchfield Street overpass. Artists may submit entrees for one or both overpass murals, but must indicate which street they are applying for. Artists are encouraged to research the overpasses included in this project.

RFQ Greenbelt Mural   < Click here for more information on how to submit your application, along with photos of the mural locations.

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.

 

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Sculpture Walk XII (2019 – 2020)

Sculpture Walk XII (12)
comes to downtown Kingsport for 1 year!

The 12th annual Sculpture Walk is here! Five new sculptures and one remaining favorite are now part of the Kingsport Sculpture Walk, curated by Catherine Murray of East Tennessee State University. Sculpture Walk XII is in the downtown area, and several of the new art can be seen on Broad Street.

A convenient place to begin the walk is near Citizen’s Bank on Main Street.
“It is so exciting to be a part of this annual project that was started by my predecessor, Bonnie Macdonald, twelve years ago,” says Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator. “We have a lot of talent on exhibit in these sculptures, not only from our region, but also from multiple states on the East coast.  Our department’s mission is to not only showcase the arts and culture of Kingsport, but also to expose the Kingsport community to art and culture from all over the nation. The Sculpture Walk is a perfect example of that.”

Sculpture Walk XII will be on display through October 2020.  The opening reception will feature Catherine Murray speaking about the sculpture, and refreshments, sponsored by Engage Kingsport, will be served at Impressions Fine Art Gallery—246 Broad Street, Kingsport, on October 10th, 2019 at 5:30pm.

 

“Pigeons,” a concrete and bronze sculpture, is brought to Kingsport by artist Colleen Rudolf.  Rudolf, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Professor of Sculpture at Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and has a MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  “Pigeons” is located at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street.

Opposite Rudolf’s sculpture, you can find Steve Bickley’s steel sculpture “SECO.” Bickley joins us from Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, and has shown his work in over 180 exhibitions. He received his degrees from the School of Art at East Carolina University and the University of Georgia.

Mike Roig’s new sculpture “Lean on Me” is unlike his previously seen works.  Fans will notice that instead of a rotating piece, Roig added color to this new installment. This adds motion through the grace and curves of the art, yet clearly defining title “Lean on Me.”  Roig lives and works in Carboro, North Carolina, and earned his BA from the University of Maryland. Kingsport’s permanent public art collection features Roig’s “Yo-Yo’s Muse” and “The Answer My Friend.”

Patti Lawrence’s steel sculpture “Lost and Found,” at the corner of Sullivan and Main Streets, is an assemblage created from the demolition site of the old Woolworths building on Broad Street.  Lawrence is a local Kingsport artist.  Her permanent art can be found at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.  You can also find her art at the Impressions Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street.

CR Gray’s “Popsicles” will be featured at the Kingsport Farmers Market.  A native of Key West, Florida, Gray has shown “Popsicles” in various public art exhibits, and it is now coming to Kingsport from North Carolina.  His sculpture will add a pop of color to the Farmers Market, and will be a great photo opportunity for those visiting the market or carousel.

Jim Gallucci’s “Divine Wind” will continue to welcome onlookers coming from the west side of downtown at the Netherland Inn roundabout. This archway shows the repetition of the roundabout as onlookers pass through the curves of the roundabout. Gallucci has been a sculptor for more than 35 years and currently works full time sculpting in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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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