Deadline July 1st! Apply to the 44th Annual Christmas Connection – Artistic Creations Fair


Calling all artists, artisans, creatives and craftspeople of all trades. Applications are now being accepted for Christmas Connection 2023. The two-day event will take place November 10-11 at the Meadowview Conference Resort and Convention Center.

“The Christmas Connection – Artistic Creations Fair” is sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and is celebrating its 44th year of artistic creations.  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, 2023, and 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 to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and craft creations.


Free admission to the public

Fri. Nov. 10:  12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 11: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To access the vendor application from the city website, and for more information visit

Acrylic Pouring w Elena

Adventure into Acrylic Pouring! (June 10, 2023)

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, June 10, 2023

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


The Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) Festival: A Celebration of the Arts!

The Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) Festival: A Celebration of the Arts will be a three-day festival held April 21-23 at the Kingsport Farmers Market.

A PREVIEW PARTY will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday April 21

Preview party tickets are $40 per person.

The festival will run 10am- 5pm on Saturday April 22 and 12noon-5pm on Sunday April 23.

Festival admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 admitted free.

Expect to see more than 30 arts and crafts vendors from across the region at the event, along with art demonstrations, a sculpture competition, public art programs, live music and the debut of 10 painted, full-size fiberglass goats.

The preview party will include heavy hors d’ouevres, a drink ticket, early access to vendors, admission for the entire weekend, first look at the goat sculptures and music by the Symphony of the Mountains. Tickets are $40 per person and recommended dress is business casual.

Tickets can be purchased through any of the festival partners. To purchase tickets and preorder a wine glass for the preview party visit

Wine glasses can also be purchased at the party for $10 while supplies last.

Other highlights of the festival include – an interactive mural demonstration by DB Excel students, a Plein Air Art event by eight participating artists, a Tiny Art Throwdown sculpture competition. Festival T-shirts will also be available for purchase.

The G.O.A.T. Festival is presented by Engage Kingsport in collaboration with the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. Our partners include Create Appalachia, the Inventor Center, the Kingsport Art Guild and the Downtown Kingsport Association.

For more information about the Greatest of All Time Festival call 423-392-8416.

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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  or call 423-392-8414.



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.”

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

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:


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 or call 423-392-8414.

Now Accepting Art Applications for New City Hall Gallery

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