Wire Wrap Pendant – Jewelry Class (Nov.6)

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, November 6:  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

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.”

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“Black in Appalachia,” an initiative of East Tennessee PBS, will exhibit August 28 – November 21, 2020

Black in Appalachia, an initiative of East Tennessee PBS, explores the roots of African-American influence on the history and culture of Appalachia through documentaries, research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition. This project aims to raise the visibility and contributions of the Black communities of the mountain South.

Exhibit dates:  August 28 – November 21, 2020

Location: Atrium Gallery of the Kingsport Renaissance Center | 1200 E. Center Street | Kingsport, TN

 

Kingsport Community History Project for Black in Appalachia-

In partnership with the Kingsport City Archives & the Kingsport Friends of the Archives, The Kingsport Community History Project’s goal is to work with the Black communities of Sullivan & Hawkins Counties of Tennessee and Scott County, Virginia to fully document and make accessible the community’s history.

​One major outcome of this project has been the development of a series of mobile Black history displays for use in public spaces. Much of the material collected comes from residents & churches through Community History Days hosted at V.O. Dobbins Community Center. We’re also building a collection of oral histories from participants.

This project began in November 2018 and will continue into the future with ongoing scan & interview days.

 

For more information, please call the Kingsport City Archives at 423-224-2559

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.

 

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.

CallForArtists

Call for Artists / Submit your Kingsport-themed mural design

Call for Artists

Submit your Kingsport-themed mural design

 

KINGSPORT, TN – Love to paint? The City of Kingsport is creating an outdoor mural gallery as part of a Creative Placemaking alleyway to highlight local artists’ work.

These murals will represent the best of Kingsport. Artists should create a color sketch of their proposed design that shows something great about the Model City. Text is allowed in the design, so long as it’s relevant. Please include proposed proportions.

Your mural design can be between 4’x4’ to 10’x10’ and will be painted on a brick wall. Winning designs will receive $150, and paint will be provided to the artists to complete their murals. Proposed designs will be juried by the Public Art Committee based on their quality and reference to Kingsport. Murals will be completed between April 1 and May 1.

Mail or hand deliver entries by March 9 to:
Office of Cultural Arts
Attn: Creative Alleyway Project
Renaissance Center
1200 E. Center Street, Ste. 224
Kingsport, TN 37660

Be sure to include contact information—your name, phone number and email. Late entries will not be accepted. All submitted materials will become property of the city of Kingsport and will not be returned.

If artists have any questions, please call 423-392-8414. For more information about the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, please visit www.arts.kingsporttn.gov.

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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.”

Kingsport Neighborhood Map

Jeff Fleming is special speaker during Sip ‘N Stroll, December 5th!

“Take a neighborhood walk with Jeff Fleming, without even leaving Market Street!”
Meet us on Thursday, December 5, 2019 @5:30PM  during Sip ‘N Stroll, on Market Street in Downtown Kingsport.
Jeff Fleming will be our special speaker, giving insight into the temporary mural on the side of the State Theatre.
KingsportMaps.com
Jeff Fleming, special speaker
Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts
#ThisIsKingsport

Interactive Talk at Silent Skies mural / Where Art Meets Science

Come join us where art meets science at the Silent Skies mural in downtown Kingsport.

World-renowned ornithologist Dr. Fred Alsop will join one of the mural’s artists, Suzanne Justis, to explain the significance of the mural, the birds from our region that are a part of it, and the productive collaboration of species conservation and visual art. The interactive talk will take place during the next Sip and Stroll, September 5th, 6:00 pm, at the Silent Skies mural, intersection of Market and Broad Streets. Make sure to see this beautiful testament to our vanishing bird species one last time before the mural takes flight.
For more information on the Silent Skies mural click this link: https://www.kingsporttn.gov/downtown-kingsport-welcomes-new-mural-silent-skies/

About Fred J. Alsop III, Ph.D.

World-class ornithologist Dr. Fred Alsop says, “I’ve been teaching for 42 years, and I’m still having a good time.”

A professor in the ETSU Department of Biological Sciences, Alsop likes to tell students who take one of his classes on birds, “This class will change your life,” and it does. “From then on,” he points out, “those students won’t notice just ‘birds,’ but individual species. They will hear birdsong and know who is singing. The students may go on to careers that have nothing to do with my class, but they will have knowledge and a possible hobby to carry with them throughout their lives.”

Fred Alsop has been a faculty member at ETSU for 46 years where he has served as the Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, a Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty, and President of the Faculty Senate. He as the first elected faculty member of ETSU’s governing Board of Trustees. He is the Director of ETSU’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum.  An ornithologist who has authored 18 books on birds including 8 published by The Smithsonian Institution, he has conducted bird identification workshops in 8 states for industrial, state and federal agencies. An avid birder he has lead international birding trips and has recorded more than 4,700 species on his “life list”.  He has been recognized in Tennessee with several conservation and environmental awards. He holds a B.S. degree from Austin Peay State University in fine arts and biology, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is married to Dr. Catherine Cummins.

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Artist Suzanne Barrett Justis

Upon viewing her work, you will quickly be able to see the enthusiasm she feels for the subjects she paints. Suzanne’s inspiration for her paintings and sculptures come from nature and her surroundings. Living in the mountains of East Tennessee is inspiring and is plainly seen in her work.

When Suzanne is not out in the field or at a zoo taking photo references for her next piece, She can be found in her downtown Kingsport art gallery and studio where she paints and works with her many aspiring art students.

Suzanne says “Breathing life into an idea or image and seeing it develop on canvas brings me so much joy. It is this joy that motivates me and spurs me on to create and learn more. Learning, growing and evolving are all words that best describe me as an artist and as a person. Being an artist is who I am, not just what I do. The sheer joy and abundance the natural world holds has ensured me many more subjects to create with my art and therefore, more joy for me to capture and share.”

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About the Silent Skies mural:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/downtown-kingsport-welcomes-new-mural-silent-skies/

Sculpture Walk 12

Seeking Sculpture for 12th Annual Sculpture Walk Exhibition

Seeking Sculpture for the Twelfth Annual Sculpture Walk Exhibition

  

The City of Kingsport Public Art Committee is seeking sculpture for the Twelfth Annual Sculpture Exhibition in Kingsport, Tennessee.  Dates for the Exhibition are October 2019 through October 2020.  Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors and may be functional or non-functional.  The Sculpture Walk will be curated by Catherine Murray, Sculpture Artist and Professor Emeritus, ETSU.  

The temporary exhibit will be located in downtown Kingsport.

 

Application Info

Works:  Functional and non-functional, temporary and permanent work in any media suitable for outdoor public space.  Works may be available for purchase.  Up to 8 works will be selected for this exhibition.

Eligibility:  Open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

Exhibition:  12 months.  October 2019-October 2020

Stipend:   Each artist who is selected for the exhibition will receive a $1000 stipend per artist/piece.  Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are encouraged to be on site to oversee installation.  Most installation costs regarding site prep will not be the responsibility of the artist.

Purchases:  Art may be open to public purchase.

Deadline:  Applications must be received by 5:00 PM (EST) on September 1, 2019 (no late applications will be accepted).  Application directions are provided below.   Applications can be sent to Kingsport.publicart@gmail.com

Contact: 

Hannah Powell-Cultural Arts Program Coordinator
Renaissance Center
1200 East Center St.
Kingsport, TN  37660

Phone: 423-392-8414

E-mail: hannahpowell@kingsporttn.gov

 

Timeline/ Deadlines

September 1, 2019 Deadline for receipt of application materials
September 15, 2019 Selection
September 27, 2019 Artist Notification
September 30-October 10, 2019 Installation Dates
October 10, 2019 Sculpture Walk Reception

Selection Criteria

The curator will use the following criteria in the selection process:
Suitable for an outdoor setting and safe to the public.

Pieces should represent diverse materials and perspectives.

Pieces should have been created within the last five years.

Terms

The City of Kingsport and the Public Art Committee accept no responsibility for the costs incurred by the artist in responding to this Call to Artists.

The artist is responsible for transportation to and from Kingsport.

Application Guidelines

Proposals must include the following:

  1. Completed application
  2. Current resume
  3. Artist statement
  4. At least three photos of the submitted piece.
  5. Compile these requirements into an Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word document and e-mail to mailto:Kingsport.PublicArt@gmail.com.

 

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APPLICATION  – Kingsport Sculpture Walk 12

Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts
Kingsport Renaissance Center
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN  37660

Name:

Address:

Phone #:

Email:

Title of sculpture:

Sculpture material:

Date of sculpture:

Dimensions of sculpture:

Weight of sculpture:

**Please include your artist statement, your resume, and at least 3 photos of the sculpture being submitted. Send completed application with any additional documents to    Kingsport.PublicArt@gmail.com.