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Artist Mike Roig reception for his pieces in the Sculpture Walk XI

Reception with Mike Roig

On Friday, September 28 the Office of Cultural Arts invites the public to a reception and talk with artist Mike Roig. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kingsport Public Library – after 5:30, please enter from the Shelby Street parking lot.

The artist for the first two sculptures of the walk is Mike Roig. Mike’s pieces are often kinetic – moving effortlessly with the wind, providing great interest. They are expertly wrought in stainless, industrial steel and other durable materials. Mike will install two pieces on Friday, September 28. ‘Moondance’ will be installed in the Ridgefields Circle and ‘Aerial’ will be installed in Downtown Kingsport. Mike lives and works in Carrboro, NC where he and his wife, author-artist Clay Carmichael, maintain the Heartworks Studio.


For more information, please call 423-392-8414.

For more information on Mike Roig, visit

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Come to the- Fall Folk Arts Festival At The Exchange Place

Exchange Place Living History Farm will welcome in the beautiful season of autumn when it hosts its annual Fall Folk Arts Festival. Always eagerly anticipated, this celebration of pioneer arts and crafts and the harvest season will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 10 am until 5 pm, and Sunday, September 30 from noon until 5 pm. Admission is $5, with those under the age of 12 admitted free. Proceeds go towards the care of the farm’s animals and the continued restoration and preservation of the site, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, Tennessee and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For the 47th consecutive year, artists from the region will gather to demonstrate 19th century crafts, as well as to sell a wide array of traditional folk arts and hand-crafted arts of today. Pumpkins and other autumn produce, dried flowers, and plants for fall planting, as well as a wide range of baked goods and goat milk cheeses, will be available.

Festival visitors will be able to learn about, and purchase, some centuries-old crafts, such as hand-made oak rockers, cuckoo clocks, paintings on slate, dough bowls carved from one single log, and jewelry and utilitarian household items created out of wire (popularized in the 1800’s by tinkers). With cooler weather on its way, socks will definitely be a necessity, and you can see them being crafted on a 19th-century knitting machine. Other artisans will be offering a wide range of wares, from framed photographs to primitive dolls to handmade soaps to paper quilling to unique hand-thrown pottery.

This year’s featured Heritage Artist is acclaimed basket maker George McCollum, from Athens, TN. A long-time member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Mr. McCollum has been making his award-winning miniature white oak baskets for almost four decades. (Please note that Mr. McCollum will only be present on Saturday, September 29.)

Guilds have thrived over many centuries. These associations of craftspeople from a particular trade of craft will be well-represented at the Festival as the Overmountain Weavers’ Guild will demonstrate spinning and weaving; the Tri-State Basket Guild teaches basket-making to children and youths; and the Senior Artisans, the First Frontier Quilters, and the Renaissance Wood Artists demonstrate their skills.

Introduced at last year’s Fall Festival, sorghum will be cooked once again, in a special area located behind the blacksmith’s shop. Sorghum cane planted earlier this year will be cut, stripped and washed in preparation for the time-consuming task of making sorghum. Mules will turn the mill to squeeze the juice from the cane on Saturday, September 29, beginning with the opening of the gates at 10:00 am and continuing until around noon. (We request, by the way, that the mules be observed from a distance; no one will be allowed to ride them or pet them.) The juice will then be boiled until the water has evaporated, to the point where only pure sorghum is left in the pan. This process will take most of the afternoon, with the sorghum likely be taken off the fire around 4:00 or 5:00 pm. On Sunday, September 30, with the milling and cooking completed, volunteers will be on hand during the afternoon to talk about the mill, the cane, and the process of making sorghum. Guests may visit the cane patch and compare the sorghum cane with the sugar cane to see the differences up close. (Please note that the syrup we produce is for demonstration purposes only, but we will be offering for sale some 100% pure sorghum syrup, made fresh this year by the Guenther family in Muddy Pond, TN.

History, as always, comes alive throughout the farm. In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society, and our energetic Junior Apprentices, will prepare some of the foods the Preston family would have eaten in the mid nineteenth century, and outside – weather permitting, of course – they will fire up the newly-covered bread oven to bake sweet potato biscuits. Nearby, apple butter will be cooking, and everyone will be invited to take a turn stirring the kettle. The blacksmith’s shop will be open, demonstrating the various tasks that made the “smithy” such a valuable crafts person in antebellum America. Kendy Sawyer will be on hand on throughout the weekend with her working steers, Cannon and Cole. She will be available to answer all questions, and explain, for instance, that a “working steer” means the animal is trained to work but is not yet old enough to officially be classified as an ox.

Children’s activities are always prominent during the Festival, and this year’s focus is on heritage toys and games. Modern-day youngsters (and their parents and grandparents!) will learn that, in the years prior to the War Between the States, toys and games were usually made from scraps of materials left from things that were built or made around the farm. Kids will be able to make and take home “buzz saws,” and they will have the opportunity to hand-crank a jump rope on a machine that was typical of the kind used at that time. Children of all ages will also be encouraged to try their hands at some of the “chores” that were expected of them on the farm. New this year will be the first annual Tom Lane Top Challenge. Tom was a very active volunteer at Exchange Place, as well as a gardener and wood crafter, who passed away unexpectedly this summer. In his honor, a Top Challenge has been devised, with a large top scheduled to be given to the winner.

Even with all of the new features, many popular Festival traditions remain. Visitors can still see the heritage breed of animals living on the farmstead. The Sullivan County 4-H Club will again be organizing the popular Scarecrow Challenge, which encourages individuals, groups and families to be creative as they continue the tradition of making a scarecrow. To be judged Scarecrows must be on site by 11 am Saturday. A variety of food items will be available for purchase, including kettle corn, funnel cakes, fried pies, lunch items, and more. And as always during festivals, the grounds of the farmstead will be alive with music, with old and new favorites will be playing throughout the weekend.

One of Exchange Place’s most popular events every year is Witches Wynd, a Halloween-based storytelling adventure, which will take place on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, beginning each night at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale for the first time during the Fall Folk Arts Festival. Only a limited number of tickets are available every year and they sell out quickly, so we encourage people to purchase them at the Festival. Tickets are $10 apiece and will be found at the Museum Store.

For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, write to, or visit our website at

Exchange Place is a living history farm whose mission is to preserve and interpret the heritage of mid-nineteenth century farm life in Northeast Tennessee. Exchange Place is a non-profit organization maintained and operated entirely by volunteers and is supported by donations, fundraisers, memberships and grants.

Adventure into Acrylic Pouring!

Adventure into the fun and unpredictable world of acrylic pouring with Elena Corradino!

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

You will make 10 paintings(5 wooden panels, two ceramic tiles, a wooden round, an 8×10 canvas and a deep edge 5×5 canvas) 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!

Saturday, October 13th in the 2nd level Studio Space at the Kingsport Carousel!
350 Clinchfield St. Kingsport, TN 37660.
10am – 2:30pm (30 min break for lunch, bring-your-own or eat local) 4hr instruction/creative time
$85 – All materials provided.


To purchase your tickets for Click Here! 

Create your own gifts in “All About Resin!” workshop

Are you ready to learn ‘All About Resin’? 


Adventure into the new world of Resin, Alcohol Ink, & Acrylic Pour! 

Students will have fun learning all about Resin in this workshop, and will create 9 beautiful and functional pieces of art – perfect for gifting!

Students will learn all about resin in this class, each making:
*  Two acrylic pour bisque coasters,
*  Four porcelain alcohol ink coasters
*  Three silicone mold coasters
..all of which will be resin-ed.

Students will also be allowed to keep their respiratory mask and silicone mold. We will go over safety, mixing techniques and mistakes that can cost resin – all while creating your own hand-crafted and practical works of art!

Saturday, October 27th  in the 2nd level Studio Space at the Kingsport Carousel 10am – 2:30pm (30 min break for lunch, bring-your-own or eat local) 4hr instruction/creative time   $98 – All materials provided!


To reserve your spot click here!

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Don’t miss “All About Resin!” with Elena Corradino

Are you ready to learn “All About Resin”?!? 

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Adventure into the new world of Resin and Alcohol Ink with Elena Corradino!

Students will learn all about resin in this class! Each will make two acrylic pour bisque coasters, four porcelain alcohol ink coasters and three silicone mold coasters..all of which will be resin-ed. They will also be allowed to keep their respiratory mask and silicone mold. We will go over safety, mixing techniques and mistakes that can cost resin – all while creating 9 beautiful and functional pieces of art! Create your own unique hand-crafted gifts!

Saturday, September 15th or October 27th  in the 2nd level Studio Space at the Kingsport Carousel 10am – 2:30pm (30 min break for lunch, bring-your-own or eat local) 4hr instruction/creative time $98 – All materials provided!

To reserve your spot click here!

Walk for Wellness Expo

Be present for the history-making 2 Million Mile City announcement
at the region’s largest health and wellness expo.

This free event features complimentary health screenings and services, 50-plus vendors all with giveaways, a farmer’s market alley with fresh produce and healthy treats, a kid’s corner packed full of fun games, and two, community walks on the Greenbelt. Pets and strollers are welcome! For more information see our website by clicking here.

Beth Snapp 2018

Beth Snapp – ‘Don’t Apologize’ EP Release – Friday, August 31st!

‘Don’t Apologize’

Come hear the new songs by Beth Snapp.  Presented in conjunction with Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Beth Snapp and NewSong Music proudly present the official EP Release! Be ready for the first opportunity to purchase physical EP copies as well as other merch! Stay tuned for some new songs, and maybe a surprise or two!


Words straight from Beth “To me, this EP is a continuation of a journey. My second project was largely an account of just coming out of a storm. I had survived, I knew things were going to get better, but there was some healing and processing to be done. As time passed, and I did the work to heal, I emerged into a new place. I realized that surviving the storm wasn’t enough. I realized I was put on this Earth to do more than survive.”

We hope that you’ll join us!!

For ticket link click here——>

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Its time for the Kingsport Carousel’s birthday party & Fun Fest party

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The 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!

Langley Shazor creative writing

Creative writing class with Langle “Casual Word” Shazor

Creative Writing Session
June 12th and June 19th  from 4-6 pm
Open to all age groups

Join Langley “Casual Word” Shazor for learning about poetry, prose, and typewriters. The goal of this class will be to help students break past the common obstacles that plague young writers: peer review, in writing revision, vocabulary, perfectionism, etc. This class is not designed to increase technical writing ability, but to help students tap into their creative capacity. Let’s overcome fear and harness true creativity.


Typewriters, paper, and recycle boxes will be provided. Students keep all written work & have the opportunity to be featured on’s poet of the week column (with signed parental consent forms [provided]).

The agenda for the event is as follows:

  • 4pm – Introduction
  • 4:30pm – Q&A
  • 5pm – writing
  • 6pm – Conclusion


$10/ Reserve your slot online by clicking here for the June 12th or click here for June 19th!

Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center, Rm#239

1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN.

Contact Stella Robinette 423.276.6541 or the Office of Cultural Arts 423.392.8414.

Composition, Design and Lighting with Allison Parker

Composition, Design & Lighting

Gain confidence and add impact to your work through composition and value studies with Allison Parker

All ages welcome

In this class we will slow down from ‘going at it’ with the paintbrush to ask ourselves the difference between an accurate painting from an inspiring work of art. The exercises are a combination of illustration ideas from the Savannah College of Art and Fine Art Studies from the Grand Central Atelier.

OBJECTIVE:  We will examine compositional strategies used in illustration, landscape painting, figure painting, and abstract works of art.  Students will keep a sketchbook with thumbnail examples of each of the traditional compositional devices, such as the golden ratio, s-curve, asymmetrical X, and rule of thirds.  We will note how these strategies can be seen in both academic and contemporary works of art.

PROCESS: We will examine and sketch works of art old and new from a variety of styles to understand how different artists use these strategies to their benefit. Studies will include thumbnail (pencil/line), tonal value studies  (charcoal) and color poster studies (can be done in oils, watercolor, pencil, or acrylics). This class is open to the community.  KAG membership is not required


Date: Four Saturdays,  June 9-30th

Where: Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St, Kingsport, Rm: 313

Time: 10:am – 1pm

Cost: $140.00

Instructor: Allison Parker

Please e-mail the instructor to reserve your spot at:

Please mail payment to:
A. Parker
207 West Locust St #3
Johnson City, Tn 37604

or pay online at:


Allison Parker is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and the Grand Central Atelier in New York City. She teaches classical drawing and painting for all ages in the Tri-Cities. View her work online at