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CALL TO ARTISTS: Carousel Fine Craft Show 2017

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Applications for artists are available at:

Carousel Fine Craft Show 2017 APPLICATION

CLICK HERE FOR Carousel Fine Craft Show 2017 PROSPECTUS

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The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport in partnership with Tennessee Craft: Northeast proudly present East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia’s premier juried Fine Craft Show: 5th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show and preview party March 24-26, 2017.  Free Carousel rides included!  This year we are adding cash awards: BEST OF SHOW: $300, 1st Runner up: $150, 2nd Runner up: $100

The Carousel Fine Craft Show is open to professional craftspeople and artists in a variety of media that will exhibit and sell their own work.  Media categories include Clay, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Manmade Materials, Metal, Mixed Media, Natural Materials, Painting/Drawing, Paper, Photography and Wood.  Live demonstrations are encouraged and celebrated at the show.

Admission for the Friday preview party is $35 per person and includes a weekend pass. Admission to the show is $3.

New for 2017: Applications will be processed online using ZAPP®.  ZAPP® enables individual artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central website, The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. The result is that all artwork in the system is in a consistent, high-quality, digital format. The digital images are presented to the jurors of each show and the system allows them to score online. ZAPP® provides technical support to artists free of charge.

The application deadline is October 1, 2016.  The jurying process will finish up on November 4, 2016.   Only those artists that are chosen by the juror will be invited to the show.  All Artists must go through this jury process.

The guest juror for the 5th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show 2017 is 

Anita DeAngelis, MFA

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Anita DeAngelis joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University in 1994 where she is Associate Dean for the Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the founding director of Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, currently presenting its eighth season of visual and performing arts events. Her previous teaching positions include Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and Texas A&M-Commerce in Texas. She received her MFA from Arizona State University (printmaking), her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (studio art), and she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She has taught drawing, color theory, 2-D design, printmaking, book arts, and a specialized course on the art of the Appalachian region. Anita’s art work includes drawing, hand-made books, printmaking, and letterpress printing, and her most recent work includes drawings of rescued dogs. Her work explores marking systems, depictions of volume and light, and layering color and textures to achieve rich surface qualities. She lives in Elizabethton, Tennessee with her husband and retired racing greyhounds.



OCA modified LOGO NO BackgroundThe Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. 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.

Tennessee Craft: Northeast, the regional chapter of Tennessee Craft, a statewide advocate for Tennessee’s handmade legacy, has partnered with the show to help promote Fine Craft in the region. Tennessee Craft strives to embrace the passion of the state’s first makers and the organization’s founders by connecting today’s emerging and experienced artists and the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on our state’s handmade legacy.

For questions on the show and the application or jurying process, please contact:

The Office of Cultural Arts at 423.392.8414  or For Email Click Here


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To purchase ticket to The BrassRing Gala preview party & The Carousel Fine Craft Show
Online: Click Here to Purchase Tickets
Call: (423) 392-8414

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The site of the Carousel Fine Craft Show: The Kingsport Farmers Market, has quickly become a favorite location for social gatherings in Kingsport.  An original building of the former Kingsport Press, the historic setting provides a unique backdrop for events such as weddings, fundraisers and festivals.  The Farmers Market is located adjacent to the new Kingsport Carousel which opened in July 2015.  The Kingsport Carousel features 32 hand carved, hand-painted platform animals, rounding board scenes of regional history, as well as paintings of birds, wild flowers and butterflies all painted by the Kingsport community.  Work for the Carousel began in 2010 and has involved over 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors.  Rides on the Carousel are included with any ticket to the Carousel Fine Craft Show.

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