Downtown Kingsport Welcomes New Mural ‘Silent Skies’

Downtown Kingsport Welcomes New Mural
‘Silent Skies’

A new flock of birds has landed in Kingsport—painted birds, that is. The installation of the “Silent Skies Mural Project,” which features portraits of all 678 birds on the endangered species list, began in downtown Kingsport, Tuesday, February 5.

This 24-foot by 50-foot vinyl-printed mural will hang at the corner of Market and Broad Streets, where the “Humanae” mural once hung. The “Silent Skies Mural Project” is a representation of an installation that opened in Vancouver, Canada, last August. That installation featured the original 678 portraits on 8-inch by 8-inch canvases, arranged in a 100-foot mural. Artists for Conversation, a Canada-based non-profit that promotes conservation through wildlife art, launched the collaborative project with an international call for artists.

Kingsport’s own Suzanne Barrett Justis is a Signature Member of Artists for Conversation, and “Silent Skies” features six of her portraits. The windows of her gallery, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art, look out directly onto the wall where the mural will hang. Tuesday morning, she was out on the street excitedly taking pictures of the mural installation, which was done by end-of-day.

“It’s exciting for me as an artist,” Justis said, “but I hope it’s exciting for Kingsport to say, ‘Hey, we have this mural, and one of our own is on it.’”

The idea of printing the mural on vinyl was Justis’ idea. A longtime wildlife and conservation artist who originally studied animal science, Justis believed it was important to bring this mural to as many places and people as possible. While the original installation has hung in Vancouver, Arizona, and is now set to travel to China, Justis is working hard to bring vinyl versions to cities and zoos across the country. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts worked with Justis to make Kingsport the very first place to host the vinyl installation.

“This mural is bringing awareness to the 678 endangered species of birds,” Justis said. “It’s also letting international artists shine, and it has a call to action to learn more about each species.”

The mural invites people to visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/ where they can view each bird portrait online. Prints of each portrait are available for purchase, and the proceeds will benefit conservation education among youth, as well as bird conservation.

The “Silent Skies Mural Project” will hang in downtown Kingsport for six months. For more information, please visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/.

Kingpsport Ballet Sleeping Beauty Auditions

Sleeping Beauty Auditions for the Kingsport Ballet’s April performance

SLEEPING BEAUTY AUDITIONS this Saturday, January 19th!! Dancers from the region who are interested in auditioning are welcome. Audition is free of charge. Ages 12-13 @ 12:45-1:30pm and Ages 14 and up @ 1:30-3. Min. 2 yrs on pointe. The ballet will take place April 11-14 at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid. Join us! 423-378-3967 kingsportballet@gmail.com

Charlie Brouwer sculpture

Here’s your chance to meet Sculpture Walk Artist, Charlie Brouwer!

Here’s your chance to meet Sculpture Walk Artist, Charlie Brouwer!

Have you seen his wood sculptures around Kingsport?? Or maybe you saw the Kingsport Ladder Project?

Artist Talk begins at 10 am on Saturday, Oct. 13th entitled “Playing Outside: One artist’s journey into the world of public art.” Thank you to the Friends of the Library for allowing this to take place at the Kingsport Public Library.

For 25 years Charlie Brouwer was an “indoor artist.” Over the past 15 years outdoor sculptures and public art have become a major part of his practice. His talk will be about why and how this happened.

Mike Roig pic

Sculpture Walk XI begins with a reception with Mike Roig!

Sculpture Walk XI takes on a new form with sculpture talks and hands on sculpture workshops. Rolling out as a series, the sculptures for Sculpture Walk XI will be installed separately over several months. The first of which will be installed on September 28, followed by a sculpture talk and workshop.

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.

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.

For more information, please or call 423-392-8414. For more information on Mike Roig, visit www.mikeroig.com.

Tom Borrup

Tom Borrup presents “Art, Culture, Creativity Transform Communities”

Artist, Arts Organizations, Creatives are Encouraged to Attend Keynote Speech

Presented by Tom Borrup

On Thursday, September 27, 2018

The TN Planners Association Conference is at Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN
8:00am/ Keynote Speech by Tom Borrup located in the Cattails Ballroom
9:30am – 11:00am/ Special Follow-up session especially for Artists, Arts/Cultural Organizations located in the Appalachian Board Room

*Both events are FREE but registration is recommended*

To register Click Here

Tom Borrup, Ph.D is the founder of Creative Community Builders. He consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrating arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook, remains the leading text in the field. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts 1980-2002, Tom helped transform a diverse urban neighborhood while building a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization. Tom serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Master in Arts and Cultural Leadership. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Do towns and cities have personalities? If so, how do we describe them? Can our cities and towns – through their planning and design – be places that reflect the rich diversity of people who live in them? Is this even possible? If broken and dysfunctional, can the personalities of our communities be repaired? Who can do that? And, how do the personalities of planners, architects, developers and designers impact the landscapes of our towns and cities?

One of the most fertile partnerships in the reinvigoration of cities and towns over the past two or three decades has been between cities and their arts and cultural sectors. Can partnerships that leverage creativity, cultural amenities, and walkable community design bring more cultural and economic inclusiveness? Can these partnerships contribute to healthy personalities of places?

These are weighty questions for planners and city leaders to ponder. Tom Borrup, in his keynote presentation, will examine these phenomena and identify some of the ways that culture and creativity – and the people and institutions in that sector – have moved communities towards greater inclusiveness and healthier personalities. Based on Winston Churchill’s assertion that: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” , Borrup uses a multitude of images collected from cities around the world, scholarly writing, and decades of his experience in animating communities with the help of artists.

Want to help save our rivers & streams? Enter the first annual Storm Drain Art Contest!

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts invites your input.

We Would Like YOUR Input!!

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts invites the Kingsport community to share input for a Public Art Master Plan.  The City’s public art program was created in 2006 and includes a ‘Percent for Art’ Ordinance and established a Public Art Committee.  The Committee created Sculpture Walk in 2007 and has annually exhibited contemporary outdoor sculpture for over 10 years.  Over the years, several sculptural pieces have been purchased or commissioned for Kingsport and more recently murals have been added to help celebrate the community.  In 2017, the Office of Cultural Arts organized two temporary public art installations, Humanae and Rise Together Kingsport.  Now it is time to work on a new plan of action, and the public is encouraged to fill out the attached survey.   A round table discussion will be held on Thursday May 10 at 4 PM in room 310 of the Kingsport Renaissance Center.

 

To take the survey click here!