ChristmasConnection 2018

2019 Christmas Connection Applications available Friday, April 12th!

ChristmasConnection 2018

2019 CHRISTMAS CONNECTION
DATES:  (FRI – SUN)  NOV. 1, 2, 3, 2019

Applications will be available April 12th, 2019

THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION – ARTISTIC CREATIONS FAIR!

2019 Christmas Connection
(Fri – Sun) Nov. 1, 2, 3, 2019
Now accepting Applications! (see below)

The Christmas Connection is a very well established cultural event in Kingsport, hosting some of the region’s best craft artists. This favorite holiday staple is looked forward to year after year!  Year 2019 will be the 40th consecutive year serving the artists and the community! The Civic Auditorium will host artistic creations in various media, just in time for Christmas gift shopping.

Dates of 2019:  November 1, 2, 3, 2019

Location: Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Sponsored by: City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts (423) 392-8414

Website: www.EngageKingsport.com or www.KingsportTN.gov

Email: ChristmasConnection@KingsportTN.gov

Admission: Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is FREE and open to the public!

Applications: July 1 – DEADLINE for applications & photos. No cost to apply!  Acceptance is by invitation only. All applications are reviewed by a selection committee, taking various factors into consideration in order to create a high quality, attractive show having a good mix of artistic and crafting creations. There will be a limited number of exhibitions for each category or media.  Application packet is now available!  Download HERE

 

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/.

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Have you seen a scratch mold workshop and iron pour?

Welcome all to our scratch mold workshop
and iron pour!

In about an hour and a half attendees who take part in this workshop will be able to make a sand mold of their design that will then be filled with molten iron forming a lasting metal positive image. You make your own design! Bring your ideas with you. Designs can be anything from your initials, your house number to patterns with complex designs. You will be making a one-of-a-kind creation out of iron. Jim and his crew will give you instruction and help you out with the mold making. This scratch mold workshop and iron pour is hosted by Engage Kingsport and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at the Inventor Center located at 118 Shelby Street.

On March 9th between 9 am and 3 pm there will be a scratch mold workshop. The estimated time for the iron pouring to begin is at 3:30pm. While the iron pour finishes up we will have a band and a food truck for your dinner and your entertainment.

To participate in this workshop your options for both days are purchasing:

  • A scratch mold- $35 per person,
  • A scratch mold and dinner –  $50 per person
  • Just the food for $20
  • An additional scratch mold may be added (limit 1 per person) for $25.

Band

Donnie and the Dryheavers
Beth Snapp

Food

A.M. Kingsport

To see an example of an scratch mold workshop and iron pour check out this video from the AbOmingOg Intl. Arts Collective iron pour event by clicking here.

To reserve your spot for this event CLICK HERE
Hope to see you there!

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*Just added new date* All About Resin – April 20th with Elena Corradino

Resin example aAll About Resin – April 20th!

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!

On Saturday, April 20th in the 2nd level Studio Space at the Kingsport Carousel join us from 10am – 2:30pm (30 min break for lunch, bring-your-own or eat local) 4hr instruction/creative time.  $98 – All materials provided!

Click here to reserve your spot!!

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May 25th! Come Pour With Us! Elena Corradino will be teaching acrylic pouring!

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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!

Where: Saturday, May 25th! in the 2nd level Studio Space at the Kingsport Carousel

When: 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.

Click here to reserve your spot!!

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Have you every thought about a specialty license plate?

In Tennessee, drivers can purchase certain* Specialty License Plates in place of the normally issued state license plate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these plates supports the organization featured so it’s a great opportunity to support the cause you care about most.

Tennessee also permits the personalization of any plate with up to the amount of characters available on the plate. Choose a unique phase or name for your license plate and stand out from the crowd.

The new Gift-A-Tag voucher program is an opportunity to purchase gift vouchers for Specialty License Plates or the personalization of a plates. It makes a great gift for graduates, family members, board members or treat yourself.

You can get a new license plate anytime—not just when your tags expire. Your tag fee will be prorated.

For more information, please visit www.tnspecialtyplates.org/about.

Certain criteria must be presented to be eligible for some Specialty License Plates such as emergency services or military.

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ARTS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY 5

The Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Established in 1960, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.  To complete this customized analysis for the Greater Kingsport Area, the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts joined the study as one of the 250 partners.  Each of the 250 partner organizations identified the universe of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are located in its region.  The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the Greater Kingsport Area—one that generates $29.5 million in total economic activity.

To read the full AEP5 results click here. You may read a short summary of results here.