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Make a Market Basket with master basket weaver Joy Smith


Make a Market Basket!

Sept.22, 2018

Learn from a Master Weaver Joy Smith. All materials provided. This Market Basket will be woven with reed and will be 8″ x 12″ when complete.
Deadline for registration is 12noon on Thursday, September 20th.

Saturday, September 22nd from 10am-5:00pm
Instructor – Master Weaver, Joy Smith
Cost $65 including all materials
Kingsport Carousel Carving Studio, 2nd floor, 350 Clinchfield Street {the tower}


Click here to register for class!

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!

Lazy Days of Summer Handmade Market

Join us for a day of great shopping and dining from local artists, crafters, makers, bakers, and more!! Over 55 local HANDMADE vendors will be their showcasing their work!

Held at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market!

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Kids Summer Arts Camp- “A Horse of a Different Color”

Kids Summer Arts Camp-

“A Horse of a Different Color”


Impressions Fine Art Gallery will be hosting an arts camp for children ages 7-14. Kids will learn about basic horse anatomy and the different breeds of horses while they draw, paint and sculpt horses in a variety of media. The camp will be led by Patti Lawrence and Anne Gurney Thwaites and will feature several guest artists, carousel rides and even a visit from a real horse that the kids can paint on! Finished artwork by the children will be featured in an art show and opening reception at the gallery. The camp will run the first week in June, Monday the 4th through Friday the 8th; from 10am until 4pm. Cost for the camp is $250.

Early registrations (before May 1st) receive $25 off. For more information or to register your child, stop by Impressions Fine art at 246 Broad St. or email at


Christmas Connection 2018 Applications now being accepted!

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! In 2018, this will be the 39th 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. **Due to elections taking place at the Civic Auditorium on the first weekend of November, this year’s Christmas Connection will take place on the 2nd full weekend, November 9, 10, 11, 2018.**

Location: Kingsport Civic Auditorium

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

Website: or


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 will be available April 6th 2018!  Click Here to download the application packet!  

Bureau Basket

Master weaver Joy Smith is teaching a Bureau Basket class!

Bureau Basket

Master Weaver Joy Smith will be teaching a fun class on how to create the Small Shaker Bureau Basket.

The BUREAU is one of a set of baskets made by the shakers called the knife series. Dimensions of completed basket: 7in x 4in x 2 1/2in. On Saturday, March 10th from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm you will be weaving with black ash over a wooden mold at the Kingsport Carousel Carving Studio, 2nd floor, 350 Clinchfield Street {the tower}. Price includes all supplies. To purchase tickets click here or call 423-392-8414


Make Your Own Terrarium!

Have you made your terrarium?

That’s right! We’re offering our terrarium workshop again! We will learn about the care of succulents and for the fun part: we will assemble a terrarium for you to take home using 3-4 plants of your choosing, soil, gravel, a glass container, and assorted ornaments. All materials are provided. But you are encouraged to bring items of your own if you wish to incorporate them into your terrarium. Class space is limited to 5 participants, so sign up now! $30 per person.

What to bring?

  • Yourself
  • Any small items you might want to decorate your terrarium

Please RSVP/purchase your ticket by March 2nd. To purchase tickets click here or call 423-392-8414

Exchange Place-Christmas in the counrty

Christmas in the Country with Exchange Place

Exchange Place Living History Farm will celebrate the holidays and the winter season with Christmas in the Country on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is free to everyone for this final public event of the year at the historic site, which is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport.

Christmas in the Country will feature fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations. More than two dozen area and regional vendors, displaying unique folk arts and crafts, will be on display on both sides of Orebank Road. This will include a variety of hand-crafted items such as hooked rugs, baskets, pottery, quilts, greeting cards and jewelry. Your taste buds will be tempted with a variety of baked goods, hot sauces and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with unique handmade soaps and an assortment of herbal products.

Visitors to the 1850’s farm will see the simpler wintertime activities from our region, including a look at how our ancestors would have prepared for the holidays. Over in the blacksmith shop, for instance, the skills that were needed to make hardware and tools for the farm, fix wagon wheels and, of course, make shoes for the horses, will be demonstrated throughout the day by acclaimed local blacksmith Catherine Shook. In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society will be preparing dishes that the wealthy Gaines and Preston families might have enjoyed during the holidays, like roast pork, salsify fritters, and cinnamon waffles.

In the nearby Cook’s Cabin, our Junior Apprentices will be demonstrating the Christmas-time food traditions of slaves, tenants, and Appalachian mountaineers, while also giving the public the opportunity to help decorate an old-fashioned Christmas tree and the yule log that will be burned at the close of the event. The Junior Apprentices, in fact, will be quite visible throughout the farmstead, helping with the food preparation, performing a variety of chores, and selling their own handmade crafts and decorations in the Schoolhouse, which should feature tulip poplar bark baskets, tin cookie cutters, paper ornaments, games, and toys. And hands-on activities for children will be found all around the grounds, including the always-popular making of candles.

The traditional Yule Log Ceremony, beginning around 4:15 pm, concludes the day and is highlighted with the singing of carols around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail. The burning of the Yule Log can be traced back to the Vikings, who were honoring their gods and requesting good luck for the coming year. Later part of the harvest festival in Germany and Scandinavia, it moved to England with the Normans, and eventually migrated to the New World with the Pilgrims. In the 1850s, the Preston family would have celebrated Christmas in a very plain, non-commercial way, and a Yule Log was probably not a part of their holiday, but we have traditionally added it to Christmas in the Country as a symbol of peace and good will for our wonderful community.

The Yule Log was often decorated with evergreens and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider before it was finally lit, and after it died down (anywhere from twelve hours to twelve days), its ashes were scattered over the fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water. We encourage everyone present to bring their own sprig to cast onto the fire, and to also wear fine, colorful headgear to the event.

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

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 by volunteers and is supported by donations, fundraisers, memberships and grants.