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Join us for the Kingsport Carousel’s birthday party & Fun Fest block party

Carousel birthday party balloon imageThe 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

Join Langley “Casual Word” Shazor for a creative writing class

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 casualword.com’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.

Events

Holiday themed 2-in-1 class! Acrylic Pouring & Alcohol Ink

Holiday themed 2-in-1 class!
Acrylic Pouring & Alcohol Ink

A holiday themed class!  Create your own ornaments and cards. Each student would make 10 cards from Alcohol Ink, 8 wooden ornaments in Acrylic Pouring, and 4 fall or winter themed door hangers. The ornaments and door hangers will be varnished for you.  No experience needed! 

 

Join us on the 2nd level Studio Space at the Kingsport Carousel (350 Clinchfield St. Kingsport, TN 37660) on Saturday, Nov 17, from 10am – 2pm  (30 min break for lunch, bring-your-own or eat local). This fun class is just $80 per student.  Includes all materials. Max of 9 students.

For more information visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.  To reserve your spot Click Here!

Kingsport Ballet performs The Nutcracker

The Kingsport Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Kingsport Ballet prepares for an exciting season kickoff with The Nutcracker, December 13th-16th, 2018 with five performances at Northeast State’s Wellmont Performing Arts Center. A holiday favorite around the world, this ballet is a popular family outing during the holiday season. The school performance of The Nutcracker will be staged on Thursday, December 13th at 10am.

A new Thursday evening performance will take place this year in order to accommodate the sold-out event.

Public performances will take place: December 13th 14th and 15th, at 7pm, and Sunday, December 16th at 2:30pm.

Tickets are now on sale through www.kingsportballet.org or through the Kingsport Ballet facebook page. Purchasers may print their tickets at home, or pick them up at ‘will call’ the night of the performance.

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy the traditional Clara’s Tea and Chocolate, which takes place just prior to Saturday evening’s performance on December 15th The tea party is 5-6pm, and tickets are sold separately at $10 per child, by calling Kingsport Ballet: 423-378-3967 or following the ticket link provided on their website. Parent chaperons attend the tea party free of charge. All tickets to performances and tea party may now be purchased online through the website: kingsportballet.org. This
popular event has a capacity of hosting 60 children. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Christmas Connection 2018

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Kingsport’s 39th Annual Christmas Connection

A FREE admission event, is to be held November 9 – 11 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more!

In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium West Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 9              12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 10            10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 11            12 Noon – 4 PM

 

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

Christmas Connection 2018

Christmas Connection 2018

Kingsport’s 39th Annual Christmas Connection

A FREE admission event, is to be held November 9 – 11 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more!

In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium West Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 9              12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 10            10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 11            12 Noon – 4 PM

 

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

Christmas Connection 2018

Christmas Connection 2018

Kingsport’s 39th Annual Christmas Connection

A FREE admission event, is to be held November 9 – 11 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more!

In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium West Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 9              12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 10            10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 11            12 Noon – 4 PM

 

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

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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 www.mikeroig.com.

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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 exchangeplacefestivals@gmail.com, or visit our website at https://www.exchangeplace.info.

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!