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Interactive Talk at Silent Skies mural / Where Art Meets Science

Come join us where art meets science at the Silent Skies mural in downtown Kingsport.

World-renowned ornithologist Dr. Fred Alsop will join one of the mural’s artists, Suzanne Justis, to explain the significance of the mural, the birds from our region that are a part of it, and the productive collaboration of species conservation and visual art. The interactive talk will take place during the next Sip and Stroll, September 5th, 6:00 pm, at the Silent Skies mural, intersection of Market and Broad Streets. Make sure to see this beautiful testament to our vanishing bird species one last time before the mural takes flight.
For more information on the Silent Skies mural click this link: https://www.kingsporttn.gov/downtown-kingsport-welcomes-new-mural-silent-skies/

About Fred J. Alsop III, Ph.D.

World-class ornithologist Dr. Fred Alsop says, “I’ve been teaching for 42 years, and I’m still having a good time.”

A professor in the ETSU Department of Biological Sciences, Alsop likes to tell students who take one of his classes on birds, “This class will change your life,” and it does. “From then on,” he points out, “those students won’t notice just ‘birds,’ but individual species. They will hear birdsong and know who is singing. The students may go on to careers that have nothing to do with my class, but they will have knowledge and a possible hobby to carry with them throughout their lives.”

Fred Alsop has been a faculty member at ETSU for 46 years where he has served as the Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, a Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty, and President of the Faculty Senate. He as the first elected faculty member of ETSU’s governing Board of Trustees. He is the Director of ETSU’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum.  An ornithologist who has authored 18 books on birds including 8 published by The Smithsonian Institution, he has conducted bird identification workshops in 8 states for industrial, state and federal agencies. An avid birder he has lead international birding trips and has recorded more than 4,700 species on his “life list”.  He has been recognized in Tennessee with several conservation and environmental awards. He holds a B.S. degree from Austin Peay State University in fine arts and biology, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is married to Dr. Catherine Cummins.

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Artist Suzanne Barrett Justis

Upon viewing her work, you will quickly be able to see the enthusiasm she feels for the subjects she paints. Suzanne’s inspiration for her paintings and sculptures come from nature and her surroundings. Living in the mountains of East Tennessee is inspiring and is plainly seen in her work.

When Suzanne is not out in the field or at a zoo taking photo references for her next piece, She can be found in her downtown Kingsport art gallery and studio where she paints and works with her many aspiring art students.

Suzanne says “Breathing life into an idea or image and seeing it develop on canvas brings me so much joy. It is this joy that motivates me and spurs me on to create and learn more. Learning, growing and evolving are all words that best describe me as an artist and as a person. Being an artist is who I am, not just what I do. The sheer joy and abundance the natural world holds has ensured me many more subjects to create with my art and therefore, more joy for me to capture and share.”

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About the Silent Skies mural:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/downtown-kingsport-welcomes-new-mural-silent-skies/

Guidelines for posting events to the community calendar on www.EngageKingsport.com

 

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CLICK ON THE “POST YOUR EVENT” BUTTON AND JUST FILL OUT THE FORM.

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The Office of Cultural Arts

423-392-8414

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About the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport: 

 

The Office of Cultural Arts, a department of the City of Kingsport Tennessee, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. It operates www.EngageKingsport.com website and regional event calendar, the Renaissance Arts Center,  the Kingsport Farmer’s Market facility, the Kingsport Carousel Project, a public art program, concert and theatrical events including a dynamic Performing Arts Series, Christmas Connection Arts & Crafts Show, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations.  The Office of Cultural Arts serves as the coordinator for the public and the city for all SPECIAL EVENTS conducted on city property.  It works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their objectives. The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport’s goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport and the surrounding communities become a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development within our region.