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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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All About Resin – March 30th with Elena Corradino

Resin example aAll About Resin – March 30th!

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, March 30th 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!!

TUBA Christmas at the Renaissance Center!

Tuba & Euphonium players from around the area will showcase their talents
on Friday, December 21, 2018 in this one-time performance!

Time: 7:00PM
Location: Renaissance Arts Center
Free Concert to the public!

2018 is the 45th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world.

Admission is free

A Berry Merry Christmas with John Berry

Join us on December 5th at 7:30 for a night of enjoyment as John’s annual Christmas tours brighten the holidays for thousands, as does his electrifying rendition of O’ Holy Night

Country music star John Berry will perform in this highly anticipated concert for his avid fans in Southwest Virginia and beyond.

The last two years have been big for John Berry, seeing him release two new albums and launching his very own weekly syndicated cable television show (Songs and Stories with John Berry). The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega-hits as Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine.

To purchase tickets or more information Click Here

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!

Christmas Connection 2018

Here Comes Christmas Connection 2018!

It’s Almost Christmas Connection Time!

 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.

With the holidays fast approaching, Christmas Connection is a great place to find unique gifts and support master craftsmen in our region.

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.

A Special FunFest Production- A Civil War Evening!

A Special FunFest Production – A Civil War Evening!
“The Meeting in Appomattox – The Last 48 Hours”

This is a first person enactment of Grant & Lee’s meeting in Appomattox. Curt Fields will portray U.S. Grant, and Thomas Jessee will portray Robert E. Lee. Both men will stay in character, even when talking casually to the audience. They have performed together for many years, specifically at Appomattox!

Fields is from Nashville, TN and Thomas is from Central Florida. Lead in 15-20 musical presentation by John “Canjo” Van Ardalls.

$5 admission tickets. Tickets available at the FunFest headquarters inside the Kingsport Chamber, or at the Renaissance Center Theatre Box Office on the day of the production, starting at 5:30pm. Theatre doors will open at 6:00pm on Monday, July 16th.
For more information, contact Wayne Strong at 423-323-2306.

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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!

Events

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Kingsport’s Scratch Mold Workshop and Iron Pour. Don’t miss it!

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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All About Resin – March 30th with Elena Corradino

Resin example aAll About Resin – March 30th!

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, March 30th 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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Join the World of Acrylic Pouring with Elena Corradino

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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, March 2nd 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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TUBA Christmas at the Renaissance Center

Tuba & Euphonium players from around the area will showcase
their talents on Friday, December 21, 2018 in this one-time performance!

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Renaissance Arts Center
Free Concert to the public!

2018 is the 45th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world.

Admission is FREE!

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

Come Pour With Us!

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!

Join us Saturday, January 19th 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.  All materials you need will be provided.

Reserve your spot here!

A Berry Merry Christmas with John Berry

Join us on December 5th at 7:30 for a night of enjoyment as John’s annual Christmas tours brighten the holidays for thousands, as does his electrifying rendition of O’ Holy Night

Country music star John Berry will perform in this highly anticipated concert for his avid fans in Southwest Virginia and beyond.

The last two years have been big for John Berry, seeing him release two new albums and launching his very own weekly syndicated cable television show (Songs and Stories with John Berry). The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega-hits as Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine.

To purchase tickets or more information Click Here

 

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.