Sculpture Walk XII
comes to downtown Kingsport!
The 12th annual Sculpture Walk is here! Five new sculptures and one remaining favorite are now part of the Kingsport Sculpture Walk, curated by Catherine Murray of East Tennessee State University. Sculpture Walk XII is in the downtown area, and several of the new art can be seen on Broad Street.
A convenient place to begin the walk is near Citizen’s Bank on Main Street.
“It is so exciting to be a part of this annual project that was started by my predecessor, Bonnie Macdonald, twelve years ago,” says Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator. “We have a lot of talent on exhibit in these sculptures, not only from our region, but also from multiple states on the East coast. Our department’s mission is to not only showcase the arts and culture of Kingsport, but also to expose the Kingsport community to art and culture from all over the nation. The Sculpture Walk is a perfect example of that.”
Sculpture Walk XII will be on display through October 2020. The opening reception will feature Catherine Murray speaking about the sculpture, and refreshments, sponsored by Engage Kingsport, will be served at Impressions Fine Art Gallery—246 Broad Street, Kingsport, on October 10th at 5:30pm.
“Pigeons,” a concrete and bronze sculpture, is brought to Kingsport by artist Colleen Rudolf. Rudolf, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Professor of Sculpture at Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and has a MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. “Pigeons” is located at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street.
Opposite Rudolf’s sculpture, you can find Steve Bickley’s steel sculpture “SECO.” Bickley joins us from Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, and has shown his work in over 180 exhibitions. He received his degrees from the School of Art at East Carolina University and the University of Georgia.
Mike Roig’s new sculpture “Lean on Me” is unlike his previously seen works. Fans will notice that instead of a rotating piece, Roig added color to this new installment. This adds motion through the grace and curves of the art, yet clearly defining title “Lean on Me.” Roig lives and works in Carboro, North Carolina, and earned his BA from the University of Maryland. Kingsport’s permanent public art collection features Roig’s “Yo-Yo’s Muse” and “The Answer My Friend.”
Patti Lawrence’s steel sculpture “Lost and Found,” at the corner of Sullivan and Main Streets, is an assemblage created from the demolition site of the old Woolworths building on Broad Street. Lawrence is a local Kingsport artist. Her permanent art can be found at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. You can also find her art at the Impressions Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street.
CR Gray’s “Popsicles” will be featured at the Kingsport Farmers Market. A native of Key West, Florida, Gray has shown “Popsicles” in various public art exhibits, and it is now coming to Kingsport from North Carolina. His sculpture will add a pop of color to the Farmers Market, and will be a great photo opportunity for those visiting the market or carousel.
Jim Gallucci’s “Divine Wind” will continue to welcome onlookers coming from the west side of downtown at the Netherland Inn roundabout. This archway shows the repetition of the roundabout as onlookers pass through the curves of the roundabout. Gallucci has been a sculptor for more than 35 years and currently works full time sculpting in Greensboro, North Carolina.