Reception for Kingsport Art Shows Set for Thursday, October 2010.11.2005
The Arts Council of Greater Kingsport and Kingsport's Cultural Arts Division, in partnership with Blue Ridge Properties, will host a reception Thursday, October 20 from 5:30-7:00 PM.
The reception is open to the public and features art currently on display at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The artworks include "The Plan of Nashville," a traveling exhibit from the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture about the planning and process for Tennessee's state capitol; paintings and sculpture by Kat Whorton, kinetic art by Rack Cross, and the Kingsport Art Guild's annual members show.
"The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City" is a civic design exhibition on the history, process, research and plan for a revitalized state capitol. The plan is based on "Ten Principles" which provide guidance with the flexibility for future decision-making. Public Art is a key component of the plan. The exhibition at the Renaissance Center also features one of the Gibson Guitars which populated Nashville as designed by artist Jennifer Quigley. This exhibition comes to Kingsport through an agreement with the Nashville Civic Design Center and the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee and will be on display through November 7.
Kat Whorton is from Biloxi, MS. She holds an associate's degree in illustration from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master's of Art Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She lives in Gray, TN. Whorton explains, "My interest in the organic, more amorphic forms of nature began as a child collecting fish bones along the Gulf of Mexico. When I began studying ceramic sculpture at USM, I was intrigued with the relationship of positive and negative space, and the idea that bones are the hidden architecture of most life."
Rack Cross debuted his kinetic art show for the first ever Kingsport Renaissance Center Atrium art show. Mobiles, or sculptures that move, are suspended within the three-story open expanse located in the heart of the facility.
The Kingsport Art Guild show is on display in the Art Gallery and Gallery 239 on the second floor of the Renaissance Center.
The Renaissance Center is located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport, TN. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Special hours for "The Plan of Nashville" also include Saturdays from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sundays 12 noon-4:00 PM.
The Arts Council of Greater Kingsport is a private, not-for-profit local arts organization that serves as an umbrella for local arts organizations providing arts advocacy, cultural leadership, services, and programs for Kingsport and the surrounding areas. The Renaissance Center is managed by the City of Kingsport's Cultural Arts Division as a part of Parks and Recreation. The facility includes a 350-seat theatre, three-story sky lit atrium, art galleries, gymnasium, meeting rooms and offices.