Fine Art in the Park set for Storytelling Center on Oct. 24-25

Contributed To The Press • Oct 17, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts will present Fine Art in the Park at the International Storytelling Center on Oct. 24-25.

The event is free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from noon–5 p.m.

Nearly 40 artists were carefully chosen for this unique exhibition, which includes sculpture, pottery, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, handmade furniture, jewelry and more.

Artists will be on location with their art to talk to visitors about their various techniques, as well as to display and sell their work.

“Many of our regular artists are back this year, like master Windsor chair maker Curtis Buchanan and renowned photographer Peter Montanti,” said event director Theresa Hammonds, “as well as last year’s Best in Show winner, Carolyn Whittenburg, who converts gourds into beautiful works of art.

“This year, we also have artists who are members of Tennessee Craft and the Southern Highland Guild.”

Fine Art in the Park artists also include Darla Beverage, who makes intricate handwoven wraps; Matthew Newman, who is known for his wood sculptures; and Veronica Salfi, with handmade glass-fused jewelry.

“Chasidy Hathorn is a new artist and a talented painter who works in all types of media,” Hammonds said. “We also have Teresa Tilley, a local painter, as well as Bob and Delores Wells, a husband-and-wife metal-sculpting team from Southwest Virginia.

“Another local favorite is Fredda Roberts, who handcrafts jewelry,” Hammons said. “We have so much talent in this region, it is truly unbelievable. This is one of the premier fine art shows in this area. You will not be disappointed.”

Each day will also feature a special tasting session. On Saturday and Sunday, Chocolate Elegance will be present to provide samples of their delectable treats.

Sunday events include Jabo Joe’s Coffee with samples of roasted coffee and guests may taste various olive oils and vinegars from Olive Oil Divine.

Another new feature to this year’s event is an interactive art project for the Jonesborough community.

On Oct. 24 from noon-2 p.m., visitors will be able to work with local artist William Bledsoe to paint one of the Boone Street Murals. The mural will feature a scene of Jonesborough in the fall.

Also on Saturday, from 2-4 p.m., visitors will also assist in painting four smaller abstract murals that will hang in Jonesborough’s new Senior Center.

Immediately after the event on Oct. 25, a special reception will take place that is open to the public on the upstairs patio of the International Storytelling Center.

Awards will be given to the artists for Best in Show as well as second and third places. The awards are based on the artist’s booth presentation and quality of work. Light refreshments will be served during this brief award ceremony.

This year’s event is sponsored by the town of Jonesborough, the Jonesborough Area Merchants Association and donations from local residents.

For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at [email protected] or 423-753-0562.

Updates on this event can be found on the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School Facebook page.

The center is also looking for volunteers to help with the event.

It’s specifically looking for “butterflies”, people who could spend an hour or two going to various booths to sit in for artists while they take a break, use the restroom and get something to eat.

Butterflies can also deliver water to artists. The hours needed for Oct. 24 will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (1-2 hour shifts). The hours needed for Oct. 25 are noon-4 p.m. (1-2 hour shifts).

The center is also looking for a few food donations for the hospitality suite that will be set up for the artists.

For more information on volunteering or donating food, contact the center’s Jules Corriere at 423-794-6320 or [email protected].

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