Painted trains coming to arts festival

Robert Houk • Sep 24, 2019 at 6:56 PM

Miniature trains as local art will be on display Saturday at Johnson City’s first Art Struck Festival.

The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission will unveil eight fiberglass trains painted by nine regional artists during an event to begin at 10 a.m. in Founders Park, 225 Commerce St. 

The Johnson City Public Art Committee is hosting the festival, which organizers hope will become an annual event.

The colorful trains were selected by sesquicentennial organizers as a way to pay tribute to the city’s 150th anniversary and its railroad tradition.

Sesquicentennial Commissioner Joy Fulkerson said the trains are “intended to foster an appreciation of our city’s history, as well as the city’s strong art community.”

The trains will be displayed at the art festival, before being moved briefly to the windows of the former JC Penney Building, 309 E. Main St., and then to the Johnson City Pubic Library. Fulkerson said the trains will be moved outdoors in the spring to various locations in the downtown area. 

Other upcoming sesquicentennial events include:

• Groundbreaking for the Natural Adventure Area, King Commons, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3.

• A community worship service will be held at First Presbyterian Church to celebrate the 150th anniversaries of the church and the city of Johnson City at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6.

• The Johnson City Sessions 90th Anniversary Festival, commemorating 90 years since the second set of recordings, to be held on Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Johnson City.

• The 2nd Annual American Legion Veterans Day Parade will be held Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.

• The Poetry Society of Tennessee, Northeast Chapter, will host a recognition ceremony in the Jones Room of the Johnson City Public Library for winners of the sesquicentennial poetry contest on Nov. 17 from 1-3 p.m.

•  The Road Home: a Musical Celebration of Johnson City's 150th Anniversary will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 211 Mayflower Road, on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. 

• A Black Tie Gala will be held at The Venue Downtown at the King’s Centre on Nov. 30. Cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30. The late party begins at 9:30.

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