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An art show not for the faint of heart

Hannah Swayze • Oct 14, 2018 at 11:38 PM

This art show is not for the faint of heart.

Fringe Art Group (FRAG) of the Tri-Cities will host its annual halloween art show, the FRAG-o-ween ShocknRock concert and art party this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6-11 p.m. at the Model City Event Center in downtown Kingsport.

But this art show is not the typical art show. While it’s free to attend and open to the public, the event is for ages 21 and over. RSVP is required. There will be drinks, snacks, live music and Halloween festivities galore.

“Its going to be a basically an art show party and concert with over 40 artists showing on two floors with a very wide variety of styles and artworks,” said Marty Engle, member of FRAG of the Tri-Cities.

The art for sale? There’s not a painted lighthouse or barn door in sight.

“It’s really eclectic and unusual for the area,” said Engle.

Works will be in several different mediums from wire sculptures to oil paintings to digital works pieces and more.

Some artists to be featured at the show will be Aleta Chandler, ceramics; Eric Cunningham, a folk artist; Mark Ray, a digital artist; and Russell Lawson, a wire sculptor. Engle himself, whose preferred tool is a brush with oil paints, will have his own work on display and for sale during the show.

While some of the art already fits into a Halloween theme, there will be some special works specifically made for the event.

“Halloween has a special place in our hearts. Its a place to show some of the artwork that would normally be displayed and fit into some galleries,” said Engle.

The Fringe Art Group of the Tri-Cities is a nonsacsssaprofit group for artists whose work doesn’t always fit into the main stream are scene in the area.

“We meet on a regular basis to have life drawing group and to help instruct and encourage each other and offer critiques of each others work,” said Engle.

At regular meetings, there can be from a dozen to 20 members, but there are over 100 members in the group itself.

In addition to the art show and sale, local band Donnie and the Dry-Heavers will be playing. There will also be a costume contest with cash prizes. 

The show and concert is for ages 21 and over only. It is free to attend and open to the public, but to be admitted, party-goers have RSVP’d to either the event on Facebook that can be found by searching, “Frag-O-Ween ShocknRock Concert and Art Party,” or email [email protected] to be put on the list. 

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