• creative visual arts programs |
• ongoing exhibitions
• art and craft classes|
• educational public programs
• special events|
Join us and experience the possiblities of visual creative expression!
Coming Soon: Art of the Creche IV: Folk Nativities from Around the World
November 19th - January 9th
The Art Center is pleased tobe able to offer another installment in our series of nativities from around the globe. This features a private collection of nativities or creches from many countries and locales. Come take a world tour through these folk art creations and enjoy. There will be a Holiday Reception for this show on Dec. 4th from 2-4 p.m. It is free and open to all the public.
Special Holiday Workshops Weekend!
Mark your calendars as there are two terrific Holiday Workshops scheduled to get you in the holiday spirit.
Holiday Card Workshop with Dawn Slover - Explore the linoleum cut process of print making while making holiday greeting cards. Learn the basic terms and carving techniques along with inking procedures and paper variations. The first evening you will learn a bit about the process and be given time to select an idea for your design. The following morning you return to carve your blocks and print. December 2nd 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturday December 3rd 10-3 p.m.
Dichroic Glass for Jewelry with Ruth Prince - Create dazzling dichroic fused glass for pendants earringsbor other jewelry. Learn to cut and layer glass to create your desired effect. Pieces will be fired by the instructor for pickup at a later date. Materials fee includes glass pieces to fill a 3x3" box. Additional boxes are available for purchase. December 3rd 9:30-3 p.m.
The Annual Fund
In the past several years, the Arts in Tennessee have been blessed with a dedicated stream of funds from "vanity
plates" - specialty license plates that individuals may elect to purchase. This
"splurge" for most of us, is a perfect way to
symbolize and fund the individual and sometimes very creative side of
Tennesseans. Who wouldn't love seeing "CRE8TIV" on a Tennessee tag?
These funds by law were dedicated to the arts in Tennessee and have been used
for arts grants to Tennessee agencies across the state, like the Art Center. This
year, the funds dropped significantly, like a million and a half dollars worth!
The effect was a big hit to the grants for all arts agencies and we were no
exception. Although we ranked 1st in our category, our grant award was
significantly lower than expected - creating about an $8,000 shortfall in our
budget that we must address. This makes our Annual Fund, a main stay of our
program in normal years, even more important this year. The Art Center is not
funded by the City of Oak Ridge or the County government so your assistance is
We have several members who have elected to contribute to the Annual Fund on
a monthly basis. Monthly contributions enable these special members to
contribute at a higher level without breaking their monthly budgets and helps the
Art Center maintain a consistent funding stream. This wonderful assistance is a
terrific way to help support the Art Center for those who can participate. Our
sincerest thanks to monthly contributors from last year: Dot and Robert
Hightower, Jan Hill, Cleva Marrow, Lorene Sigal, and Phil Stumbo & Janie
Every Gift Counts
Every gift to the Annual Fund is both important and appreciated - no matter the
size. It is through the generosity of our members and friends that we maintain
our programs today. We hope you will consider a gift to the Art Center and
help us continue to be a strong visual arts presence into the future.