• 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!
Postcards From Home
The current installation in our Main Gallery is "Postcards Fome Home". It featured imagery celebrating the region in and around Oak Ridge. This show will be in our Main Gallery until August 13th. Above is Jean Gregory's Oil Painting entitled "Art Center Garden"
Next Event: "Clothed Portrait with an Interior" Workshop by Seth Haverkamp
July 15th and 16th
Learn to paint the clothed figure with emphasis on the portrait. This includes portrait likeness, cloth and folds, color, and perspective. This two-day workshop will focus on painting a portrait with special attention given to clothing and interior space. Students will see through demonstration and discussion a painterly yet controlled approach to painting. By simplifying the complexities of a 3 dimensional setting with large shapes of color, students will accurately be able to paint the scene before them. Concepts like value, saturation, hue, perspective, edges, seeing, and focus will be addressed. The two days will consist of one long pose. Portrait likeness, and relationship of shapes will also be addressed. Call to reserve your spot today!
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.