• 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!
Sept. 16th through Nov. 25th
Coming Soon: "Gallery of Holiday Shops"
Gallery of Holiday Shops Moves to December!
Since we swapped weekends with the Foothills Craft Guild Show several years ago, many of our members have bemoaned the fact that it is hard to get in the holiday mood so early in November. Others have complained it was hard to hold onto those wonderful baked goods long enough to get to either the Thanksgiving or Yule Holidays. We hope we have a solution to the problem. This year we are moving our Gallery of Holiday Shops and Bake Sale to the first Saturday in December— Saturday, December 2, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Please mark your calendars and plan to be with us. Call your friends and come for coffee and pastries or meet them here for lunch and shop together. Above all, don’t miss it! Mark your calendars now!
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.
Come and join the fun at the 1st Friday Stuudio! No matter what your media, spend the evening working, sharing ideas and socializing. You do not need to be enrolled in a class to attend, just an Art Center member!