• 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!
Now through June 23
Knoxville Watercolor Society Spring Show
Watercolor is one of the most widely used and extremely varied painting
techniques artists can employ. It can be utilized in thin layers relying on the
paper to shine through the paint and create glowing lighter hues and all whites,
as in the classic approach called transparent watercolor. It can also be used in
the more contemporary style that relies on saturated, more opaque, often vivid,
colors and greater contrast. Between the two ends of that spectrum, there is a
huge range of styles that can be found by combining the approaches. It is in this
range you will find the pieces in the current Knoxville Watercolor Society
exhibition. Pieces represent recent work by members of the society.
COMING SOON: "TN Creates at the Secret City Festival"
Mark your calendars now! June 8 & 9 - Download the 2018 prospectus HERE
TN Creates at the Secret City Festival Friday and Saturday, 10 am-7 pm in the Oak Ridge Civic Center Gym. The Annual Secret City Festival has fast become one of the major summer events in Tennessee, attended by 20,000 to 25,000. The two-day festival combines music, food, antique and unjuried crafts vendors (all outside in tents), plus World War II re-enactments, activities for children, and evening concerts.
By popular demand, the Festival added a juried inside show several years ago sponsored by the Oak Ridge Art Center, "Tennessee Creates." Truly a juried fair, participation is dependent on acceptance of work by the jury committee from the Oak Ridge Art Center. All work submitted to jurors and for sale must be original.
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!