Guest column: Arts Council kicks off fund drive, asks for your help

Arts Council of Oak Ridge Logo

Dear Arts Supporter,

The Arts Council of Oak Ridge is kicking off the United Arts Fund Drive this March and April. We are so grateful for the past support from the citizens in our city and county and know that you realize the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our community. The arts enhance community development, spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, draw tourism dollars, and create an environment that attracts skilled, educated workers. Oak Ridge has a long history of a strong arts community, which contributes significantly to an enriched place to live, work, worship, and play.

We are asking you, as a member of our community, to help us continue these vital endeavors by making a tax-exempt donation to this year’s United Arts Fund Drive. As a supporter of the arts, you or your business will receive additional benefits. At the $150 or above donation level, your name or business’ name will be listed in every printed program of every event presented by the eight member organizations as well as in regional newspapers, magazines, our website, and the new Arts Council app for smartphones and tablets reaching more than 50,000 residents. At the $500 or above donation level, links from our website to donor websites will also be provided. Pledges must be received by July 31 to be included in programs and publications. [Read more...]

Spotlight: March art display at library by Jacqueline Page

Jacqueline Page Oil Painting at Oak Ridge Library


The art display at Oak Ridge Public Library for March is a collection of vibrant oil compositions painted by Jacqueline Page.

Page is a native of East Tennessee and received a bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College in Greenville. After working 28 years at the Y-12 National Security Complex, she now dedicates her time to pursuing her lifetime dream of becoming a freelance artist. She has won many awards at local competitions and placed first, second, and third at the Tennessee Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair in September 2012.

The collection includes studies in the relaxed poses of children, floral still lifes, and views of the touching relationship between people and dogs. One focal point of the collection is a large painting of a young woman in a blue evening gown.

Please visit Oak Ridge Public Library during the month of March to view the beautiful paintings that are on display.

Music, dance, food, crafts at Children’s Museum International Fest on Saturday

Children's Museum International Festival 2013

International tastes, sounds and sights will fill the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge during the International Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

The family-friendly event features musical and dance entertainment on stage throughout the day. Participants will dine on international cuisine, children will make international crafts to take home, and all will visit booths displaying crafts and traditions from world cultures. Food will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the museum, which is at 461 West Outer Drive in Oak Ridge.

Picti, a duo performing Celtic rock, will be featured performers at the International Festival. Other performers will include the klezmer band Dor L’ Dor; Good Thymes Ceilidh Scottish Fiddle Band; Chinese folk musicians Song Yu; Carib Sounds; South American musicians Cantemos; Andrew Payzant on Scottish bagpipe; and Hmong folk music and dance. Appalachian music—including David Neidig and Tom Smith, Early Bird Special, Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club, and Allen McBride on hammer dulcimer—will be in the Appalachia Heritage exhibit area of the museum, along with crafts exhibitors. [Read more...]

Spotlight: Oak Ridge Public Library art show for February

Robert Forbes Art Show at Oak Ridge Public Library

Photographer Robert Forbes and his banner, “Mystical River.” (Photo courtesy Oak Ridge Public Library)


The art display at Oak Ridge Public Library for February is a collection of exciting nature compositions photographed by Robert Forbes.

Forbes grew up in the flatlands of the Midwest, but after following his family to East Tennessee in April 2001, he found inspiration in the river rapids and the majestic beauty of East Tennessee’s landscape. Before moving to the Oak Ridge area, Forbes lived just outside the entrance to Cherokee National Forest and also resided on the scenic Cherohala Skyway. These locations spurred him to create and paint with a passion.

John Muir once said, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness,” a sentiment that resonates with Forbes. He takes day trips into the mountains almost every weekend and photographs hundreds of scenes each time. [Read more...]

Children’s Museum Hosts International Fest Feb. 15

Childrens Museum International Festival

Dancers at the 2013 International Festival at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. (Submitted photo)

Picti, a duo performing Celtic rock, will be featured performers at the International Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. The duo will have the audience on their feet as they entertain with bagpipes, bouzouki, whistles and drums, drawing on tribal elements from Celtic traditions.

Festival goers will experience entertainment, crafts, and cuisines from cultures around the world at the family friendly event, with musical and dance entertainment on stage throughout the day. Participants will dine on international cuisine, children will make international crafts to take home, and all will visit booths displaying crafts and traditions from world cultures.

The International Festival will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Children’s Museum, 461 West Outer Dr., Oak Ridge. Food will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Returning this year will be the Kids Fest from 8-10 a.m., featuring international crafts, tasting food from other cultures, and dancing. The Kids Fest is for children in second through seventh grades, the cost is $15 per person, and pre-registration is required. Accompanying adults are admitted with regular International Festival admission. [Read more...]

‘Hang out with Artists’ at Greenwich Village Mall on Saturday

Stained Glass

Greenwich Village Mall has a “Hang out with Your Local Artists” event on Saturday.

It’s scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The mall is on the first floor of Jackson Square, next to the Soup Kitchen at 109 Towne Road.

The event will include a stained glass demonstration by Vicki Poe. The Locally Grown Gallery will have a 15 percent discount on hanging art, and photographs will be discounted.

Spencer’s Visions will offer 10 percent off prints and 20 percent off framing and matting.

Besides artists, the event will also include door prizes. Call (865) 483-9115 or (865) 696-8078 for more information.

Camera Club: Get your prints ready this week

Pat Postma Picture

Picture by Pat Postma

It is fall, and it is time to enter your best prints in the big show sponsored by the Camera Club of Oak Ridge. Amateur and professional photographers throughout East Tennessee should bring their mounted color or black and white images to the New Hope Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge on Friday, Nov. 1, from noon until 5 p.m. or on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Images must be mounted on a 16” x 20” x 3/16” foam core board. Please read complete Salon rules on the website. Entry forms and labels to affix to the back of each photograph can also be found on the website.

The gallery of images will be shown at New Hope Center during business hours throughout November and December. [Read more...]

Camera Club seeking East Tennessee entries for photography show, competition


East Tennessee’s most prestigious photography show and competition is underway for its 65th year. The Camera Club of Oak Ridge is inviting all East Tennessee photographers—both professional and amateur—to submit entries to their annual Salon.

Entries will be exhibited at the New Hope Center in Oak Ridge during November and December. A community reception and gallery walk will be held on Friday evening, Nov. 15.

Photographers may enter digital images, color prints, or black and white prints. There are three new categories this year. Categories are Architecture, Creative Vision, Creative Development, Inanimate Objects, Landscapes, People, Plants, Scenic, Urbanscapes, and Wildlife. [Read more...]

Something for everyone at this year’s Clinch River Antiques Festival

Clinch River Antiques Festival

The Clinch River Antiques Festival in 2012 is pictured above. (Photo by Carl Warner)

The 13th Annual Clinch River Antiques Festival kicks off on Friday evening, Oct. 11, from 6–9 p.m. in Historic Downtown Clinton with shops open late, food vendors, carriage rides, and live entertainment.

The entertainment starts Friday evening in Hoskins Lane Park on Market Street with The Real McCoys, a bluegrass band that grew up playing music together in Lake City. It’s hosted by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Anderson County Class of 2014. The show is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. [Read more...]

Work by Roane State art professor selected for exhibition on Hilton Head Island

Bryan Wilkerson Sculpture on Hilton Head Island

The description of Bryan Wilkerson’s “Faux Rest,” on exhibit through Dec. 31 at Hilton Head Island’s Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, notes that the piece features “four perforated ‘walls’ that balance shadow with solid form, creating a seek-and-find interplay of positive and negative space against the open field setting.” (Submitted photo)

A work by Roane State Community College associate professor of art Bryan Wilkerson has been selected for exhibition during the renowned Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Wilkerson’s entry, “Faux Rest,” will be on exhibit through Dec. 31 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Twenty outdoor sculptures were chosen from more than 500 submissions for the Public Art Exhibition, presented by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

A nationally recognized jury will review the pieces and select one for purchase to be installed on Hilton Head Island. [Read more...]

Gem hunter brings Smithsonian style exhibit to Karen’s Jewelers

Karen’s Jewelers will host a Smithsonian style exhibit of gems and jewelry from Central Asia and Australia Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 2-4, when adventurer Gary Bowersox brings his collection of more than 60,000 gems to Oak Ridge.

Bowersox has hunted for gems this year in the mines of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka and India, as well as Australia. Among his finds are a rare 29 carat black opal from Lightening Ridge, Australia, and an 1,100 carat ruby from Tajikistan. Both will be on display at the gem show at Karen’s Jewelers, 1120 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. [Read more...]

Street painting festival seeks artists, sponsors

Alligator Teeth Street Painting Festival

A winning chalk painting at the 11th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival, held in October 2010 at the Oak Ridge branch campus of Roane State Community College. (Submitted photo)

Do you enjoy drawing upon your artistic skills as you sketch a face, animal, or scene? Then you might like “painting” pictures in chalk on a sidewalk.

You are invited to sign up as an artist for the 14th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. This popular event will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 (rain day on Sunday), on the sidewalks of the Oak Ridge Branch Campus of Roane State Community College. Artists may start their chalk paintings on Friday afternoon, Oct. 4.

The art must be completed at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, so it can be judged before 6 p.m., when artist awards will be announced. If you win a first prize or the People’s Choice Award, you will receive a $50 cash award as well as recognition. [Read more...]