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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Be a part of the NEW Downtown Kingsport!
Be a part of the NEW Downtown Kingsport!

Wood burned owl on birch wood

Wood Burning Workshop by Michele Howe at Flying Pig Gallery & Studios

Classes start  on January 9th

Register for class call:

423-392-8414 or
click here to register online:

Michele will be holding a four-session wood burning "how to" workshop for beginners at
Flying Pig Gallery and Studios.
The classes will be held on successive Fridays from 10:00 am –2:00 pm
(January 9, 16, 23 and 30th).
The attendees will each create a wood burned owl on birch wood. Those wishing to continue to learn the process will be eligible to attend more advanced classes to re ne their art and skills.

The cost of the class is $220 and students will be provided an 8x10 piece of birch wood, pattern graphite and the use of a wood burning tool if needed. They should bring a snack and drink.
The class will be limited to 8 students and payment must be received in advance.
The Flying Pig Gallery & Studios is a project of the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport.
The spirit of the Flying Pig is community. This is a space for creative people to be a vital part of Downtown Kingsport. Where dreams can come true and you can make a lot of good friends on the way.
The incredible revitalization of the neighborhood has been due to many creative and enthusiastic people.
The arts play an integral role in economic and community development. We want to recognize all the incredible talent there is in the entire Southern Appalachian region and also right here in the City of Kingsport. We have a wealth of cultural assets and want to showcase visual and performing art, fine craft, traditional craft, and fine art.
The gallery side features Fine Art and Fine Craft by several nationally-acclaimed artists & craftspeople. All artwork is for sale.
There will be a series of art classes offered to the public over the next few months. There will also be professional artist studios located in the space where the public will be able to see the actual production of art work as well as interact with the artists. Spaces are still available.
The Flying Pig Studios will feature several exhibits and working artists. Finished animals, rounding boards, and bird paintings for the Carousel Project will be on display. Carousel Carvers and painters will be present to demonstrate and explain processes. In addition to Carousel merchandise and remaining sponsorships opportunities will be on display including the Penny Squisher, angel panels and light boards.
Class will be held at:
Flying Pig Gallery and Studios
246 Broad Street, Kingsport TN
(corner of Center + Broad St)
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
January 9,16, 23, 30   Limit to 8 students
Wood Burning WORKSHOP:
Click here to register online:
Kingsport‬ Idol 
All Stars Holiday Concert
                   Join us for the BEST Family-Fun                     Holiday Concert of the Season on 
December 21, 2014! 
                             One Night ONLY!

See all of your favorite Kingsport Idol winners together for the first time all on one stage performing your holiday and gospel favorites.

Tickets only $10 at door or $8 in advance. 
Tickets available online: 
or call 423-392-8414 or see one of the performers.
There is amazing talent in the Tri-Cities!    
Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. General Admission, no reserved seating.
The Carousel Roundhouse building is under construction. It won't be long now!!!
Kingsport Carousel
Construction of the new Roundhouse for the Kingsport Carousel is under way.  It won't be long now!!!

Current Carousel

Sponsorship Opportunities


First Rider Tickets: 6 Tickets
"Light the Way" adopt a Light Bulb Program
Inscribed Pavers
Available starting at $100
Flower Shield Panels
Rounding Board Frames
Angel Frames [Incl. Mirror]
Light Boards
Penny Squisher
Carousel Project Sponsorship Opportunity:
Penny Squisher
To be placed in the Gift Shop
Sponsorship Available ($4,000)
classic penny squisher with four different designs will delight young and old visitors to our Carousel Gift Shop. This hand-cranked classic model will evoke memories of childhood for grownups and will create new memories for the younger set. Elongated coin collecting is now the rage among visitors to carousels, fairs and amusement parks.
Proceeds from the penny squisher will help support maintenance and upkeep of our Carousel.  For more information visit or call (423) 392-8414
Click here for the story of the Kingsport Carousel Project
The story of the Carousel Project March 2014

About the Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:
City of Kingsport Mission:
To provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities
that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.
The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.  It operates a public art program, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, the Kingsport Carousel Project, Christmas Connection, and the Carousel Fine Craft Show and provides a broad range of support to the area's arts & cultural organizations.  They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the "Friends of the Cultural Arts" group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.
The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport's goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development.
For more information or to purchase tickets to any event contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414 or log on to
The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals.

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