KINGSPORT – The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport, Downtown Kingsport Association, Engage Kingsport and Downtown Businesses would like to announce a new event thats gearing up involving the Arts! ‚ pARTy on mARkeT will be a two day event starting Thursday, May 3rd from 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday May 5th, from 10:00am-4:00pm, This is not only an arts awareness event where local artists will be doing demonstrations but also an event where the artists work will be for sale.

The event will kick off Thursday night, May 3rd with a reception for the Sculpture Walk artists held at Cindy Saadehs Fine Art Gallery on Market Street from 5 ‚¬ 8 PM.‚  The public is invited to meet the 10 sculptors selected for the 6th annual Sculpture Walk exhibit in Downtown Kingsport.‚  ‚¬Everbetter, a rock cover band, will be performing on Market Street and local artists will be showcased in live demonstrations throughout the block.‚  Many downtown merchants and restaurants will join in the celebration with special operating hours for the first Thursday of May.

Saturday, May 5th will begin with the Sculpture Walk ‚¬talk and tour at 10am led by curator Peggy Townsend. This ‚¬walk and talk lecture is free and open to the public.‚  It will begin at Glenn Bruce Park on Broad Street near the Library. Peggy Townsend, public art director from Chattanooga will lead the group and introduce the 10 selected artists and their art.‚  Then from 11am-4pm, the ART MARKET will be open with booths set up on Market Street.‚  Enjoy face painting, bard vendors, a ballet performance, theater performance, musicians in the street, street performers, and MORE! Carousel animals with their carvers and painters from the Kingsport Carousel Project will be on display for people to get a sneak peak and check out all the progress being made on this special project. ‚ ‚ ‚ For more information call Cultural Arts at 423-392-8416 or check the website at OR Downtown Kingsport Association at 423-246-6550 or