Flying Pig Ribbon Cutting set for Nov 6, 2014 @4pm


KINGSPORT – Please join us,‚  the Downtown Kingsport Association and Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce for the Flying Pig Gallery and Studios Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4pm on Thursday November 6, 2014. Everyone, including the media, are invited to attend.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by Downtown Kingsports Holiday Open House.

At 6pm gallery pottery artist Kipp Brixey will be doing a pottery demonstration. This will be a lot of fun and if youve always wanted to try your hand at the wheel this is your chance!

OPEN Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  10AM -7PM
Corner of Center Street & Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport
(423) 392-8417

Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport proudly present Flying Pig Gallery & Studios. Flying Pig is an exciting new Arts Space located in two adjacent buildings located on the corner of Broad and Center streets in Downtown Kingsport, TN. Come on down and meet the carousel animals, artists, carvers. Look for demonstrations and workshops on Thursday evenings begining with our official grand opening ribbon cutting on November 6.

Shop local this season and invest in your community. 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, remaining sponsorships opportunities will be on display including the band organ, angel panels and light boards. Friends of the Carousel First Rider tickets will also be available. We hope to finish out Campaign 2014 with at least 1000 Friends of the Carousel First Riders, explained Carousel Chairman Reggie Martin. Construction has begun on the Roundhouse and the working Carousel should be open for rides in April 2015. We have several large grants pending but are depending on the final sponsorships and Friends of the Carousel First Riders to provide funding for the connector building and gift shop/welcome center.

Through November, the Studios will also feature an exhibit from the Levine Museum of the New South on John Nolen: Neighborhood-Maker about the work of Cambridge landscape designer John Nolen who is considered the father of modern city planning. Nolen was influential on the plan of Kingsport, Tennessee and worked with several other notable cities.

The Kingsport Carousel store (future gift shop) will be located within the studios until the construction of the Carousels Roundhouse next to the Farmers Market is complete next year. Beautiful T-shirts, notecards, posters & more will be for sale.

Flying Pig Gallery & Studio is free and open to the public.

Become a financial supporter ‚¬ supporters at all levels are needed to make the project a success. Tax-deductible donations of any amount are appreciated however here are three great ways to participate in the DREAM. Light The Way, First Rider Campaign and Kingsport Press Memory Fountain.

Sponsorship of specific pieces of the Carousel are available – Rounding Boards, The Penny Smasher and The Band Organ. For information about these levels please contact 423-392-8414.