Santa to visit the Flying Pig on Saturday Dec 20, 2014 from 10 am – Noon


WHEN: Saturday December 20, 2014 COST: FREE

WHERE: Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Corner of Broad & Center Streets in Downtown Kingsport

KINGSPORT – Santa Claus will be making a special visit to Flying Pig Gallery & Studios this Saturday December 20, 2014.

The public is invited to visit with Santa from 10 am to Noon and take selfies and traditional photos at no charge.

A do-it-yourself Carousel ornament table will be set up for people to build their own special keepsake Carousel ornament from 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be hot cider and refreshments at no charge.  This is a perfect opportunity to see all the Carousel carvings and paintings, and get updates on the project and have a talk with Saint Nick.

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. Flying Pig Gallery and Studios is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am-7 pm. The spirit of the Flying Pig is community. This is a space for creative people to be a vital part of the new 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. There are paintings, jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography and more. All artwork is for sale. There will be a series of art classes for children and adults 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 studio side features the Kingsport Carousel animals that have been hand-carved from wood, and then hand painted. The Carousel animals have been located in businesses throughout Kingsport over the past several months so that the public could see the animals that will go on to the Carousel when it is completed in early 2015. Now, all of the animals have been collected in one location open for the public to visit. In addition to the Carousel animals, the Rounding Boards, Bird Paintings, and other Carousel components are also on exhibit. Carvers and painters will be on hand to talk about the process of creating these beautiful animals, and to discuss the story behind each animal and how each component of the Carousel is tied to the Kingsport Community.

There is a Kingsport Carousel store (future gift shop) located within the studios with beautiful t-shirts, notecards, posters, and much more for sale.