Wood Burning Fine Art Workshop by Michele Howe being offered at Flying Pig Gallery & Studios

KINGSPORT – Michele Howe, veteran wood burning artist, will conduct a four-session wood burning workshop starting on January 9, 2015.‚  They will be held each consecutive Friday in January. 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 further develop their art and skills in the future.‚ ‚  The cost of the class is $220 and students will be provided an 8×10 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 eight students and payment must be received prior to the beginning of the First class.

Class will be held at
Flying Pig Gallery and Studios,
246 Broad Street, Kingsport TN
[corner of Center Street and Broad Street]

Registration can be done online at www.EngageKingsport.com or by calling (423) 392-8414 or in person at the Flying Pig.

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.

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.‚  Programs & partnerships include: Flying Pig Gallery & Studios, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and they provide a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  They also serve as coordinator for special events in the city. 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 Kingsports 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 www.EngageKingsport.com

The arts are transformative to places as well as individuals.