Fabulous spring for FAB

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Fine Arts Blount, the county’s non-profit group of artists, has had a busy spring with shows, fund raisers and enrichment events for students in the area. The group’s Spring 2007 Members’ Show was April 27-29, and included displays for viewing and sale at the Blount County Public Library.

The show kicked off with a Patron’s Night, sponsored by Ruby Tuesday, at Preservation Plaza, where artists, dignitaries, patrons and friends came to socialize. After the refreshments, they were treated to a preview of the show at the library.

Winners of the FAB show were announced and The People’s Choice Award voting got a jump-start before the show opened to the public the next day. Taking home the honors from the professional judging were:

  • Best in Show ($400 award sponsored by Jean & Larry Darnes): Carroll Shope for his watercolor portrait, "Jessica"
  • 1st Place ($300 Dorothy Herron Memorial Award sponsored by Robert Herron and Beverly and Mark Griffith: Norma Riegle for her watercolor painting entitled "Cabbage Rose"
  • 2nd Place ($200 award sponsored by Susan and Walter Cole): Gloria Nelson for her oil painting, "View from the Top."
  • 3rd Place ($100 award sponsored by Jacque and Don Jeacock): Yichen Dong Reneau for an oil self portrait.
  • Two Honorable Mentions of $50 each went to Darla Bishop for her mixed media painting entitled "Storytellers Journey"; and Karol Smith for "Signs of Spring," an oil painting.

In the People’s Choice Award for a FAB member and for a student in the Area High School Show went to Caroll Shope for "Jessica," and to William Blount High School student Jon Stennes for his watercolor, "Domra.

Best in Show for the student art show went to Jennifer Braunstein of Maryville High School for "Radishes." The winning student and the teacher at his or her school received a $200 gift certificate to Jerry’s Artarama.

First place honors for the students went to:

  • Photography: Annie Brown, Alcoa High
  • Printmaking: Yuri Naga, Maryville High
  • 3-D: Landon Hall, Maryville High
  • Painting: Kristan Donaldson, Alcoa High
  • Pastel: Jared Brewer, Maryville High
  • Mixed Media: Kathy McReynolds, William Blount High
  • Drawing: Shauna Stevens, William Blount High

Just a couple of weeks after the show, the FAB Fashion Show fund raising event, Art on the Runway, was held on Thursday, May 10, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Maryville. The event was held inside The Great Hall and featured a fashion show hosted by Judy Gardner, owner of The Silk Purse in Knoxville.

The artistic highlight of the show were 13 hand-painted or dyed umbrellas painted by FAB artists. The umbrellas were then auctioned off, with auctioneer David Alley, Jr., doing the honors and bringing in funds for the organization. Audience members who won the bids, some that went for more than $100, got to take home beautifully decorated umbrellas.

During the fashion show, Judy Gardner talked about the trends for spring and summer toward more "lady-like dressing," telling the audience, "It’s time to look like a lady again." Among the beautiful offerings on the runway were pants with colorful jackets, skimmers and Capri pants, feminine dresses and skirts that ranged from basics to reversibles.

Coming up in July, the FAB members will be displaying their work at the Blount Mansion in Knoxville during the whole month.

For more information about Fine Arts Blount, e-mail FAB@fineartsblount.com.

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