They have a home and a space to show off the talents of Blount County artists. This week, they want the public to join in the celebration.
Fine Arts Blount, Blount County's 4-year-old organization for promoting the arts and artists, has a new home with gallery space at 302 Church Ave., in the old Harper Building.
The gallery is in the lower level, and members have been painting, cleaning and sprucing up the space since early September when an agreement was made with building owner Steve West for the space. The Harper Building was formerly the home of the Blount County Chapter of American Red Cross and, previously, the Blount County Public Library. Dandy Lions gifts now makes its home in the main part of the building. The Art Space Galley has its own entrance on the lower level.
Fine Arts Blount president Kim Slater said, in a previous story in Blount Today, that the space was just what they were looking for in a location. “It’s a great space. We wanted a space downtown all long, and we feel like Dandy Lion’s is going to be great neighbors,” she said. “Shoppers that come into Dandy Lions can come see our exhibits and vice versa.”
The Grand Opening Celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the gallery. There will be food, live music, and, of course, art on display.