Art in the Park colored with success for Fine Arts Blount

The children came to explore, create and get their hands all gooey. Fine Arts Blount’s first Art in the Park was an overwhelming success for the arts organization and for the children in the community who came to play.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, FAB sponsored Art in the Park at the pavilion in Greenbelt Bicentennial Park. The free event featured a series of one-hour workshops that had children creating bugs out of clay, making paper with “Dippity Dye,” carving, sculpting, drawing, painting and just having a great time. The classes had tables full of children of all ages as the artists led them in each activity. Bags were provided for the young artists to carry their treasures home.

Gloria Nelson was Art in the Park event coordinator. Busy as a bee herself at the event, she was still eager to thank FAB members who came to conduct the classes, work the sign-up and clean-up crews and donate resources for the day. The project was possible through grant money and donations from the East Tennessee Foundation and Ruby Tuesday. FAB member Suzanne Stockfisch was responsible for getting the grants.

FAB president Pam Broockman could have worn out several brushes as she attended to the long line of children gathered to have her create her masterpieces on their faces at the Face Painting booth. Local license plate sculpture artist Steve Russell had an exhibit of some of his sculptures, featuring everything from the smallest dog to life-size sculptures.

For the adults, FAB conducted a Paint-Out in the Park. Adults could create works of art during that week that depict Blount County, Maryville and Alcoa. The works were then collected and are on display through Aug. 27 at Artspace, 304 E. Church Ave., which is the FAB gallery space.

The public can view and vote for their favorite pieces during regular business hours at ArtSpace. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the Best Overall Artistic Quality pieces, the Most Creative and the Most Representational as well as awards of merit.

FAB is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to art for the under-served population of Blount County. For more information about upcoming classes, check out Fine Arts Blount at www.fineartsblount.com or call 865-982-0898 or 865-983-5360.

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