Two art exhibits are displayed at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center during February. Funded by the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Blount County Student Art Exhibit “History and Nature of Blount County” will be displayed Feb. 4 - 29. The exhibit consists of two-dimensional artwork such as pen and ink sketches and watercolor paintings by art class students in Blount County schools. Admission to the student art exhibit is free.
Participating Blount County schools include Alcoa Elementary and Middle, Carpenters Elementary, Eagleton Elementary, Fort Craig, Friendsville Elementary, Heritage High and Middle, Lanier Elementary, Maryville Middle, Montvale Elementary, Porter Elementary, Rockford Elementary, Townsend Elementary, William Blount High and Middle.
In addition, the newly-formed Townsend Artisans Guild will host an exhibit February 5 - 17 that coincides with the Winter Heritage Festival and the Townsend Love Affair weekends. The guild exhibit will consist of varied media, reflecting the diversity of its members’ interests including Susan Birdwell, pen and ink, painter; Tony Birdwell, leather; Evelyn Bryant, clay sculpture; Cindi Cutting, painter; Luman Dial, woodturner; Sherry Dial, baskets; Jeremy Doss, painter; Becky Goodman, stained glass; David Huber, raku; Mary K Jenkins, fish art; Pat Large, jeweler; Beryl Lumpkin, natural material baskets; Joyce McCroskey, stone sculpture; Marjorie Murphy, clay; Tony Myers, photographer; David Neamand, jeweler; Steve Norris, painter; Billy Reynolds, driftwood art; Terry Reynolds, gourds; Wade Richardson, wood furniture; Suzanna Terrill, painter; Kip Tweedie, painter; Annie Woods, inlay.
The lineup is subject to change. Because the TAG exhibit is inside the center’s main gallery, museum admission is required and is $6 for adults, $4 for senior adults and students. Children under 6 are free. For information on either exhibit, call the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044.