For kids, the park is a great place for making memories, but thanks to Fine Arts Blount, the park is also the perfect setting for children to create unique works of art.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., FAB is sponsoring Art in the Park at the pavilion in Greenbelt Bicentennial Park behind the Blount County Court House. The event will feature free one-hour workshops for children ages 7 - 16.
According to Gloria Nelson, Art in the Park event coordinator, Art in the Park is possible because of the generous sponsors, the East Tennessee Foundation and Ruby Tuesday. Nelson said she is grateful to FAB member Suzanne Stockfisch for acquiring the grant that makes the event possible and to other FAB members who are generously donating their time and resources.
“I put out word that I needed help with the projects, and I got a response right away,” Nelson said. She said the volunteer instructors are terrific with kids.
The materials for the projects are provided, and the children will be able to take home their works of art. Kids can stop by for an hour or for the day. Children should bring a sack lunch if they plan to stay for the entire event. Some of the workshops the children can look forward to include sculpting clay bugs and clay birds, foil relief art, mask-making, print-making, crafting muddy-buddies clay finger puppets, watercolor painting, making kaleidoscopes, cement/vermiculite carving and Dippity dye on paper.
The kids will also have an opportunity to have their face painted by FAB president, Pam Broockman. Also, local license plate sculpture artist, Steve Russell, will be exhibiting some of his sculptures.
According to Nelson, the event is an ArtReach project to serve the community. She said that studies have shown that when children use their artistic abilities, whether it is art or music, they perform better in school. She said their mind is exercised in different ways when art is a part of a child’s life.
“They have imaginations that go way beyond what most adults experience,” Nelson said. She said their works of art show that each child is an individual and is creative. “Every piece they create is a work of art.”
The children are not the only ones who get to have fun. Adults can participate in the Paint-Out in the Park.
“We want the adults involved, too,” Nelson said. She said Paint-Out in the Park is open to all adults, including high school and college students. They can participate by creating works of art in the park that depict the Alcoa and Maryville area. During the Paint-Out, participants can use painting, drawing, photography, collage and three-dimensional pieces can be done in the park from Aug. 4 - 7.
The work should depict scenes in the parks or streets of Maryville/Alcoa and can include people. All types of work, from representational to abstract to fantasy, will be accepted. The work must be done on any or all of the four days of Paint-Out, and delivered to Artspace, 302 E. Church Ave. on Friday between 11 .m. and 4 p.m. Registration forms are available on FAB’s website, www.fineartsblount.com.
The work will be on exhibit from August 9 - 27. It must be picked up at ArtSpace on the 27th.
No commissions will be taken on any art sold during the exhibit.
The works of art will be accepted at FAB’s ArtSpace, located at the corner of Church and College Street, on Aug. 8. From Aug. 9-27, FAB members’ work will be hung free of charge, and non-members can pay a $15 fee to have their pieces displayed.
The public can view and vote for the 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, according to Lyn Cherry, FAB, publicity coordinator. Cherry is also the FAB workshop and class coordinator, coordinates the calendar and is the organization’s webmaster. Cherry said that FAB hopes that Art in the Park, which is planned as an annual event, will meet with similar success as Last Friday Artwalk that began in downtown Maryville in January.
For more information about Art in the Park, the Paint-Out in the Park or upcoming classes, check out Fine Arts Blount at www.fineartsblount.com or call 865-982-0898 or 865-983-5360.
The schedule of events for Aug. 9 are:
• 10-11a.m.: Printmaking with Diann Bishop
• 10-11a.m.: Sculpting Clay Bugs with Emily Waters
• 11 a.m. to noon: Mask making with Diann Bishop
• 11 a.m. to noon: Sculpting clay birds with Doris Poppelreiter
• Noon to 1 p.m. Kaleidoscopes with Vita Marie Lovett
• Noon to 1 p.m.: Cement/vermiculite carving with Joyce McCroskey
• 1-- 2 p.m.: Muddy-buddy clay finger points with Annamarie Gundlach
• 1 to 2 p.m.: Simple watercolor painting with Lyda Plemons
• 2 to 3 p.m.: Dippity Dye on paper with Suzanne Stockfisch
• 2 to 3 p.m.: Foil Relief Art by Gloria Nelson.