Friends of FAB meet new president

Fine Arts Blount members gathered March 31 to officially introduce new group president Katie Kinney and the new ArtSpace gallery to their donors.

The reception featured refreshments and a wine bar for the roughly 45 guests, who were present for the unveiling of the first donated permanent piece on exhibition at ArtSpace, a depiction of the Smoky Mountains by landscape artist Lorenz Griffith. Another piece on display, a painting of a barn by a local artist, was discovered in a dumpster and restored by FAB.

Before her election last fall, Kinney was the manager of the Preservation Plaza, and though she continues to work with the Tea at the Top of the Plaza and other events, she is now able to devote more time to her art and the promotion of the arts in Blount County.

Her artistic background is in photography and mixed-media arts, and she regularly teaches classes through FAB in things like scrapbooking and art journals. Kinney and other art teachers will offer free classes during the upcoming Arts in the Park events, beginning on April 26 and culminating on May 2 with a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about Fine Arts Blount, call 865-982-0898 or visit www.fineartsblount.com.

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