Local arts groups receive state grants

Arts organizations in Blount and Sevier Counties are slated receive grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, State Sen. Doug Overbey said recently.

The grants include:

$5,100 to the William Blount High School

$3,500 to Mary Blount Elementary

$4,400 to the Gatlinburg Gateway Foundation

$5,000 to Damon McIntyre

$49,000 to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

“I am delighted that the Tennessee Arts Commission allocated grant money for these worthy arts efforts in our area,” Overbey said. “These grants will be used to promote the arts in our communities.”

The Tennessee Art’s Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates. The allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate disciplines and a final review by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

Quilt by Tellico Village quilters guild added to Knoxville Convention Center permanent collection

“It all started with one crazy mockingbird.”

That’s how professional quilter Kathy Drew tells the story of the latest addition to the Knoxville Convention Center’s $1 million permanent art collection. The Village Quilters Guild of Tellico Village will officially presented the center with East Tennessee-inspired quilt entitled “Under Tennessee Skies” on Wednesday, July 22.

The 79-inch by 80-inch quilt was donated by the Village Quilters Guild of Tellico Village. It took well over 850 hours and almost 17,000 yards of thread to complete. Depicting the East Tennessee mountain skyline and local landscape and incorporating several state symbols and historic landmarks, the piece embodies the rich heritage of our region and is an exciting addition to the collection. It will hang in the Clinch Avenue atrium at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Special guests on hand for the ceremony will include Arliss Barber, the Village Quilters Guild member coordinating the project; Kathy Drew, the master quilter responsible for the detail in the quilt; and Knoxville Convention Center assistant general manager Susan Eaton.

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