FUN WITH JOHNSON CITY PUBLIC ART AT INSTA-CRAFTY

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Visit Johnson City Public Art at Insta-Crafty (the handmade market) on May 20th from noon to 6pm. We’ll be at the Pavilion at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City.

Stop by the Johnson City Public Art (JCPA) booth at Insta-Crafty and participate in our “Make One, Take One” activity! We’ll have all the materials ready for you to create two unique watercolor art pieces. One of your choosing will be incorporated into a display with the watercolors made by other participants, and the other you will take home with you. You do not have to consider yourself an artist to participate! These will be easy, abstract, and fun to make, and JCPA committee members will be available to assist if needed.

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Above is an example of the abstract watercolor you can create at the JCPA table. Make your piece unique by blowing through straws to move the paints!

The JCPA committee will also offer tours of the current sculpture exhibit in and around Founders Park. Tours will begin at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m. at the JCPA booth. Most of the sculptures you will see on the tour are on a rotational schedule; they are leased for two years from the artist and are then replaced by a new round of sculpture. If you haven’t had a chance to see the exhibit, or if you’ve passed by previously but would like to learn more about these artworks, come along on a tour! Each piece has its own story, meaning, and interpretation waiting to be discovered.

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On the tour, you will see some of the City’s permanent art pieces like the one pictured here. This sculpture, entitled “He Stopped and Turned to the Light”, was purchased and donated to the City by Lynda Wexler. This piece was created by artist Charlie Brouwer.
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Other pieces such as the one pictured above are part of our rotational art exhibit. This sculpture is entitled “Stepped Tower” and was created by artist Larry Millard. It is on exhibit in Johnson City from 2017-2019.

Also, take a moment between activities to find out more about JCPA. The JCPA committee engages in a wide array of projects that help to beautify our City and build community around public art. Sign-up sheets will be available for those who would like updates on the latest news about public art in Johnson City. The sheets will be categorized into various art types (i.e. murals, sculpture, etc.) so you can choose to keep posted on your specific area of interest. We’ll also be handing out JCPA stickers and brochures!

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Pick up some info on the current sculpture exhibit and the JCPA committee.

We look forward to seeing you on May 20th at Insta-Crafty.

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Find out more about other JCPA projects at our informational table! Our committee is involved in a wide range of public art efforts. The quote stone that you see here is one of several on the new “Quote Walk” downtown, a project that will expand in the near future with the addition of ten new quote stones.

 

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Dive in to the “Splash: Fine Art and Craft Showcase Market”!

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Are you scrambling to find those perfect holiday gifts for your family and friends? If so, we might be able to help out! The Splash: Art and Craft Showcase Market will be coming to downtown Johnson City just in time for the holidays. Join us for some light refreshments while you shop for unique gifts made by local artisans.

The market will be held at the old JC Penney building on Dec. 1st – 3rd:

309 E. Main St.

Dec. 1st: 12 – 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 2nd: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 3rd: 12 – 5 p.m.

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So…where exactly is the old JC Penney building? It’s located on E. Main St. to the left of the Hands On! Museum.

A wide variety of fine arts and crafts will be available at the market. You are sure to find something to please everyone on your list!

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Photographer David Avigdor will offer high quality matted prints and framed, matted prints of his stunning photos.
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Give beautiful accessories this holiday season – stop by artist Karlota Contreras-Kotterbay’s table and check out her handmade jewelry!
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Look for the BeeSymmetry Pyrography table to find a wide array of high quality and intricately hand-burned items including jewelry, kitchen utensils, keepsake boxes, photo frames, inspirational signs and wall art!
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Oh the wonders of wood! Artist Denise Pritchard’s turned wood bowls, pens, kitchen items, wood keepsake boxes, jewelry boxes and tables will be available at the market.
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Artist Cari Muse specializes in block-printing textiles. You’ll find her work on table runners, cloth napkins, kitchen towels, card sets, t-shirts, and more.
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For detailed, hand pulled linoleum block prints, stop by Courtney Farquharson’s table with her exquisite handmade cards and hand-printed notebooks.

These are just a handful of the artists and items that will be available at the Splash market, so make sure to come by and see the rest! All proceeds from this event will go directly to the arts and crafts makers. And a silent auction (shhh!) with artworks from participating artists will take place all weekend with proceeds benefiting Johnson City Public Art (JCPA).

The Splash market is free and open to the public, so stop by and get ready for the holidays!

For more information contact Nancy Fischman at nancyfischman@gmail.com or Sarah Dorr at sarahjdorr@gmail.com