5 X 5 EXHIBITION & FUNDRAISER AT TIPTON GALLERY

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Join the Johnson City Public Art (JCPA) Committee at Tipton Gallery (126 Spring Street) on August 3rd at 5:55 p.m. for the inaugural 5 x 5 Exhibition and Fundraiser. Artists from across the region are invited to show their work for a fundraising effort to benefit the Boys and Girls Club and JCPA.

All 5 x 5 artworks will be sold for $25 and will be generously donated by the artist to the 5 x 5 fundraising cause.

We appreciate every artist and the generosity and time that comes with donating a piece of art. Many of us on the JCPA committee are working artists and understand that asking for a donated piece of art is a request often made by organizations in their fundraising effort. We understand the magnitude of this request. Aside from fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club and JCPA, an additional goal of 5 x 5 is to introduce potential art collectors to a broad group of artists and hopefully through this event, create a dialog around art in Johnson City.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

  • Any working artist is welcome to participate.
  • No more than 5 entries per artist.
  • Art must be original.
  • Art must meet the 5 x 5 dimension and be securely mounted to the board provided by JCPA.
  • Please avoid the use of profanity or nudity. Although we value your freedom of expression, this is a family-friendly event; and we, the JCPA committee, reserve the right to reject art that may be deemed inappropriate.
  • Buyers agree to leave their purchased artwork for the duration of the event.
  • Any unsold artwork will be returned to the artist, or, if agreed upon, will be offered for sale at the next 5 x 5 exhibition and becomes the property of JCPA
  • All art must be submitted by July 20th to the following location:
    Nancy Campbell (423-434-6080): Johnson City Public Works 601 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN, 37601 (you may submit your art by mailing to this address or dropping it off in person)

Sign up to donate your work for the 5 x 5 Exhibition and Fundraiser on the JCPA website at http://jcpublicart.com/5×5-event-at-tipton-gallery/

5 x 5 panels are provided to every participating artist. Please indicate how you would prefer to receive your panel(s) when you sign up to participate on the 5 x 5 submission form.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Artwork submission deadline, July 20th
  • Opening reception, August 3rd

All artists are encouraged to attend the opening reception on August 3rd at Tipton Gallery. We want to celebrate you and express gratitude for your participation. Without you it would not be possible.

For details please contact Sarah Nobles at srh_nbls@yahoo.com

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DECORATIVE BRIDGE RAILINGS AT KING COMMONS – PART II

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Lewis Body, Blacksmithing Apprentice (left), and Jim Masterson, Shop Foreman (right), in the midst of installing the artistic bridge rails at King Commons in downtown Johnson City.

On an overcast day in late December, Lewis Body, Jim Masterson, and Kacy Ganley traveled to Johnson City from the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee to begin installation of the artistic bridge rails at King Commons. Together, they placed each heavy section of railing at three different locations throughout the park. After the main components were locked in place, the floral embellishments were attached, adding an exciting burst of color to the railing design.

During a short break from the installation, Body, Masterson, and Ganley were kind enough to answer some of our questions about their experiences with designing and fabricating this unique railing.  Body designed the railing and had taken the lead on its fabrication. When we inquired about the inspiration behind the railing design, Body indicated that he was influenced by several factors – the park’s focus on storm water mitigation, the themes present in the new mural at King Commons, and the general atmosphere and architecture surrounding the site. The blue color that was chosen for the coating was drawn from the shade of blue used in the mural and is meant to represent the waterways of Brush Creek. The paint colors used for the coneflower, iris, and milkweed flowers were custom mixed in house at the Metal Museum in Memphis.

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Clamps help to hold the railing in place before it is bolted to the ground.

Masterson commented that one of the most difficult aspects of the project involved aligning the railing layout with the actual layout of the park. He specified that “tracking the different curves” and the “logistics – the building of the whole” arose as challenges.

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The bridge railing mimics the shades of blue in the waterways of Ian Brownlee’s mural “Wildabout”.

Body and the team agreed that one of the most exciting parts of the project had been “the challenge of getting it right”. He explained that they enjoyed “fitting [the railing] into its home – where it’s going to be”.

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Set-up is underway…

Masterson, Ganley, and Body have been involved in the fabrication of railings, gates, sculptures, and doors during their time at the Metal Museum. Their pieces are found throughout the southeast but range as far as California and Hawaii.

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Milkweed flowers “pop” from the center of a railing segment.

Now, we can enjoy their work right here in Johnson City.

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Coneflower with a green backdrop. Do you see the bees on either side of the flower?
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Purple iris add another dimension of color.

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Next time your downtown, stop by King Commons and check out the beautiful work completed by these talented artists and craftsmen!

Decorative Bridge Railings at King Commons – Part I

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The much-anticipated artistic bridge rails have finally been installed on three bridges at King Commons! These beautiful railings were designed and forged by a talented and creative team of artists at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The work was commissioned early in 2017 after a selection committee gathered to review qualifications of more than 40 project applicants. The proposal submitted by Jim Masterson and his colleagues was accepted and the magic began.

The railing designs were largely based on several themes that are interwoven throughout the park at King Commons, which relate to conservation, pollination, and storm water mitigation. The major theme represented by the railings is pollination, as designer Kacy Ganley explains that a portion of the railing design is “emulating the flight of the bee”. Hand forged native flowers add an additional dimension of color and artistic flair to the railing design, with milkweed, iris, and coneflowers included in many of the railing sections.

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The preliminary sketches for the railings reveal four bees in the design, flying across the length of the segment. Native flora is represented in the middle section (this sketch depicts the milkweed flower).

The theme of pollination aligns with the current “What’s the Buzz” program, a partnership between the Johnson City community and East Tennessee State University which focuses on the promotion and development of pollinator-friendly public spaces. Native plants like those included in the railing design are vital to the survival of bees and other pollinators, and are especially important as pollinators are experiencing a decline in numbers due to pesticide use, habitat loss, climate change, and other factors.

The bright blue color of the railings is representative of the network of waterways in the area and the flood mitigation efforts that were undertaken through the construction of King Commons. Ganley tells us that the color also emulates similar shades of blue that were utilized in Ian Brownlee’s mural at King Commons, providing a sense of cohesiveness throughout the artistic elements in the park.

The process leading up to installation was long but rewarding. Fortunately, the Metal Museum kept us posted on progress along the way, allowing us to get an inside peek at the railing’s construction. And their photographs really tell the story!

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Rows of pickets are lined up after forming.
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The railing begins to take shape…do you see the bumblebee?
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A stack of  coneflowers prior to assembly.
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Life-like, feathery iris await their painting job.
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Getting the milkweed flowers just right.
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A fully assembled railing segment showcases the milkweed flower.

We’ll be bringing you more on the railings in our next post along with photos of the completed bridge rails in their permanent locations at King Commons, so check back with us soon!

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.
Karlota Contreras-Kotterbay earings
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.
Courtney Farquharson block print
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