Music in Common

Last Friday night, I learned that I need to keep a portable chair in the back of my car in case I need it. What prompted that discovery? I found Music in Common by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council last Friday night and hope to go again very soon.

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The weather was warm and comfortable so it was a pleasure to drop by and hear some music at the downtown Sevierville  gazebo.

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Listeners were treated to music that brought back times from early settlers in the Smoky Mountains.

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I saw people drive by in their cars and slow down to a stop to hear the pretty music coming from the gazebo. It was rather enchanting.

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It is kind of special when you can attend an event downtown on a warm evening. There will be three more Friday performances this month so drop by, relax, and enjoy the music. And consider carrying a chair in the back of your car…

See you out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

Art Happening: July 13, 2017

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A friend and I attended the July 2017 Art Happening downtown, featuring artist Susan Edwards. This art was truly special and I wanted to collect it all!  Take a look at what we saw at the Sevierville Commons Art Council July Art Happening.

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The board of the Sevierville Commons Arts Council with featured artist, Susan Freeman. Pictured left to right: Laurel Kiewitt, Crystal Lynn Sharp, Susan Edwards, Jill Greene, and Andrea Wilson.

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I love this work. Susan said that she admired iconography and religious scenes.

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This reminds me of beautiful iconography that I have seen at the Greek Orthodox church in Knoxville.

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Friends of the artist from Pittman Center. Pictured are Sharon Mellor, Lee Mellor, Jack Mellor, Gary and Mary Miles.

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Friends of the artist from Gatlinburg.

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The treats are always good from Jennifer Dyer and Courthouse Donuts.

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Susan Edwards’ friends attending the Art Happening are Pat Butler from Dandridge, and Suzanne Wedekind from Knoxville.

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I loved all the music. The percussionist was pretty good too.

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This multi-media work was my favorite. Outstanding!

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More friends of the artist from Sevierville are Dick and Pat White.

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My favorite treat is either the mini quiche or the chicken salad on tiny croissants.

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This captured the imagination—-doughnuts and sopapilla type chips with a caramel sauce. Oh my!

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Susan Edwards creates collaged sculptures. They are delightful! Her grandson made the jaguar.

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Susan and her husband, Don Edwards. Don provided the music for the event. I loved the songs that he sang. Excellent choice of entertainment!

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These were beautiful and related to the Walk of St. James in Spain. Susan has done the Walk of St. James, also known as El Camino de Santiago. The walk is a pilgrimage kind of  walk to where the remains of the disciple, St. James,  are traditionally said to be at rest.

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As we left the event, the sun was still hot and shining on downtown Sevierville. The flowers have never looked better.

FYI! 

Get your tickets for the Sevierville Commons Arts Council Blast Off event coming in a couple of weeks. Food will be served around the gazebo with tables and chairs nearby for dining. Art demonstrations will be available outside as well. Inside the Arts In Common gallery, attendees will have a ‘make-it and take-it’ opportunity. Also, there will be an ongoing silent auction.  Think Christmas presents! This new art space will be located in the old Bess Medical building on Bruce Street. I have sent off for my ticket. Get yours soon!

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These are my favorite ways to get out and about in Sevierville. See you at the Blast Off!

 

Early and Late Visits to the Friday Farmers Market: July 7, 2017

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A schedule change allowed me to visit the downtown Sevierville farmers market close to opening time yesterday. Cooler temps made it a nice experience. I added a couple of visits to other places downtown later. Here is what I saw yesterday.

These candles smell so good. One ingredient is coconut oil. When the candle is put out, you can touch the melted wax and massage it on to achy joints, muscles, etc.

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Opening time is peaceful, yet bustling with activity.

I bought some bee pollen from this vendor because it is supposed to be good as a health supplement. Bee pollen can help reduce allergies, increase immune systems, ease digestion, and improve energy. I could use all those benefits!

The Pigeon Forge FFA is getting some good experience and product exposure at the market.

Beautifully hand crafted coffee scoop/ candle snifters and fan/ light pulls.

A great ‘find’ for me yesterday was the doggie bandana. My favorite, of course, was the orange and white bandana.

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The Sevierville Commons Art Council is busy preparing for their new space on Bruce Street and a special event to expand their fundraising efforts.

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Check out this event and get your tickets soon!

We always enjoy looking at this vendor’s booth. They may bring some peppermint plants soon. I asked for some because they are supposed to keep spiders away.

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The Reunited were back playing for the market. Music adds such a festive, cheerful tone to things. It was great to hear them play again.

You can never have too many sunflowers!

I went to Courthouse Donuts for coffee. This family let me take a ‘foodie’ picture of their doughnuts. Later, Karen and I ended back there for lunch. Try the tuna melt or chicken salad.

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Jennifer Dyer always has a friendly greeting and the best doughnuts in this area. We love her place!

Next, my friend Karen had never been to Two Coyotes Studio so we went there after lunch. Everyone needs to go there! There is always something pretty to see, touch, and buy. There was a jewelry sale with some outrageous prices too.

So many treasures here and such fun to browse.

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My friend, Karen, picking out some charms for her charm bracelet.

We saw some excellent deals! Check out this store soon. Look to see if the ‘open’ sign is on her door.

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I visited the farmers market both early and late on Friday. Both times were nice. Early opening time will have the best temps and selection. Closing time may be sunnier and there may be some last minute bargains with some vendors. Karen and I enjoyed a coffee, browsing the market, a lunch at Courthouse Donuts, and shopping at Two Coyotes Studio. A summer Friday well spent out and about in Sevierville. 

See you next Friday!

An Art Happening Featuring David Freeman: June 22, 2017

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It was a ‘full house’ by the time that I arrived to the Sevierville Commons Art Council Art Happening on Thursday evening. It was the largest crowd yet and quite an event. Here is what I saw at the Art Happening downtown.

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David Freeman is a freelance artist and commissioned in portraiture. This talent is quite evident in the portrait of Lee Murray, pictured above. Freeman estimated that it took over 120 hours to finish this portrait. I admit that portraits are my favorite. I have spent time in the Prado Museum looking at works by Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco so I was fascinated by this local example.

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I stood close it the portrait and marveled at the rings on the hand that sparkled and the skin tone looked so real. You can see the ring shining from where you are now online reading this post. Amazing!

Freeman told me that it is difficult painting hands because of the angles and softness. The skin tone in the painting was translucent, with an almost 3D effect. I held my hand against the painting and it had almost the same tones. The artist also enjoys painting nature, water, and horses in particular. Here is a link to his website. http://www.davidfreemanartist.com

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This was one of Freeman’s first paintings. It was done for a little boy. This painting is on masonite with a leather background,on a wooden frame. It is exquisite.

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Charlie Johnson and his daughter, Stefani Johnson, enjoying the Art Happening.

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Works by Freeman displayed on the walls of Courthouse Donuts/Dyers Downtown.

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Deborah Sams and Sophia Conerly supporting the Sevierville Commons Art Council event.

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Marchella Yanguzazova, Daria Jamison, and Camille Spires attending the Art Happening.

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Melinda Derrick and a long-time friend, artist Mary Phillips.

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An interesting lesson—Freeman took his drawing of Elvis and demonstrated how to enlarge it using a grid. You can use this technique to enlarge any drawing.

Here is the process, and the final result. It was very interesting!

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Freeman’s daughter, Julie Mullins, and featured artist for July, David Freeman.

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Do you remember this actor? Great drawing!

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Mary Ruden, and friend, talking with Sevier Commons Arts Council President and Events Chair, Laurel Kiewitt.

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Featured singer for the July 2017 Art Happening was Lynn Rose.

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I was able to capture a picture of five artists featured in past Art Happenings by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council (from left to right): Andrea Wilson, Crystal Lynn Sharp, David Freeman, Jill Greene, and Mary Ruden. What a wealth of talent we have in our county.

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I loved the table centerpieces featuring paint brushes and flowers. So appropriate!

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The refreshments were perfect for a July evening and gracefully served.

Courthouse Donuts outdid themselves for catering the event. The Caprese bites in the first picture above were most popular. The dip in the middle picture had a nice jalapeño heat—but not too much. The chicken salad on cucumber slices were wonderful. I am going to try to make these some time for my friends.

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It was a busy evening downtown for the Thursday Art Happening. I took a last look through with window on my way out. Nice reflection of the courthouse through the window. Elvis, in the background, approves!

See you out and about in Sevierville…