Art Happening: August 9, 2018

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A thunderstorm was rolling into town, but that didn’t deter attendees from the August 2018 Art Happening in downtown Sevierville. The Arts in Common Gallery was bright and cheerful inside. Follow along to the first Art Happening in this new gallery.

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There are so many beautiful things to see in the gallery. I am always captivated by Mary Rudin’s sundial, pictured in the foreground.

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First, I ran into local artist Marilyn Davenport with her husband, Bill.

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Attendees talking to the featured artist, Tim Norris (pictured right). Tim Norris lives in Kodak and is actually an accomplished musician. He told me that he just started painting a year and a half ago. He started with watercolors then moved to acrylics. A friend of his also told me that Tim creates kaleidoscopes. So much talent in the fine arts! It was a pleasure to meet and talk to this artist.

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Music provided by T.J. Artis.

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These artists are twin sisters! Kaye and Faye moved here several months ago from Nashville and North Carolina, respectively. They are excited to be living here now and getting to know other artists in the area.

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Artists and supporters gather in the gallery. Pictured left to right: Ken, Jeff, Gail, and Charlotte.

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Featured artist, Tim Norris, and Davy Crockett.

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Local artists, Jenny Dennis and Rita Eakin, enjoyed the Art Happening. Jenny creates abstract art and works with textiles, which you can see on her website                             www. jennydennisart.com . Rita works with acrylics. She created the beautiful scarf that she is wearing during a class with Charlotte Wear at Charlotte’s Creative, just a few doors up the street. I must take this class!

IMG_7066Liza Bach and Jill Greene overseeing the August Art Happening. A good crowd enjoyed the evening!

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More fans of  Tim Norris had a good time. Pictured left to right: Julianna Norris, daughter of the featured artist; Kelsey, Brennon, and Taylor.

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Tim, Julianna, and Debbie Norris stand by some of his acrylic paintings. My favorite painting is in the center.

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The clouds are reflecting light and look almost real to me. Fabulous!

I really enjoyed meeting this artist, his family, their friends, and fellow art fans. It is such a nice way to spend time downtown in the evening. Now that the gallery is ready, Jill Greene told me that the Sevierville Commons Art Council plans to host Art Happenings on the second Thursday of each month. With Art Happenings, they will spotlight an artist who has work in the gallery. Look on the wall to the left of the front door because that will be the display space.

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I am excited that the Art Happenings are starting again downtown. The people are great and it is a feast for the eyes and the soul. You won’t find a better way to spend a little time downtown in the evening while out and about in Sevierville. See you there next month!

 

 

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…

 

 

Final Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market of the Year, October 2016

With the first fall break ever, it was a free day to visit the last downtown Sevierville farmers market of the year. Sunny and 70 degrees made a nice day to end the market run for this year. First, I met Elaine, Janice, and Anita at Courthouse Donuts for coffee and a ‘catch up chat.’ Then we headed out to the market. Here is what we saw.

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Misty Benson transferred natural dye directly from plant to fabric. See the small, hammer- like tool used to lightly pound a fern leaf onto 100% cotton? Then use vinegar to ‘set’ the image so it won’t wash out.

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Guess what this design is from? A kudzu plant leaf.

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Also available were metalworking/blacksmithing gifts.

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Next artist, Andrea Wilson was pulling print etchings for this artist.

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Fun for kids at the downtown Sevierville Farmers Market!

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Artist, Kelly Sullivan, demonstrates pottery techniques.

Here are some of our farmers market vendors this year.

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Marvin Henderson, from Sevierville.

Jackie Diaz lives in Sevierville now.

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Mike lives in Sevier County.

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Patsy lives in Sevierville. If you want to order some animal figurines as a holiday gift or something then her email is fgsaints@gmail.com . I am emailing her some pictures for gifts.

My friends and I headed back to Courthouse Donuts for lunch. Get a window seat so you can watch the comings and goings downtown. One friend said that the chef salad was excellent.

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Another friend ordered the chicken salad sandwich.  It is fabulous!

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Afterward, we walked a block to Treasures From the Heart to shop.

We looked at dresses first. Lots of nice ones there now. This one caught our eye.

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The ‘show stopper’ dress is still here!

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Of course, I checked out all the glassware again.

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It was a nice walk to the car after a day with friends out and about in Sevierville. 

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See you downtown at the Holiday Market on December 1st and 2nd. Stay tuned for more details forthcoming!

 

 

Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market, October 7, 2016

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It may have been the best weather yet for the 2016 Sevierville Downtown Farmers Market. Here is a picture of me taking a picture of a guy taking a picture of the courthouse. Lot’s of tourists in town today. I suspect some evacuees from Hurricane Matthew here as well.

We had a quick  break so I decided to stop in at Courthouse Donuts for lunch. Also there, we got hear my favorite duo, the Pea Pickin’ Hearts.

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It is great to have a chance to eat lunch out!

 

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I am ordering what Laura got next time. Grilled pimento cheese!

Singing Johnny Cash song “Ring of Fire.”

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A Courthouse Donut with coconut flakes!

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Then there was enough time for a quick stroll through the farmers market.

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It was good to see the Sevier County Humane Society, who always visit on the first Friday of the month. I got to visit two sweet pups.

This pup is a sweet senior. Pictured left, it shows that it can ‘sit’ pretty.

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A well mannered pup. House trained and looking for a ‘furever’ home.

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We are lucky to have such a strong animal welfare organization in our town.

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Art happening live at the farmers market.

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Pottery wheel in action.

 

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Really enjoyed the window art and  fall decorations on the way back to my car.

I  especially liked the reflection of the courthouse in the window here of Courthouse Donuts. Art enhancing the windows. Don’t forget that there will be an Art Happening this Thursday at 5:00. I’ll run another announcement this week.

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It was such a great day to be out and about in Sevierville…

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A Visit to Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market, Labor Day Weekend 2016

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Since we were off work on Friday, it was a good time to meet Melinda and Elaine for a trip downtown Sevierville. The day started with coffee, a stroll around the downtown Sevierville Farmers Market for shopping , then back to Courthouse Donuts for lunch. The weather could not have been better. Here is some of what we saw…

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First stop at the market found unique jewelry, some pieces using Indian nickels. There are some in the upper, right picture below.

Next, we found the Sevier County Humane Society in the gazebo. They brought four beautiful dogs ready for adoption. So sweet! You could visit the dogs, pet them, and take a walk with them to get to know them. The big, white one is named ‘Pee Wee.’

Members of the Sevierville Commons Arts Council at their table to promote the group as well as the upcoming Art Crawl at the Commons.

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The event this year will feature local potters. I can’t wait! The Sevierville Commons Arts Council has a new website too. Here is a link to their new website.    http://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org

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They screen printed these shirts. Love them!

 

Heirloom tomatoes from Belmont Farms in Jones Cove.

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Last month, a vendor who makes animal figures took a sketch of my dog, little Dolly, from a picture on my cell phone. It was ready for me today! It was only $5 and I was delighted with the figure!

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Below is my dog figurine in a larger size so you can get a better view.

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Some nice orange and white accessories. Go Vols!

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Then, my friends and I made our way back to Courthouse Donuts for lunch. We love the big windows, art, and a view of street and courthouse activity. Plus, the food! We tried the cuban sandwich, chicken salad on pretzel bread, and the spinach salad. Divine! The half and half combo is my favorite way to order too. Doughnuts are good!

A new thing that I noticed was music during lunch in the back of the big room, Dyers Downtown. A talented duo called the Pea Pickin’ Hearts performed a variety of tunes. I have heard of them, but had yet to hear them live. What a nice way to spend the afternoon!

The duo travels around the Southeast, spending 80% of their time on the road. We’ll try to catch them again when they are in the area. Truly talented and created a wonderful atmosphere in the room. I think that I have found a new -favorite- local- group!

Here is a link to their Facebook page for more info, photos, and videos.

https://www.facebook.com/peapickinhearts/

All in all, it was a great day at the Farmers Market. Maybe one of my favorites this summer. Find more pictures on the Out and About in Sevierville  Facebook page at this link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

We are out and about