Farmers Market + Celebrity Canine Visit+ New Art Opening + Visit to United Way Office= A Lively Day Downtown: Friday, June 17, 2017

IMG_3688You may remember my previous story about a visit last Friday from Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and his brother Oakley. I was just walking to the famers market and there they were! Mayor Waters came out to welcome them to the city. I texted Anita that I would be a few minutes late.

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The dogs and their owners spent the week in Sevier County and then did a book signing in Knoxville on Saturday. Such cute pups and well behaved!

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Next, I met Anita at Courthouse Donuts for coffee, but there was there was not much time to chat. By 11:30, time was passing quickly for the market closes at 1:00. We were off to the market.

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First stop, the ‘make-it-and take-it’ booth, sponsored by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council.

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I tried my hand at screen printing a t-shirt. I chose hot pink animal paws on a white T-shirt. There was also a jewelry making table and more. It was free and very busy. IMG_3753

People created a design on their shirt then let it dry while they shopped. This was the last “make-it-and-take-it” opportunity for the year. Council members obtained grants to provide the sessions this summer. If you are a business and would like to help them provide more sessions this summer, just contact the Sevierville Commons Art Council. Here is a link to their website and contact info: https://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org

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These kids loved the ‘make-it-and-take-it’ booths at the farmers market. Look at the necklaces that they made! I admired them and wished that I had time to make one too. Their mother and I do HIIT classes together at NFC.

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We saw our friend, Gina Davis. She had bought a basil plant because some kind of wildlife has been eating the basil at her home.

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A downtown worker taking a break and walking through the market.

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I like this vendor from Grainger County. Always friendly.

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Sophia Conerly, member of the Sevierville Commons Association talking with Jim McGill, Membership Co-Ordinator for the Chamber of Commerce.

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More shoppers enjoying the market.

No music in the gazebo last week. Only the sound of a chain saw working it’s magic.

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I missed the chain saw artist at work, but hope to catch him again in the future. These bears are adorable!

There is a new creative space on Bruce Street and it is good! Stay tuned to my next blog story for more about Charlotte’s Creative Space, by local artist, Charlotte Wear.

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Jim McGill, Chamber of Commerce Membership Co-Ordinator, is happy to see busy vendors and shoppers downtown.

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The plants downtown have never been more beautiful!

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A new restaurant is going into the Fox Building and it is going to be exciting. There will be a back patio, as seen in the drawing posted in this window. This is one of the best restaurants in Market Square in Knoxville, but there is a usually a long wait for a table. It is coming to our town soon. Stay tuned for more info!

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I noticed a new corporate office downtown.

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On the way to another store, Melinda and I ran into Amy Harper, Executive Director of the United Way of Sevier County. Amy asked if we wanted to come up to see their office. And what a nice space it is!

IMG_3829 I loved her view of the courthouse. She often sees people/tourists/visitors taking pictures at the Dolly Parton statue and has the perfect view from her window. Wonderful natural light coming in through the windows.

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Amy Harper and Emily Whaley in the United Way office. Emily just chaired the Night at the Derby fundraiser last April. Make sure you go next year!

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In the meantime, get ready for Drums on Dam, part 2 !

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I barely had time to do everything on my agenda so next week I will plan on arriving much earlier to the downtown Sevierville farmers market. It was a busy Friday while we were out and about in Sevierville. See you there!

Art Happening Downtown Sevierville: February 23, 2017

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The Sevierville Commons Arts Council is off to great start in 2017 with Art Happenings downtown. They presented the first Art Happening of 2017 on Thursday evening and it was full of attendees from Sevier County, Maryville, and beyond. I arrived a few minutes late, but was in time to enjoy a nice event. Here is what I saw…

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I walked in to see quite a crowd. In fact, the biggest crowd so far for an Art Happening in downtown Sevierville. The featured artist this month was Mary Ruden, an artist who is inspired by the natural world, particularly butterflies, orchids, and other flowers. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the American Botanical Society. She creates paintings, photography, and sculpture. This creation below was so beautiful that I had to touch it. Don’t tell.

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I was impressed with her banners that once hung in downtown Knoxville in the Arts District.

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Every table was full of attendees. I saw quite a few people that I knew so it was quite a lively evening.

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Music was provided by Munson and Wear. When I walked in, they were singing a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. One of my favorite groups! It was great and their music provided a nice ‘vibe.’

Art Council board member, Jill Green, pictured left. Mary Phillips, center, is a local artist and book author/illustrator. Arts Council Board member, Laurel Kiewitt, pictured right.

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Randy and Karen Bable pictured with Jim McGill.

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I am taking a picture of Jeff Ferrell, of the Mountain Press, who is taking a picture of the Art Happening featured artist. A picture of a picture.

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I like this painting called “Little Justice.”

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Patsy Wallace, pictured right, came to hear her friend, Charlotte Wear. We enjoyed the musical entertainment and hope to hear them again very soon. More Tom Petty too!

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Susan and Richard Gehring will be moving here from Florida.

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Art Happening Featured Artist for February 2017, Mary Ruden.

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She designed this for the event coming in April. Here is a link. http://www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org

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Artists talk about their work and it is always interesting. I always learn something new.

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The evening was so nice that the front doors were open to the breeze.

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I love the big windows in Dyers Downtown that face the courthouse.

You can see the reflection in the window above!

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As I walked down the street to my car, I couldn’t resist taking just one more picture of the  courthouse…

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…and the Dolly Parton statue.

There were no tourists around so I snapped a picture in peace; however, passersby probably thought that I was the tourist.

The Sevierville Commons Arts Council will install the next artist’s work next month and the next Happening is tentatively scheduled for April. Stay tuned to learn more!

Here is a link to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CommonsArtsCouncil/

and their website.  https://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org

See more of my pictures on the Facebook page just for my blog pictures. Here is the link:

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

It is an enjoyable event and I always look forward to the Art Happenings. See you at the next one when we are out and about in Sevierville. 

Sevierville Commons Arts Council Hosts Art Happening: December 8, 2016

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The courthouse was festive as I walked to Courthouse Donuts to see the Sevierville Art Happening last Thursday evening. As luck would have it, I was able to park right in front of the courthouse, with the event only steps away. Although I couldn’t stay long due to fighting off a cold, I was able to meet the artist and hear the best singing duo in East Tennessee. Here is what I saw at the Happening.

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It is always nice strolling by the windows of Courthouse Donuts to see the art on display. Warm and cheery inside.

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First, I ran into my friends Sheeley and Joey Rose. They had arrived earlier and were chatting with artists in attendance. We talked about the wildfires and quickly caught up with other December news.

Next, I saw the Pea Pickin’ Hearts singing at the front of the room. How nice to hear them again. Their harmonies really create a lovely, relaxed atmosphere.

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I met the featured artist of the month, Crystal Lynn Sharp. Notice the canvas behind her has a special technique where it is gathered or ruched to add to the texture of the scene. I loved the colors too.

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Here is a side view of a painting so you see the folds more closely. I had never seen that done before! Multi-dimensional.

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Here is a copy of her business card so you can find her online, by email, or by telephone.

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Sorry for the light reflections. I am trying to figure out how to manage them in photos. However, this summarizes Crystal’s professional background and techniques.

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It is amazing how beautiful art is on a brick wall backdrop.

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Here are a few more paintings by the featured artist for December, Crystal Lynn Sharp.

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Some Art Council members, pictured from left to right. Crystal Lynn Sharp, Andrea Wilson, and Christina Crofoot. I forgot to take a picture of the refreshments behind them. Will do that next month. Refreshments are always good here.

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Here is a table of the Art Council members as they talk with Steven Jenkins from an Knoxville Artenprenuer group.

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Pictured from left to right: Laurel Kiewitt, Elizabeth Cole, daughter of Crystal Lynn Sharp. Next, Crystal Lynn Sharp, Andrea Wilson, Christina Crofoot, Jill Green, and Stephen Jenkins.

I hated to leave because I found out that more people arrived later who I really enjoy seeing. Hopefully, there will be no cold for me to fight off next time. The Sevierville Commons Arts Council will be sure to host many Art Happenings next year. It is one of my favorite ways to get out and about in Sevierville. 

See you next time!

Go to the Facebook page for more blog pictures. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/

Art Happening Downtown Sevierville, October 19, 2016

It was a nice evening downtown Sevierville at the third Art Happening, presented by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council. There were quite a few new faces at this event at Dyers Downtown. Music, art, snacks, presentation of the featured artist, and talks by Y-12 Credit Union and a representative from the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center completed the fast paced evening.

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Featured artist for October is Nelson Ziegler, a painter and artist who created the wood pieces featured at the top of this story. They were stunning! Ziegler is also an award winning watercolor and oil painter. He graduated from the Art Institute of Boston and Northwestern Academy of Watercolor. Below are some examples of his paintings.

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Arts Council member, and recent Art Happening featured artist, Jill Greene, left. Nelson Ziegler, featured artist for October 2016, on the right. I must take photography classes from Jill some day!

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Music performance by Stephen Goff and Tryphena Layman. See more of them at Harpoon Harry’s in Pigeon Forge. Look for Stephen Goff and the Royals. His contact info is SmokyMountainEventSource.com .  Below is a moment from their set.

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Sevier Commons Arts Council President, Laurel Kiewitt, pictured left. Andrea Willson, also an Arts Council board member, pictured right.

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Christina Crofoot, an artist and Outreach Co-ordinator for SCAC (Sevier Commons Arts Council).  Arts Council President, Laurel Kiewitt, addresses the group.

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My friends, Sheley and Joey Rose of Sevierville, enjoying the evening.

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Local artist and art-preneur, Chuck Ottolini, pictured left. Christina Crofoot, center. Jim McGill, Executive Director of the Sevierville Commons Association and Membership Co-ordinator of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

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We really enjoyed this duo and hope to hear more of them soon!

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Keener Shanton, and his sister, Stephanie Shanton, supporting the Sevierville Commons Arts Council. These SCHS alumni have been keeping busy! Keener is Head Distiller at Old Forge Distillery in Pigeon Forge. Stephanie is a high school Biology teacher at Signal Mountain High School.

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Chuck and Keener talking art.

Joy O’Shell, Outreach Director of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, talks with artists in a brief presentation. The Sevierville Commons Arts Council just received a grant from the center to provide opportunities for local artists. This is great news!

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Brandon Cole and his mother, Crystal Lynn Sharp. She is Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Sevierville Commons Arts Council.

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Rusty Curtis and Natalia Spratlen, representatives from Y-12 Federal Credit Union, gave information especially helpful to art-preneurs.

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Refreshments from Courthouse Donuts! Sheley loved the chicken salad and will come back for lunch some day soon.

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As I was leaving, I noticed attendees outside looking at the window art and conversing with the artist who created them, Crystal Sharp.

People were standing outside enjoying nice temperatures and fresh air while enjoying conversation and paintings. This is what a great downtown can be. It is happening now. Our downtown is ‘on its way’ and the Sevierville Commons is driving this revitalization. As the picture below shows, the Sevierville Commons Arts Council is also helping to lead the way.

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The Sevierville Commons Arts Council will be planning the next Art Happening soon. Drop by if you get a chance. You don’t to be an artist, rather just enjoy art. An Art Happening is one of the best ways to get out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Sevierville Two Week Events Planner: October 11 – 22, 2016

Think things are slowing down on the calendar?  Think again. Here are some events coming in the next two weeks that could be interesting to do. Finding the time may be the only problem. Here is a two week planner for October 11-22, 2016.

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First Baptist Church of Sevierville opens the Love Loud Corn Maze and Hay Ride tomorrow. Look at the flyer above for complete info on dates and times. It is a rite of passage in October for corn mazes so enjoy! It is located across the street from the Sevierville City Park. There will be plenty of parking!

There will be a Culinary Fair on Wednesday, October 12th at the Walters State Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts. Booths will be set up like a city block using the theme “New York Street Fair.” Tickets are $15 for tickets that you can use to buy food from the students. The fair will last for nine hours, until about 7:00 p.m. Check the Sunday edition of the Mountain Press for more information.

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There will be an Art Happening this Thursday downtown Sevierville. The flyer above has times, location, featured artist, and other information. These are casual, relaxing events where you can meet different artists from the area, view samples of their work, listen to music, and more. Courthouse Donuts/Dyers Downtown is such a nice venue for these events. See you there!

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The last downtown Sevierville Farmers Market for the 2016 season will be this Friday. Some people will be out for fall break so that will be an opportunity to visit this market one more time for the year.

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Wine and Paint Party on October 18, 2016 at Hillside Winery. Support Relay for Life.

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Stomp Out Breast Cancer on Saturday, October 22nd. See the flyer above for details and support Relay for Life!

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The first Bruce Street Brewfest will be downtown on Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00-6:00. Buy your tickets at the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bruce-street-brewfest-tickets-26458834085?aff=efbnreg

OK, the next event is more than two weeks away, but people need time to plan!

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Click this link for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/860812640719134/

You can see there are many opportunities to get out and about in Sevierville this month.

Sevierville Downtown Farmers Market, September 30, 2016

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A ‘self-prescribed rest day’ allowed me a trip to the downtown Sevierville Farmers Market on Friday. There are just a few more weeks left for the market. Although it is gearing down, there are still some exciting things left in the year for the downtown Sevierville Commons area. For example, look for some exciting things from the Sevierville Arts Council.

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I stopped to chat a few minutes with a leader with the Sevierville Commons Arts Council.

They are planning a holiday market on December 2 and 3rd. December 3rd may coincide with the Sevierville Christmas parade so that should be a big day downtown. Check the Sevierville Commons Arts Council  website for more information.

https://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org/events.html

The next Art Happening will take place on Thursday, October 13th at Courthouse Donuts/ Dyers Downtown. The reception will honor artist Nelson Ziegler, an award winning painter and wood turner. Drop by any time to meet local artists downtown.

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I love seeing the screen printed T-shirts created by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council this year. Can’t decide on a favorite, but the top picture may be one of them.

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This artist was featured at the Art Walk downtown last month.

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I bought an orange and white Vols necklace from this vendor last time for a great price. Go Vols!

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This vendor comes from Grainger County and can also be found at the Saturday morning farmers market at the Sevierville Farmers Co-Op. He will remember your face and is quite friendly. The tomatoes are great.

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This vendor specializes in hot dogs and lemonade. I tried the sweet version, which was good. Not overly sweet. He makes a version with Splenda as well. Pretty good! He will give you a sample if you want to try it.

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LOL.

I hate to see the farmers market gearing down, but I realize that it is October. However, there will still be a lot of things happening in the downtown area if you are out and about in Sevierville. 

See you at the Art Happening on October 13th at Courthouse Donuts!