KCHE & Art in the Heart of Kingsport

The Kingsport Center for Higher Education participates in the Art in the Heart of Kingsport event, May 30 and 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Painting of Russell Blankenship
Painting of Russell Blankenship

Art in the Heart is presented by the city of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Downtown Kingsport Association, and a variety of local art galleries. The two-day event celebrates regional art including a Sculpture Walk reception, Arts Crawl, music and art demonstrations as well as exhibitions by the Symphony of the Mountains, the Kingsport Art Guild, KingsportARTS Youth Programs, Suzuki Talent Education Association, and Kingsport Ballet.

Paintings on display at KCHE
Blankenship’s paintings on display at KCHE

KCHE showcases the works of artist and Northeast State faculty member Russell Blankenship. In addition, KCHE features the sculpture “Interlude” by Wayne Vaughn as one of many sculpture exhibits in downtown area. Blankenship hails from Elizabethton and is a graduate of East Tennessee State University.

“I hope there is a degree of honesty in my work – an honest reflection of my thoughts about the world and my experiences in it,” says Blankenship. “I want the work to tell a story – a story that people can relate to on some level.”


Interlude by Wayne Vaughn, part of tonight's Art Crawl.
Interlude by Wayne Vaughn, part of tonight’s Art Crawl.

The popular Art Crawl happens tonight. Tickets are $35 and give patrons the opportunity to visit six art galleries located along Broad and Market streets from 5 – 8 p.m. Participating galleries are: Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery; Dirt Werks; Star Trails Downtown Kingsport; Style; Suzanne Barrett Justis Gallery and Studio; and Up Against the Wall Gallery. Tickets are available in person at the city of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in Room 224 of the Renaissance Arts Center, 1200 E. Center Street and at the Downtown Kingsport Association, 229 Broad Street.


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