The Kingsport Carousel Project of Engage Kingsport and the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts announce a call to artists for work on 24 bird paintings for the Carousel.  The paintings will be done on 15-inch diameter disks of plywood covered with artist canvas. 

Finished paintings will be mounted on the carousel’s upper inside panels that surround the center pole, motor, etc.  Each of the twelve inside panels will have two bird paintings for a total of 24.

Artists interested in painting one of the birds are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM in room 239 of the Renaissance Arts Center.

Lead artist for the Bird Paintings is local artist Joanne McDonough.  Selected artists will be asked to pay a materials and instruction fee of $25.00.

Below is a list of birds common to Kingsport that are not only ornate/recognizable but also compliment the promotion of the Kingsport Birding Trail as these same birds have been chosen to represent a sample of Kingsport’s avian diversity in the KBT informational material.

The following is a list of 24 bird local species to be included in the project:

Canada Goose                         Wood Duck                            Hooded Merganser

Wild Turkey                            Great Blue Heron                 Bald Eagle

American Kestrel                    Killdeer                                  Ring-Billed Gull

Great Horned Owl                  Ruby-Throated Hummingbird                  Belted Kingfisher

Pileated Woodpecker              Blue Jay                                 Eastern Bluebird

American Robin                      Northern Mockingbird            Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-Throated Cardinal                WarblerScarlet Tanager           Northern Cardinal                  

Red-Winged Blackbird           Baltimore Oriole                     American Goldfinch


For more information, contact the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at (423) 392-8414.