Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport announce the Grand Opening and Opening Reception for Flying Pig Gallery & Studios on October 2, 2014 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Flying Pig is an exciting new Arts Space located in two adjacent buildings located on the corner of Broad and Center streets in Downtown Kingsport, TN.  The Gallery & Studios will be open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.

The gallery side will feature Fine Art and Fine Craft by several nationally-acclaimed artists & craftspeople. All artwork is for sale. There will be a series of art classes offered to the public over the next few months. There will also be professional artist studios located in the space where the public will be able to see the actual production of art work as well as interact with the artists. Spaces are still available.

The Flying Pig Studios will feature several exhibits and working artists.  Finished animals, rounding boards, and bird paintings for the Carousel Project will be on display.  Carousel Carvers and painters will be present to demonstrate and explain processes.  In addition to Carousel merchandise, remaining sponsorships opportunities will be on display including the band organ, angel panels and light boards.  Friends of the Carousel First Rider tickets will also be available.  “We hope to finish out Campaign 2014 with at least 1000 Friends of the Carousel First Riders,” explained Carousel Chairman Reggie Martin.  Construction has begun on the Roundhouse and the working Carousel should be open for rides in April 2015.  “We have several large grants pending but are depending on the final sponsorships and Friends of the Carousel First Riders to provide funding for the connector building and gift shop/welcome center.”

Through November, the Studios will also feature an exhibit from the Levine Museum of the New South on “John Nolen: Neighborhood-Maker” about the work of Cambridge landscape designer John Nolen who is considered the father of modern city planning.  Nolen was influential on the plan of Kingsport, Tennessee and worked with several other notable cities.

The Kingsport Carousel store (future gift shop) will be located within the studios until the construction of the Carousel’s Roundhouse next to the Farmer’s Market is complete next year. Beautiful T-shirts, note cards, posters & more will be for sale.

The opening reception of Flying Pig Gallery & Studio is free and open to the public.