Now in its 11th year, Kingsport’s Sculpture Walk is a private-public partnership, where sponsors provide stipends to artists for the loan of their pieces for an 11-month exhibition in the greater downtown area.
Bonnie Macdonald said this year’s program takes on a new form with sculpture talks and hands-on sculpture workshops, in addition to the display of pieces.
“We’re trying to reach out into some of the neighborhoods, as well as give folks a chance to hear the artists speak and even take a class,” Macdonald said.
The sculptures for this year’s program will be installed separately over several months. Two from artist Jim Gallucci are already in place downtown. “Divine Wind” is located in the Netherland Inn Circle and “Whisper Bench” can be found on New Street behind the Regions Bank building.
Macdonald said Gallucci will return to Kingsport in March and lead an iron pour for residents.
Artist Mike Roig will install two pieces Friday — “Moondance” in the Ridgefields Circle and “Aeriel” at Broad and Center in downtown Kingsport.
On Friday night, Macdonald said, Roig will give a sculpture talk about his career and some of his works. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Library and will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with the talk starting at 6 p.m.
The October installation will feature artist Charlie Brouwer, with the sculpture installation and talk on Oct. 12 and a workshop on Oct. 13.
November’s artist is Val Lyle, who will install her sculpture and give a talk on Nov. 16, followed by a workshop on Nov. 17.
For more information about these upcoming events, visit EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 392-8414.