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Johnson City Public Art to host inaugural Art Struck Festival

Contributed • Updated Sep 26, 2019 at 9:18 AM

The Johnson City Public Art Committee will host its inaugural Art Struck Festival Saturday at Founders Park from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

The festival will bring together artists and arts organizations to celebrate and support the arts community while highlighting the public art pieces that have been installed throughout downtown. This festival will include art vendors, art activities and demonstrations, and live performances.

One defining feature of the festival will be the Puppet March, with the Cattywampus Puppet Council, which will involve the display of giant, paper maché puppets as community members and the council march through Founders Park.

Road roller printmaking will take place on Commerce Street under the supervision of artist Laken Bridges. This large-scale block printmaking will generate 4-by-8 foot prints of Bridges’ original, hand-carved Johnson City-themed design.

Prints will be offered for sale to the public.

An art picnic activity in the performance area will allow kids of all ages to doodle and embellish large, painted picnic blankets. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy other hands-on activities, such as a community mural, a weaving fence, wand making, and art puzzles. Other highlights include pop-up music, dance, and theater performances and other types of performance art, a sculpture walk, and plein air painting demonstrations, among others. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The following artists and organizations will be participating in the festival:

Art Vendors: Allyn Amore, Rhonnie Miller, Sealea Bennett, Bri Morelock, Ruby Berry, Katie Murphy, Leah Bessette, Jessica Parks, Elena Corradino, Marcy Parks, Misty Dempsey, Rachel Pimentel, Sarah Dorr, Shawn Quilliams, Tara Elouafi, Robert Roberts, Tommy Farmer, Alice Salyer, Courtney Farquharson, Tommy Schuette, Jason Flack, June Simmons, Hannah Matthia Gatlin, McKenzie Stevens, Edward Griggs, Stacey Suarez, Amy Harrison, Ginny Tallent, Wesley Jones, Katie Walser, Hetvi Joshi, Mandi Wild, Hollie LaRue, Melissa Wiley, Christina Majic, Stacie Williams, Logan McClelland and Whitney Williams.

Art Demo/Activity Hosts: Cultural Connections Unlimited; Tennessee Craft Northeast; McKinney Center; Top Stitch Studios; Northeast Tennessee Plein Air Painters; William King Museum of Art; Johnson City Parks & Recreation Art Group; and Youth Villages.

Informational Booths: ETSU Art Department; Milligan College Art & Music Department; Essyx Exhibits & Displays; Tennessee Craft Northeast; Johnson City Community Drum Circle; Tusculum University Art Department; Johnson City Public Library; Umoja Festival; and King University Art Department

Performers: Mosaic Dance Collective: 11 a.m.-noon; Roxanne McDaniel: noon-1 p.m.; Jasmine Henderson: 1:10-1:30 p.m.; Cory Jeter: 1:40-2:40 p.m.; East Tennessee Twirling Academy: 2:45-2:50 p.m.; Jonesborough Repertory Theatre: 3-4 p.m.; Johnson City Community Drum Circle: 4-5 p.m.; Shakespeare in Johnson City: 5-6 p.m.; The Dependents: 6-7 p.m.;and  Tweetsie Trio: 7-9 p.m.

To learn more about the Art Struck Festival or the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit jcpublicart.com.