Two groups of plein art painters will be on hand at the Kingsport Art Guild's upcoming "Fall into Art Silent Auction." Contributed photo.
For years, the monetary awards handed out at the Kingsport Art Guild’s annual Appalachian Art Show were funded by an anonymous benefactor.
When that benefactor died a few months ago, her family donated many of her art supplies to the guild she loved so much.
Out of that final gift grew the Kingsport Art Guild’s inaugural “Fall into Art Silent Auction,” to be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 in Room 230 of the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
The fundraising event will feature a variety of new and gently used art items, including high-end easels, canvases, frames, paints, brushes, palettes, drawing paper, art books, pottery, handmade jewelry and more. Patrons also will have a chance to purchase original art donated by Kingsport Art Guild members.
All proceeds will benefit the Appalachian Art Show.
“The lady who was our benefactor for so many years always wanted to remain anonymous, and we wanted to respect her wishes and try to handle the art supplies as we thought she might have wanted,” said guild member Faye Boushley. “So since the Appalachian Art Show was her choice, we thought it only fitting that the funds from the auction should go to that show in her honor.
“When [people] attend the auction and make a purchase, the money is going back into the community through the efforts of a local artist. So not only are they receiving something they want but they are helping to promote art in our community.”
In addition to the auction, two groups of local plein air painters will be on hand to discuss their experiences painting “in the open air” and showcase some of their works.
Monique Carr, Nancy Jane Earnest, JoAnne McDonough, Joy McGinnis, Donna Harmon and Meg Dillard recently returned from a painting trip to France, and are preparing for an exhibition of their resulting work at the Johnson City Area Arts Council in October.
The other group of area plein air artists sticks a little closer to home. Led by Leslie Davis, the painters — including Don Gotterbarn, Linda Brown, Nancy Jane Earnest, Barbara Bell, Monique Carr, Judy Grover and Robert Mitchell — meet weekly at locations ranging from Netherland Inn to Natural Tunnel and all points in between.
Founded in 1949, the Kingsport Art Guild’s mission is to create opportunities for its members and the greater Kingsport community to experience and showcase the visual arts through instructional lectures, special events and exhibitions. That includes the Appalachian Art Show, held each spring at the Kingsport Renaissance Center.
“The Appalachian Art Show is the juried show we host each year,” Boushley said. “This brings together the top artists in the area and spotlights the best of the Tri-Cities. Here you will find many well-known area artists as well as the new and upcoming ones.”
For more information about the Appalachian Art Show, the upcoming silent auction or any of the Kingsport Art Guild’s other offerings, call (423) 246-1227 or visit www.kingsportartguild.com.