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‘Art in the Park’ artists announced

Farragut Business Alliance has announced the final list of artists participating in Art in the Park, a Dogwood Arts Festival featured event, featuring artists creating works on-site in Farragut-area parks.

Artists include Sandra Abraham, Brad Bittle, Steve Black, Aurora Harrison Bull, Betty Bullen, Lil Clinard, Kim Gann, Diane Hamilton, Joe Parrott, Karen Reeves, George Rothery, Indra Sahu, Marcia Shelly, Dan Thurman and Melanie Wood.

“We have some very well known artists, so I know there are names that people will recognize,” event planner Robin Purvis said.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, at McFee Park, Campbell Station Park, Anchor Park, at Farragut Memorial pavilion adjacent to Town Hall and in Old Concord.

“It is fun to just go watch the artists and see how the art happens and how they mix their colors together. It is very educational to watch. When people buy the pieces, they will be something that they have seen being created, so there is more of a connection to the piece,” Purvis said.

The event is free and Purvis said she hopes the community will see it as a nice way to come out and enjoy the parks while learning about art.

“Art in the Park” will be Farragut’s featured event during Dogwood Arts Festival.

“We contacted the Dogwood Arts Committee and they approved it. They thought it was a great idea. ... We are going to be spotlighted on their website and all of their correspondence,” Purvis said.

Purvis and her husband, David, also owners of Farragut Wine & Spirits, said they were inspired by a Knoxville Museum of Art event called “Artist on Location.”

“David and I go to the ‘Artist on Location’ event every year, and we kept thinking, ‘It would be nice if Farragut had something like that in the parks.’ I know a lot of people around here are very artistic and we have some nice little parks that could be exposed. So we just said, ‘Why don’t we do something like that and the community could come out and watch the artists paint?’” Robin said.

“We hope it might encourage young people to get into art,” she added.

“Art in the Park” will be a juried event, with winners eligible for prizes donated by local businesses. Local residents also will have the opportunity to purchase paintings during a wine reception at Red Line Gallery at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15.

The jury will consist of art collectors and artists who will judge the pieces. There will be a “Best in Show” and first and second-place awards given.

The sale will be similar to a silent auction.

“The artist will put a bottom price on their piece, the least amount they will take for it, maybe $250. Someone could come up and say ‘Okay, I will give you $300 for it,’ and someone else may offer $350,” Robin said.

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to town of Farragut parks and leisure services to help maintain the parks.

Event sponsors include The Shrimp Dock, Jiffy Lube, Elliott’s Boots, Farragut Wine & Spirits, Newk’s Café, Red Line Gallery and Seasons Café. Media sponsor is farragutpress.

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