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The Art Center is supported under an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Arts Commission for their support.

• creative visual arts programs
• ongoing exhibitions
• art and craft classes
• educational public programs

• special events

Join us and experience the possiblities of visual creative expression!

60's Band Reunion and Dance Party

In conjunction with the Oak Ridge High School Class of 1970's 45th Reunion, a special 60's Band Reunion and Dance Party will be held on Friday, October 16 at the Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel. The event will be a fundraiser to benefit the Oak Ridge Art Center and will be held , as part of its annual “Hot Pots and Cool Arts” festival. The public is invited to join the Class of '70 and the Art Center for this fun event and tickets in the form of admission bracelets are now available. The bracelets, $25 per person, may be purchased at TnBank's main office in Oak Ridge and at the Art Center. Interested parties living outside the immediate area can order bracelets by contacting Jake Alexander, coordinator of the event, at jalex1@att.net or at (865) 705-6602. Although the show is billed as part of the Oak Ridge High School class reunion, everyone who remembers and loves the music of this era will enjoy the show. This music was so much a part of the lives and the cultural experience for so many people, so no matter where you grew up, you probably listened to bands similar to the eleven bands that will perform on the program. These bands performed in or around Oak Ridge and Clinton during the 12-year period from 1960 to 1972. They not only played to hundreds of teens at area dances, but some also went on to win national recognition in the Jaycee “Battle of the Bands” competitions. Pottery Studio Chair, Bill Capshaw, will be one of the performers with band, Soul Sanction. For those of you who have asked repeatedly when he will again perform locally...this is your chance! Get your tickets soon, we expect a sell-out crowd!

Followed on Saturday by
Annual Fundraiser Hot Pots/Cool Art

After an evening filled with good music, come out the next day, Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to the Oak Ridge Art Center's annual Hot Pots/Cool Art annual fundraiser. At this event, even those who think they have no artistic talent can turn out beautiful pieces of ceramic art. With direction and assistance of instructors and students at the Art Center, participants can choose a bowl, pot, dish, sculpture, etc., glaze it and watch its transformation by the very old process of raku. If you've never seen this done, it is a show unto itself! Hot Pots/Cool Art, our public raku firing, was created around the idea that “our hot pots (straight from the firing after all) become your cool art.” And, indeed they do. (It's not too early to begin choosing your very special, individualized gifts for the holidays. Who do you know that would love to have an original piece you or your child created?) Can't stay the until your piece is finished or be here on Saturday? No problem, you can pick them up the following week. Just be sure to keep your PIP (pot identification paper) with your pot, then let the glazer or kiln masters know you'll be back later to collect it. Need small but wonderful items for a larger group? Items in the brown bags cannot be beat. They are unusual, completely original, and often functional treasures hidden in 'brown bags.' These low priced surprises are not only fun, but also a great value. You never know what you will find when you tear into your 'brown bag.'

The Annual Fund

In the past several years, the Arts in Tennessee have been blessed with a dedicated stream of funds from "vanity plates" - specialty license plates that individuals may elect to purchase. This "splurge" for most of us, is a perfect way to symbolize and fund the individual and sometimes very creative side of Tennesseans. Who wouldn't love seeing "CRE8TIV" on a Tennessee tag?

These funds by law were dedicated to the arts in Tennessee and have been used for arts grants to Tennessee agencies across the state, like the Art Center. This year, the funds dropped significantly, like a million and a half dollars worth! The effect was a big hit to the grants for all arts agencies and we were no exception. Although we ranked 1st in our category, our grant award was significantly lower than expected - creating about an $8,000 shortfall in our budget that we must address. This makes our Annual Fund, a main stay of our program in normal years, even more important this year. The Art Center is not funded by the City of Oak Ridge or the County government so your assistance is vitally important.

Monthly Contributions
We have several members who have elected to contribute to the Annual Fund on a monthly basis. Monthly contributions enable these special members to contribute at a higher level without breaking their monthly budgets and helps the Art Center maintain a consistent funding stream. This wonderful assistance is a terrific way to help support the Art Center for those who can participate. Our sincerest thanks to monthly contributors from last year: Dot and Robert Hightower, Jan Hill, Cleva Marrow, Lorene Sigal, and Phil Stumbo & Janie Hiserote.

Every Gift Counts
Every gift to the Annual Fund is both important and appreciated - no matter the size. It is through the generosity of our members and friends that we maintain our programs today. We hope you will consider a gift to the Art Center and help us continue to be a strong visual arts presence into the future.

What's Coming?


February 7th.
Seatings at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

201 Badger Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 482-1441



The Oak Ridge Art Center is open to the public seven days a week. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

Tuesday - Friday:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday - Monday:
1 - 4 p.m.

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Board of Directors:
Kathleen Alexander
Ricky Beene, Past President
Brenda Bridges
Linda Ducamp
Pat Fitchpatrick, Secretary
Michelle Gardner, Treasurer
Janie Hiserote
Roger Lankford, Vice President
Jane Longendorfer
Louise McKown
Betsy Spooner, President
Phil Stumbo
Sue Brasel Thomas
Susan Wojnar

Advisory Board:
Bill Capshaw
Judy Kidd
Ruth Prince
Sue Brasel Thomas

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