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• ongoing exhibitions
• art and craft classes|
• educational public programs
• special events|
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.'
Hot Pots/Cool Art
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
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
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.