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Downtown Kingsport Association is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Kingsport. Our purpose is to promote Downtown Kingsport as the heart of our community, strengthen its economic viability by encouraging growth and diversity among businesses, and restore its unique historical characteristics and beauty.

Main Street, Tennessee

Downtown Kingsport was recently featured in an article, “Main Street, Tennessee” published by Ideal Living.  The article focuses on Tennessee communities working to keep their historic downtowns alive and vibrant.

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May
31
Sun
Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest & Exhibition Celebrating 13 years
May 31 @ 12:45 pm – Jun 24 @ 1:45 pm

20130828_225216-700x352Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition Celebrating 13 years

The Annual Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is celebrating 13 years! The contest and exhibition will be at the Main [Kingsport Art Guild] Gallery and the Atrium at the Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center.

The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is looking for entries. There are three levels of competition: Youth, Amateur, and Proficient. Competition categories are: Nature, Pictorial, and the Carrie Penley Themed category. This year’s theme is: “NURSERY RHYMES.” The Photographs can be color or Black and White (Monochrome). Cash prizes and ribbons awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, People Choice award, Best of Show, and The Jerry Penley “I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region.” Honorable Mentions will receive ribbons.

Entries will be turned in at Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop located at 214 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN. Monday through Friday April 20, 2015 through May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays April 25th and May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deadline is May 2, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Entries may be shipped to Ann Fortney 154 W. Wanola Ave, Kingsport, TN 37660 but needs to arrive by the deadline.

Judging will be May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. till finish. Times depend on number of entries. Judging is open to the public at The Kingsport Renaissance Center located at 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN

The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Exhibition is from May 31-June24, 2015 during regular business hours. Reception/Awards Ceremony will be Sunday May 31, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. All awards will be presented that day with the exception of the People’s Choice which will be presented June 20, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Deadline for voting for People’s Choice is June 20th at 3 p.m.

For more information contact Ann Fortney at 423-914-5453, email: anniepenjacc2@aol.com, or face book: Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition. 

 

     The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition Celebrating 13 Years!

 

     The 2015 Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition is celebrating 13 years!  The Creator/Organizer of the event, Ann Fortney, says she is very proud of the quality of the event, the number of participants and entries she gets each year and the support from those participants and the community.  “Without the participants and the community support there would be no Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition; and it sure wouldn’t have lasted 13 years,” says Ann.      

     The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition was created in 2002. It has gone through a few name changes over the past 13 years but has kept its mission true. To promote interest in the ever growing art of photography. To provide a quality competition for amateur and professional, young and young at heart in the region.

     Ann states that she is very proud of what she has accomplished with the photography contest, because it has become more than just a regional contest.  She says that over the years that ten (10) states have been represented some multiple times including California.  

   She is always encouraging people to tell their friends, family, kids from all over to enter. Photos can be shipped in from anywhere as long as they arrive by the deadline. 

     There are three (3) levels of competition. “Youth” is for those 14 and under. Ann says the youth have a unique perspective when they are behind the camera.  “If the youth can hold a camera; then they can take a photo,” says Ann, “You give a 3, 4, 5 year old or older a simple point and shoot camera and it always amazes me what they will see or shoot that we would never see.”  “Amateur” is for those that do not compete regularly and place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in competitions or sell their works. “Proficient” is for those who sell their works of art, and/or places regularly in photographic competitions. 

     The competition will be in the following categories. The “Nature” category, which has absolutely nothing man made in it. The “Pictorial” category can be anything and everything. “The Carrie Penley Special Theme” Category, is a special category that will change each year and honors Carrie Penley, a woman who loved scavenger hunts. Ann said her mother; whom this category is named after, always supported her and the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition.  Together they came up with an award honoring Ann’s father and now it was Carrie’s turn to be honored. This year’s special theme is “Nursery Rhymes.” This will be photography depicting a Nursery Rhyme.  An example is: “Little Boy Blue” could be a photo of a child in blue with a horn, and etc.  Ann says, “I want the special theme to be thought worthy and challenging.  I want participants to have fun, and use their imagination to come up with that special theme photo.”  

     Participants can enter as many photos as they would like. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each photo. That entry fee money is returned as prize money. There are ribbons and prize money awarded for “1st, 2nd, and 3rd” places and ribbons for “Honorable Mentions”. There are also “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” Awards. The “People’s Choice” Award is given to the photograph that you, the public, chooses. Each person that visits the exhibit will have a chance to place a vote for their favorite photograph and on June 20, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. the “People’s Choice” Award will be announced. 

    There is another special award, The “Jerry Penley I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachians” Award.  This award is given to one photograph that best depicts the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region. “This award honors my father, Jerry Penley,” says Ann,” He lived his life in this area and loved photographing the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region.” She said when she went to him about creating a photography contest and exhibition, he didn’t hesitate in wanting to support her and help her create her event.  Those participants that enter the contest can enter another category such as the Nature, Pictorial or Special Theme and then by simply checking one more box can enter that same photo in the “Jerry Penley I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Region” Award.  She encourages participants that want to enter a photograph for this award to go to their website, at www.penjaccphoto.com and look at the photos that her family, particularly her father, have taken.  Ann says, “By taking a quick look at our website; people can get a feel for what the “Jerry Penley I Love the Blue Ridge/Appalachians” Award is about.” 

     This year photographic entries will be turned in at Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop located at 214 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN.  Entries can be turned in Mondays-Fridays April 20-May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays April 25th  and May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The deadline is May 2, 2015 at 3 p.m.  Entries can be shipped in as well to Ann Fortney 154 W. Wanola Ave. Kingsport, TN 37660, but must arrive by the deadline.  The judging will be Saturday May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. till finished at the Kingsport Renaissance Center and will be open to the public.  The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Exhibition will open May 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. and run through June 24, 2015.  Also on May 31, 2015 there will be an awards/reception from 2-4 p.m. at the Kingsport Art Guild Gallery and the Atrium Gallery.  “The ribbons will be already hanging on the photographs, but this is the time I get to give the monetary prizes out and those winners will be recognized,” says Ann.

     Those wanting to participate in the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition can find applications at regional photo labs, framing/matting stores, hobby/craft stores, and some gift and specialty stores, the area libraries, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and etc. Applications can be found online and downloaded from www.penjaccphoto.com. Ann stated she does have a Facebook page dedicated to the “Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition” as well. Anyone wishing to receive updates and other information year round need only go there and “like” the page. 

     Ann said, “I need to recognize and thank my sponsors. Without them I couldn’t make this happen year after year. They are great and I deeply believe in supporting those that support the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition and me.”  The 2015 Sponsors are:  Adventure Time Hot Air Ballooning, BAE Systems, Eastman Camera Club, Eddie’s Trophies and Gift Shop, Express Signs, Food City, Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Holston Valley Broadcasting Corp., Jim Williams and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Kingsport Art Guild, Kingsport Imaging Systems, Inc., Kingsport Renaissance Center, Kingsport Times-News, Penjacc Productions, Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop, Spivey, King & Spivey, LLP, and Stir Fry Café.

 

Jun
6
Sat
SBK Animal Center is excited to present their 1st Annual Mardi Growl! @ Holston River Brewing Company in Bristol
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SBK Animal Center is excited to present their first annual Mardi Growl. Hosted by Holston River Brewing Company in Bristol, we’re going to have an evening featuring Benny Wilson, food from Burger bar, a costume contest, and great door prizes. Our grand prize is a two night stay at Crantzdorf Lodge in Gatlinburg holding you and 50 friends. Doors open at 5p, music at 7.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 which includes an event t-shirt, your first beer, and entry into door prizes. Tickets are available at both SBK Animal Shelters, through the volunteer network, and at sbkanimals.org via the donate/paypal button.

For online tickets simply state it’s for Mardi Growl and include your contact information and tshirt size.

For further information see the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1441785256121003/

Mardi Growl final

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Jun
7
Sun
Musical Delights at the Mansion @ 4444 West Stone Drive
Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Experience an evening of music and merriment with wine and heavy hor d’oeuvres at the beautiful Allandale Mansion. Tickets are limited, so reserve your space today! (non-subscription concert)