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Arts Council making plans for open show

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The Arts Council of Roane County will have its second annual Roane Open Art Show on Dec. 13-15 in the building formerly known as Roane Medical Center Annex at 431 N. Roane St., Harriman.

The council has issued a call for artists to participate in the show, which is open to all area visual artists and fine crafters and will be free to the public.

The show will be judged by Kingston artist Jan Hill.

Awards will be given in several student and adult categories, along with a Best in Show grand prize.

For this year's show, the Arts Council has joined forces with the city of Harriman, which is donating the use of the building, and Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization, which presents Harriman’s Christmas Tour of Homes.

“I wholeheartedly support the efforts of the Roane Arts Council,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

“This is an area that needs more emphasis —not only in the schools statewide, but also in the community.”

The art show will be a stop on the Harriman Tour of Homes, and works of some of the participating artists will be featured in the homes and other stops on the Tour.

“The Cornstalk Heights Historic Homeowners Organization is excited about partnering with the Arts Council of Roane County to expand our Christmas Home Tour,” said Diana Knobloch, president of Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization.

“To be able to showcase beautiful homes and talented artists together in one event made sense for us to do."

Artists wishing to participate in the show are encouraged to request a registration form by emailing the Arts Council at artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com or calling artist coordinator Denise May at 591-2763.

There is a one-time entry fee for up to three artworks per artist: $10 for Arts Council members and $30 for non-members; $20 of the non-members’ fee can be applied to a membership arranged prior to the end of the show.

Students up to age 18 may enter free of charge. Students older than 18 may enter for $10 and will receive a free Arts Council membership with their fee.

Several area artists have offered to sponsor students older than 18 on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is strongly recommended.

The Arts Council of Roane County is a non-profit organization established in 2012.

Its mission is to enrich the cultural lives of Roane County residents through programs and partnerships that celebrate artistic excellence, cultivate artistic opportunities and promote area businesses.

Artists, performers and writers, along with businesses and organizations who would like support and be supported by the Arts Council are encouraged to send an email to artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com.