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The Gallery of Local Artists in Kingsport, Tenn., offers work by prominent area artists.

The Gallery of Local Artists in Kingsport, Tenn., offers work by prominent area artists.

More Locations to Buy and View Local Art

July 28, 2009

Additional locations to view and buy local art include:


Boone's Creek Potters Gallery

2362 Boones Creek Rd. • 866-494-2801

Boone's Creek has offered pottery hand-crafted by regional and national artists for more than 30 years. The gallery also sells wood and metal crafts, blown glass, textiles, and sterling silver jewelry.

The Frame Gallery

214 E Mountcastle Dr. • 423-929-2288

Best known for custom picture framing, the gallery has been remodeled and now stunning hand-blown and studio glass art, ceramic art, sculptures and fine art by regional and national artists.

Nelson Fine Art Center
324 E. Main St. • 423-926-2931

With 8,000 square feet dedicated to the presentation of Southern Appalachian art, fine crafts, custom framing, art supplies, beads and studios, Nelson Fine Art is a regional art anchor. Every month promises exciting new shows featuring works by regional artists. Each exhibit is celebrated with an opening reception on the "First Friday" of each month. The First Friday "meandering art festival" has grown into an event with open houses and live music throughout the historic downtown district.


Artisan Studio Gallery
139-1/2 E. Main St. • 423-913-2278

Gallery owner and jewelry designer Debra Locher offers her own dichroic glass and stone jewelry designs, as well as jewelry and stained glass by other artists.

The Artist Gallery

123 W. Main St. • 423-753-0852

This gallery features the paintings of Rick Hoyle.

Jonesborough Art Glass Gallery

101 E. Main St. • 423-753-5401

Gallery owners Steve and Tava Cook offer their original designs in stained glass, beveled glass and sand-carved glass, as well as the work of more than 100 American artists and craftsmen. The collection includes blown-glass, pottery, sculpture, garden and wooden art, neon sculpture, and jewelry.


Cindy Saadeh Fine Art
128 E. Market St. • 423-737-0445

When Cindy and Kris Saadeh (SAH-day) moved to Kingsport, they quickly joined the revitalization efforts in the downtown district. They spent a year restoring a building and, in May, opened an art studio and gallery. Featured art includes the fine art photography of Jeffrey Stoner, jewelry by Penny Prada, and oil paintings by Caryn Smith, Lisa Willits, Diane Balister, and Shelba Cook. Cindy herself is a painter and, for every painting she sells, she gives a percentage of the profit to a local organization. She also offers oil painting classes. Behind the gallery, Michael Ripper has a studio alongside Cindy's where he does woodworking and functional pottery. His wife Talina works on her photography and fiber art while managing the gallery.

The Gallery of Local Artists

158 Broad St. • 423-367-9211

The Gallery opened in 2007, offering artworks by prominent area artists: oil paintings by Leslie Davis, pastels by Paul deMarrais, watercolors by Jim Stagner, etchings and woodcuts by John Hilton, sculpture by Patti Lawrence, and others. Artworks range from realism in the impressionistic style to abstract and non-representational. The Gallery also offers free consultations, delivery and hanging, as well as drawing and painting lessons.

The Main Art Center
140 W. Main St. • 423-246-6550

The Main Art Center was the first expansion project of the Tennessee Artist Guild in Nashville. The nonprofit contemporary fine art gallery is housed in the historic Gem Theatre, now the headquarters of the Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA). A new exhibit opens every four to six weeks with a reception. On the main level of the gallery is a rotating exhibit of artworks by a group called the Wallflowers; this show changes four times a year. The Main Art Center also hosts community events such as Evening with the Arts.

Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art Studio & Gallery

110 E. Market St. • 423-765-0363
Justis is best known for her landscapes, realistic animal art, expressive pet portraits, wildlife paintings and murals. Recently, she has added children's portraits to her repertoire. Her studio/gallery, across from the newly renovated State Theatre, includes Suzie~Bee's Nurseries, specializing in art and whimsical banners for children's rooms. Her murals adorn the walls in hospitals, churches, civic auditoriums, schools, restaurants, and other buildings.

Styles in Custom Framing and Gifts
118 E. Market St. • 423-288-1616

Formerly Picture This on Memorial Blvd., Styles will open Aug. 2 on E. Market St. The new gallery will offer fine art photography, giclÈe prints, original oils, and classic custom framing.

Up Against The Wall
316 E Market St. • 423-246-7210

This family-owned gallery has been in business since 1980. In addition to offering pottery by more than 30 local and national artisans, they are one of the largest P. Buckley Moss dealers in the nation and carry a large selection of original oils by some of the most sought-after artists in the country. They also offer handmade jewelry and museum and conservation framing.


Appalachian Spirit Gallery
144 W. Main St. • 276-759-3890

The Appalachian Spirit Artists Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that showcases the work of member artists in the town's "old police station," formerly known as the historic Dickerson home. Paintings range from traditional to abstract, landscapes to landmarks, oils, watercolor, acrylics, digital giclÈes, and mixed media. Other work includes jewelry, wood items, fabric art, stained glass, and fused glass jewels. The group is the moving force behind Marion's Second Friday Art Walk and Alive after Five, now in its fourth year. They also host Pickin' on the Porch (or Pickin' in the Parlor, depending on the weather) once a month, from April to December. In addition to offering classes and lectures, members also lead guided walking tours of the historic district.

Black Rooster Gallery

Gen. Francis Marion Hotel
107 E. Main St. • 276-783-4800

The gallery gets its name from an art tile motif in the floor of the hotel's famous card room, circa 1928 when the building was constructed. The gallery was established by hotel proprietors and Marion residents, Joe and Susie Ellis, to promote local and regional artists. It features paintings, sculptures and artistic crafts.

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