The 16th annual Artsclamation! fine art sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Lighthouse Knoxville, 6800 Baum Drive. Admission and parking are free.
Since the first sale in 2002, Artsclamation! has brought original works by hundreds of noted regional and local artists to Knoxville for the annual event to benefit the behavioral health programs and services of Peninsula, a member of Covenant Health and East Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services. The 2017 sale will feature the work of 30 artists, offering paintings in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastel, and acrylics, as well as photography. The sale also includes an exclusive selection of three-dimensional artists displaying jewelry, pottery, woodworking and sculpture.
“Return customers will recognize many of our artists,” says Jen Sheehan, event director. “Several former featured artists are returning this year and they will be joined by fan favorites like Hugh Bailey and many new artists from across the region. Our featured artist, potter Michael Robison, is also new to this event and we are excited to share his beautiful work with our patrons.”
Over the last 15 years, sponsors and guests of Artsclamation! have provided almost $750,000 to support Peninsula’s mission to help people recover from mental disorders and dependencies so they can lead healthy, positive, and productive lives. Funds generated through the 2017 art sale will renovate “comfort rooms” for acute patients at Peninsula Hospital. These rooms allow individuals struggling with anger, depression, anxiety, or aggression to work through those issues in a calm, safe environment that encourages the development of good coping skills.
Artwork created by mental health consumers in Peninsula Recovery Education Center’s therapeutic programs will also be featured for sale at Artsclamation! Therapists in the recovery education program work with patients to aid the emotional healing process through creative expression.
For the first time in the history of the Artsclamation event, a potter has been chosen as featured artist. Michael Robison, a Knoxville resident, makes functional & decorative stoneware with unique surface designs that compliment the form of the piece. His pieces are thrown then hand-carved or slip trailed in pursuit of aesthetic balance.
Presenting sponsors for Artsclamation! 2017 include Covenant Health, First Tennessee Foundation and Covenant Health Credit Union.
For more information about Artsclamation!, please visit www.peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/arts, call Fort Sanders Foundation at (865)531-5210 or email Jennifer Sheehan, event director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.