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ArtXtravaganza Showcases Wide Range of Works by Top Artists

More than 2,000 pieces of art by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from across the Southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase at this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale, March 9-11, at Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center. Featuring a wide variety of media, including oil painting, watercolor, sculpture, photography, metal works, printmaking, glass, metal, and jewelry, ArtXtravaganza promises something in everyone’s price range. The event is open to the public, and admission and on-site parking are free.

ArtXtravaganza is one of the premier art shows in the Southeast and has played a significant role in helping to establish Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts, and to further the careers of prominent artists. Reflecting Webb’s staunch commitment to excellence in the arts, ArtXtravaganza supports Webb’s Artist-In-Residence Program, an on-campus teaching and learning experience for students. The school hosted Chicago-based photographer/educator Cecil McDonald Jr. in fall 2011, and will welcome New York-based mixed media artist Michael Bramwell this spring.

New this year is the launch of an arts outreach initiative in which a portion of the proceeds from ArtXtravaganza will go to benefit the arts program of a local school. According to Danielle Nutt, chair of ArtXtravaganza 2012, the new effort expands on Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation. “That tradition is not isolated to just our school community,” says Nutt. “We recognize that we are part of something bigger and with ArtXtravaganza, we have the opportunity as a school to support the arts in the community at large.”

ArtXtravaganza 2012’s featured artists are Ohio-based father and son painters Gary Stretar and Luke Stretar. Focusing on the American landscape, Gary describes many of his vivid paintings as simple, straightforward views of rural America, while others feature more textures, color or American themes. Luke’s richly pigmented pieces currently focus on rural industrial images and studies of cows and bulls.

Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 pm on Friday, March 9. The art sale continues Saturday, March 10, from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday, March 11, from 11 am-5 pm. Many thanks to Rothchild Catering and Sodexo for providing the event’s hospitality. For more information, visit or call 865-291-3846.

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