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ArtXtravaganza 2014 Showcases Leading Artists, Partners with Local Galleries

Webb-SchoolWhether you’re looking for that unique gift to decorate a new space or to simply view the exquisite variety of fine art on display, check out this year’s ArtXtravaganza Art Show & Sale March 7-9. More than 2,000 original artworks by 70-plus acclaimed artists, hailing from the southeast and beyond, will be available for purchase in Webb School of Knoxville’s Lee Athletic Center. From oil paintings to sculptures, photography to woodworks, glass and metal works to jewelry, ArtXtravaganza promises to satisfy every taste and budget. The event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.

Painter Vicki Sawyer is ArtXtravaganza’s featured artist for 2014. Sawyer’s enchanting canvases, featuring birds, insects, animals, and wildflowers, reflect the things she learned to love as a child. Sawyer writes on her website that the whimsical notion, “If birds could build nests, then they could make hats,” has been the inspiration for many of her bird and animal portraits. She adds, “I want my work to evoke feelings of peace, joy, and often humor. If I can move someone with my art, then I have achieved my ultimate aim: to serve.”

New this year, ArtXtravaganza has partnered with four prominent Knoxville art galleries. Bennett Galleries, Gift Gourmet & Interiors, Plum Gallery, and The District Gallery will all participate in this year’s event and will spotlight some of their featured artists.

ArtXtravaganza is one of the premier art shows in the southeast and has played a major role in establishing Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts. Reflecting Webb’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, proceeds from ArtXtravaganza support Webb’s visual and performing arts program and the arts at Mooreland Heights Elementary School.

Doors to ArtXtravaganza open at 1 pm on Friday, March 7. The art sale continues Saturday, March 8, from 10 am to 6:30 pm and Sunday, March 9, from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 865-291-3846 or visit www.artxtravaganza.org.

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