Celebrating its 18th year, Webb School's ArtXtravaganza art show & sale, held at Webb’s Lee Athletic Center, March 2 through 4
, will host more than 65 juried artists from across the Southeast and beyond.
Free and open to the public, ArtXtravaganza is a celebration of art and community, where guests can purchase fine art, sculpture, jewelry, and photography. The event offers a wide variety of artistic mediums, such as wood, glass, metal, and fiber, and opportunities to interact with the participating artists. ArtXtravaganza showcases the amazing range and diversity of artistic talent in the region and helps establish Knoxville as a community aligned with the arts. In an effort to keep the event fresh and exciting for both first-time and returning visitors, one-third of the artists are new to this year’s show and over 50 percent are traveling to Knoxville from other cities.
Reﬂecting Webb School’s tradition of fostering community by enhancing lives through art education and appreciation, proceeds from ArtXtravaganza fund Webb’s hallmark Artist-In-Residence Program and support the school’s visual and performing arts. The Artist-In Residence Program is a four-to-six-week on-campus teaching and learning experience that features nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The program provides Webb students with a view into the real world of art by exposing them to professional artists, their work and their perspectives. This past fall, Webb hosted installation artist Skye Gilkerson of Brooklyn, N.Y., who shared her skills and experiences with students through collaborative art projects and art critique. Alyssa Mumtaz recently took up residence as Webb’s spring visiting artist. Based in Charlottesville, Va., Mumtaz is best known for her intricately crafted drawings, paintings and textile collages, influenced by her evolving relationship with Pakistan and parallel travels in India. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, including solo and group presentations in Lahore, Mumbai, New York, London, and Dubai. Some of Mumtaz’s pieces will be on display at this year’s ArtXtravaganza.
Over the past several years, ArtXtravaganza has donated a portion of its proceeds to arts programs in the Knoxville community. This year, ArtXtravaganza is pleased to again support Knoxville’s Community School of the Arts.
Painter Alex Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y. is ArtXtravaganza’s featured artist for 2018. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Smith honed his skill at Carson-Newman University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and at the New York Academy of Art, completing his Master of Fine Arts. In between, he worked at his studio in Knoxville’s Emporium and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Idaho studio of Scott Christensen. Smith was the featured artist at Knoxville’s 2013 Dogwood Arts Festival and has presented his works at a variety of private galleries and juried exhibitions in cities ranging from Knoxville to New York.
Doors to ArtXtravaganza will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 2. The art sale continues Saturday, March 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Twenty-five percent of each sale is tax-deductible.
ArtXtravaganza will also include a student art exhibition, presenting pieces by Webb Lower, Middle and Upper School grades, as well as an “artist in action” booth, featuring Webb student performers and artists.
For more information, visit artxtravaganza.org
or call 865-291-3846. And be sure to follow ArtXtravaganza on Facebook and Instagram.