Johnson City News

The Johnson City Public Art Committee will host its inaugural Art Struck Festival on Sept. 28 at Founders Park, 225 Commerce St., in downtown Johnson City from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The festival will bring together artists and arts organizations to celebrate and support the arts community while highlighting the public art pieces that have been installed throughout downtown. This festival will include art vendors, art activities and demonstrations, and live performances.

One defining feature of the festival will be the Puppet March with the Cattywampus Puppet Council, which will involve the display of giant, paper mache puppets as community members and the council march through Founders Park. Road roller printmaking will take place on Commerce Street under the supervision of artist Laken Bridges. This large-scale block printmaking will generate 4-by-8 foot prints of Bridges’ original, hand-carved Johnson City-themed design. Prints will be offered for sale to the public. An art picnic activity in the performance area will allow kids of all ages to doodle and embellish large, painted picnic blankets. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy other hands-on activities such as a community mural, a weaving fence, wand making, and art puzzles. Other highlights included pop-up music, dance, and theater performances and other types of performance art, a sculpture walk, and plein air painting demonstrations, among others. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The following artists and organizations will be participating in the festival:


                 Art Vendors

Allyn Amore

Rhonnie Miller

Sealea Bennett

Bri Morelock

Ruby Berry

Katie Murphy

Leah Bessette

Jessica Parks

Elena Corradino

Marcy Parks

Misty Dempsey

Rachel Pimentel

Sarah Dorr

Shawn Quilliams

Tara Elouafi

Robert Roberts

Tommy Farmer

Alice Salyer

Courtney Farquharson

Tommy Schuette

Jason Flack

June Simmons

Hannah Matthia Gatlin

McKenzie Stevens

Edward Griggs

Stacey Suarez

Amy Harrison

Ginny Tallent

Wesley Jones

Katie Walser

Hetvi Joshi

Mandi Wild

Hollie LaRue

Melissa Wiley

Christina Majic

Stacie Williams

Logan McClelland

Whitney Williams



Art Demo/Activity Hosts

Cultural Connections Unlimited

Tennessee Craft Northeast

McKinney Center

Top Stitch Studios

Northeast Tennessee Plein Air Painters

William King Museum of Art

Johnson City Parks & Recreation Art Group

Youth Villages



Informational Booths

ETSU Art Department

Milligan College Art & Music Department

Essyx Exhibits & Displays

Tennessee Craft Northeast

Johnson City Community Drum Circle

Tusculum University Art Department

Johnson City Public Library

Umoja Festival

King University Art Department




Mosaic Dance Collective: 11 a.m.-noon

Roxanne McDaniel: noon-1 p.m.

Jasmine Henderson: 1:10-1:30 p.m.

Cory Jeter: 1:40-2:40 p.m.

East Tennessee Twirling Academy: 2:45-2:50 p.m.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre: 3-4 p.m.

Johnson City Community Drum Circle: 4-5 p.m.

Shakespeare in Johnson City: 5-6 p.m.

The Dependents: 6-7 p.m.

Tweetsie Trio: 7-9 p.m.


To learn more about the Art Struck Festival or the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit