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Fountain City Art Center offers new classes, workshops, and instructors

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J. Austin Jennings, new instructor at the Fountain City Art Center. Image courtesy of the Center.

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New instructor Renita Andrews' silver and copper jewelry

KNOXVILLE -- The Fountain City Art Center is offering new classes and workshops instructed by two new teachers, J. Austin Jennings, known as "Jen", and Renita Andrews. Jen has just moved here from Dayton, Ohio and has also been working with the Arts and Culture Alliance and community colleges including Pellissippi. Her first class, "Right Brain Drawing," will begin on January 15, Wednesday afternoons and lasts 6 weeks. She will be teaching "Acrylic Painting" in March, an eight week class also scheduled on Wednesday afternoons. Jen will have a workshop at the Center on Saturday, Feb. 1, "Mixed Media and Collage."

Renita Andrews is a very talented jewelry artist who has been working once a week for the past year in the artists' market in the Center known as the Parkside Open Door Gallery. She recently won a blue ribbon in one of our exhibits and sells quite a bit of her beautiful work through the Parkside. She has offered to teach a workshop, "Introduction to Chain Maille Techniques" for jewelry making with a follow up set of workshops for those who want to advance after the intro workshop. Also, Renita is donating the fees over and above her materials to the Art Center for this first workshop!

If you would like to receive more information about these classes and workshops and other offerings, email the center at or we call (865) 357-2787. The center is located in the old Fountain City Library Building at 213 Hotel Avenue. The center will be closed for the Holidays December 21 - January 6.

Published December 10, 2013

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