Celebrating its 18th year, Webb School of Knoxville’s ArtXtravaganza art show and sale, to be held in Webb’s Lee Athletic Center Friday through Sunday, March 2-4, 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 features a wide variety of artistic mediums, such as wood, glass, metal and fiber, plus opportunities to interact with 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,” a press release stated. “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 more than 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, 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, Virginia, 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.
Doors to ArtXtravaganza will be open from 2 to 7 p.m., Friday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Twenty-five percent of each sale is tax-deductible.
ArtXtravaganza also will include a student art exhibition, presenting pieces by Webb Lower, Middle and Upper School grades, plus an “artist in action” booth featuring Webb student performers and artists.
For more information, visit artxtravaganza.org/, call 865-291-3846 or follow ArtXtravaganza on Facebook and Instagram.