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Mural Sealing & Preservation w/ Ellen & Don Elmes!

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
[ FREE registration ] Join us to learn about sealing, preserving, and maintaining murals!

Ellen and Don will cover how to prep your surface, the most stable pigments for murals, sealing, and preservation. They will also discuss alternative options to painting directly on surfaces, and most importantly, how to be safe while working on large murals.

This workshop is for muralists, owners who want to maintain their own murals, or anyone interested in preserving public art!

*FREE, but registration is required(Online sales end 48 hours prior to class)

This project is brought to you by Kingsport Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport, and is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Arts Commission.

About your instructors:


Ellen Elmes’ paintings have been acclaimed for their unique, collage-style blend of symbolic imagery and flowing naturalism. A muralist, watercolorist, author of her memoir An Appalachian Labyrinth: Painting to the Center, and retired community college teacher, Elmes has enjoyed five decades of creative exploration with her husband Don from atop Jewell Ridge in Southwest Virginia.

Watercolor painting themes featured in Elmes’ work produced in recent years include the Covid epidemic sojourn, tributes to the power of women’s voices, and her ongoing exploration of the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. She continues to design and paint murals and large-scale acrylic paintings, with the most recently completed being the community-created mural “Standing Tall and Proud” honoring through portraiture sixteen Tazewell County, VA, African American leaders from the 1850s-2000s. Currently she is wrapping up a community re-painting project on fabric panels to be installed this spring over the original mural in Richlands, Virginia, that she painted in 1984. Photos and stories of the visual artist’s work and career, both past and present, can be found on her website: www.ellenelmes.com.


Don Elmes has been exploring his environment through his camera lens for over forty years, both professionally and for personal fulfillment. His images, often ephemeral in nature, are of things all around, often overlooked or ignored. His work using Photoshop and InDesign has merged his skills in photography and computer graphic design. During the last few years Don has utilized these skills to design and layout a book of his wife’s artwork and writing. More recently, he has prepared the digital imagery of several of her mural designs for large-scale reproduction and installation on outdoor walls in Tazewell, VA, Johnson City, TN, Princeton, WV, Grundy, VA, and most recently, a second mural in Tazewell, VA, and a re-painting of a mural in Richlands, VA. Don retired as office manager at the Appalachian Arts Center several years ago where he prepared imagery for publication and website construction. As a teacher and self-employed crafter of matting and picture framing, Don has provided classes, seminars, and workshops for regional artists and students on photographing their artwork and matting and framing it, as well.

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March 2
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center
1200 E. Center Street, 2nd Floor, Room#228
Kingsport, TN 37660 United States
Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre

1200 E. Center St. Kingsport TN 37660

(423) 392-8414