Art Opening: Support the Salvage Room’s Renovation Kickstarter Campaign

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Knox Heritage plans to offer local artists access to the first communal woodworking shop in Knoxville as part of its new 6,000-square-foot salvage shop at 619 Broadway. Replacing the old Salvage Room, the new Knox Heritage Art and Salvage Shop offers much more space—including room for artists’ studio space. Beth Meadows, who is managing the retail store and who also manages 17th Street Studios in Redeemer Church, will be coordinating the artistic uses of the building. (See our profile of Meadows here.) It will start with First Friday art openings, but Meadows hopes to work toward the shared wood-shop space as well as classes and workshops. A grand re-opening is scheduled for April 3.

Renovating for the artistic use of the space will cost more up front, but the rent could help offset building costs. Knox Heritage has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking $15,000 in pledges by April 8 to help get the space ready. The campaign will also help pay for salvage equipment such as a trailer, dolly, tools for volunteers, and more. Check it out at

S. Heather Duncan has won numerous awards for her feature writing and coverage of the environment, government, education, business and local history during her 15-year reporting career. Originally from Western North Carolina, Heather has worked for Radio Free Europe, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in London, and several daily newspapers. Heather spent almost a dozen years at The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., where she spent most of her time covering the environment or writing project-investigations that provoked changes such as new laws related to day care and the protection of environmentally-sensitive lands. You can reach Heather at

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