Nature of Reaction is back in the Gallery!

Patrick’s amazing art has returned from the Renaissance to the Gallery,  with lots of new sculptural pieces.  And it’s National Trails Day Saturday!  Come and see Patrick’s art and Carol’s new functional pottery then take a beautiful hike along our nature trails.  See you here!

Hot from the Kiln !

Mugs aplenty, with springtime leaves and flowers, and a set of hops vine beer mugs ready to drink great beer from!IMG_4327  The creek and all the streams are again running and the forest is out of control!  A giant white oak went down during the storm last night, but didn’t fall across the road.  What a beauty, and so sad to see it on the ground.  However, Johnny is checking out the board feet….

Come check out the new items today, the 21st, as we are open till 5 pm.  Bring a jacket if you plan to hike.  See you!

Gallery, Nature Trails, and Arboretum Open May 6-7!

The creek is flowing deep and fast, so you may have to walk across our bridge.  Hemlock Grove Trail follows the creek and is spectacular now.  Carol’s new work is going in the kiln today–we’ll soon see what comes out!  So come on out, 10-5 Central Time.  Don’t leave the kids inside-bring them out to see the green, green forest!

Come celebrate the first day of April on our trails! Spring Wildflower Hike Saturday, April 8. Spring 2017 SVI Schedule.

The woods are glowing with the tiny green leaves of springtime and the weather is perfect.  Hick’s Creek is flowing, and it’s now possible for the kids to wade or perhaps even brave the clear, cold water for a dip! This is the finest time of year to hike the trails, so come on out and see what’s in the Gallery now.  No April Fools there!

Our last Spring Wildflower Hikes will be  Saturday, April 8.

See below for the details.

Come out and enjoy springtime in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. We are only 45 minutes from Chattanooga by car, but an infinite distance in peace and quiet with the opportunity to enjoy the natural world, hike on trails in a pristine forest, and experience a sustainable lifestyle. Plan to visit Liquidambar Art Gallery at SVI to shop for exquisite handmade art and crafts produced by staff and regional artists. All sales help benefit SVI non-profit educational programs.  All times are CT, 1 hour behind Chattanooga time.  Watch our Facebook pages and websites for added events!

Each Weekend – Liquidambar Art Gallery, Nature Trails, and Arboretum open 10 am-5 pm CT

The gallery and the studios will be open Spring through Fall 10 am-5 pm CT Sat. and Sun with special events, including snacks and teas, hikes, workshops, and other outdoor activities. Open other days by appt. See Liquidambarsvi.wordpress.com for details.

Saturday, Apr. 8 – Spring Wildflower Hikes.

Hiking begins at 1 PM Central time.  Please arrive by 12:30. For a tour of the solar hand-crafted homes and gardens arrive at 11 am.  All ages welcome, no pets please. The hikes will be accompanied by naturalists, foresters, and bio-enthusiasts familiar with the geography, ecology and biology of the area. There will be 2 hikes each day, one a moderate 2 hr hike, the other a 4-hour rugged mountain trail hike.

Donation of $8-$20 requested.

Saturday, Apr. 22-23—Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week            

We’ll be open for hiking and other outdoor activities for all, with special emphasis on kids.  Homeschoolers welcome!

Friday, April 28-Sunday April 30 – Food for Life Conference

The 19th Annual gathering for skills-building around permaculture, organic gardening, food preservation, methods of cooking and diet choices, discovering native medicinal and edible plants, and health and nutrition. We will also focus on the social and ecological implications of agriculture, including factory farming and local small-scale agriculture.  Kids’ sessions will emphasize health, food, and outdoor adventure. Sliding scale of $100-$200 includes all meals and rustic camping.

Saturday, June 3 – National Trails Day

SVI will host guided hikes and trail maintenance on National Trails Day® which brings together outdoor enthusiasts across the country to promote healthy living, protect green spaces, and reinforce the importance of trails in our community.   This event is for all ages, and will bring kids into contact with the wonders of our forest and mountain.  Learn more at www.nationaltrailsday.org.

Workshops and programs at the Sequatchie Valley Institute are intentionally affordable using a scale based on income.  For more information, contact SVI, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397; 423-949-5922/4598; email education@svionline.org.

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 The Sequatchie Valley Institute is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization  promoting education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art.  We offer opportunities to experience and learn about living in harmony with nature by providing:

  • tours for kids, scouts, and adults: permaculture gardens, forest trails and solar hand-crafted homes
  • workshops and programs emphasizing healthy natural and sustainable living                  
  • education, research, and art programming
  • three hundred acres of forest with trails, protected forever by the Land Trust for Tennessee
  • a tree-top retreat center available for meetings, weddings, and other events
  • Liquidambar Art Gallery presenting fine art by local artists, hiking and picnicking

 

Michelle’s Art—

Patrick’s amazing kaleidoscopes and glass.

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Check out Carol’s bird feeders, mugs, and dishes.  The bird feeders (filled with sunflower seed) attract an amazing variety of songbirds that will hang around all summer, helping control the summer pests in your lawn and garden, as they change their diet from seeds to bugs in order to have the energy needed to lay eggs and raise their young ‘uns.

The pottery mugs and dishes are all food safe, dishwashable, and microwaveable and are decorated with impressions of our local plants and flowers.  Each is unique and the name of the plant is marked on every piece.

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Autumn Fields on Cherry Wood

IMG_3642So come on out and visit!  We always love to meet new people and renew acquaintance with old friends.  We’ll be at the Gallery from 11 am to 4 pm on weekends.  You are free to come out for hiking on the trails then also–no charge!  and we provide walking poles and guides.  The guides are also available on our website.   If you would like to visit another time, just give us a call or email and we will see what we can arrange.

Groups, both children and adults, are welcome.  We can arrange in advance for a guided tour on the trails and through our gardens, greenhouse, and solar-powered houses if you would like.   Fees are $8/person for the 3-hour tour.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT SEQUATCHIE VALLEY INSTITUTE

  • SPRING WILDFLOWER HIKES  March 25 and April 8.
  • FOOD FOR LIFE  April 28-30.ffl 2015 fairy hikeimageffl 2015 fairy 4

FOOD FOR LIFE

WILDFLOWER HIKES AT SVI

Happy Solstice!

P1020506There will be lovely winter weather this week, and NO TRAFFIC here! Take a lovely drive across the ridge to the peaceful Sequatchie Valley. Shop at the gallery, hike the trails, and get in the Christmas spirit without the stress!

Holiday Opening Reception

Liquidambar Art Gallery

Holiday Opening Reception

at Sequatchie Valley Institute

where Nature and Art Converge

Sat. Dec. 17, 11-7 CST

 

Cross the creek to experience the Gallery and studios located in the magical heart of the Sequatchie Valley, featuring NEW WORK by Carol Kimmons, Patrick Ironwood, and Michelle Kimmons.

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Michelle Kimmons, Artist

Enjoy a visual feast of art made here in our studios featuring ceramics, flameworked glass and metal ornaments and sculptures, kaleidoscopes, and paintings, all unique gift ideas.  Watch our artists painting, working glass, and making pottery. Sample local mead, hot spiced cider, and Sequatchie Cove cheeses as you relax in the Gallery library with SVI’s favorite books on the good life–a cozy place to chat with the artists.  Kids welcome!

 

 

 

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Patrick Ironwood, on the right, demonstrates his Kaleidoscopes.
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Carol Kimmons, potter, offers cheese and mead to our visitors.

While you are here, hike on our marked nature trails and Arboretum,, through 350 acres protected by the Land Trust of Tennessee. Dress for adventure! There will be a Solstice Bonfire afterwards.

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Johnny, woodworker, invites   you to join him on Hemlock Grove Trail, which follows the creek and then travels gently up the mountain.

We will also be open for sales and hiking Dec. 18-24, 12-4 pm CST. 

SVI is located at 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN, off Hwy 28 between Dunlap and Whitwell, just 45 minutes from Chattanooga.

 

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Facebook.com:  liquidambargallery.SVI; Sequatchie Valley Institute

For more Info, contact: 423-949-5922; Carolkimmons@gmail.com

Proceeds from the Gallery help support the educational programs of SVI.

SVI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization promoting

education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art.

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Wine and Spirits in the Woods, Saturday Nov. 12 at Moonshadow.

 

Come and enjoy our annual Sequatchie Vallley Institute fundraising event!

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The weather is going to be much cooler on Saturday, so be sure to dress warmly as the event will begin outside. Wear outdoor shoes and bring a headlamp or flashlight! Oh, and we will have a shuttle available for people who don’t want to walk up the trails. We suggest you arrive before dark for maximum enjoyment. Signed, Mom

The Gallery will not open until Dec. 10, but plan to see wonderful new work by Carol and Patrick in Knoxville at the—

FOOTHILLS CRAFT GUILD ANNUAL FINE CRAFT SHOW

November 18 – 20, 2016
Jacob Building, Chilhowee Park; Knoxville, Tennessee

http://foothillscraftguild.org/

Contact us for discounted tickets!

Ketners’s Mill Fall Craft Show. Last Chance till Foothills Guild Fine Craft Show Nov. 18-20 in Knoxville!

What a great show yesterday  and great people!  Come out today.

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2016 –  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday, October 16, 2016 –  10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT.

http://www.ketnersmill.org/

Last Weekend Open, Sept. 24-25! Closed Oct. 1-26 for Shows.

 

Last chance to visit the gallery till fall.  We have lots of new items on display, but they will be packed up next week.  See our Fall schedule below.

The weather is lovely for hiking the trails now.  Fewer bugs, too!  If you haven’t tried out our new Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail, this will be the last time till next spring that you can see the leaves for identification.  You will then have to learn to id the plants by bark and shape!  That’s also a good way to learn and there are no bugs in the winter, so be sure to visit then also.

There are lots of reasons to walk in the woods.  Don’t take your phone, and learn to hear the silence.  Walking in the woods quietly and slowly has been shown to lower stress and blood pressure, and improve general well-being.  On the other hand, if you have kids, they can get the same results by yelling as loudly as they wish!

Here is an excerpt from an article on the Japanese style of “Forest Bathing”.

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“In Japan, it’s called “shinrin-yoku,” which translates as forest bathing. It’s the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being.

Participants wander into the woods for a slow, mindful walk to contemplate nature with all the senses. It’s not a hike, because you don’t go far or fast.

“We walked through the woods and were just able to absorb what was surrounding us: the beauty of nature, the beauty of the world, from the smallest details, the pebbles under your feet or the branches and the bark on the trees, to how the air felt and listening to the sounds around us,” said Rona London, who participated in a forest bathing experience at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. “It was absolutely wonderful.”

 The benefits of shinrin-yoku were formally recognized in the early 1980s by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. While it might seem obvious that a walk in the woods is good for you, there’s also research on the physiological effects showing that it can lower blood pressure, heart rates and stress hormones.”

 

 

FALL SHOWS FOR CAROL KIMMONS

John C. Campbell Folk School

FOLK SCHOOL FALL FESTIVAL

October 1, 2016 — October 2, 2016

https://folkschool.org/event.php?event_type_id=6

Carol Kimmons and Patrick Ironwood will both be showing here.

Golden fall sunlight and brightly colored leaves provide a scenic backdrop for the John C. Campbell Folk School‘s Fall Festival. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus, heralds its 42nd anniversary in October.
Visit over 240 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Watch more than 40 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend.

Oktoberfest is coming!

37th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest

Dates: October 7, 8 & 9

http://thenashvilleoktoberfest.com/

Celebrate the traditions of Munich Oktoberfest for 3 days in the heart of Music City!  Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest-running festival & has been an annual tradition since 1980.
It’s not just a beer festival! Oktoberfest has something for EVERYONE:  delicious German food from 25+ restaurants & vendors, GREAT beer from both local & German breweries, tons kids & family events, over 150 Arts & Crafts vendors, German music stages, Wiener Dog races, the 2nd largest 5K run in Tennessee – and so much more!
Join 200,000 German fans in 2016 for the greatest Oktoberfest that Nashville has ever seen!

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2016 –  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday, October 16, 2016 –  10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT.

http://www.ketnersmill.org/

 

 

Foothills Craft Guild Annual Fine Craft Show 
3rd weekend in November

November 18 – 20, 2016
Jacob Building, Chilhowee Park; Knoxville, Tennessee

http://foothillscraftguild.org/

Patrick Ironwood and Carol Kimmons will both be showing.

Gallery and Trails Open this Weekend, August 13-14 with New Art!

So come on out!  If it’s too hot for hiking, it’s air conditioned in the gallery.  Come by and hang out in the Gallery library.  Check out our unique book selection, or try your hand at playing the piano!  We can  provide you with some iced drinks made with mint and herbs from the garden.  Our self-guided nature trails are on the web, or you can pick up the guides at the gallery.  We have bamboo hiking poles available as loaners, or you can take your favorite home with you for a $5 donation to SVI.

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Dogwood on Cherry 17×7″

Our newest tiles were begun this spring, using the beautiful blooms of the dogwoods and other spring flowers.  Since the period of dogwood blooming is so short, we eventually had to drive up Daus Mountain to find trees that still had flowers.  This involved:  wading through roadside trash across barbed wire; balancing on the edge of a ravine in dense thorny blackberries and using a pole pruner; encountering very healthy poison ivy and dodging snakes; and washing off seed ticks on our return.  But as you can see, it was a successful trip.   This was an unusual trip, as most of the plants on the tiles come from our own forest, fields, and gardens.  There are plenty of plants to find here, with 300 acres of forest, permaculture gardens, and the seasonal high tunnel greenhouse, all protected by the Land Trust for Tennessee through a conservation easement.  Each morning I walk along our miles of trails, collecting the most perfect plants and flowers as they appear each season.

 

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Wild Grape on Wild Cherry 8×4″

So why has it taken so long to complete the tiles?  Here is why!  I first roll out the clay and determine the spacing and design of the plants.  In the case of the dogwoods, each bloom is carefully selected and placed.  I then press the center of the bloom into the clay, and next turn the bloom over to impress the petals (note to botanists:  I know they aren’t really petals, but bracts).  The leaves and stems are carefully added and pressed in.  The tile is dried a couple of days between pieces of wall board we collect from building dumpsters.  Then I remove some of the thicker stems to prevent cracking and touch up any stray marks, turn the tiles, and paint the edges with Bravo floor wax to slow drying and cracking.  Back to the wall board.  The tiles are all stacked and covered with plastic for about 2-3 weeks.  When they reach leather hard (not dry, but stiff) I check them again.

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Wild Yam on Wild Cherry Wood 18×7″

 

At this time I may cut the larger tiles into sections.  This prevents warping and cracks in the larger and more complex pieces during firing.  The cutting process takes several days–I choose the most artistic place for the cut, then begin the cut one day, and complete the cut in several sessions after more drying.  Finally, I uncover the tiles and allow the drying to complete under fans and ac.  I remove some of the plant parts from the clay and leave some to burn out in the kiln.  Once they are completely dry, we place them in the kiln (Johnny’s job), on top of creek sand to allow for movement and prevent cracking.  Each tile is placed separately. The kiln is pre-heated then slow fired up to about 1800 degrees, then slow cooled. This takes about 24 hours.  Tiles are removed when cool and scrubbed to remove the ashes of the remaining plant material (J’s job).  I make a mixture of various natural mineral oxides, mainly iron and copper, with water and fine clays and paint this onto the tiles.  I wipe off the excess with sponges and cloths, leaving the oxides to emphasize the patterns of the plants. This is a LOT harder than it sounds! I end up spending some late nights listening to Hoopla detective stories to finish this.

Once I am happy with the stains, the tiles are ready to go back in the kiln.  The kiln (electric for this kind of work) is slowly heated to about 2200 degrees and then slow cooled, and opened when the temp reaches about 100 degrees.  This takes about 24 hours from start to finish.  We open the kiln to see if Santa has brought toys or coal…….Occasionally we have a crack or warping that means we can’t use the tile–very sad.

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Dogwood Blooms on Wild Cherry Wood  12 x 7″
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Wild Grape on Wild Cherry wood 24 x 4″

Next, we are ready to mount the tiles.  Johnny looks them over, then goes to the sawmill to find artistic and unique wood that suits each tile. All the wood comes from dead or fallen trees on our land.  The gallery furniture is made from a tulip poplar that fell on one of our houses!  In the case of the spring dogwood tiles, Johnny found a gorgeous piece of old wild cherry that came from a huge dead tree up near our bluffs. The center of the log provided beautiful wood for making into furniture, and the intricate patterns of the outside slabs were perfect for the dogwoods!  Johnny cuts the boards at the sawmill, planes them in the shop, and carefully selects the best piece for each individual tile.  He lays out the pattern and cuts out the piece.  He then finishes each piece using a sander and carving tools.  Next he glues on each tile in the exact position he has designed.  He makes hangers from copper wire and screws them onto the back, balancing the tile perfectly. He finishes the wood by rubbing in 2 coats of Danish Oil, from Highlands Hardware in Atlanta.  I print off labels for each tile, describing the plant and, often, its importance.  Johnny uses decoupage glue to attach the labels.  As the final touch, he labels the type of wood using a drawing pen.

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Dogwood on Wild Cherry wood 15 x 7″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the tile is ready to be displayed!  So come and see the final result–and take one home to add a part of nature to your walls!

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Dogwood Blossoms on Wild Cherry Wood 19 x 7″
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Wild Grape on Wild Cherry Wood 9 x 4″

Gallery and Trails Open Today and Sunday, August 6-7

The rain has brought some relief from the heat, and the forest is still cool in the mornings, so come out and try the trails.  We are going to be preparing for the Fall Season Craft Shows this month so new items will be coming from the kiln.  Michelle has some of her newest work on display also.

Gallery and Trails Open July 2 and 3.

Come and try out the new Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail!  Patrick has lots of beautiful new kaleidoscopes ready to go and dogwood decorated pottery is on the shelves.  Bring a picnic for a pre 4th party!2014-11-13 17.08.40.jpg2014-11-13 17.04.56.jpgoptical.jpg

It’s Food for Life Time Again! June 24-26

The gallery and trails will be closed to the public June 25-26 during this event.  Come join us at Food for LIfe!

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18th Annual

Food for Life Conference

At Sequatchie Valley Institute

Near Dunlap, TN

June 24-26, 2016

 Join us for a family friendly festival about healthy food a short drive from Chattanooga, TN.  As an act of community, perched on the canyon walls of the ancient Cumberland Plateau, we will connect and open to the flow of energy that we all call food.  Most workshops will take place outdoors amid forest and gardens.  Rustic camping included!

Workshops include:

The Art of Fermentation.  Be a part of the fermentation revival! Learn to ferment healthful foods like sauerkraut, kefir, & kim chi at home.

Plant walks discovering uses of our local plants.

Health and Nutrition:  Joel Kimmons PhD, CDC    Nutritionist

Permaculture gardening & edible landscaping.

An outdoor kids’ program including adventurous eating, composting, hikes, games, theater, and more.

 Mushroom Cultivation, including shiitakes, winecaps, and more!

Food Preservation:  Canning, freezing, and drying

Cooking with wood:  Dutch ovens, wood cook stoves, and outdoor clay ovens.

Organic grain farming.

Butchering your own healthy meat.

Kitchen skills and cooking basics

Brewing—sodas, meads, wine and liqueurs

Tours of our hand-built solar homes, with emphasis on sustainable living.

Theater, live music, and delicious local food!

The program is intentionally affordable with an income-based sliding scale for the three-day event of $100-$200.  Saturday only:  $40-$100. Children under 9 yrs free, 10-16 yrs $10-$40/day. Prices include lovingly prepared nutritious meals, admission to workshops and children’s programs, and rustic camping. SVI members receive a 10% discount. We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization, and proceeds help cover the costs of this and future educational event.  Work trade is available.  Please contact us for details ASAP.  Local nutritious and ethically sound food trade or donations are encouraged.

You may register online at www.svionline.org; call 423-949-5922/4598; or email Patrick@svionline.org. SVI is located between Dunlap and Whitwell, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397;

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Find a Mug for Father’s Day!

Or a fabulous kaleidoscope!  Yes, the kaleidoscopes are back!  Along with all of Patrick’s amazing jewelry and sculpture.  Carol has new bird feeders, plates, and mugs decorated from this spring’s lovely dogwood flowers.  We have new paintings by Michelle, also.  We will be open this weekend, but are a bit disorganized, as we are busy preparing for Food for Life, which begins Friday, June 24. The gallery and trails will be open only for Food for Life participants June 25-26, but we’ll be back to normal hours July 2-3.   Remember, you can always call if you wish to come another time.

Opening Celebration of the New Nature Trails and Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail

Sequatchie Valley Institute and Liquidambar Art Gallery are celebrating American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, http://www.nationaltrailsday.org/ , from 9-6 Central. Across the US there are tons of free activities such as hiking, canoeing, bicycling, trail building or clean-ups, horseback riding, kayaking, and bird watching. Lots of events will take place in Southeast Tennessee. Don’t miss this kick-off for a summer of adventure for your family. Learn a new skill, discover a new trail, and get your kids and friends into the outdoors! Remember to submit your photos afterward for a chance to win sweet gear.

See http://www.nationaltrailsday.org/ for details and places to go! WE think one of the best places is right here in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley, just 45 minutes from Chattanooga.

Celebrate the opening of our self-guided GIS mapped nature trails at Sequatchie Valley Institute, located on 350 acres of forest protected forever by the Land Trust of Tennessee. SVI, a non-profit educational organization, is a living laboratory with hand-crafted homes and structures solar-powered and built of native and recycled materials, a greenhouse, gardens, orchards, and vineyards.

Maps and photos of the trails are available through this link. , provided by the UTC SIM Center.

Kodai Trail and Hemlock Grove Trail are easy-to-moderate nature trails beginning at the Valley bottom and gradually climbing up to the SVI Center. Trails traverse the typical habitats of the Southern Appalachian Bioregion with many examples of native flora and fauna, from the Sequatchie Valley floor half-way up the escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau to just below the bluffs, about 300 ft in elevation gain. Over 40 signs along the trails provide information on plants, ecology, history, and geology and are GIS accessible by a link  or with a provided interpretive booklet. The round trip will take 1-2 hours allowing time for observation of nature. At Moonshadow at the end of each trail you may use the picnic tables, compost toilets, and unfiltered spring water.

Our newest trail, Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail, is an easy circular trail beginning at Moonshadow. Over 100 native and non-native trees, vines, and woody shrubs are identified and described along this trail.

There will also be a guided tour each day from 11 to 1 pm Central Time. The tour will include a hike on Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail and visits to Moonshadow, the sustainably built home of Carol and Johnny Kimmons, emphasizing the architecture design, the solar electricity, use of sustainable materials, fireplaces, and passive solar heating and cooling. Other structures on the tour are hand-crafted of clay and straw (cob), logs and lumber from pine beetle killed trees (Barking Beetle Retreat Center), earth-filled bags (Superadobe) and tires (Earthship design). Along the way you will visit the permaculture edible landscape, season extension high tunnel greenhouse, and a vineyard, all integrated into the forest ecosystem.

The Liquidambar Art Gallery will be open both days with art for sale created by SVI staff and local artists. Proceeds from the Gallery help support SVI educational programs. Art includes nature-based pottery, flame-worked glass, kaleidoscopes, metal sculpture, wood crafts, and paintings. Refreshments will be available at the Gallery.

Children are welcome on all trips and should have no problem managing the trails. You may wish to bring a lunch and drinks for a picnic along the way. No pets, please. Donations accepted for SVI, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art at http://svionline.org/https://www.facebook.com/SequatchieValleyInstitute. You may donate online or during the event. For info on the gallery, see: Liquidambarsvi.wordpress.com;https://www.facebook.com/liquidambargallery.SVI/

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.

Gallery and Trails Open May 28-29! National Trails Day Trail Opening Celebration June 4-5.

We’ll be firing the last of the Arboretum Trail signs this weekend (over 80 stops planned)–and some fine new items should be coming out of the kiln on Sunday.  Stop by and check it out.  Our new trail app Sequatchie Valley Institute Self-Guided Forest Nature Trails is now available.  It is beautiful!  Thanks to Nyssa, Charlie, and Alastair at the UTC SIM Center.  Try it out!

Open Today, Sunday, May 15. Come Learn to Grow your Own Delicious Mushrooms!

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Coral honeysuckle blooming today on the trails

Come learn how to grow your own Shiitake Mushrooms and enjoy the last of the lovely cool weather! If you don’t want to make your own logs, we will have some ready for you to take home.  They’ll start producing in about 9 months.  Carol still has mugs, dishes, and bird feeders decorated with dogwood blossoms, but they are the last of the season. Open today, Sunday, till 5, closed next weekend, May 21-22.

Gallery Open May 14-15! Learn to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms on Saturday.

The trails and Gallery will be open Sat. and Sun., from 10-5.  If you would like to watch Johnny inoculating logs with Shiitake mushrooms or learn about growing Wine Caps in May 18, 2006 035wood chips, this will be a good weekend to come by.  Please call first (423 949 5922/4598) if you are interested to check on times.  You can also buy a freshly inoculated 4 ft log for $25-$35 depending on size.  The logs will begin to produce in ~9 mo. and continue producing for up to 3 years.  We will be closed next weekend, so be sure to come by!May 18, 2006 034

 

Don’t forget to plan for our big event, the Trail Opening Celebration, on National Hiking Day, June 4-5!

 

Blooming now!

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Us!

 

It’s going to be another gorgeous spring weekend,  so come out for a hike before those hot and dry summer days.  We have lots of luscious Mother’s Day gifts, also.  Might even get Johnny to make some of his fabulous fudge as a special treat.

Help support the wonderful educational programs at Sequatchie Valley Institute by shopping for mom at the gallery.  Ten percent of your purchase price goes to our programs and the remainder to our hard working volunteer staff/artists! We will be open from 10 to 5 Central Time May 7-8 with new items hot off the kiln!  Check out the dogwood bird feeders and dishes.

If you insist on buying from Amazon instead, that’s ok, but please shop at smile.amazon.com. Prices and items are the same and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SVI! How’s that for a good deal! Just follow these links.

 smile amazon

 Upcoming events at SVI

June 4-5  American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®

Trail Opening Celebration at Sequatchie Valley Institute

Hikes all day and a guided tour at 11 CT.  The new GIS map of the trails will be available.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1716164055301455/

June  25-26  Food for Life

Check out our FB page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1738755169701560/permalink/1756204244623319/

 

Mother’s Day is Coming! Gallery Open April 30-May 1

Patrick will be back at the Gallery this weekend!  His fabulous Kaleidoscopes and handmade glass pendants make very special gifts for the special mother in your life.

Michelle  will also be at the Gallery Saturday and Sunday, painting and throwing pots.  If you could like to see more of her work and hear about her techniques,  this is your chance.  Call her or the gallery at 949 4598/5922 to be sure she isn’t out painting or playing in the forest somewhere!  You may have seen her beautiful watercolor,  Spinning Patterns, at the Sequatchie County Friends of the Library Art and the Library Exhibition Reception at the City Hall Training Center in Dunlap, TN.  The Exhibition will also be open this weekend during the ValleyFest in Dunlap.

Carol will be presenting her pottery, including the new work from the latest kiln firing, at the ValleyFest. Her booth will be between the Bank and the Chamber of Commerce, so look for her there!  She will also have plenty of work to choose from at the Gallery, in case the rain keeps you away from the ValleyFest (hope for clear skies!).  The ValleyFest begins at 9 am Saturday and lasts till 9 pm at night, Central Time.  Sunday hours are from 12-5 Central Time.

Check out the Liquidambar Gallery Facebook page to see new work by Carol and Michelle.

And, don’t forget the trails are open!  Our creek is now very low–the rain this weekend may bring it back.  There is nothing more romantic than walking through the cathedral-like towering hemlocks beside the babbling creek along Hemlock Grove Trail.

 

Michelle Joins us for Earth Days and Mother’s Day at the Gallery

 

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Come out to the Sequatchie Valley Institute this weekend to celebrate Earth Day! Liquidambar Gallery will be open so you can take care of your mother’s day shopping while enjoying the great outdoors! Open 10-5 Saturday and Sunday and by appointment other days. Contact us at 423-949-5922.

Exciting news!  Carol’s Spring Flowers production of art, including bird feeders, mugs, pendants, and dishes, is now in the kiln.  It will be cooling off on Sunday so come out and see the new work while it is still warm!  Call 4239494598 Sunday am to find out when the kiln will be cool enough to open.

In honor of Mother’s Day coming up, Michelle will be highlighting a variety of works available for sale. Some can be seen at Liquidambar Gallery. If you are interested in purchasing something, feel free to contact Michelle at MichelleKimmons.wordpress.com, where you can also see her most recent work.  Michelle will be at the Gallery next Fri and Saturday while Carol is at the Valley Fest event in  Dunlap, Tennessee.  Come out to get the chance to meet Michelle and learn about her amazing talent.

Let’s kick offf the celebration for all you moms and fellow Earthlings out there!

Spring Wildflower Hikes at SVI

Be sure to come to the Spring Wildflower Hike on April 16!  We had over 50 visitors for the first fun-filled hike, so come on out!  There will be a whole new set of flowers blooming.  Blooming now:  dogwoods, phacelia, spurred violets, lyre-leaf sage, buckeye, coral and cream, trillium,, viburnum, sweetshrub, indian pink, golden ragwort, mayapple, blue phlox, lots of fiddleheads on the christmas fern, and more in the woods. Check out the Chattanooga Times Free Press article.

Wildflower hikes show off Sequatchie Valley’s spring finery _ Times Free Press

We need volunteers to help with registration, beginning at 10 am Central, and also with shuttling people up to Moonshadow and with parking. This would be from 10 am to about 1:00 pm. There will be time to go on the hike at 1. We have 2 events going on at the same time, so any help will be highly appreciated. It is going to be a spectacularly beautiful day, with masses of wildflowers blooming and lots of sun.

The Gallery will be open Saturday before the hike at 1 pm and after we return, from about 4-6 pm.  We will also be open on Sunday, as usual, from 10-5 pm Central Time.  Take your own wildflower hike along our marked trails if you miss the Saturday hike!

Patrick will be at the Steampunk Expo and Gothic Con at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Apr 15-17.  For info:  http://www.steampunkexpo.org/

Gallery Open Apr. 9-10!

It’s the most beautiful spring ever in Sequatchie Valley, so come on out and try out our trails!  Patrick’s glass work and kaleidoscopes are back in the gallery this weekend, but he’ll be at another show next weekend, so better shop now!  Here are some photos from our Uplands visitors this week.

Don’t forget the second Wildflower Hike on April 16!  We had over 50 visitors for the first fun-filled hike, so come on out!  There will be a whole new set of flowers blooming.  Check out the Chattanooga Times Free Press article on the Hikes.

For info on Patrick’s show at the Choo Choo Apr 15-17:  http://www.steampunkexpo.org/IMG_7176.JPGIMG_7219.JPGIMG_7164.JPGIMG_7159.JPG

Gallery Open Apr. 2-3, 10-5pm

The gallery and trails will be open.  After 3 inches of rain, the creek is flowing over its banks and the Hemlock Grove Trail is spectacular, running along the edge of the creek.  Dogwoods are in full bloom and many wildflowers have appeared in the woodland next to the gallery.  So come on out and enjoy this beautiful spring before the heat of summer.  I’ll post photos of the creek and trail on facebook on Saturday.

Patrick is in Atlanta at the Spring Festival on Ponce show, but he has left quite a bit of his beautiful hand made glass jewelry at the gallery.  Carol is preparing for her first spring firing, which includes mugs and dishes decorated with our spring flowers!

The UTC  SimCenter – Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering –  a center for integrated research and education, is working with us to develop a map of our nature trails, including all the stops along the trail.  This will be available on our IPhones, etc., soon!  More about this later.

Don’t forget our second Spring Wildflower Hike April 16!  We had over 60 happy hikers on the first hike, so be sure to sign up as we may have to limit numbers.  See Facebook liquidambar/svi for photos of the last hike.

Wildflower hikes show off Sequatchie Valley’s spring finery _ Times Free Press

 

Spring Festival on Ponce  April 2 – 3, 2016

Features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children’s area, local food, and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park at N Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Repeats in Oct. Free.

http://festivalonponce.com/

Wildflower Hiking March 26, Gallery Open

Wildflower hikes show off Sequatchie Valley’s spring finery _ Times Free Press

 

The Gallery will be open Saturday, March 26, before the hike at 1 pm and after we return, around 4 -6 pm, when we should have a couple of bottles of mead and some cheese for recuperation!

We will also be open on Sunday, as usual, from 10-5 pm Central Time.  Take your own wildflower hike along our marked trails if you miss the Saturday hike!

Open March 19-20 for Art and Blooms!

 

Yes, we are open!  from 10-5 and right outside the gallery door we have an amazing display of wildflowers, so come for a preview of our Wildflower Hike next Saturday.  See you in the woods!

Gallery Open 10-5 Mar. 12-13

The greenhouse garden is growing well, despite a busy population of moles.  Trees are beginning to bud, with flowers appearing by this weekend.  The birds, frogs and toads are singing.  Lots of toad eggs now in the fountain, with the tadpoles soon wriggling out.  We’ve seen our flock of wild turkeys near the glade lately. Check out the trails while the weather is mild and the bugs are still sleeping.  We’ll be busy making art at our studios and the gallery will be open.  Let us know when you are coming and we’ll make a pot of coffee or herb tea!

Gallery and Trails Closed April 22 for March for Science in Chattanooga. Open Sunday 10-5.

Join us at the March for Science, in Chattanooga or other nearby city!  We will also be closed April 28-30 for the Food for Life Conference.  Plan to come to the Conference, a great family-friendly outdoor event.

Sequatchie Valley Institute and Liquidambar Gallery SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SPRING 2017

 

Come out and enjoy springtime in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. We are only 45 minutes from Chattanooga by car, but an infinite distance in peace and quiet with the opportunity to enjoy the natural world, hike on trails in a pristine forest, and experience a sustainable lifestyle. Plan to visit Liquidambar Art Gallery at SVI to shop for exquisite handmade art and crafts produced by staff and regional artists. All sales help benefit SVI non-profit educational programs.  All times are CT, 1 hour behind Chattanooga time.  Watch our Facebook pages and websites for added events!

 

Each Weekend – Liquidambar Art Gallery, Nature Trails, and Arboretum open 10 am-5 pm CT

The gallery and the studios will be open Spring through Fall 10 am-5pm CT Sat. and Sun with special events, including snacks and teas, hikes, workshops, and other outdoor activities. Open other days by appt. See Liquidambarsvi.wordpress.com for details.

 

Saturday, Mar. 25– Spring Wildflower Hikes.

Hiking begins at 1 PM Central time.  Please arrive by 12:30 CT.  For a tour of the solar hand-crafted homes and gardens arrive at 11 am.  All ages welcome, no pets please. The hikes will be accompanied by naturalists, foresters, and bio-enthusiasts familiar with the geography, ecology and biology of the area. There will be 2 hikes each day, one a moderate 2 hr hike, the other a 4-hour rugged mountain trail hike.

Donation of $8-$20 requested.

 

Saturday, Apr. 8 – Spring Wildflower Hikes.

Hiking begins at 1 PM Central time.  Please arrive by 12:30. For a tour of the solar hand-crafted homes and gardens arrive at 11 am.  All ages welcome, no pets please. The hikes will be accompanied by naturalists, foresters, and bio-enthusiasts familiar with the geography, ecology and biology of the area. There will be 2 hikes each day, one a moderate 2 hr hike, the other a 4-hour rugged mountain trail hike.

Donation of $8-$20 requested.

 

Saturday, Apr. 22-23—Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week                                        

We’ll be open for hiking and other outdoor activities for all, with special emphasis on kids.  Homeschoolers welcome!

 

Friday, April 28-Sunday April 30 – Food for Life Conference

The 19th Annual gathering for skills-building around permaculture, organic gardening, food preservation, methods of cooking and diet choices, discovering native medicinal and edible plants, and health and nutrition. We will also focus on the social and ecological implications of agriculture, including factory farming and local small-scale agriculture.  Kids’ sessions will emphasize health, food, and outdoor adventure. Sliding scale of $100-$200 includes all meals and rustic camping.

Saturday, June 3 – National Trails Day

SVI will host guided hikes and trail maintenance on National Trails Day® which brings together outdoor enthusiasts across the country to promote healthy living, protect green spaces, and reinforce the importance of trails in our community.   This event is for all ages, and will bring kids into contact with the wonders of our forest and mountain.  Learn more at www.nationaltrailsday.org.

 

 

Workshops and programs at the Sequatchie Valley Institute are intentionally affordable using a scale based on income.  For more information, contact SVI, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397; 423-949-5922/4598; email education@svionline.org.

https://SVIonline.org

https://liquidambarsvi.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/Sequatchie Valley Institute

https://www.facebook.com/liquidambargallery.SVI

https://www.facebook.com/sassyshadowspottery

 

 The Sequatchie Valley Institute is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization  promoting education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art.  We offer opportunities to experience and learn about living in harmony with nature by providing:

  • tours for kids, scouts, and adults: permaculture gardens, forest trails and solar hand-crafted homes
  • workshops and programs emphasizing healthy natural and sustainable living                  
  • education, research, and art programming
  • three hundred acres of forest with trails, protected forever by the Land Trust for Tennessee
  • a tree-top retreat center available for meetings, weddings, and other events
  • Liquidambar Art Gallery presenting fine art by local artists, hiking and picnicking

 

SEQUATCHIE VALLEY INSTITUTE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SPRING 2017

 

Come out and enjoy springtime in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. We are only 45 minutes from Chattanooga by car, but an infinite distance in peace and quiet with the opportunity to enjoy the natural world, hike on trails in a pristine forest, and experience a sustainable lifestyle. Plan to visit Liquidambar Art Gallery at SVI to shop for exquisite handmade art and crafts produced by staff and regional artists. All sales help benefit SVI non-profit educational programs.  All times are CT, 1 hour behind Chattanooga time.  Watch our Facebook pages and websites for added events!

Each Weekend – Liquidambar Art Gallery, Nature Trails, and Arboretum open 10 am-5 pm CT

The gallery and the studios will be open Spring through Fall 10 am-5pm CT Sat. and Sun with special events, including snacks and teas, hikes, workshops, and other outdoor activities. Open other days by appt. See Liquidambarsvi.wordpress.com for details.

 

 

 

Saturday, Mar. 25– Spring Wildflower Hikes.

Hiking begins at 1 PM Central time.  Please arrive by 12:30 CT.  For a tour of the solar hand-crafted homes and gardens arrive at 11 am.  All ages welcome, no pets please. The hikes will be accompanied by naturalists, foresters, and bio-enthusiasts familiar with the geography, ecology and biology of the area. There will be 2 hikes each day, one a moderate 2 hr hike, the other a 4-hour rugged mountain trail hike.

Donation of $8-$20 requested.

 

Saturday, Apr. 8 – Spring Wildflower Hikes.

Hiking begins at 1 PM Central time.  Please arrive by 12:30. For a tour of the solar hand-crafted homes and gardens arrive at 11 am.  All ages welcome, no pets please. The hikes will be accompanied by naturalists, foresters, and bio-enthusiasts familiar with the geography, ecology and biology of the area. There will be 2 hikes each day, one a moderate 2 hr hike, the other a 4-hour rugged mountain trail hike.

Donation of $8-$20 requested.

 

Saturday, Apr. 22-23—Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week                                        

We’ll be open for hiking and other outdoor activities for all, with special emphasis on kids.  Homeschoolers welcome!

 

Friday, April 28-Sunday April 30 – Food for Life Conference

The 19th Annual gathering for skills-building around permaculture, organic gardening, food preservation, methods of cooking and diet choices, discovering native medicinal and edible plants, and health and nutrition. We will also focus on the social and ecological implications of agriculture, including factory farming and local small-scale agriculture.  Kids’ sessions will emphasize health, food, and outdoor adventure. Sliding scale of $100-$200 includes all meals and rustic camping.

Saturday, June 3 – National Trails Day

SVI will host guided hikes and trail maintenance on National Trails Day® which brings together outdoor enthusiasts across the country to promote healthy living, protect green spaces, and reinforce the importance of trails in our community.   This event is for all ages, and will bring kids into contact with the wonders of our forest and mountain.  Learn more at www.nationaltrailsday.org.

 

 

Workshops and programs at the Sequatchie Valley Institute are intentionally affordable using a scale based on income.  For more information, contact SVI, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397; 423-949-5922/4598; email education@svionline.org.

https://SVIonline.org

https://liquidambarsvi.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/Sequatchie Valley Institute

https://www.facebook.com/liquidambargallery.SVI

https://www.facebook.com/sassyshadowspottery

 

 The Sequatchie Valley Institute is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization  promoting education and research in sustainable green living, ecology, and art.  We offer opportunities to experience and learn about living in harmony with nature by providing:

  • tours for kids, scouts, and adults: permaculture gardens, forest trails and solar hand-crafted homes
  • workshops and programs emphasizing healthy natural and sustainable living                  
  • education, research, and art programming
  • three hundred acres of forest with trails, protected forever by the Land Trust for Tennessee
  • a tree-top retreat center available for meetings, weddings, and other events
  • Liquidambar Art Gallery presenting fine art by local artists, hiking and picnicking