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

 

 

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.

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

 

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.
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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.

 

https://liquidambarsvi.wordpress.com;

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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The Sequatchie Valley Institute cordially invites you to Wine and Spirits in the Woods at Moonshadow near Dunlap, TN Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 4:30 pm CT

UPDATE  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.

 Our Fundraising Goal is $900 to pay the Sequatchie Valley Institute liability insurance for the coming year.  

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Sequatchie Valley Institute Events!!!

Nov. 12: Wine and Spirits in the Woods Fundraiser
Dec. 17: Holiday Season Opening Reception at the Liquidambar Art Gallery at SVI

Join us as we explore the magic and novelty of our lives while tasting wines, meads, elixirs, and other oddities from cellar, cave and apothecary, made with fruits and herbs growing in edible landscapes, gardens, vineyard, and forest. 

Additional activities on this day of fun will include:

Ø  At 3:00:  A tour of SVI, including the hand-crafted solar powered structures and permaculture gardens
Ø  Artistic and Musical Entertainment
Ø  Snacks and Outdoor Activities for kids!

 Allow 30 minutes to hike from the parking area to Moonshadow along a beautiful Nature Trail.  You may come early for hiking the trails and Arboretum– bring a lunch or snacks to eat at our picnic areas. See below for more information on the trails.  Dress warmly for the outdoors and be ready for adventure!  

This is an annual FUNdraising event for SVI.  A tax-deductible minimum donation of $25 per person/$40 per family is requested. Credit cards, Paypal and cash are accepted. All proceeds will be used for our non-profit educational programs. Work trade may be arranged in advance.

We encourage folks to spend the night. If you choose to do so, bring a tent, flashlight and bedding. Sunday brunch will be provided.  Please leave your pets at home.

SVI is 45 minutes from Chattanooga, at 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN 37397

Register at 423-949-5922/4598 or
Patrick@svionline.org
Friend us at
www.facebook.com/SequatchieValleyInstitute

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, nature trails, and arboretum with 100 named trees, 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

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!