Art Market features new works

Recent works by painter Marie Merritt of Rutledge and potter Millie Derrick of Sevierville will be on display Sept. 28 through Nov. 1, 2015 at the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville.

An opening reception for the featured artists will begin at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 2, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, with complimentary refreshments and music performed by The Accidentals.

Morning Mist

Morning Mist, oil on canvas,  by Marie Burchette Merritt. Photo courtesy the artist.

Marie Burchette Merritt draws inspiration from the rich history and heritage of her native east Tennessee and southern Appalachia and translates its beauty into stories told on canvas. Her award-winning oil paintings preserve historical characters and pastoral landscapes of vanishing rural farmlands. Keeping with tradition, the University of Tennessee graduate and sought-after instructor combines transparent and opaque paints in time-honored techniques reminiscent of the old masters, to set a mood of reflective observation.

Millie Derrick was born in the small Tennessee town of Church Hill and is an accomplished potter currently living in Sevierville, close to the Great Smoky Mountains. She hand builds functional and decorative clay pieces, each of which has a distinctive signature edging. Millie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from East Tennessee State University and has continued her education at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg. She also conducts pottery workshops for students of all ages in her home studio.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors away from Mast General store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call 865-525-5265.