August 2017 art at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 4-25, 2017. A reception will take place on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Work by L. Bethsy Salage on the North Wall
Featuring floral paintings made with watercolors and metallic ink.

Terina Gillette: Temperance: An Expose of Emotion in the lower gallery
Terina Gillette resides in Knoxville. She works in a variety of media such as window painting, chalk art murals, traditional wall murals, working with acrylics, papers, pencils, and face & body painting. She publishes an International art magazine that highlights professional artists and students. The magazine has been sent to Belgium, Italy, Holland, and the UK. You will find Gillette teaching art to local home education students at her private studio as well as summer art camps at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She is a member of numerous associations nationwide and locally that promote and support arts and culture. Each weekend you can find her face painting unique and beautiful designs for public and private events around town. She is in her master’s program for psychology and recently graduated with a double Bachelors in psychology. She believes that art is an important venue for healing and enjoying life, and that art is the fullest expression of emotions.

A1LabArts: Open Show with Dada Inspiration: GODDESS/JAPAN/PEACE in the Balcony gallery
A1LabArts is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media. Through events, workshops, shows and performances, A1LabArts aims to make connections in the community among artists of different ages, interests and backgrounds. They see art as a bridge between ideas and people and use their space in Emory Place as a catalyst to spark innovation and make connections. Their current membership includes 60 artists and is open to the public.

Mary Saylor: A Whimsical Nature in the display case
Mary Saylor has been fascinated by all sorts of artistic endeavors from her childhood and was raised by parents who themselves were creative individuals. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University with a minor in Sculpture and taught art in middle school for some time in Ohio. Over the years, she has dabbled in various creative outlets including drawing, quilting, painting, woodcarving and clay and recently has focused on paper mâché sculptures. Saylor has a profound love and appreciation of all animals, great and small, and this devotion is clearly seen in her whimsical, humorous animal sculptures.

Dick Wills: Celebrate Color in the Atrium
Dick Wills is an older adult with a broad background and many hobbies. A Chemical Engineer by training, he owns and operates a manufacturing company in West Knoxville. He plays over 20 instruments and is a member of his church music worship program. Wills frequents the gym and hikes as much as possible. Several times each year, he travels to the northwest to search for and excavate dinosaur fossils. His art is multimedia: he utilizes oil, acrylic, dye, watercolor and more for paper and tissue collages and canvas/other surfaces.

“Colors are full of joy and are therapeutic,” says Wills. “They attract the eye and lift the spirit. It is not so much what you see, but how you feel when you see it. Simple color and form can change your attitude and brighten your day in one look.”

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at