Local art exhibit on Broadway

Broadway Studios and Gallery located at 1127 N Broadway, Knoxville will be hosting Dino Day Liddick and Brandy Slaybaugh in an art show being held through Saturday, August 26, 2017. The opening reception will be held on First Friday, August 5th from 5-9pm. Light refreshments will be served and parking is on premises.

Dino Day Liddick is a self-taught painter currently from Knoxville TN. Rather than pulling ideas together traditionally used to produce “art”, he practices clearing his mind through the process of abstract painting resulting in an artistic product than can be shared. Photo submitted.

Brandy Slaybough works primarily with ink and watercolor. Her work is geared toward pantheistic themes and divinity in small things inspired by mythology & magic, fairy tales, and gods. She questions what is part of this world, what is supernatural, and the blurring of the line between the two. Photo submitted.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located at 1127 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN. Found 1.5 miles north of the Old City and is between 4th and Gill and Old North Neighborhoods next to Vinyard Flooring. Regular business hours are 10am-6pm Thursday-Saturday or whenever the “open” sign is on throughout the week.

For more info please contact: Jessica Gregory 865-556-8676.

 


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 www.knoxalliance.com.


Impressionists on display at KMA

(Knoxville, TN) – The Knoxville Museum of Art announces American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony from August 11 through November 12, 2017.

Drawn from the extensive collection of the Reading Public Museum, this vibrant exhibition examines the key role played by artists’ colonies in the development of American Impressionism. It features more than 50 paintings and works on paper by Frank W. Benson, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, William Paxton, Robert Reid, Chauncey Ryder, John Twachtman, Julian Alden Weir, and many others.

Many of the nationally prominent artists represented in this exhibition have ties to East Tennessee and the KMA’s ongoing display Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee. More than a dozen participated in large art exhibitions held in conjunction with Knoxville’s 1910 and 1911 Appalachian Expositions, and the 1913 National Conservation Exposition. Their paintings appeared alongside those of several East Tennessee artists represented in Higher Ground, such as Catherine Wiley, Lloyd Branson, Adelia Lutz, Charles Krutch, and Hugh Tyler, to name a few. These sprawling and ambitious exhibitions were designed with the goal of bringing the “best contemporary art in America” to people of the region. The displays highlighted art currents of the day, and allowed East Tennessee artists to demonstrate their proficiency in a national context.

Among other ties, John F. Carlson served as a juror for the 1913 Expo art exhibition along with Knoxville impressionist painter Catherine Wiley. Robert Reid was one of Wiley’s art instructors during her studies in New York, and Mary Cassatt’s intimate domestic scenes inspired Wiley’s career-long interest in depicting women and children. As a result of these and other connections, this exhibition offers a broader national lens through which viewers can assess the work of Wiley, Branson, Lutz, Krutch, Tyler and other Higher Ground artists who also experimented with Impressionism.

Robert Reid (Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1862-1929 Clifton Springs, New York), Summer Breezes, ca. 1910-20. Oil on canvas, 33 ¾ x 39 inches, Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy KMA.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.


Art Market seeks artists

Knoxville’s Art Market Gallery is currently accepting applications for a Sunday, August 27, 2017 membership jury. Acceptance for membership is determined by a jury of six active gallery members and is based on the quality of the applicant’s work; the applicant’s ability to be involved in a cooperative effort; as well as, the needs of the gallery.

Patrons enjoy visiting the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville during a recent First Friday celebration, a city-wide event with open house opportunities at local businesses. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in ​2D & 3D media​. Prospective members may deliver four pieces of their work and completed application form with $30 jury fee to the gallery at 422 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Delivery may be made 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

Instructions and an application form are available at www.artmarketgallery.net​.


Alliance Arts awards announced

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is pleased to announce 33 awards to 36 local artists and organizations as part of the Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants for 2017-2018. This new program of the Arts & Heritage Fund, with awards distributed through the Alliance, provides financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations (with annual budgets under $100,000). The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development.

A total of 34 individuals and seventeen organizations applied for the competitive grants, and interviews determined the awards in June.

The following 22 individual applicants will receive a total of $68,492 in Bailey Opportunity grants for these projects:
+ Mike Berry – $2,170 for website upgrade and art workshops.
+ Jo Marie Brotherton – $1,923 for a one week master class from master glass artist, Astrid Reidel.
+ Marcus Carmon – $5,000 for documentary Canon camera kit.
+ Antuco Chicaiza – $1,500 for classes at Arrowmont.
+ Bobbie Crews – $1,200 for portrait painting classes.
+ Ace Edewards – $9,500 to study conducting at Sarasota Opera.
+ Kelly Hider – $544 to present and attend Southeaster College Art Conference in Columbus, OH.
+ Jackie Holloway – $1,511 for writing workshops.
+ Jonathan Howe – $2,179 for light dome tent.
+ Norman Magden – $4,939 for camcorder.
+ Renee Mathies – $1,923 for a one week master class from master glass artist, Astrid Reidel.
+ Cheryl Prose – $1,050 for a workshop at Arrowmont.
+ Denise Sanabria – $1,160 for classes at Arrowmont and Penland.
+ Arnold Schwartzbart (deceased) – $469 for archival materials to support collection acquisition by McClung Collection.
+ Emily Shane – $1,421 for digital cutter, cutting mat, and blades.
+ Stephen Spidell – $1,200 for lessons with Seth Haverkamp.
+ Jered Sprecher – $9,290 for research on “The Garden”.
+ Steven Trigg – $1,000 for video mentoring.
+ Trillium Piano Trio – $2,000 to develop a marketing plan.
+ Dominick White – $1,000 for professional vocal training.
+ Bryan Wilkerson – $8,163 to develop a mobile exhibition space.
+ John Powers & Joshua Bienko – $9,350 to establish a collaborative artist venue.

The following eleven organizations will receive a total of $31,431 in Bailey Opportunity grants for these projects:
+ Asian Culture Center – $800 for website improvements.
+ Cattywampus Puppet Council – $3,500 for work with Spiral Q in Philadelphia, PA.
+ Knoxville Community Darkroom – $2,830 to develop a mobile darkroom.
+ Generations Literacy Alliance – $2,000 for professional development for staff.
+ Go! Contemporary Dance – $4,900 for Canon XA35 camera, computer software, and training.
+ HoLa Hora Latina – $2,500 for website upgrade.
+ Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus – $5,500 for management software and website upgrade.
+ Knoxville Guitar Society – $2,250 for Matthew Hinsley consultation.
+ Marble City Opera – $4,089 for portable keyboard.
+ Moving Theatre – $500 for Alliance for Better Nonprofits membership and consultation.
+ Tiger Lily Theatre – $2,562 for portable lighting system.

The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville by: encouraging contributions to the city’s economy and quality of life by artists and arts and history organizations; positioning Knoxville as a community that honors its creative industry and supports the efforts of artists and organizations to achieve excellence; and raising public profiles of artists and organizations within the city and beyond.

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

For more information, visit http://www.knoxalliance.com/bailey.


Broadway Studios call for artists

Knoxville, TN – Broadway Studios and Gallery is having an open call for artists to submit to “The Black and White Art Show.” Artwork should be submitted on Thursday-Saturday, August 24 – 26, 2017 from 10am till 7pm.

In the competition, all work must contain only black and white as it’s primary colors. All variety of grays, all black, or all white art will be accepted for this show.

This is a juried show in that all art must fit the theme of the show. All work that does not fit this theme as described above will be disqualified.

All media is welcome.

Opening night will be held on Friday, “First Friday,” September 1st from 5-9pm. Prizes will be awarded at 6pm sharp.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located at 1127 N Broadway NE, in Knoxville, It is 1 mile north of the Old City and one block south of WATE Channel 6 Studios’ at Greystone Mansion and is next to Vinyard Flooring in “Wright’s Place.”

Broadway Studios And Gallery is a collective of 10 artists each with a studio in the same building. The studio offers a retail shop, monthly art exhibits, community art competitions, and private lessons.

For more information, contact Jessica Gregory at 865-566-8676 or Email: BroadwayStudiosAndGallery@gmail.com.

 


Call for artists: Arts in the Airport

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the 18th Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.

Beginning on October 15, 2017, McGhee Tyson Airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary. In conjunction with this anniversary milestone, Arts in the Airport welcomes works that have been inspired by the past 80 years of progress within our community. Whether works of art are inspired by progress seen in aviation, transportation, or travel, this Arts in the Airport Exhibit will be one of the events that the Airport Authority highlights in its year-long anniversary campaign: “Celebrating 80 Years in 80 Ways.” More information about McGhee Tyson Airport can be found at www.flyknoxville.com.

Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 27 – October 18, 2017.

The deadline for entries to be received is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards.

Artists may find more information and an entry form at www.knoxalliance.com/airport-entry/.

The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee. Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media) and may not have previously shown at the Emporium. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance.

About the juror: John Douglas Powers was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1978. His sculptural work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The MIT Museum, The Telfair Museum of Art, The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, The Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The Huntsville Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The Alexander Brest Museum, The Masur Museum, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Brenda Taylor Gallery, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Vero Beach Museum of Art and Cue Art Foundation. His videos and animations have been screened internationally. Powers studied art history at Vanderbilt University and earned his MFA in sculpture, with distinction, at the University of Georgia. His work has been featured in The New York Times, World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Virginia A Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant as well as a Southeastern College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. Powers currently lives and works in Knoxville and is Associate Professor of Sculpture at The University of Tennessee.

The current Arts in the Airport exhibition features the work of 41 artists in the East Tennessee region.

King Cake Glitter by Denise Stewart-Sanabria. Image courtesy Arts and Culture Alliance.
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


New Emporium Exhibit July 2017

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from July 7-28, 2017. A reception will take place on Friday, July 7, 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.

Knoxville Photo 2017 in the lower gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present the fifth annual Knoxville Photo, an exhibition featuring selected works from 37 artists throughout the region. Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for photographers to compete on a national scale and display their work. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more. Image: Photo by Jonathan Young.

Baldwin Lee served as juror for the exhibition and viewed images from 107 artists to select the exhibition. Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means. His efforts in the classroom have been honored with the University’s two highest teaching distinctions: the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For more information about Baldwin Lee, please visit www.baldwinlee.com.

The following artists’ works will be shown:
+ Pat Kumicich of Naples, FL
+ William Richard Major of Athens, GA
+ Samuel Brown of Dacula, GA
+ Joseph Potter of Decatur, GA
+ Jessica Holly of Berea, KY
+ Sam Hill Matthews of, NC
+ Thom O’Connor of New York, NY
+ Ken Van Dyne of Cincinnati, OH
+ M. Jordan Phillips of Alcoa, TN
+ Jeffrey Stoner of Kingsport, TN

+ Louise T. Boyd, Khoa Dinh, Jurgen Dopatka, Elena Ganusova, Eric L. Hansen, Gary Heatherly, David A. Johnson, Gretchen Kaplan, Brian McDaniel, Sara Blair McNally, Yasmin Murphy, Thomas Owens, Hei Park, Chris Rohwer, Clay Thurston, Jeff Wischkaemper, Jonathan Young and Steve Zigler of Knoxville, TN

+ Cat Griffith-Benson and Chase Smith of Maryville, TN
+ Lee Steenbergen of Murfreesboro, TN
+ Debra Lovvorn Belvin and Krzysztof Rykaczewski of Oak Ridge, TN
+ Phil Savage and Cheryl Tarrant of Powell, TN
+ Robert Batey of Sevierville, TN
+ Rowan James of Ten Mile, TN

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 www.knoxalliance.com.

 


Fountain City hosts art show

The Fountain City Art Guild Annual Spring and Summer Exhibit and Sale will present an Opening Reception 6:30 – 8:00 PM, on Friday, June 9, 2017. The work on exhibit will be available to view from June 9 – July 6, 2017.

The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Avenue in Knoxville. The exhibit building is located next to Fountain City Park.

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9-5; Friday 10-5; Saturday 9-1; Closed to the public Sunday and Monday.

For more information, contact: Executive Director Sylvia Williams, (865)357-ARTS, swilliams@fcartcenter.com; or visit www.fountaincityartcenter.com.

Image courtesy Fountain City Art Center; by artist Marcy Dickert.


A1LabArts presents Porter3

Knoxville, Tenn. – A1LabArts presents an exhibit displaying the work of John, Barbara, and Elizabeth Porter from June 2-4, 2017.

Jack Porter has been making wooden sculptures for 40+ years and recently created a series of dulcimers and modified banjos.  He typically takes inspiration from nature and often incorporates found objects, such as shells and salvaged metal, into his pieces.

Barbara Porter works in a variety of media but specializes in illustration, works on paper, and weaving.  She has experience with everything from paper-making to soft sculpture and enjoys working with school children to create large-scale installation pieces.  She has contributed anatomical illustrations to a number of academic textbooks.

Elizabeth Porter obtained a B.F.A. in mixed media from the University of North Carolina – Asheville and primarily works in illustration, painting, collage, and assemblage.  Her most recent series of work consists of paintings on three-dimensional canvases.

Exhibition will be held at
A1LabArts
23 Emory Place
Knoxville TN 37917

OPEN HOURS
Reception June 2, 6-9pm
Saturday, June 3, 2-5pm
Sunday, June 4, 2-4pm

For more information, contact Elizabeth Porter at lizmoco1@yahoo.com


Gilded Age on display

KNOXVILLE—The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, opens the new exhibition “Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age,” on May 26, 2017.

The American Gilded Age, defined in the exhibition as 1870-1900, saw rapid growth in mass manufacturing, trade and travel—all of which gave Americans greater access to, and interest in, goods from around the world.

From fish forks and fashionable dress to furniture and fine china, the exhibition explores the personal and household objects that served as visible symbols of wealth, power and social class. The 100-plus objects in the exhibit point to the great changes that were occurring in America at the time, and also to our continuing preoccupation with the objects we choose to buy, wear and display. Image: Three-piece Afternoon Dress, c. 1880s, American, maker unknown. Cotton, velvet, silk. Gift of G.P. Gaut, 1947. Photo courtesy McClung Museum.

“The period’s fixation on wearing the right dress or setting an elegant table is no different than today’s focus on having the right style for one’s home or consuming the right foods or status bag as dictated by Pinterest, celebrities or the thousands of lifestyle gurus that all seem to have blogs and personal brands,” said Catherine Shteynberg, museum assistant director. Shteynberg curated the exhibit with curatorial assistant Melinda Narro.

The exhibit will include an installation of Knoxville native Frederick Bonham’s parlor in the Plaza Hotel in New York City, period dress and accessories, an array of unusual serving utensils and a formal dining table arrangement, and imported goods from across the world. Objects were collected by area families and come from the McClung Museum’s permanent collections, the UT Special Collections Library and the Museum of East Tennessee History.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Groups may schedule tours by calling 865-974-2144 or emailing museum@utk.edu.

Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information booth at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays by request. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit mcclungmuseum.utk.edu.


Broadway Studios call for artists

KNOXVILLE, TN – Broadway Studios and Gallery presents an open call to artists for the Music Show, an art competition based on the theme of music and what it means to the artist. All different types of interpretations are welcome. The art is judged on creativity and execution of the concept presented. Winners will be awarded cash prizes on First Friday, June 2, 2017 at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm.

Carl Gombert, art professor of Maryville College, will jury the show. You can learn about Carl at www.carlgombert.com.

All reasonable entries are accepted and each entry costs $5 each with a maximum of 3 entries per person.

All media is accepted. The only requirement is that all 2D must be framed with a wire ready to hang.

Drop off dates for artwork are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May, 25, 26 and 27th from 11am-7pm.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes on “First” Friday, June 2, 2017 at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm.

Parking is easy and on site. Light refreshments will be served.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located at 1127 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Regular business hours are Thursday-Saturday 11am-7pm.

Broadway Studios and Gallery (BSG) is a collective of 10 artists working in individual studios under one roof. BSG hosts a new exhibit every month beginning on every First Friday of the month. The month long exhibit is free to the public. BSG also operates a retail space and individual artists teach in their own studios.

For more informations call Jessica Gregory at 865-556-8676.


Art De Tour 2017 this weekend

KNOXVILLE  – Dogwood Arts hosts the annual Art De Tour this weekend, May 6-7, 2017, a two-day event where local artists welcome the public into their actual studio space so the general public can experience the working creative process and watch demonstrations on making a work of art. Visitors are invited to watch as the artists produce some of East Tennessee’s spectacular masterpieces. Admission is free.

When it comes to art, the creative process can be just as interesting as the finished product. Dogwood Art DeTour provides an intimate look into 22 local artists’ working studios from 10 am to 5 pm, May 6-7, 2017. Image: “Cove Mountain,” by Lisa D. Line, courtesy Dogwood Arts.

Participating artists range from a wide variety of artistic genres and all studios will have original works on display for purchase.  Dogwood Arts is excited to showcase artists working in their studio, as well as the many final art pieces presented during Dogwood Art DeTour.


New exhibit at Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from May 5-26, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 5:00-9:00 PM 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.

The First Friday reception also features music and dance by Pasión Flamenca (led by Lucia Andronescu) in the Black Box at 6:00 PM and new music by the Domino quartet (Mike Baggetta – electric guitar; Keith Brown – drums; Jon Hamar – double bass; and Jorge Variego – composition, electronics and clarinets) at 8:00 PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and chocolate fondue from the Melting Pot will be available.

Artwork by Carol Grant Stevens.
6 to 96: The Stevens Family in the lower gallery
Very few artists have been successful without the contributions of family, community and teachers. “6 to 96: The Stevens Family” is a group show consisting of artists from an extended family with ages ranging from six years old to 96 years old. Like the distance between six and 96, there is a spectrum of styles, perspectives, and experiences displayed. There is an inherent poetry created by the family unit. It is where one first learns to love, function, forgive and inspire. “6 to 96” is a show about the grace and beauty that emerges when immersed in a supportive creative environment.

Exhibiting artists include: Nate Butkus (drawing and mixed media); Ray Butkus (ceramist and jeweler); Virginia Butkus Gould (painter); Jonathan Grant (painter); Kathryn Lindsay Grant (painter); Allison Rae Nichols (painter); Carl Stevens (functional design); Carol Grant Stevens (painter); Charles Stevens (sculpture and jewelry); Connor Stevens (drawing); Mark Stevens (photography); Terry Stevens (painting); and William Stevens (painter and sculptor, deceased).

Luis Velázquez: Retrospective 1937-2016 and Family Continuity in the Balcony gallery
In this retrospective of Luis Velázquez, curated by Dina Ruta, the public will have the premiere opportunity to contemplate his artistic trajectory. Velázquez was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1937 and worked as a civil engineer, a community activist, and an artist who liked to paint landscapes and portraits. He used primarily oil, and all through his work, one can see his interest in landscapes. Every piece of art is a mirror that reveals his acute vision and is testimony to his perceptions, dreams and memories.

Reality, for Velázquez, was a single element and is reflected in his paintings. His technique was a calculated elaboration of the chromatic plane. His brush was free, his palette colorful, vibrant and full of light, and his scenes were always full of life. His favorite inspirational sites included Puerto Rico and the Smoky Mountains. Velázquez was the founder of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee. He was committed to the Latino community, always ready to extend a friendly hand without the expectation of retribution; thus, earning much respect and love.

Julie Fawn Boisseau-Craig: Embodiment – A Search for Serenity in the display case
Artist Julie Fawn Boisseau-Craig works in porcelain and glass primarily but utilizes metals and wood as necessary to create her sculptural, wearable and or functional pieces. Her studio, Wild Pony Studio, is located in Rockford. She also works in hot glass at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, North Carolina. She has shown nationally and participated in and taught many workshops and demonstrations. Boisseau-Craig received her MFA in 2012 and taught Introduction to Visual Art, 3D Art, Drawing and Ceramics at Western Carolina University. She also taught Drawing and Ceramics at Southwestern Community College in North Carolina. She was also an artist assistant to Tennessee-based glass artist Richard Jolley.

Her work directly responds to the contradictions and complexities of life. She strives to create beauty out of chaos. “I believe my work to be an ethereal commentary on the complicated fragility and contradictions of everyday life,” Boisseau-Craig says. For more information, please visit http://www.wildponystudio.com/.

Works by Heather Huebner on the North Wall
Heather Huebner was born in Euclid, OH and grew up in a suburb east of Cleveland. Her body of work is creating abstracted memories and/or thoughts of landscapes into paintings, influenced by growing up on Lake Erie. She is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelors of Fine Arts focused in painting and is currently working in Knoxville.

“The first half of my work was done by using fluid materials and allowing them to dry over time, letting nature take its course upon the pigments,” says Huebner. “The process in which they are created – pouring onto the canvas – has the same effect as the fluidness of bodies of water on land or on a shoreline. Just as a puddle may sit for days and eventually evaporate, leaving some sediment behind, so too do these pigments. In viewing this body of work, one starts to question how those sediments were left behind. Were they an accident or were they intentional? For me, these marks create a personal connection to experiences I’ve had in the past. A unique mark or color or texture invokes the imagery of a landscape in my memory.”

The second half of Huebner’s work is fantasy. The shapes and colors and compositions have been determined by a feeling of unknowing and are structured on ideas of what could be rather than what she has seen in the past. For more information, please visit http://heatherhuebner.weebly.com/.

Stephen Spidell: Iterations of Movement in the Atrium
“Save yourselves from inquiring about the art’s potential of increasing your self-awareness or revealing any aspects of the human condition,” says Stephen Spidell. “My latest body of work exists merely for your aesthetic pleasure.” His charcoal and pastel drawings abstract human hair to create close-ups and landscapes. The emotive marks create waves and undulations that replicate the dynamism of the tress while contriving contrasts of value and texture.

Stephen Spidell currently resides in his hometown of Knoxville. His art education started at age seven when he trained under Janice Fancher, and he received his Associate of Arts in Studio Art from Pellissippi State. He is mainly known for his charcoal abstractions of hair, but he continues to indulge in other media including graphite, pen and ink, and pastel; his other subject matter includes botany and the human figure.

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. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.


Art sale at Knoxville Museum of Art

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location exhibition and art sale Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 6-8:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Local and regional artists have been invited to showcase their talent by producing work out of doors around Knoxville between April 26 and 29. The public is invited to watch as the artists paint around town. (Locations will be listed on knoxart.org in mid-April.) Artists will then exhibit and sell those works at the Awards Reception and Art Sale on Saturday, April 29.

North Carolina Artist Jim Carson is the Featured Artist and Juror for this year’s Artists on Location event. Carson has received a number of awards in both local and national shows, and gives workshops throughout the United States. Carson is known for his creative color balance and bold and expressive brushwork. He is a member of Plein Air Painters of the South East, an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.

Jim Carson, “Flowers in the Hamptons;” image courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.


Tori Mason Shoes hosts exhibit

Knoxville, TN. — Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to present artist Gwyn Pevonka and her “babes and blooms” series for April’s First Friday. Tori Mason Shoes, located at 29 Market Square in downtown Knoxville, will host an opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided and Gwyn’s art will be featured for the month of April.

About the artist:

Experimenting with paint as an object, she is interested in the Heroic Gesture of a woman as she creates large-scale paintings that are just as much about line and color as they are about texture. Applying hundreds of layers of color, these completely abstract pieces are vibrant with movement. Through gouging and carving, the paint is physically removed from the surface. Digging deeper in some areas, while more shallow in others, psychedelic colors are revealed, evoking emotion and excited contemplation. Her Artist Statement simply reads, “I have emptied myself, and made myself nothing, chasing the sweet satisfaction of an identity I created through a single gouge.”

Gwyn Pevonka is originally from Indiana. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Appalachian State University in 2011. Moving to Columbia quickly after graduating, she began renting a studio space at Tapp’s Art Center in downtown and became apart of the vibrant art scene. She has moved on from Columbia after being there for 5 years to Knoxville, TN and is excited to see where she’ll make her mark.


Museum celebrates TN Marble

In conjunction with the feature exhibition Rock of Ages: East Tennessee’s Marble Industry  the Museum of East Tennessee History is inviting public participation in its ongoing efforts to study and document items made from marble quarried in East Tennessee, including  photographs, documents, and stories relating to marble history and workers. Anyone with relevant information is encouraged to bring these to a Tennessee Marble Documentation Day on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

East Tennessee marble is prized by architects, builders, and sculptors for its structural and decorative properties. The marble industry was once an important sector of East Tennessee’s economy. By the mid-1850s, East Tennessee marble from Knox County had been chosen for the interiors of the Tennessee State Capitol and marble from Hawkins County was being installed inside the new House and Senate wings of the United States Capitol. In the decades that followed, East Tennessee’s varicolored marble was sought by architects for the interiors of a variety of public buildings: state capitol buildings, courthouses, city halls. Tennessee marble would soon also be ordered for high traffic railroad terminal flooring across the United States and Canada.

Reminders of the once prominent Tennessee marble industry can be seen today, in late 19th, early 20th century buildings on Gay Street and other corners of downtown, in building facades, steps and entranceways, and interior lobbies. The Knoxville Post Office and Federal Building on Main Street is a particularly fine example dating from the 1930s. And Knoxville, a city that has won national recognition for historic preservation, continues to embrace its marble heritage in modern buildings such as the expansion of the U.S. Custom House into the East Tennessee History Center and the exterior marble of the Knoxville Museum of Art.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a special panel discussion taking place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The panel will feature Susan Knowles, Ph.D., of the Center of historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University, as moderator, as well as members of four families who were prominent in the marble business—Sonja Jones, Finbarr Saunders, Jean Vestal, and Beth Wolf, who will talk about their family’s experiences relating to the marble industry.

The program is free and open to the public. Visitors will also be invited to tour the museum for free and enjoy the Rock of Ages exhibition. The Museum of East Tennessee History is operated by the East Tennessee Historical Society and is located in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. For further information, call (865) 215-8829 or visit www.eastTNhistory.org.

 


Knoxville Puppet Parade is May 21

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 Cattywampus Puppet Council will bring Knoxville its first-ever giant puppet parade, The Appalachian Puppet Pageant, as part of this spring’s Open Streets in East Knoxville.

The Appalachian Puppet Pageant will be an East Tennessee inspired community puppet parade. It will bring together members of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the ecology and culture of the region through visual and performance art, and feature puppets up to 12 feet tall. Community members will craft individual and collaborative pieces, and create a living, breathing art exhibit in the streets of Knoxville. Participation in the parade is free and open to people of all ages.

Both Cattywampus and Open Streets invite the community to come play together. From 2-6 PM that Sunday, Knoxvillians are invited to walk, parade, bike, jog or dance their way through the streets. Magnolia Ave., from Randolph St. to North Chestnut St., with a small loop onto East Depot Ave. will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing revelers a day of playing, exercising, socializing, and shopping all on foot or two wheels. The parade will kick off the event at 2pm and traverse the entire route. Open Streets Knoxville, hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville with support from the City of Knoxville, Knoxville Regional TPO, Visit Knoxville and Knox County, aims to promote physical activity and community interaction during this free community event.

To prepare for the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Cattywampus has been holding free puppet building workshops throughout the community. Workshop dates and resources for learning how to build a giant puppet for the parade can be found on Cattywampus’s website. The group is also looking for volunteers for the day of the parade, as well as donations of supplies and financial support. Information about donating or getting involved with the parade is available on the group’s website at https://cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com/appalachian-puppet-pageant/

Open Streets Knoxville is still looking for Sponsors and Activity Providers as well. Activity providers are asked to provide programming, with emphasis on interactive, fun activities that promote physical activity, health, the outdoors, community, and safety. The free and family-friendly activities hosted by activity providers help make Open Streets Knoxville an enriching and fun experience for participants. To find out more, visit www.openstreetsknoxville.com.

Cattywampus Puppet Council was founded in 2014 by local artists Rachel Milford and Shelagh Leutwiler. They are a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee and are fiscally sponsored through Community Shares. The mission of Cattywampus is to strengthen community and promote play through the puppetry arts. They do this through creating original shows, workshops, and puppet parades, involving members of the community of all ages and backgrounds. Their goal is to foster dialogue, laughter, wonder, and healing along the way. More information about Cattywampus is available at http://www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.


Broadway Studios presents new art

Broadway Studios and Gallery proudly presents artist Charlesey Charlton-McCallister in her solo exhibit entitled “Interrupted Signal,” with a gallery opening for First Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-9 p.m. In this exhibit Charlesey displays abstract work dealing with digital media as a way to make the viewer contemplate it’s role in society. Image below courtesy the artist.

For the opening reception of “Interrupted Signal,” there will be a tent provided by All Occasions Party Rentals. Performances under the tent will include poetry readings by Sundress Academy for the Arts, abstract music by Laith Keilany, and Asian cuisine will be provided by popular food truck/stand Oishii Knox for under $10/plate.

The event opens “First” Friday April 7th from 5-9pm.

The exhibit will be on display from April 7-29, 2017. Parking is on site. All ages are welcome.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located at 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located across Broadway from the historic 4th and Gill Neighborhood and is situated next to Vinyard Floor Covering Co. in Wright’s Place.

Regular gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 11am-7pm.


Knox Makers share work space

Knoxville Mayor Rogero is scheduled to cut the metal ribbon to kick off the grand opening of Knox Makers new community-oriented makerspace on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 AM. The event, located at 116 Childress Street, is open to the public and will include tours of the new workshop spaces and displays of projects made using the tools in the space that consist of 3D printing, lasercutting, wood working, metal working, and more.

Knox Makers is a place for the Knoxville area’s engineers, artists, hobbyists, innovators, educators and entrepreneurs to work and play. It is a technology and art collective dedicated to the promotion of creativity enabled and informed by science. Knox Makers provides lectures, workshops, and outreach programs that inspire and educate both members and the general public. The nearly 7,000 square foot workshop enables projects ranging from making your own costumes to building your own furniture to designing your own electronics.

“Knox Makers is more than just tools and a workshop,“ says Knox Makers President, Doug Laney. “We have almost 100 members who come together and share what they know. By combining skills and working together, they can make things that they wouldn‘t be able to make alone. That collaboration brings a real sense of community to the space. Being a part of that community is the best thing about Knox Makers.”

The Grand Opening will begin with the ribbon cutting at 11AM, with tours and demonstrations continuing until 4PM. Knox Makers will be signing up new members and selling t-shirts during the event. Mean Mama’s Burgers and Such along with Big O’s Famous Barbecue food trucks will be on site serving lunch.


New works at the Emporium Gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from April 7-28, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, April 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features jazz music by Vance Thompson & Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Little River Artists in the lower gallery
Little River Art & Frame recently launched an international website selling fine art giclees from originals created by their artists. In addition, Little River owns several collections of 18th and 19th Century bird, botanical and equine prints.

Sharon Gillenwater and Michael McKee: Acrylics and Oils in the Balcony gallery
Raised in a small coal mining community in southern West Virginia, Sharon Gillenwater teaches locally and in her home studio as well as nationally at workshops, seminars and conventions.


In the field of art, Michael McKee (work shown above) is largely self-taught and has cultivated his talents through practice and observation. His subjects of choice are animals and landscapes, and his medium of choice is acrylic. McKee is a native Tennessean and has been a member of the Tennessee Artists Association since 1992. Image submitted.

Connections by Renee Suich in the display case
Renee Suich creates mixed media art including collages inspired by nature, history and the energy. Suich now resides in East Tennessee and enjoys experimenting with new media including encaustic work.

The Enlightened and Lost by Kat Lewis on the North Wall
Kat Lewis is an East Tennessee native who grew up in Andersonville. She studied art at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as well as Pellissippi State Community College. Her works illustrate dreams, visions and stories of spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

Barbara West Portrait Group in the Atrium
The original art group was formed in 2001 by a wonderful person named Barbara West. When she died, the group decided to continue meeting in her name. Members have come from various parts of the US and other countries, as well as from Tennessee. The exhibition includes work by Sandra Abraham, Sandy Armel, Carrie Ellen Barnes, Debbie Barnes, Beverly Burdette, Shannon Duggan, Nancy Erickson, Barbara Gray, Tony Kampwerth, Steve Romer, Bob Weir, Owen Weston, and others.

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. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Friday, April 14, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.


Knoxville’s Chris Hornsby goes solo

KNOXVILLE, TENN.— Chris Hornsby, a Tennessee artist and president of Hornsby Brand Design, a Knoxville-based branding design firm, was selected for his first solo exhibit at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tenn. This show runs from Mar. 7 until May 4, 2017, and features 10 pieces of artwork from his “Fracture” series, which range in size from 43″ x 43″ to 90″ x 90″ and consists of 98 canvases. The Opening Reception is slated for Thurs., 5 p.m., Mar. 9, 2017.

Chris Hornsby has shown his work in a variety of states and venues, including the nation’s art capital New York City, but the one-man show at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is his first solo exhibit. Photo submitted.

Hornsby said, “Art is a personal passion of mine of which I’m grateful to express both in my branding design business as well as in my fine art pieces. To be able to show and share my artwork is always quite an honor, but to have a one-man show in one of the state’s leading fine art museums is something that I’m very excited about.”

Inaugurated in 1898, the Customs House Museum is located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville and is Tennessee’s second largest general museum with more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, 20,000 permanent pieces, and hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Hornsby’s “Fracture” series was born out of the artist’s exploration of dark and light fractured imagery used to express his vision of struggle, pain, defeat, and victory. Based on the complex interaction between control, contradiction, and humanity’s violent struggle to succeed, Hornsby experiments with shapes, mediums, ideas, and positions, birthing images that are unexpected, revealing, and exciting. He describes the rearrangement and juxtapositions of his design forms as expressions of raw emotional openings and “an evolution of experimentation and discovery.”

Hornsby has been applying his artistic skills in a variety of capacities after earning a BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia. He has garnered more than 100 creative awards, been inducted into the Knoxville’s American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Fame, as well as being published in numerous prestigious design annuals such as Print and How.

In addition to his dedication to a successful career, Hornsby proactively gives back to the community both monetarily and through donations of his time and talent to various regional, state, and international non-profits.

In his off time, he exercises his creative talent by continually exhibiting his sculptures and paintings, including a recent exclusive show in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s “Black and White Show.” This show, of which his artwork was selected from 1,358 nationwide entries, garnered him a cash prize and an honorable mention awarded by NYC’s art elite, Christiane Paul, the Curator of Media Arts at the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art.

Hornsby is also being featured in the April 2017 issue of Nashville Arts Magazine.


Photo exhibit calls for artists

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fifth annual Knoxville Photo 2017. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 7-28, 2017. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo-entry.

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Juror Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means. His efforts in the classroom have been honored with the University’s two highest teaching distinctions: the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For more information about Baldwin Lee, please visit www.baldwinlee.com.

Knoxville Photo 2016 Best of Show – “Enigma” by Nathan Dean. Photo courtesy Arts & Culture Alliance. The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.


KKB presents 2017 Orchid Awards

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards dinner on March 7, 2017 at 6:00 at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Avenue. The evening will include live music, live painting by muralist Perry Dodson, a silent auction with complimentary beer and wine reception, dinner, and the awards ceremony. Gale Fulton, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, is the speaker.

Awards will be presented to winners in six different categories: Environmental Stewardship, New Architecture, Outdoor Spaces, Public Art, Redesign/Reuse, and Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery.

“Each year the list of nominees reveals a snapshot of the progress and values of our developing city,” stated Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Patience Melnik. “The Redesign/Reuse category continues to be our strongest, with projects exemplifying the continued rebirth of downtown Knoxville. We were also very pleased to see a big jump in the number of strong contenders for the Public Art award. And while there were only three Environmental Stewardship nominees, they are large or culturally significant projects. As an organization with an environmental mission, we are especially excited about these additions to our community.”

The nominees for New Architecture are the Local Motors Microfactory, the Market Square Restroom Facilities, Mountain Commerce Bank, the Natalie Haslam Music Center, and the Student Union at the University of Tennessee. The nominees for Outdoor Spaces are the Baker Creek Preserve, the Blueberry Falls Extension at the University of Tennessee, Hank Rappe Playground at Lakeshore Park, the Old City Gardens, the Secret Garden at the Knoxville Botanical Garden Arboretum, and Suttree Landing Park.

The nominees for Public Art are the Alliance Brewing Company mural, the Chilhowee Park mural, the Jerry’s Artarama mural, Pat Summit Plaza, The Emporium Center Underground Mural, and the Third Creek Greenway mural.

The nominees for Redesign/Reuse are Anderson and Rahman Dermatology, Geo Hair Lab, the Locust Street Pedestrian Bridge, Lululemon Athletica, Patricia Nash Designs, the Powell Airplane Service Station, the Depot at Powell Station, Premier Surgical Associates at Papermill, The Daniel, The Mill and Mine, the Kennedy-Walker-Baker-Sherill House, the 6th Avenue Warehouses, and the 1894 Saloon Building.

The nominees for Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery are: A Dopo Sourdough Pizza, Alliance Brewing Company, Balter Beerworks, J.C. Holdway, Juice Bar in Market Square, K Brew, Lonesome Dove, Remedy Coffee, Schulz Bräu Brewing Company, and Wild Love Bakehouse.

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will be granted to a former Orchid Award winner whose property remains Orchid-worthy.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is honored to have the East Tennessee Community Design Center serve as judges of the dozens of award nominations.

The nominees for Environmental Stewardship are the Beardsley Farm Education Center, the City of Knoxville Public Works Complex, and the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials.

For tickets, please visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/orchid-awards/

All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.


New works displayed at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from March 3-31, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, March 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features music and dance by Pasion Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and live music by Swing Serenade from 7:00-9:00 PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Abingdon Arts Depot – Juried Members Exhibition in the lower gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of mixed media works by 27 members of the Depot Artists Association in Abingdon, Virginia.

Image: Jose Roberto: The Art of Surrealism in the Balcony gallery
“When I was a little boy, I put my hand in a meat grinder and lost most of my left arm,” says artist Jose Roberto. That was the beginning of his life as an artist.

“The loneliness and isolation I experienced during childhood now allow me to delve into the deepest realms of my emotions and release them at will onto the image,” Roberto says. “My subjects are usually emotionally-charged themes brought about by my own life experiences.”

The exhibit also includes new work by Coral Grace Turner in the display case; “New Beginning” by Joe Bracco on the North Wall; and Vintage Re-Inventions: Steampunk Creations by Eric Holstine, Jason Lambert, and Jason Edwards in the Atrium.

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 www.knoxalliance.com.


Ancient Egyptian cats at McClung

KNOXVILLE—The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, opens the new exhibition “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egyptian imagery for thousands of years. Now, 80 items from the Egyptian holdings of the Brooklyn Museum will be on view in “Divine Felines” at the museum through May 7, 2017. Stela with the Gods Bes and Tutu, 332-30 B.C.E.. Limestone, Brooklyn Museum. Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund. Image courtesy McClung Museum.

Likely first domesticated in ancient Egypt, cats were revered for their fertility and valued for their ability to protect homes and granaries from vermin. But felines were also associated with royalty and deities. Combining a lion’s body and a king’s head, sphinxes guarded temple entrances and provided protection as temple objects. The ferocious goddess Sakhmet, depicted as a lioness or lion-headed woman, and the goddess Bastet, represented as a cat or a cat-headed woman, together symbolized the duality of feline nature — caring yet dangerous. The male leonine gods Bes and Tutu were popularly worshiped as protectors of fertility, health and fortune.

Exhibition programming, all free and open to the public, also will include:

A lecture on mummification in ancient Egypt by scholar Bob Brier, co-sponsored by the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Two free family fun days—”Purrs from the Past,” 1–4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and “To Kitties’ Health,” 1­–4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

A stroller tour for caregivers and infants through four-year-olds, “Kitties and Toddlers,” at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

A lecture on cat behavior by Julie Albright from UT’s School of Veterinary Medicine at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19.
“Divine Felines” is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and Yekaterina Barbash, associate curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibition is presented by the Elaine A. Evans Museum Fund, Aletha and Clayton Brodine Museum Fund, the First Tennessee Foundation, UT Ready for the World, Audrey Duncan, Wahid and Samia Hanna, the Archaeological Institute of America, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the Arab American Club of Knoxville. Additional support is provided by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Arts and Heritage Fund.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sundays. Groups may schedule tours by calling 865-974-2144 or emailing museum@utk.edu. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays by request. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.


KMA presents Virtual Views exhibit

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces an exciting new exhibition, Virtual Views: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation, running February 3 through April 16, 2017. This electronic media exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 2017 Big Ears music festival.

Drawn from the extensive Chicago-based collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma, Virtual Views explores the growing importance of electronic new media in contemporary art as seen in the work of artists who are pioneers in the use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes), LCD (liquid crystal display), and computer-driven imagery. The exhibition features nine electronic works comprised of synthetic materials and powered by digital technology, yet the rhythms and patterns of its imagery are derived from nature. The featured artists include Jim Campbell, Craig Dorety, John Gerrard, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Alan Rath, Daniel Rozin, Björn Schülke, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Leo Villareal.

Craig Dorety (Oakland 1973; lives and works in San Francisco) Offset Circles—Yellow Flowering Tree Against Blue Sky, 2014, custom electronics, alupanel, animated LEDs, 24 x 24 x 3 inches.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.


Puppet group awarded art grant

Cattywampus Puppet Council has been awarded a prestigious Burning Man Global Art Grant to help produce the Appalachian Puppet Pageant as part of the Knoxville, Tennessee 2017 Dogwood Arts Festival. The Pageant will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and preparations are already underway.

The Appalachian Puppet Pageant is an East Tennessee inspired community puppet parade. It will bring together members of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the ecology and culture of the region through visual and performance art, and feature puppets up to 12 feet tall. Community members will craft individual and collaborative pieces, and create a living, breathing art exhibit in the streets of Knoxville. Participation in the parade is free and open to people of all ages.

To prepare for the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Cattywampus is holding a series of free workshops on giant puppet construction, and interest has been so overwhelming that the first two have reached capacity. An additional workshop has been added for March 9, 2017 at the Muse Knoxville for interested individuals and community groups. Resources for learning how to build giant puppets for the parade can also be found on the Cattywampus Puppet Council website. The group is also looking for volunteers for the day of the parade, as well as donations of supplies and financial support.

Cattywampus Puppet Council was founded in 2014 by local artists Rachel Milford and Shelagh Leutwiler. They are a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee and are fiscally sponsored through Community Shares. The mission of Cattywampus is to build community and promote play through the puppetry arts. They do this through creating original shows, workshops, and puppet parades, involving members of the community of all ages and backgrounds. Their goal is to foster dialogue, laughter, wonder, and healing along the way.

More information about Cattywampus is available at www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.


Sprecher art on display at KMA

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces a new contemporary exhibition, Outside In, by Jered Sprecher from January 27 through April 16, 2017.

Sprecher lives in Knoxville and is a professor with the University of Tennessee’s School of Art. He enjoys a growing national reputation as one of the leading representative of a generation of contemporary painters dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. He describes himself as a “hunter and gatherer,” pulling his imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones, and x-rays.

Outside In reflects the dynamic range of Sprecher’s recent practice in terms of format, scale, imagery, and process. It also includes several new works configured in a provocatively informal manner designed to reference a space that is central to human domestic life since the dawn of time: the living room. The Study (2013), for instance, depicts an abstracted frontal view of a fireplace entrance defined in broad horizontal strokes in an icy palette that presents the original image in a strange new light. The painting reflects the artist’s examination of parallels between ancient domestic traditions in which the fireplace was a mesmerizing light environment that in contemporary life has been replaced by the ubiquitous digital screen.

Jered Sprecher, “Trees Walking”, 2015. Oil on linen, 72 x 60 inches.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.


New art exhibits at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from February 3-24, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and catering by Zoës Kitchen will be available.

The Slovene Independent Biennial in the lower gallery showcases contemporary graphic illustration in Slovenia. The more than 50 artists on display are alumni of the Independent Biennial and have won multiple national and international awards and grants for their work. Slovenia, a member of the European Union, is located in Central Europe at the northern tip of the Adriatic Sea. Image courtesy Independent Biennial.

National Juried Exhibition of 2017 in the Balcony gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present its eleventh annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 45 artists throughout the United States. Exhibiting artists include: John Anderson, Mark Bender, Eric Buechel, Rebecca J. Buglio, Genevieve Byrd, Bill Cook, Jr., C Y Cooper, Yvonne Dalschen, Claudia Dean, Khoa Dang Dinh, Roger Fleenor, Gordon Fowler, Michael E. Galyon, William Goolsby, Nina Hardison, Ann Harwell, Chasidy Hathorn, Todd Johnson, Perry Johnson, Pat Kumicich, Vickie Kallies Lee, Brandon Lutterman, Benjamin Madeska, Michael Murphy, Julie Oglesby, Clay Pardue, Christen Parker, Amber Patty, Manya Pirkle, Jose Roberto, Chris S. Rohwer, Mark Runge, Mary Saylor, Byeol Shim, Nancy Stalls, Sam Stapleton, Jessica Stewart, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Dale Sumner, Cheryl Tarrant, Keith Thomson, Marilyn Avery Turner, Ken Van Dyne, Katherine Wagner, and Marianne Woodside.

Through My Eyes: Works by Derrick Freeman, an Autistic Artist in the display case
Derrick Freeman resides in Knoxville and is a 26-year old young man who, at the age of two years old, was diagnosed with autism. Soon after his diagnosis he stopped talking. By the age of three, he began to draw. Over the years, Derrick has exhibited his art at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Tennessee Disability Mega Conference, the Art Fair of Madisonville, Very Special Arts (VSA) of Tennessee, Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee Historical Society, Blount Mansion, Davis Art Studio, Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University.

“Travel… Begins Close to Home” by Cheryl Sharp the Atrium
“The devastating fires in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have reminded me of how precious our natural resources and historic structures are and how quickly they can be taken from us,” says Cheryl Sharp. Her exhibition will feature several images in Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reflecting the different seasons of the park, as well as images from the Knoxville area.

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 www.knoxalliance.com.


Call for artists: Arts in the Airport

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the 17th Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.

Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 27 – October 18, 2017.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/airport-entry/.

The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee. Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance.

About the juror: Terri Jordan has been working in and with the arts for more than 20 years. She is the exhibits curator of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, as well as a fine artist working in oils and acrylics. Ms. Jordan has been involved with nonprofit arts organizations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Cumberland Arts League and the Tennessee Art League. Her narrative figurative paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the country. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and is in collections from New York to California, Italy and England.


The current Arts in the Airport exhibition features the work of 40 artists in the East Tennessee region. Image: “Spring Morning, John Messer Cantilever Barn” (Oil on linen) by Mike Gaylon.


Dogwood Arts features Glass Guys

On January 13, 2017, Dogwood Arts First Friday will feature artworks created by the talented Glass Guys who call Knoxville and East Tennessee region home. Featured artists include: Richard Jolley, Tommie Rush, Matthew Cummings, Matt Salley, Johnny Glass, Thomas Spake, Everett Hirche, Tyler Olson, David Wiss, Samuel Meketon, Curt Brock, and Christopher Mosey.

Dogwood Arts’ First Friday events and exhibitions highlight 18 unique programs and support the creativity of local and regional artists. This event was originally scheduled for January 6, but postponed to January 13 due to inclement weather.

Doors are open 5:30-8:30pm at the new Dogwood Arts office located at 123 W. Jackson Ave in Downtown Knoxville’s Historic Old City.


Art on display in mayors’ offices

More than 60 works of art are on display in the office and anteroom of Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero and in the hallway outside of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s offices. The work will be displayed through May 2017.

“This exhibition is fun to arrange because we do not impose a particular theme or color-scheme,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. “We simply include works that look best together as a whole and that complement the surroundings.”

The fresh mix of artwork includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fiber, sculpture, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions.

Most of the works in the mayors’ offices exhibition are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Although the Mayor Rogero’s office isn’t open to the public for regular viewing, the anterooms and the other works on display on the 6th floor of the City-County Building are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

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Artists visit with Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero and in the hallway outside of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s offices. The artwork will be displayed through May 2017. Photo courtesy Arts and Culture Alliance.


Tori Mason Shoes hosts art show

Knoxville, TN. — Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to present The Alley Cat Series, by Knoxville photographer, Marianne “Ziggie” Ziegler, for January’s First Friday. Tori Mason Shoes, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, January 8th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided and Ziggie’s art will be featured for the month of January.

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Growing up on the south fork of Long Island, NY, Ziegler spent a lot of her time star gazing on beaches before she discovered her love for backstage theater. She majored in Stage Management and Technical Direction at North Carolina School of the Arts before making the journey over the mountains to wind up in Knoxville, TN. She has been a Knoxville resident now for 14 years. Image by Ziggie Ziegler.

Photography has always been a passion in her life, but never considered utilizing it as an artistic release till she drifted away from the stage. She has shown works at 8 Shooters Studio before finding her current themed outlet. The Alley Cat series started over three years ago and has since been shown at Wells Fargo formerly on Gay St, Urban Bar, Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen, The Bearden Beer Market, The Red Piano Lounge, Sugar Mamas, Preservation Pub, Crafty Bastard, Ijams Nature Center, Central Flats and Taps, and Broadway Studios and Gallery.

She is an avid wanderer and promoter of downtown Knoxville, and promoter of local businesses; always seeking ‘the next shot’. Within the last couple years, she has been given the wonderful opportunity of now having both her loves of artistic output in her life; in photography, and finding a home again in the theater. She currently keeps very busy shooting, framing, and loading in touring performances for the Knoxville Stagehands Local Union 197.


Art classes offered in Norris

Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will be offering the following classes in January 2017: Landscape Painting with Sherry Smith, Dichoric Pendant with Donna Gryder, Pottery on the Wheel with Sandra McEntire, Handbuilding with Judy Brater, and Nuno Felted Scarf with Tone Haugen-Cogburn.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING, with Sherry Smith, Thursday, January 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb 2 & 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to paint a beautiful landscape, but didn’t think you could? Everyone can learn to paint! In these classes, students will explore the skills needed to create beautiful paintings.

DICHORIC PENDANT WORKSHOP, with Donna Gryder, Saturday, January 14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Nothing says fusing like the bling of dichroic glass. Here’s your chance to experience the sparkles and colors that only dichroic glass can offer. Each participant will make their own wearable masterpieces, in the form of up to 4 glass pendants, using a variety of fusible glass. Basic glass fusing information will be discussed. Pendants will be designed, cut and pieced together during class. The firing of the pendants will take place during the next few days, away from the Center.

POTTERY ON THE WHEEL, with Sandra McEntire, Monday, January 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This will be a class that will concentrate on and review the four basics of wheel work: centering, opening, pulling up, and trimming. It will give the student more confidence in the throwing process. There will be four classes. Some wheel ability helpful but not required.

HANDBUILDING WORKSHOP, with Judy Brater, Two Fridays, January 27 and March 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Judy Brater will be teaching a class that shows how to alter bowls and vases by adding coils, and how to texture them using a variety of pottery stamps and tools. Bring three leather hard formed bowls, any size or shape and one vase shaped vessel. Also bring any texturing tools, towels, extra clay needed for coils and altering forms.

NUNO FELTED SCARF WORKSHOP, with Tone Haugen-Cogburn, Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See how silk fabric and wool rowing merge to make a colorful nuno felted scarf. Soap, water, bubblewrap and your two hands are simple tools you will use for this wet felting technique. All artist skill levels are welcome.

For additional information call 865-494-9854 or visit www.applachianarts.net.


IJAMS opens new adaptive dock

Great news for sports lovers who have physical challenges! This month Ijams, the City of Knoxville, and Catalyst Sports celebrated the opening of a new adaptive dock at the Ijams River Landing on the Tennessee River.

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In addition to expanding paddling opportunities, the dock is the first step in Ijams offering adaptive recreation for individuals with physical challenges. Ijams plans to partner with Catalyst Sports to offer adaptive paddling programs in 2017. The nature center also recently purchased two adaptive kayaks.

The dock is free and open to the public. Motorized watercraft are not permitted. Future plans for the River Landing include new space for environmental education programs, as well as paddling rentals for those who do not have their own boards or boats.

In addition, Mead’s Quarry at Ijams has a creative new place visitors to lock up a bike or take a seat. The new bike racks and benches, created by artist Derek White of Bird on the Wire Studios, pay homage to the industrial history of the Ijams Quarries. White, along with the help of Ijams staff members, Ben Nanny and Jack Gress, and community members Kelly Brown, Gregory Tune, Claude Hardy, Duke Brown, and Noel Kuck, installed the one-of-a-kind gear-and-cog design near Mead’s Quarry Lake on Dec. 19, 2016.

 


New exhibits at The Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present three new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from January 6-27, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, January 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.

The O’Connor Senior Center Painters present a new exhibition of more than 40 watercolors, oils, and acrylics entitled “Breaking Ground – What You Want to See” featuring more than ten artists.

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Members of the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths are pleased to present an exhibition of fine, hand-forged architectural ironwork. Photo courtesy artist blacksmith Joe Babb.

The exhibition will include a variety of items for the home including gates, grills, sculpture, furniture, lighting, fireplace equipment, and door hardware. The show will be of interest to the general public as well as interior designers, architects, and artists. Artist Blacksmiths include Joe Babb, Ron Nichols, Brad Greenwood, Ron Nichols, Mike Rose, and others.

With a goal of preserving and promoting the exciting art of blacksmithing, the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths strives to educate and involve both men and women, young and old. AACB was founded in 1965 by Jud Nelson, Joe Humble, Joe Neely, A.P. Billingsley, and Bill Planzer. It is a nonprofit organization and an affiliate of the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America.

The MLK Gallery of Arts Tribute will kick-off the 2017 King Week Celebration. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is partnering with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville to provide this annual exhibition. The Galley of Arts Tribute is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and most importantly to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit will feature works by local artists reflecting the themes of Unity, Community, Love, Racial Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Civil Rights.

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. Please note, the Emporium is closed January 16 for the holiday.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.


Call for artists for MLK tribute

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission announce a call for entries for the third annual Gallery of Arts Tribute, developed to recognize local artists and honor the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Approximately 40-50 fine art works of all media will be selected for display in the Atrium, North Wall, and display case galleries of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from January 6-27, 2017.

The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

Artwork should be delivered on Tuesday, January 3, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The exhibition seeks to feature:
Works by African and African American artists living within 50 miles of Knoxville; and/or
Works that pertain to the themes of Unity, Community, Love, Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Civil Rights by any artist living within 50 miles of Knoxville.

Entries must be original and completed within the last five years in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The maximum allowed size is 60” x 60” in any direction including frame or stand. Weight is not to exceed 50 lbs. unless special arrangements are made. Artwork must be suitably framed/mounted and wired for installation.

There is no entry fee. Each artist may bring up to three pieces for consideration. Submitted works will be juried by staff members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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The Gallery of Arts Tribute in 2015 featured the work of 26 local artists. Pictured works from the 2015 Tribute, by: Hawa Ware-Johnson, Albert Baah, and Tina Curry. Photo submitted.

The mission of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is to reaffirm and reflect upon the American ideals of freedom, justice and peace. To that end, we pledge to work inclusively with community partners to: lift and live principles of non-violence, equality and love; tell the stories of the struggles; and provide education and leadership training for adults and youth.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/mlk-tribute/.

 


KKB helps preserve train mural

Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) is on a mission to preserve the Knoxville Historic Train Mural, located on South Central Street in the courtyard of the Love Shack Restaurant in the Old City. Commissioned by KKB and created in 2001 by Walt Fieldsa, Eva Allawos, and Randall Starnes, the mural has stood for 15 years and shows significant deterioration. Keep Knoxville Beautiful has a goal of raising $4,500 to fund the restoration by original artist Walt Fieldsa.

The recent and devastating loss of KKB’s Knoxville Music History Mural from the wall of 116 East Jackson in the Old City highlighted the importance of ongoing stewardship for KKB’s second mural.

“The Knoxville Historic Train Mural is our only remaining mural and we are passionate about restoring it as soon as we can,” states Patience Melnik, Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s executive director. “Restoration work of this kind becomes more difficult and costly as the original artwork fades with time.”

Like the Music Mural, the Train Mural is faded and cracked from age and the elements, and the ownership of the building has changed since KKB originally obtained permission to create it. In this case, new owners Laura and Shawn Lyke guarantee the mural’s protection and are very supportive of efforts to revitalize it.

The mural depicts an important era in Knoxville’s historic development. It commemorates the impact that railroads had on the development of our city—both culturally and economically. After the introduction of the railroad around 1850, Knoxville grew from a river town with only 2,000 residents to a major wholesale center for the Southeast. In 1901, Knoxville saw the introduction and establishment of the Southern Railway Company, which built the Southern Terminal on Depot Street, just blocks from the Historic Train Mural.

To donate or for more information on Keep Knoxville Beautiful and the Historic Train Mural Restoration Project please visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org.

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Emporium gallery features new works

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 7-28, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, October 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale.

The Tennessee Artists Association: The Fall Juried Show: 42nd Fall Art Exhibition in the downstairs gallery. The Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) will feature original art by over 40 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, and mixed media.

In the balcony gallery, the Arrowmont Experience will feature work by its current Artists-in-Residence, Grant Benoit, Richard W. James, Maia Leppo, Austin Riddle, and Emily Schubert, as well as a small selection of works from its permanent collection. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week, October 7-16, 2016, a collection of craft events and happenings across the state each October.

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Pottery by Rex W. Redd will be shown in the Emporium display case, from October 7-28, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, October 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale. Redd’s work is an exhibition in clay that pays homage to the history of the medium, but with a contemporary flair to underscore art’s innate tendency to evolve as it passes from maker to maker. Photo courtesy the artist.

As a native Montanan, Rex W. Redd had the blessing of growing up immersed in natural beauty. The central part of the state features vast open grasslands, time worn sandstone structures, and the endless “Big Sky” for which the state is known. Redd attended the University of Montana at Missoula where he graduated with a degree in Anthropology and discovered his true love for the arts. Growing up in Montana usually means ample exposure to Charles Russell, Frederick Remington, and a variety of other cowboy-related art. Craft is dominated by an incredible variety of Native American work, tooled leather, and an array of folk art. While certainly wonderful examples to be surrounded by, college would introduce him to the world of impressionism, abstraction, contemporary craftsmen and the great masters. Redd works in several other mediums including painting, printmaking, photography and wood; often incorporating more than one into a project. He has work in several private and corporate collections throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Other works on display include Impressions of Nature by Dennis Sabo in the Atrium and Melanie Fetterolf’s Rain Paintings & Classroom Art on the North Wall.

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 and Sunday, 3:30-6:30 PM (through October 23). For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


A1LabArts presents fall exhibit

On Friday October 7, 2016, from 5-10 pm A1Labarts will present their 2016 Fall Membership exhibition. Participants are 24 members of A1LabArts which were randomly paired to exchange their works of art over the summer and then create a piece in response to their partner’s work.

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The results will be in this exhibit. In addition to this work, other members will also display their individual art as well.

There will be a closing reception as well held on Friday, October 21 from 6-9pm.

The gallery is located at 23 Emory Place, Knoxville TN 37917

For more information on the exhibit visit www.a1labarts.org.

Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media.

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Holiday Bazaar and Bake event is Oct 7-9

SEYMOUR, TN – Looking for a great place to get some early shopping done? A Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held October 7, 8, and 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Sunday until noon) at Holy Family Catholic Church, 307 Black Oak Ridge Road, in Seymour.

“We have something for everyone on your shopping list at our annual event,” says Marie Kruzel, who is organizing the event along with a women’s group known as The Crafty Ladies. Kruzel is the artist/crafts guild president this year.

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Guests to the Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale at Holy Family Catholich Church (October 7-9, 2016) will enjoy shopping for beautiful handmade arts and crafts such as this vintage necklace (above) or hand-turned wood Christmas tree ornaments (below) as well as home baked cookies, breads, cakes, and pies. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

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“We’ll have jewelry and artwork, vintage items such as purses, plus a children’s corner with gifts for kids,” Kruzel said.

Raffle tickets for winning a handmade quilt and vintage Victorian style doll house will be offered during the event. You do not have to be present to win.

Kruzel said that Sunday’s bazaar at the end of the weekend also includes free coffee and chicken salad croissants for attendees.

All proceeds for the event go towards reducing the mortgage debt on parish property.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the raffle, call 865-712-8252.


Living History at Marble Springs

THIS WEEKEND Marble Springs State Historic Site is pleased to host a weekend of Living History in celebration of the life and times of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier, in commemoration of his 271 st birthday. John Sevier Days Living History Weekend will take place Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM– 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 18, from 11:00 – 4:00 PM. You can expect to enjoy 18th century demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, weapons demonstrations that will showcase period-appropriate firearms, 18th century style militia drills, regional craft demonstrations, historic lecture, and hands on archeology activities. Food, drinks, and special treats will be available.

Admission for Sevier Days is $5.00 per adult (16+); $3 per child (7-15); 6 and under FREE; Parking is free. All proceeds benefit the mission of preservation and education of the Marble Springs State Historic Site.

For more information call (865)573-5508 or email infor@marblesprings.net or visit www.marblesprings.net.

Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

All activities take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway.

About Marble Springs State Historic Site

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player; Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796). Marble Springs was the approximate 350-acre farm that Sevier lived on from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. Sevier named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Rose Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property.


Mural unveiled at Chilhowee Park

A new mural was unveiled at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. This community-led project was funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the East Tennessee Foundation and the First Tennessee Foundation.

“Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center plays a vital role in this community as a gathering place for recreation and fellowship,” said Knoxville City Councilman Daniel Brown. “I have many great memories of this park, which has served as the heart of this neighborhood since the early 1900s. This mural will provide great enjoyment to the local residents and guests that come to this facility.”

A neighborhood group developed the idea for a mural representing East Knoxville to be painted on a retaining wall at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center. A committee of neighborhood association members selected University of Tennessee graduate and Nashville-based artist Brandon Donahue to develop a mural design that incorporated the history of East Knoxville and Chilhowee Park.

The mural was completed in late August this year.

Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center is an 81-acre, multiuse venue owned by the City of Knoxville. It is located blocks away from interstate access and minutes from downtown Knoxville. The facility includes a three-acre lake, bandstand, 4,500-seat amphitheater, 57,100-square-foot exhibition hall, barns, arenas, playground and picnic shelters. Chilhowee also is home to the Tennessee Valley Fair.

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Elected officials and representatives of the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee, Arts and Culture Alliance, East Tennessee Foundation and First Tennessee Foundation joined muralist Brandon Donahue to cut the ribbon on a new mural in Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center on Sept. 9, 2016. From left: Public Arts Committee member Susana Esrequis; Bob Booker; Judge John Rosson; Public Arts Committee member Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker; Knox County Commissioner John Schoonmaker; City Councilman Finbarr Saunders; artist Brandon Donahue; Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill; Ed Shouse; City Councilman Daniel Brown; First Tennessee Bank Foundation’s Joshalyn Hundley; East Tennessee Foundation’s Jan Elston; and Arts and Culture Alliance’s Liza Zenni. Photo submitted.


Gallery welcomes David Barnett

On Monday, August 29, 2016, Knoxville’s Schwarzbart Gallery will welcome David Barnett, a painter, illustrator, designer and muralist currently living and working in the Catskills – but with some very relevant Knoxville ties. Barnett is the nephew of local woodworking designer Ernie Gross and his wife Pam. He grew up in Knoxville and spent Tuesday evenings studying with Arnold Schwarzbart.

“David’s exhibit as the Schwarzbart Gallery’s first featured artist from outside this community is equally exciting and poignant for us,” said Deborah Oleshansky, Executive Director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. “We’re honored to welcome his work, and hope that many people will come to the Gallery to see it in the coming months.”

An Artist Reception will be held on Monday, August 29:
5:30 – 7:00 PM at the AJCC Schwarzbart Gallery
6800 Deane Hill Drive – Knoxville, TN
This is a free event, open to the community and members of all faiths.

David Barnett’s work will be on display at the Schwarzbart Gallery through September 2016. Individuals or groups may request a guided tour by contacting the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.

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Palm Springs at Noon, by David Barnett.

Barnett’s work depicts moments in his own life, where the emotional atmosphere overwhelms the subject. He allows his paintings to emote rather than conceptualize. Using color and gesture, he situates his thoughts and memories firmly within an emotional context, separating them from progression and reason. He draws from varied influences, as far reaching as moviemakers like Charlie Kaufman and Denis Villeneuve, to those more closely related, like Peter Doig and Pierre Bonnard.

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Emporium features new art

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 2-30, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, September 2, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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.

The First Friday reception also features Pasion Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson’s Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Stephen Reid Carcello: Slot Machine
In the downstairs gallery

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Stephen Carcello graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2009 with a degree in Studio Art and in 2013 from the University of Arizona with a Masters in Visual Communication and Design. His passion is illustrated anthropology. Through this exhibition, he seeks to present a series of work that helps elevate the coloring page so as to favor display on the mantle over display on the fridge. He scales up the coloring page and shows a universally-recognized source material. Image submitted.

“The works I present are also meant to contrast the modern mobile app and coloring for therapy purposes,” says Carcello. “I want to point out two concurrent, but seemingly opposing trends: the rise in popularity of coloring books and the rise of the mobile app modeled after video slot machines.”

Other artists featured in the upcoming exhibition include “We The People” by Antuco Chicaiza; Projects by Emily Taylor; Anthony Donaldson: A Time of Recent Creativity; and “Cosmic Order” by Eurichea Showalter Subagh Ball.

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 with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM for a jazz jam in the Black Box with Vance Thompson/Keith Brown Duo. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the holiday.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.


KMA hosts Johnson Collection exhibit

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection, featuring more than thirty 19th-century masterworks from the renowned Spartanburg, South Carolina-based collection. Exhibition runs August 26 through November 6, 2016.

The paintings in Romantic Spirits present an evocative glimpse into nineteenth-century Southern life, and reveal the importance of oral tradition and “a sense of place” in the development of the Romantic Movement in the South. The exhibition seeks to present a balanced view of how Romanticism evolved in the North and the South, the genre’s ties to Europe, and how culture, customs, education, and travel influenced each artist. It also reveals connections between featured painters and their contemporaries, specifically authors and poets such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among others.

Lloyd Branson (1853-1925), Still Life with Peaches, 1895

One of the highlights of the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection, is this work by Knoxville artist Lloyd Branson, (1853-1925), Still Life with Peaches, 1895, oil on canvas, 17 x 23 7/8 inches, The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Exhibition runs August 26 through November 6, 2016. Photo courtesy KMA.

The public is invited to an exhibition preview reception on Thursday, August 25 from 5:30-7:30pm. In addition to the preview reception, additional Romantic Spirits events are taking place at the museum. These events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 7, 12-1pm, Dine & Discover with Artist Virginia Derryberry; Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7pm: Cocktails & Conversation with University of Tennessee Assistant Professor of Art History Mary Campbell;
Thursday, October 20, 12-1pm: Dine & Discover with Johnson Collection Curator Erin Corrales-Diaz.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.


FCAC hosts photography contest

Barry Seaton and Clay Thurston will be the judges for a photography competition exhibit from July 29 – August 26, 2016 at the Fountain City Art Center in Knoxville. Guidelines and categories for the competition from the FCAC website, by email from the Director, or by visiting the Center.

Send title, price, and category info to get your entry number in advance, and bring in your framed photos from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Tuesday, July 26. Be sure to read the guidelines well in advance. Contact info: (865)357-ARTS; fcartcenter@knology.net; www.fountaincityartcenter.com.

Silk Purse Fashion Show at FCAC Tea

In addition, the 2016 Fountain City Art Center Summer Rose Tea will feature a fashion show by Judy Gardner of the Silk Purse and LeGrand Music Studio will provide guitar music. The Teas always feature incredible desserts and sandwiches made by Art Center members. Photo submitted.

Men and women both are invited to attend; RSVPs are due one week ahead, $25 per person. There will be traditional awards for the “Best Hat” and the “Best Decorated Table.” Young people may attend, but be sure the child is at least 8 years old and is comfortable sitting at a table for an hour or more. Wear nice summer clothes, not jeans and t-shirts, please. Hats are encouraged, but they are optional.

There will be a small selection of Silent Auction items; credit cards will be accepted.

Please contact Sylvia Williams now if you would like to decorate a table or if you would like to reserve a table for you and your guests, $150 for a table of six. (Email the Director to make reservations, to volunteer for table decorating, to donate auction items, or to ask questions: fcartcenter@knology.net; (865)357-2787.)


Bird art on display at Emporium

Among the exhibitors for the upcoming Knoxville Emporium shows are local artists Melinda Adams and Marjorie Holbert, who will be featured in the Emporium display case with photography and carvings that are sure to delight bird lovers.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 5-26, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features Pasion Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson’s Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

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Melinda Adams is an amateur photographer (image courtesy the artist, featured above) with a passion for wildlife, architecture, and landscape. As a young girl living on a farm in East Tennessee, she would walk the acres of farmland in search of a great photo. Such a luxury of a camera was unheard of at that time in her life. Eventually, she managed to save money and buy herself a Polaroid camera. She could not take many photos because the film for the camera at that time was so expensive, and the few photos Adams took she cherishes to this day. She has received multiple awards from the Tennessee Valley Fair competitions. Her work has juried into Knoxville Photo and Arts in the Airport exhibitions, and she received a merit award for her work at the International Biscuit Festival.

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Marjorie Holbert began woodcarving (Roadrunner and Cactus, image courtesy the artist) six years ago by initially carving caricatures. Soon, she found herself interested in carving birds. Holbert’s daughter and son-in-law are passionate birders and would send her pictures of many birds that they would see on their trips. Often, they would ask her if she could identify the birds, which sparked her interest in birds and bird woodcarving. Holbert has won multiple awards at the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers annual show in Townsend each October. She will be a featured exhibitor at the Foothills Craft Guild’s annual show in November.

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 www.knoxalliance.com.


Art Market seeks new members

Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville is currently accepting applications for a Sunday, August 28, 2016 membership jury. Acceptance for membership is determined by a jury of six active gallery members and is based on the quality of the applicant’s work; the applicant’s ability to be involved in a cooperative effort; as well as, the needs of the gallery. Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in 2D & 3D.

Prospective members may deliver four pieces of their work and completed application form with $30 jury fee to the gallery at 422 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Delivery may be made 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday, August 23 through Saturday, August 27th. Instructions and an application form are available at www.artmarketgallery.net. Prospective members are encouraged to read the application form carefully. If you have questions or need additional information contact, Mary Saylor at 678­596­4696 or mesaylor@gmail.com.

The Art Market Gallery, an artists’ cooperative, has provided a venue for a range of traditional to contemporary art and fine crafts for thirty years. Currently the gallery represents over 60 regional artists. Works include paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media; drawings; photographs; woodcuts, intaglio monoprints and other print techniques; collage; weaving, felting, silk painting and other fabric techniques; ceramics; woodworking; jewelry; sculpture; and works in glass. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the gallery to get a sense of the fine quality of the work and the cooperative work environment.


McClung displays mate to artifact

KNOXVILLE—A prehistoric Native American statue currently on display in the lobby of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is thought to be the female counterpart to a male figure that was named the Tennessee State Artifact in 2014.

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The pair appears to have been made by the same sculptor between A.D. 1250 and 1350, and the two rank among the finest prehistoric sculptures ever found in the United States. Both statues were found in the 1930s at the Sellars farm in Wilson County, Tennessee, and they appeared together for the first time in the Tennessee State Museum’s recent “Ancestors” exhibition. Paired male and female statues are thought to represent founding ancestors of the prehistoric Native American societies of the middle South.

The male statue was sold to UT in 1940 by the tenant farmer. The figure has been featured in several scientific and popular publications, including a 1941 issue of “Time” magazine and as a United States postal stamp celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. It has been featured in various museums worldwide, including the 1992 exhibition “Tresors du Nouveau Monde” at the Musees Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire in Brussels, Belgium, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit “Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand” in 2004 and 2005.

The female statue was sold by the Sellars family to Lillard Yeaman, sheriff of Smith County and an amateur archaeologist, and then to John C. Waggoner Jr. of Carthage, Tennessee. Waggoner has loaned the statue to UT, and the pair will be on display in the lobby of the McClung Museum through the end of the year.

Recognizing the importance of keeping the statue in Tennessee and reuniting it with its male counterpart, Waggoner has offered the museum a purchase option. To reach this end, the museum is now engaged in a fundraising effort.

Exhibits at the McClung Museum showcase the geologic, historical and artistic past of Tennessee, as well as cultures from around the globe.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sundays.


Powell Kroger seeks mural artist

KNOXVILLE, TN – Kroger has announced a request for qualifications from interested artists for a large-scale indoor artwork to be located at the soon-to-be completed Kroger Grocery Store in the Powell neighborhood at exit 112 off Interstate-75. This 12.5’ x 5’ artwork will have high visibility and will be prominently displayed within the store. The artwork should use local references to evoke a creative, uplifting feeling that encourages community and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood.

The deadline for qualifications to be received is Friday, July 1, 2016.

The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the greater Knoxville area.

Finalists will be chosen based on their examples of work, experience, and their connection to the Powell/Knox County community and asked to submit a proposal meeting installation requirements. Of the finalists submitting proposals, one will be selected to create the artwork for the new Powell Kroger opening September 2016. The deadline for selected finalists to submit their proposals is August 1. Payment to the selected artist is $7,500 including all materials. Visit http://www.knoxalliance.com/kroger/ for more information.

There is no application fee. To be considered, artists should submit up to three examples of their work (including title, medium, and dimensions), a brief resume, two professional references, and an explanation of their connection to the community to LZ@knoxalliance.com.


Emporium features five exhibits

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from July 1-29, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, July 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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.

The First Friday reception also features Full Disclosure Comedy from 5:30-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson’s Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Townsend Artisan Guild: A Sense of Community in the downstairs gallery
The Townsend Artisan Guild will present the works of its artists depicting the theme “A Sense of Community: Portrait of Small Towns and City Life”. Fiber artists, painters, photographers, sculptors, and woodworkers will exhibit their representation of communities and the environments they consider home.

Sculpture by Ty Crisp in the Balcony gallery
Ty’s love of woodworking evolved into furniture making, joinery and design. Upon opening his first Studio in 2004 he began experimenting in metal work, concrete and stone. This combination of elements became a catalyst for interior and exterior design concepts.

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Renee Suich: Small Stories in the display case (Image above courtesy the artist)
Renee Suich creates mixed media art including collages inspired by nature, history and the energy that surrounds us all. Early years spent in design were further fostered by time spent working at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work has been referred to as ‘Heritage Collage’, as she incorporates vintage imagery in a contemporary composition.

Daniel Taylor: Faces of Jazz on the North Wall
Daniel Taylor has been passionate about photography for more than half of his life. After retiring from retail sales three years ago, he was able to dedicate more time to his art. Taylor is a self-taught artist who is influenced by Peter Turnley, Elliot Erwitt and others in the world of Street Photography. He enjoys shooting casual portraits outdoors or in his home studio.

Service, Sacrifice, Honor by Cheryl Sharp in the Atrium
Celebrating the July 4th holiday and honoring the men and women of our military, “Service, Sacrifice, Honor” is a small selection of photographs of those serving their nation and the families supporting them. Several images are representative of the sacrifice of past service and those who continue to honor their memory every day. A grateful people can never forget the cost of freedom. Cheryl Sharp is a Knoxville native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s College of Business.

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 and Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6:30-9:30 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.


Fountain City hosts art exhibit

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Fountain City Art Center is hosting a competition and an exhibition for artists in all 2-D and all 3-D media. Entries generally range from 2-D works in watercolors, oils and acrylics, pastels, pencils, mixed media, and photographs, to 3-D works in , clay, wood, stone, glass, metal, cloth, fiber, recycled materials, tile mosaics, and handmade papers, textiles, and books.

All artists are welcome to enter by bringing in their entries on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The exhibit judges will be Hugh Bailey and Martha Robbins. The opening reception for the exhibit and announcement of awards will be on Friday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Avenue in the old library building next to Fountain City Park. Art Center hours are: Tu, TH 9-5; W. F 10 – 5; Sat. 9-1; closed Sunday and Monday. The Art Center also
holds classes and workshops all year round Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, including guidelines and applications for the show, visit the website:
www.fountaincityartcenter.com; email the Art Center: fcartcenter@knology.net; or call : (865)357-ARTS.

Artwork by Michael Pardee, image courtesy the artist.

Michael Pardee artist


Art Market features new works

KNOXVILLE, TN – Recent works by ceramic artist Patricia Herzog and Artist Diana Dee Sakar will be on display through June 26, 2016 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will begin at 5:30 p.m., June 3; with complimentary refreshments and music performed by Robert Heck.

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“Angel Sainte Chapelle” by Sandra Abraham. Image courtesy the artist.

Sandra Abraham – Sandra’s paintings are images of places that she has visited during her travels including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, the Mediterranean, Bermuda, Florida, Maine, Eastern Canada, and the Southwest.

“Some of my work is painted plein air, but most of the images are first composed with my camera. Later in my studio the photographs are used to create intimate glimpses of a place that caught my eye,” says Abraham. She uses pastels that she occasionally combines with water media or oil paint. Influenced by Impressionism, she likes to explore the play of color and light within the landscapes of her paintings. In addition to pastels or oil paint, her work has turned to acrylic, gouache, collage or making painterly monoprints.

Elaine Fronczak – The Felt Elf – After retiring from a 40 year career as a clinical pharmacist Elaine followed in the creative footsteps of her family. Having spent much of her childhood in her grandmother’s sewing room where she was drawn in by fibers she naturally turned to a fiber medium. Below: Felt Bowl by Elaine Fronczak. Image courtesy the artist.

Elaine Fronzcak's felt bowl

In 2008 Elaine attended a workshop at Arrowmont where she learned to wet felt. Here she realized that wool, silk and other natural materials could be manipulated into three-dimensional creations in the color and shape of her choosing. Thus she began her current pursuit in the world of fiber.

“I am inspired by the colors of nature and the simplicity and functionality of pieces created by mid-century artists and designers. Using natural renewable materials and repurposed items allow me to create simple objects that bring beauty and comfort to the eye.”

The Art Market Gallery is a unique gallery in Knoxville because it is owned and operated by more than 60 of the best professional artists in our regional area. It is located at 422 South Gay St. and is conveniently located just a few doors away from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill and 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 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Parking is in the abutting garage and on the street and is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information call 865-525- 5265.


Emporium presents four exhibits

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 3-24, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, June 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features music from 7:00-9:00 PM by Swing Serenade, a four-piece jazz band who plays fast swing, original grooves, and their own arrangements of beloved standards. Pasion Flamenca will perform flamenco dance and music in the Black Box from 6:00-6:30 PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

The exhibits include the Knoxville Photo 2016 in the downstairs galley and Tennessee Watercolor Society 35th Exhibition in the Balcony gallery; A Mosaic Journey by Judy Overholt Wheeler in the display case; and Kim Emert Gale and Janet Weaver: Through Our Eyes in the Atrium.

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

Sunday Morning by Bill Bailey

“Sunday Morning” by Bill Bailey is part of four exhibitions on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays, June 5 & 19, 3:30-6:30 PM. Photo courtesy the artist.


Kid’s night out at the museum

KNOXVILLE—The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host its first “Night at the McClung Museum” family sleepover from 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2016 to 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18.

The sleepover will provide children ages 5 to 11 and their parents the opportunity to spend an unforgettable night with dinosaurs and explore the museum’s new special exhibition, “Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas,” on loan from the American Museum of Natural History, which reveals a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like. The event also will feature family-friendly activities including dino-related crafts, a flashlight tour, games, a movie screening and bedtime stories.

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Tickets are $40 a person for museum members and $50 a person for nonmembers and include all activities and craft supplies, a survival pack with an exclusive event-themed bag, flashlight, evening snacks and supplies, and breakfast Saturday morning. Tickets may be purchased online or over the phone at 865-974-2144. Online ticket purchases will incur an additional processing fee. All children must be age 5 to 11 at the time of the sleepover and must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Participants can be dropped off and picked up in front of the museum, or parking passes will be available for $10 for those wishing to park their car overnight.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sundays. Groups may schedule tours by calling 865-974-2144 or emailing museum@utk.edu.

Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays by request. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.


Dogwood Arts fest is April 29-May 1

More than 60 juried artists will feature and sell their work at this weekend’s Dogwood Arts festival in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, April 29 through May 1, 2016. Admission is free.

Times are Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm.

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Artisans working in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and wood will be selling their wares at Dogwood Arts. Throughout the festival, attendees can take part in interactive demonstrations including glass blowing, stone sculpting, quilting, photography, and fine art painting at Art in Action, located in Krutch Park Extension. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Throughout the festival, live entertainment will be happening on the Market Square stage and the pop-up stage on Union Avenue. The Children’s Stage, located at the Clinch Ave Krutch Park entrance, will showcase live entertainment geared toward children. The Creation Station will also have entertaining family-style craft activities throughout the festival for children of all ages and their families.

For adults, the Dogwood Arts Festival is offering wine tastings and food demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Tent. Friday night in the Culinary Arts Tent, the inaugural Dogwood Diva Dinner featuring Knoxville’s finest female chefs, Holly Hambright, Karen Crumley, Amber Lloyd, and Lisa Smith. Delight in passed hors d’oeuvres, first course, entrée and side followed by dessert, paired with wine. Space is limited.

 


TN watercolors on display

The 35th Juried Exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society will be hosted by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville this year in the Balcony Gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from May 20 to June 24, 2016.

Regular business hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday. Extended hours to 7 pm on Friday, May 20, and 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 21 accommodate the exhibition opening weekend activities. An early preview is available after the show is hung on May 13. Entrance into the Emporium is free and open to the public.

The Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS), founded in 1972, has represented the finest artists in the state for 44 years, having yearly juried exhibitions and more recently, biennial exhibitions. The 2016 Exhibition showcases 55 watermedia paintings chosen from close to 200 entries selected by the distinguished juror, John T. Salminen who is a signature member of numerous art societies, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He has won more than 220 national and international awards. His work is included in permanent collections in Asia, Europe and the United States.

His Life in a Song by Brenda Mills

His Life in a Song, by Brenda Mills. Watercolor on display for the 35th Juried Exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society will be hosted by the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville this year in the Balcony Gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from May 20 to June 24, 2016. Photo courtesy the artist.


Knoxville features Latino art

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Emporium Center welcomes the International Latino Art Exhibition in the main gallery, May 6-27, 2016. This exhibit is curated by Dina R. Ruta and features fifteen artists from five countries.

Organizers say this exhibition comes from a desire to innovate and give Latin American art a space and purpose here in Knoxville, promoting the integration of cultures in order to broaden the concept of art and establish it as a mode of communication. These exceptional contemporary artists have generated a dynamic dialogue that, together with the overwhelming power of color and varied gesture, consistent with the conception of it as a cultural symbol, transcends the chronological and geographical boundaries of the continent.

Featured artists include:

Argentina: Inés Barlasina, Ángel Barón Da conté, and José Utrera
Colombia: Jorge Yances
Honduras: Elías José Díaz Alcántara, Dennis Cerrato, Víctor López, Sergio Martínez, Santos Arzú Quinto, Omar Sánchez, and Iván Soto
México: Rafael Sáenz Félix and Héctor Saldívar
Venezuela: Ángel Blanco and Al Vanegas

A public reception will take place on Friday, May 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and chocolate fondue from the Melting Pot will be available.

Painting by Sergio Martinez

Artwork by Sergio Martinez is part of the featured international exhibit at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville May 6-27, 2016. Photo courtesy Arts and Culture Alliance.


Crafts Center joins Dogwood tour

Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, Tennessee is participating in the Dogwood Art DeTour on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 10 am to 5 pm each day at the Center.

The DeTour is an event where local artists welcome the public into their studio space to experience the working creative process as the artist demonstrates the making of a work of art. Several artists will be at the Center demonstrating mixed media, painting, pottery, and more. In addition, there will be craft activities for kids.

The event is free for all ages. For more information or directions, call 865-494-9854.


Dogwood Arts begins in April

KNOXVILLE – The first day of spring 2016 is near, which means Dogwood Arts is gearing up for its annual celebration with a number of exciting events and activities throughout the month of April.

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April 9, 2016: See the sidewalks throughout Market Square and Krutch Park come alive as they become the canvas for artists of all ages and experience at this fan favorite Knoxville event.  Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

April 15-May 1, 2016: Explore more than 60 miles of trails, open gardens, and camera site sites as you enjoy a walk, bike, or drive the time honored tradition of the Dogwood Trails and Open Gardens. Holston Hills is the 2016 Featured Trail.

April 29-May 1, 2016: A Knoxville tradition, the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is a lively street fair showcasing the juried artwork of local and national artisans. Live entertainment around every corner, from street performers to three entertainment stages – a main stage, a pop-up stage and children’s stage- and culinary arts demonstrations and tastings.

“Art, culture, and natural beauty take center stage during the month of April throughout East Tennessee ” said Tom Cervone, Executive Director. “And Dogwood Arts (once again) is pleased and proud to shine the spotlight on and create the itinerary for your journey to experience every moment.  Happy Spring from all of us at Dogwood Arts!”

Dogwood Arts 2016 begins on April 1, First Friday, at the Opening of the Regional Fine Art Exhibition at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.


Alive After Five begins March 18

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the spring series of Alive After Five, premiering with Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival Band on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. This year’s spring series features eight shows, concluding on May 20.

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The spring series of 2016 begins with the opening performance of the Women in Jazz Jam Festival. Vocalist Kelle Jolly is the visionary of and prime mover of the weekend-long festival, and for this opening performance she has gathered many of Knoxville’s finest female musicians and vocalists to perform on one stage at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Some of the performers include Sara Clapp-Gilpin (vocals, piano), Kukuly Uriarte (vocals, guitar), Dana Gipson (vocals, drums), Bethany Hankins (vocals, violin), Maria Williams (vocals, bass), and vocalists Evelyn Jack, Katy Free, Jeanine Fuller, Deidre Ford, Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin, and more. Plus, Judy Rosenburg, Ann Ramsaur, and Maria Thompson of Ukesphere of Knoxville will perform.

Other performers in the series are blues bands Mac Arnold & Plateful O’ Blues, Delta Moon, and The Stacy Mitchhart Band; swinging jazz bands Kukuly & The Gypsy Fuego and The Streamliners Swing Orchestra; and R&B/Soul/Funk bands Soulful Sounds Revue and Soulfinger.

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on approximately thirty Fridays per year in four seasonal series. The programs take place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, free parking, and a licensed therapeutic masseuse available. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries.

Admission to the Spring series premier of Alive After Five is $10 for general admission and $5 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.


IJAMS offers birdhouse workshop

IJAMS Nature Center in downtown Knoxville is already offering Spring programs, including a class in making birdhouses from gourds on March 12, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will start with a clean hard–shell gourd with a pre-cut hole, perfect for wrens, finches and other small song birds. The class will cover how to grow, dry and clean gourds.

Class attendees will also personalize the gourd by choosing paint or stain, color and decoration.

The fee for this workshop, including all materials, is $20 per person. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.

Ijams Nature Center is a 300-arce urban greenspace and environmental learning center. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Photo courtesy IJAMS.

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Handmade books on display

Handmade books and Spring photography will be the featured free exhibit at Fountain City Art Center throughout the month of March, 2016. The Art Center is located at at 213 Hotel Avenue, right next to the city park and across the street from Fountain City Methodist Church in Knoxville.

The exhibit will be on view through March 31, 2016 and viewing hours are Tu, W, Th 9-5; F 10-5; Sat 9-1.

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The pairing of exquisite and clever handmade books with high quality professional nature photography has become an early spring tradition at the Art Center, allowing the viewers to enjoy both 3-D works of art as well as 2-D works in one outstanding collection. Most of the books can be purchased from the artists; inquiries about purchasing the framed and matted photos may also be made throughout the exhibit and will be passed on to the photographers.

The handmade book exhibit has been organized by FCAC art instructor and board member Bob Meadows and Book Guild member Cheryl Prose. The photography exhibit has been made possible through the efforts of FCAC Board member Dr. Holland Rowe. For more information, contact the Art Center staff at (865)357-2787.


New exhibit at Emporium

A new exhibition entitled “A Stitch in Time” by local artists Bobbie Crews and Judi Gaston, will be on display March 4-24, 2016 at the Emporium in downtown Knoxville.

“A Stitch in Time” combines fiber arts and mixed media to create a fascinating look into the resilient lives of women through the recycling of reality and relationships as well as materials. The works of Crews and Gaston overlap in their concern for women: the layers of who women are and how they exist and subsist in the larger political and material world.

A public reception will take place on Friday, March 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view their works. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.

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“A Stitch in Time” is on display March 4-24, 2016 in the Atrium at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays, March 6 & 203:30-6:30 PM.


Call for artists: Knoxville Photo 2016

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fourth annual juried Knoxville Photo 2016. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Susan Stanton, the founder of the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild, will serve as juror.

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Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the Knoxville Photo 2016 exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from June 3-24, 2016. Photo submitted.

The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, first and third Sundays, 3:30-6:30 PM, and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Apply online and/or download an application at knoxalliance.com.


Dogwood Arts names event chairs

Dogwood Arts has announced Knoxville business owners Eric Botts and Holly Hambright will serve as the 2016 Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have both Eric and Holly representing Dogwood Arts in this, my inaugural season as Executive Director of this tremendous organization. I have had the good fortune of working with both of these servant leaders in previous roles within the Arts and Culture community and we’re fortunate to have them!” says Dogwood Arts’ Executive Director, Tom Cervone.

Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs serve as official community ambassadors for more than 15 Dogwood Arts events throughout the year.

Previous Dogwood Arts co-chairs include current board president Janet Testerman, Joan Cronan, Ken Lowe, the late Bobby Denton, Terry Turner, Alvin Nance, Mickey Mallonee and Eddie Mannis.

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate regional art, culture, and natural beauty.  Since 1955, Dogwood Arts has been a Knoxville tradition that now produces more than 15 signature events, which include Art in Public Places, Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square, Rhythm N’ Blooms, Chalk Walk, Knoxville Film Festival, Bikes & Blooms, and Bazillion Blooms.


Art Market seeks new artists

KNOXVILLE – The Art Market Gallery is currently accepting applications for a Monday, March 21, 2016 membership jury. Acceptance for membership is determined by a jury of six active gallery members and is based on the quality of the applicant’s work; the applicant’s ability to be involved in a cooperative effort; as well as, the needs of the gallery.

Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in 2D & 3D media.Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in 2D & 3D media. Prospective members may deliver four pieces of their work and completed application form with $30 jury fee to the gallery at 422 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

The Art Market Gallery, an artists’ cooperative, has provided a venue for a range of traditional to contemporary art and fine crafts for thirty years. Currently the gallery represents over 60 regional artists. Works include paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media; drawings; photographs; woodcuts, intaglio monoprints and other print techniques; collage; weaving, felting, silk painting and other fabric techniques; ceramics; woodworking; jewelry; sculpture; and works in glass. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the gallery to get a sense of the fine quality of the work and the cooperative work environment.

Delivery may be made 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday, March 15 through Saturday, March 19 or 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm on Sunday, March 20. Instructions and an application form are available at www.artmarketgallery.net. Prospective members are encouraged to read the application form carefully.

If you have questions or need additional information contact, Diana Dee Sarkar at 865-603-4465 or dianadee410@gmail.com.


Free Day at McClung Museum

Families are invited to enjoy free programming throughout the month of February 2016 at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The museum will host a free Stroller Tour and activity from 10:00 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016. This program will celebrate love around the world in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The tour is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary and are first-come, first-served. Call 865-974-2144 to make a reservation.

The museum also will host a free Family Fun Day from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. The tour and craft activities will celebrate African American History Month and will focus on Tennessee artist William Edmondson (1874–1951)—a well-known sculptor and the first African American artist to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Visitors can participate in tours and will work on a take-home craft.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends.

Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.


McCullough blends art and design

Artist Kate McCullough of Fountain City went back to painting in watercolors 13 years ago after studying art in college and enjoying years in a career in interior design. She says that art and design relate to each other and complement one another, and that probably explains why she enjoyed teaching Feng Shui, the art of arranging a home for the ideal flow of energy.

“The same principles apply in art as they do in interior design,” McCullough told Celebrate Knoxville in a phone interview this morning. “When I returned to school, I immediately fell in love with (how watercolors looked) while taking courses at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I remember going into the art supplies store and thinking how much I wanted to learn to use watercolors. I can’t really explain what I love about them; I just love how they look.”

Kate McCullough, whose husband Roy is also an artist, says that the couple travel as often as they can and get inspiration on the road.

“We have been around the U.S. and Europe already but we would love to visit Japan and study the art there,” she says. “I am not really a landscape artist but I do enjoy painting urban settings, trains, still life scenes.”

McCullough’s work is among those featured at the upcoming Blount County Public Library’s Knoxville Watercolor Society art exhibit, February 1 through February 29, 2016.

“I joined the Knoxville Watercolor Society in 2009 and found the organization to be very useful to me as an artist,” she says. “They have five or six shows per year that members get to participate in plus I enjoy sharing and learning from other artists in the group. After the show in Blount County, we have shows scheduled in Knoxville at The Emporium and at the Knoxville Museum of Art.”

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Tennessee Gold, watercolor by Fountain City artist Kate McCullough. 

McCullough says the above watercolor painting “Tennessee Gold” was from a photo she took of a shelf in Downtown Wine and Spirits, a business located in downtown Knoxville on Gay Street.

“I asked if I could take some photos in their store, and they said yes,” she says. “The painting of the moonshine jars is a favorite among fans of my work and I think that is because it speaks so much of the history of this area.”

McCullough’s work was featured in last year’s juried exhibition, Artclamation! at the Lighthouse Events Center. She is also a member of the Art Market Gallery, The Tennessee Watercolor Society and Fountain City Art Guild. She teaches painting classes at the Fountain City Art Center on a regular basis.

For more information, visit the artist web site at http://www.katemcculloughwaterart.com/

Regular hours for the Blount County Public Library exhibit of the Knoxville Watercolor Society is Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm, and Friday through Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm. Sunday the library is open from 1 pm to 5:30 pm.

The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 North Cusick Street, in Maryville.

 

 


Knoxville gallery features Jewish art

KNOXVILLE, TN – The grand re-opening of Knoxville’s Schwarzbart Gallery opening will be held Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 6800 Deane Hill Drive, from 3 to 5pm. This is a free event, open to the community and members of all faiths. Hors d’oeuvres and a celebratory champagne toast will be served.

Generations of Knoxville’s Jews have used the Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC) as a social and cultural gathering place. Since 1929, its mission has remained: To serve the spiritual, social, and educational needs of all Knoxville Jews.

Recently, the Knoxville Jewish Alliance (KJA) launched a campaign to update and improve the AJCC facility, making it more accessible to those with mobility limitations, in addition to completing some long overdue cosmetic updates.

The Schwarzbart Gallery – a permanent tribute to Judaic artisan Arnold’s Schwarzbart’s works – represents the anchor of the first phase of these updates, to be enjoyed by the entire community.

“I can think of no better way to begin our AJCC renewal and improvement process than with the installation of the Schwarzbart Gallery,” said Adam Brown, KJA President. Given how much Arnold cared about our community, combined with the fact that he was so highly regarded in his field as a Judaic artist, I feel this gallery is a perfect opportunity to recognize an outstanding individual who truly enriched our lives through his generosity, his art, and his love for our Jewish community.”

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Arnold Schwarzbart’s works can now be found in Jewish homes and institutions throughout the world, are current and modern (reflecting his architectural training) while they also invoke feelings of an ancient history and shared past. (Image: The Shtender, by Arnold Schwarzbart, submitted.)


Scholarships offered for art residencies

KNOXVILLE, TN- Fellowships and scholarships are available for those with financial need as well as artists of color at the 2016 Sundress Academy for the Arts residency programs.

Applications for short-term artists’ residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more. Each residency includes a room of one’s own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet and cable.

The length of a residency can run from one week to two months. SAFTA is currently accepting applications for the summer residency period, which runs from May 30 to August 28, 2016. The deadline for summer residency applications is March 1, 2016.

To apply for the SAFTA residency, you will need to provide the following:

Application form including an artist’s statement and contact information for two references – CV or artist’s resume (optional)

Artist sample (see website for more details on genre specifications)

Application fee of $25 or $15 for current students with a student email, payable online.

Applications and additional information are available at:

www.sundresspublications.com/safta/apply.htm

 

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists’ residency that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists. All are guided by experienced, professional instructors from a variety of creative disciplines who are dedicated to cultivating the arts in Eastern Tennessee.

Email: safta@sundresspublications.com for more information.


A1 Lab Arts call for artists

Emily Schleiner along with A1 Lab Arts is hosting an open call for artists interested in submitting work for the upcoming Past and Future Conditions show exploring the concept of truth and knowledge and time.

The art show is scheduled for Friday, February 5, 2016, from 6-10pm in Knoxville at 23 Emory Place.

Artists interested in the flux of conditions in which truth and knowledge are discovered, each in their own way are invited to contribute by creating artwork that highlights ‘now’ by focusing on the conditions of the past, present, or future.

Examples of conditions are: linguistics, living organisms (from natural history to biology), wealth to economics. This exhibit will seek to unveil our current zeitgeist through a process of elimination. Pieces can take a diversity of forms.
Interactivity in any form will be a plus but is not required.

There is no submission fee and no official restriction on size, but space is limited.

Submit entries to:
a1artsubmission@gmail.com
Submissions deadline: Sunday Jan 17th
​Art Drop Off: Sunday Jan 31st

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Survey studies arts and culture

The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, who announced it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.

In Greater Knoxville, the research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education in partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Tennessee Arts Commission, the state’s arts agency. This is the fifth national study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts and culture spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments. This will be the Alliance’s first time to participate.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the Alliance will collect economic impact data from local nonprofits that offer arts and culture programming both formal and informal. “This study will show how nonprofit arts and culture are an important industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

The Alliance will also collect surveys from attendees at arts and cultural events. Previous national studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.

 


Art Gallery features new works

Recent works by painter Lil Clinard and fiber artist Julia Malia will be on display Dec. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will begin at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 1 , with complimentary refreshments and music performed by Patrick Mulligan during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Lil Clinard is a member of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, Tennessee Watercolor Society, Tennessee Artists Association (Past President), the Tellico Village Art Guild (Past President), Oak Ridge and Fountain City Art Centers. Her original art hangs in corporate and private collections throughout the Southeast and is on display at the Art Market Gallery 422 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN.

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Julia Malia is a fiber, jewelry, and stained glass craftswoman as well as a watercolorist and musician. Her fiber works will be on display at the upcoming Art Market Gallery exhibit Dec. 28 through Dec. 31, 2015. Photo submitted.

Malia is a juried member of the Foothills Craft Guild as both a fiber artist (specializing in knitting and crocheting) and a jewelry maker. She is also a member of the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, the Precious Metal Clay Guild of East Tennessee, and the Fountain City Art Center.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional Tennessee artists, the Art Market gallery, at 422 S. Gay St. Holiday hours are 11 a.m. To 6 p.m. Monday 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 The Art Market Gallery at 865-525-5265.

 


Artists sought for Dreams exhibit

KNOXVILLE – Artists are invited to submit 2-D or 3-D works for Fountain City Art Center’s themed exhibit, “Dreams,” scheduled for January 15 through February 25, 2016.

Entries must reflect the theme, “Dreams,” and this year’s judge will be Dr. Chad Airhart of Carson Newman College.

The entry fee for non FCAC members is $20 per entry, $15 for FCAC members, with a limit of two entries per person whether 2-D or 3-D or one of each. One entry is allowed if 36” x 36” or larger, including the frame.  Works entered in a prior judged FCAC show are not accepted.

Work must be original. Parodies of famous artwork, if proper credit is given to the artist, will be accepted.

Awards will be: Best of Show, $150; First, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50; 4 Honorable Mentions, $25 each.

The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Avenue in Knoxville.

For more information, call 865-357-2787.

 

 

 


National art show entries due

Receipt deadline for submitting artwork for the 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition in downtown Knoxville is midnight on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

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Hosted by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, approximately 40-50 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres will be exhibited in the Balcony gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from February 6-28, 2015. Photo submitted.

Samantha Andrews, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, will jury the exhibition.

The nonrefundable entry fee is $40 for up to three works ($25 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to three additional entries may be submitted for $7/each ($5 for members/students).

Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The maximum allowed size is 120″ x 120″ in any direction including frame or stand.

For questions or more information, please contact Suzanne Cada: sc@knoxalliance.com or (865) 523-7543.


Student art on display at KMA

The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association celebrates the 10th anniversary of the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Friday, November 27, 2015 through Sunday, January 10, 2016.

Now in its tenth year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.

Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony Tuesday, December 8 from 6 to 8pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public.

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12, attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee.

Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of nearly 3,000 students who have competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities from around the nation.
The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free.

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Best in Show, 2015, Esther Stiver, 12th Grade, Trolls, Bearden High School, Art Teacher Anna Halliwell Boyd. Image courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art.


Art Market hosts holiday reception

Recent works by two Knoxville artists, pastel painter Fran Thie and ceramic artist Bob Conliffe, will be featured for the month of December 2015 in the Art Market Gallery at 422 S. Gay St.

An opening reception will be held starting at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 4, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, with complimentary refreshments and guitar music and vocals performed by Matt Tillery.

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Fran Thie regularly exhibits in juried shows across the Southeast and also previously participated in Artsclamation! and the Knoxville Museum of Art’s event Artists on Location. Photo courtesy the artist Fran Thie.

Robert Conliffe is retired from the Michigan automotive industry. An interest in pottery initiated his self-directed study of ceramics, which he followed with attending Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Oak Ridge Art Center and Pellissippi Community College.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional Tennessee artists, the Art Market gallery’s hours are 11 a.m. To 6 p.m. Monday 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.


Ramsey House plans holiday events

Historic Ramsey House will hold its Annual Candlelight Tour on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats, Christmas carols, and tours of the beautifully decorated, historic home. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The annual Ramsey House wreath workshop will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 starting at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments; instruction begins at 1 p.m. Attendees need to bring a pair of small garden shears and garden gloves. Every year Julia Shiflett and her “wreath elves” pick the finest fresh greens and holly berries, tie beautiful bows, and find the most fragrant cloves and oranges for participants to make a beautiful holiday wreath and pomander.The cost of the workshop is $35 per person. For more information or reservations, call Historic Ramsey House at 865-546-0745.

Christmas Dinner with the Ramsey’s will be held December 4-8 starting at 6:30 p.m. each night. Each evening will feature a candlelight tour of the beautifully decorated home and lovely holiday dinner prepared by Rosa’s Catering. The dinner will be held in the 1797 home of Francis Alexander Ramsey, his wife Peggy, and their children. This is a great opportunity to entertain the special people in your life, employees, or clients. Seating for a total of twenty guests in the dining room and the parlor is available each evening, and individual ticket purchases are also welcome. All proceeds go directly to Historic Ramsey House. Reservations are a must and will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $125 per person ($100 of the cost is a tax-deductible donation). For more information or reservations, call Historic Ramsey House at 865-546-0745.


Market Square hosts holiday market

KNOXVILLE — Nourish Knoxville continues the holiday tradition of shopping local this year with its festive Market Square Holiday Market, to be held Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19, 2015.

The Market Square Holiday Market is open 12 to 6 p.m. with farm vendors selling until 3 p.m. near the Market Square stage, and craft vendors and food trucks open until 6 p.m. on Union Avenue adjacent to Market Square and along Market Street.

Farm vendors will offer many root crops, hearty greens, greenhouse-grown vegetables/herbs, meat, honey, eggs, winter squash and more. Prepared foods—which also make great gifts—include hot sauce, granola, candy, jams, salsas, baked goods and pasta.

The Holiday Market includes many of the artisan craft vendors who vend during the year, in addition to several who “pop up” just for the holiday season. They offer up handmade pottery, unique jewelry, hand-woven scarves and wraps, creative home décor, as well as locally raised poinsettias, greenery and seasonal wreaths.

Like the Market Square Farmers’ Market, the Holiday Market is a producer-only market, which means everything for sale is either made, grown or raised by vendors within a 150-mile radius of downtown Knoxville.

The Market Square Farmers’ Market continues Wednesdays (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) thru November 18 and Saturday, November 21 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

 


Wood works from Slovenia on display

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents a new exhibition of traditional woodenware from Slovenia presented by the Ribnica Handicraft Centre with support from the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, DC and the Slovene Consulate in Knoxville.

The exhibition of bowls, buckets, spoons, sieves, and other objects will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from November 6-25, 2015. The opening reception on Friday, November 6, is free and open to the public from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

The Ribnica Valley lies in the southeast of the middle-European country of Slovenia. Wooden utensils and pottery have been the major products of Ribnica for perhaps 1,000 years thanks to the area’s abundant forest and clay resources.

Emporium Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and special hours November 6-8.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.

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This sample of woodenware items is made in the tradition of Ribnica Valley. Works will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from November 6-25, 2015.  Photo submitted.


UT Gardens adds art to landscapes

What do bicycles, bedsprings, bottles and bald cypress have in common? According to Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens Jackson, they all make exciting additions to your landscape!

On Monday, October 26, 2015 Reeves will share stories of his artful garden concoctions and favorite landscape additions. Whether he’s including used appliances or under-used plants…Jason’s designs never look like anyone else’s. He’ll give two talks in Room 125 of the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the UT Ag Campus (for directions http://www.utk.edu/maps/) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Detailed descriptions of Jason’s talks are as follows:

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
Jason is known for his use of what many would consider “trash” at the UT Gardens Jackson. Working with limited funds, he has found inventive ways to bring whimsy into the Gardens which draw thousands of visitors annually. When used in the right context, old satellite dishes, bicycles, cook stoves and bedsprings can make an unusual but surprisingly tasteful addition to any garden. In 2014 and 2015 Jason included more than 6000 recycled glass bottles in the landscape. Come see how Jason uses “trash” to create gardens filled with imaginative art that sets off the show stopping plant collections in the UT Gardens.

Great Garden Plants – Jason will focus on dependable new and older underutilized great plant performers. Covering annuals, perennial, tropicals, trees and shrubs that will perform in your garden for years to come. Plants like Clematis ‘Roogucchi’, ‘Iron Butterfly’ iron weed, Jasmine ‘Fiona Sunrise’, Phlox ‘Minnie Pearl’, ‘Summer Chocolate’ mimosa tree, ‘Sun King’ Aralia, ‘Don Egolf’ Chinese redbud, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Baby Lace’ and ‘Peve Minaret’ bald cypress.

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After growing up on a farm in West Tennessee, Jason Reeves received his master’s degree in ornamental horticulture and landscape design from the University of Tennessee.  In 2002, Jason became the research horticulturist and curator of the UT Gardens Jackson. Photo submitted.


Art Market features jewelry

KNOXVILLE – Recent works by painter Nelson Ziegler and jewelers of the Art Market Gallery will be featured during the month of November, 2015. In addition, fine crafts by members juried in this year to the 33-year-old cooperative will be on display in the front part of the gallery, at 422 S. Gay St.

An opening reception for both shows will begin at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 6, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, with complimentary refreshments and country music performed by Robert Heck on guitar accompanied by box drum/canon base.

Featured artist Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, paints in oils and watercolors. His award-winning works have been honored in many notable national juried exhibitions, among them the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, and the Copley Society, and are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

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The member jewelry artists featured are Roger Kroll, Jennifer Lindsay and Kathy Bradley, all of Knoxville; Kathy Seely of Oliver Springs; and Sissy Caldwell of Maryville. They use various techniques, working with fine metals, semiprecious stones, beads – many hand-made, and other items to create one-of-a-kind pieces to wear.

The new members for 2015 are Johnny Glass of Rockford and Jon Richey of Knoxville for glass art; Phil Monroe of Loudon for metal sculpture; and Knoxville residents Jeannie Grivetti for gourd art, Julia A. Malia for fiber wear and Nancy Rowland-Engle for jewelry.

These exhibits will run Tuesday Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 29.

Owned and operated by 65 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; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday; and during November and December, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

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.


4th & Gill hosts ARToberfest

The Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood in Knoxville hosts the 2nd Annual ARToberfest from 2-9pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The celebration takes place on Morgan Street, between Gratz Street and Third Avenue near Central United Methodist Church.

An ever-expanding event for the whole family, ARToberfest festivities include a showcase featuring over 50 art vendors, live music by the Knoxville Polka Kings, Misty Mountain String Band, and Uptown Stomp, artistry by the Cattywampus puppets, a chalk walk, geocaching, and the Tennessee at Alabama game on the big screen. The standard fare is brats (meat and vegetarian), beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverage options.

Tickets cost only $10, and an advanced ticket purchase comes with one free beverage of choice; kids 12 years old and under are admitted free of charge.

Located less than two miles from downtown Knoxville, the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood features over 280 residential structures, including single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment and condominium buildings.

Visit www.artoberfestknox.com.


Knoxville hosts woodworking show

The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild and the Arts & Culture Alliance proudly present the 18th Master Woodworkers Show, November 6 – 8, 2015 at the Emporium Center. This biennial juried show highlights the handcrafted works of 30 fine woodworkers of East Tennessee and the surrounding region and will feature many types of woodwork, from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. The Emporium Center has hosted five Master Woodworkers Shows since 2005, providing an ideal environment in which to view the work and meet the artists.

The 2015 Show hours are: Friday, November 6, 4:00-9:00 PM; Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, November 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

A public reception takes place on Friday, November 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities in downtown Knoxville. The First Friday reception also features music and dance performances by Pasión Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

“We’ve got a great show for 2015,” says Scott DeWaard, Show Director. “It only happens every other year, and it goes so fast. So if you love fine handmade furniture and want to know more about what sets it apart, this is the show for you.”

Among the participants in this year’s show are the following notable artisans:
+ Ronald Young of Chattanooga
+ Stephen Moles of Church Hill
+ Matt Campbell of Dayton
+ Richard Dwyer and Jeffrey Neil of Gray
+ Curtis Buchanan of Jonesborough
+ Harold Galbraith, Brian Horais, Al Hudson, Dan Land, Lou Mansur and Gordon Rome of Knoxville
+ Ken Lewis of Kingsport
+ Ron Clayton of Loudon
+ Brendan Faller and Stephen Shankles of Maryville
+ Monty Ligon of Murfreesboro
+ Dennis Siemsen and Jerry Spady of Oak Ridge
+ Chris Hough of Ooltewah
+ Alan Daigre of Readyville
+ Tim Hintz of Smithville
+ Scott DeWaard and Sandy Pittard of Walland
+ Tom Cowan of Winchester
+ Alf Sharp of Woodbury
+ Kirk Shufelt of Cullowhee, NC
+ Gary Rawlins of Mars Hill, NC
+ Bruce Bradford of Winston Salem, NC
+ Michael McDunn of Greenville, SC

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The 18th Master Woodworkers Show will be displayed at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street (corner of Gay/Jackson) in downtown Knoxville. Photo submitted.

For more information, visit www.masterwoodworkers.org or contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


Art Gone Wild at Knoxville Zoo

Knoxville Zoo will be hosting a special after-hours event featuring original art and craft created by the zoo’s animal “artists”. Art Gone Wild!, a special show and sale of original paintings and customized gift items will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Knoxville Zoo.

Art Gone Wild! attendees can enjoy wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres while shopping for original works of art and craft created by the zoo’s animals as part of the zoo’s animal enrichment program. The offering includes paintings by Southern white rhinos, South African penguins, African elephants, zebras, gibbons, chimpanzees, Western lowland gorillas, baboons, African lions, Malayan and Bengal tigers, red pandas, a variety of reptiles, and some very clever birds including Einstein, the zoo’s famous Congo African grey parrot. Craft items decorated by the animals, including coasters, cups, tote and gift bags and hats, and original photography by Wendell Hackler will be available for purchase during the event.

All proceeds from Art Gone Wild! fund the zoo’s enrichment program, which is an integral part of the zoo’s animal husbandry practices that ensures the physical and psychological well-being of the animals in the zoo’s care.

For more information, call 865.637.5331 ext. 300.

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Fall Juried Show in Knoxville

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition by the Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) entitled “The Fall Juried Show: 41st Fall Art Exhibition”, featuring original art by over 40 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, and mixed media.

The exhibition will be displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2015. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on October 2 from 5:00-9:00 PM, and awards for the show will be given at 6:00 PM.

The First Friday reception also features music by jazz pianist Curtis Framery in the gallery as well as music and dance performances by Pasión Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

“This is TAA’s sixth show at the Emporium Center, and we are very excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of Tennessee artists’ works represented by our members,” said Doris Hudnall, exhibition chair. “Many thanks to our sponsors who have made it possible to provide awards and recognition to the artists.”

The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.

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Artwork by by Michael McKee are among those displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2015. Photo courtesy the artist.


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.

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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.


FilmMakers blend real with imaginary fears

Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down underground Haunted House attractions. That’s the basic plot of The Houses October Built, an American found footage horror film showing on Netflix (at the time of this writing). With autumn in the air and Halloween on the horizon, CelebrateKnoxville.com spoke with the director Bobby Roe and producer Zack Andrews about the movie, which is actually multiple projects.

The first project is a real documentary about haunted house attractions in the U.S. that was produced in 2011. The second is a horror movie made in 2014, a fictional account of a group of people visiting those same haunted attractions and includes footage from the first project.

Confused yet? That’s part of the plan. As the lines between real and imagined horrors becomes more blurry in modern society, Roe and Andrews are making the most of mixing it up for horror fans in a way that is fresh and unique. Both the documentary and the fiction story are packaged together on the Blue-Ray of The Houses October Built, so that fans can see behind the scenes of actual places and learn more about the inspiration for the movie.

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The movie is the directorial debut of Bobby Roe, who also starred. It was produced by Zack Andrews (who also starred) and Steven Schneider, whose hits include Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Devil Inside. The film was given a limited theatrical release on October 10, 2014 and was released to home video on January 6, 2015.

“I think the quote at the beginning of the film, of how the real horror is what humans do to other humans, that explains our approach,” Roe said. “These are real locations, real scare actors. People can visit these places and talk to the same people we talked to when we made the movie. We wanted to make it as organic and real as possible.”

Real performances by great actors also make this film memorable, and Brandy Schaefer already won the award for Best Actress in The Macabre Faire Film Festival for her performance in The Houses October Built. The only female included on the RV trip, Shaefer’s descent from confidence into shock is crucial to the story and ties the other characters together. Fears mount up as it becomes obvious that the hauntings are getting out of control.

“It was a balancing act,” Roe said. “We asked ourselves ‘can we take (Brandy) to the breaking point without having the audience turn on the other characters?'”

Online reviews of the film describe the story as ‘a slow burn,’ with an emphasis on character development and not body count. Both Roe and Andrews say that is intentional and acknowledge that (Producer) Steven Schneider also used a slow burn with his Paranormal Activity movies, to much success.

Even with a slow build to a horrific ending, the movie is not without comic relief, however, and one scene with Zack Andrews features a cannabis-smoking-donut-eating-crying fit with infectious laughter.

“People ask me if I was actually high during that scene but I was not,” Andrews said. “We were just joking around on the set one day and decided to make the most of that moment.”

Cinematographer Andrew Strahorn does an excellent job of making this movie feel like a nightmare, blending real action with staged action. Some of the movie takes place during Mardis Gras, with even more masked characters and performance art adding to the atmosphere of weirdness.

“It was always our plan to include that in the story,” Andrews said. “Mardi Gras is a unique atmosphere and you just can’t fake that.”

This movie won the Carnet Jove Jury Award for Best Feature Length Film from the Midnight X-Treme Category from the Sitges Film Festival, but perhaps the most exciting news for horror fans is that the story of Houses That October Built continues: Roe and Andrews have recently returned from Scotland and other haunted places in the U.K. and plan to return again in the Spring. Roe said some of the haunted attractions there rival the best and most extreme in the United States, and they plan to make the most of what they have learned for another movie.

“Let’s just say that what you’ve seen of The Houses October Built is more of an intermission than an ending,” Roe said.
—Laura Long, CelebrateKnoxville.com, Sept. 16, 2015.


Alive After Five celebrates milestone

Alive After Five, the live music series at the Knoxville Museum of Art, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a performance by Jenna & Her Cool Friends on Friday, September 18, from 6:00-8:30 pm.

Since 1993, and years before the resurgence of downtown, Alive After Five has been attracting people to Knoxville from the Knox County periphery and surrounding counties to enjoy live music, food, spirits, and art in the casually elegant atmosphere of the Knoxville Museum of Art. The early Friday evening program has been a great way to wind down from the work week or to start the weekend or both. Mostly showcasing the rich treasure trove of local and regional musical talent, Alive After Five has also presented acts from New Orleans, Boston, Dallas, Canada, Peru, France, Japan, Australia, and more. Food is available from a variety of area restaurants or caterers, and there are two cash bars.

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Alive After Five presents Jenna & Her Cool Friends, a seven-member blues and boogie band from Knoxville, featuring vocalist Jenna Jefferson, vocalist and harmonica player Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley, rhythm guitarist Keith Ford, pianist Ben Maney, bassist Glyn Loyd, drummer Kevin Redding, and lead guitarist Michael Jordan. Photo submitted.

Admission to the 22nd Anniversary of Alive After Five is $10 for general admission, $5 for college students with valid ID, and free for museum members and children ages 17 and under.


Emporium Center hosts Museum Day

The Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, will open its doors on Saturday, September 26, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a ticket.

The event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone.

The Emporium Center is managed by the Arts & Culture Alliance. Originally built in 1898, it re-opened following renovations during the summer of 2004. The 28,000 square feet of flexible use space houses multiple art galleries showcasing local and regional artists, the administrative offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance, and offices for six other arts and cultural organizations.

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Clay Mishima by Amye Hand. This installation features pieces decorated using the technique of Mishima, a process of incising the clay and filling the negative space with contrasting color. Mishima pottery comes from the Japanese island of Mishima, the technique originating in Korea and introduced in the 16th century. Photo courtesy the artist.


Gala raises funds for KMA

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Art Fair KMA 2015 September 25-27, 2015. This second annual event raises funds to support the museum and presents art for sale by artists from the region and across the United States.

Friday, September 25: A Vernissage/Opening Preview and Sale takes place from 6 to 9pm. This gala event includes a cocktail party, silent auction, and VIP access to art for sale. Tickets are $95 per person and may be purchased online at http://www.knoxart.org/events/art-fair-kma.html.

Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27: The Art Fair takes place the following Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12noon-4pm) and is free and open to the public. Visitors can enjoy individual artist booths featuring original art, free art and craft activities for children, and free photo booth. Founding sponsor of Art Fair KMA is Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson.

For more information, visit www.knoxart.org or email artfairkma@gmail.com.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Angela Thomas at 865.934.2034 or visit www.knoxart.org.


Knoxville Sweet P’s calls for artists

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive in Knoxville invites artists and designers to create the concept for its next marketing piece – a mural that reflects the restaurant’s vibe and brand. The high-visibility mural will be painted on the side of the downtown building facing west towards the popular and well-trafficked 100 Block of Gay Street.

“The mural will add visual appeal and character to Jackson Avenue, as well as help our customers identify our building as they round the corner from Gay Street,” said Chris Ford, owner and operator of Sweet P’s. “We love the vibrant spirit of downtown and want to continue that same motif on our property.”

Official entries should be emailed to Jonathan Ford, co-owner of Sweet P’s Barbeque, at jonathan@sweetpbbq.com by Sept. 4, 2015 at 5 p.m.


Art Market features new works

Recent works by Gary Dagnan of Knoxville and Larry Gabbard of Kingston, will be on display Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2015 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will be held during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 4. There will be complimentary refreshments along with jazz performed by Kelvin Walters.

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Most of Gary Dagnan’s oil paintings are of the mountains, hills, lakes and structures of the East Tennessee area. He is inspired by the changing light and colors that come from distinctly different seasons of the South, explaining that he is more interested in the aesthetics of a scene than with documenting a specific place. Photo: Sunlight on Yellow Leaves by Gary Dagnan, courtesy the artist.

“I want my paintings to express the emotional and spiritual connection that I have with nature,” Dagnan says. With his work in more than 400 private and public collections, the Jasper, TN, native has had 18 solo shows, and his works have been in many national, state and regional art shows throughout the United States.

Larry Gabbard enjoys fast-firing techniques that create a rich variety of textures and colors on bisque clay. “I find the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce,” he says. While most of his elegant pottery is wheel thrown, he seeks out alternative methods, among them raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing. The Cincinnati, OH, transplant began his pottery career after moving to Kingston in 1999. He attends workshops of well known potters as well as classes at renowned educational institutions to learn more and refine his skills.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay Street 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.


Fine Arts Blount exhibit in Knoxville

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition by twelve artists of Fine Arts Blount. Fine Arts Blount from Blount County, Tennessee, provides an outlet for creative energy, stimulates the imagination, encourages on-going self-education, extends purpose, builds self-esteem, enriches lives, enhances the community’s quality of life, contributes to the local economy and is an ongoing part of the revitalization of Historic Downtown Maryville.

The exhibition includes watercolor, acrylic, oil, photography and more and will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 4-25, 2015.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, September 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features a flamenco dance performance by Pasión Flamenco from 6:00-6:30 PM in the Black Box Theatre and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-8:45 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, and gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and select Sundays 3:30-6:30 PM.

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Ti–Tree of Kings by Norma Riegle. Photo submitted.


Knoxville Then and Now

The Art Market Gallery will have a special showing of works by gallery members entitled “Knoxville, Then and Now”, from August 3 – 31, 2015.

There will also be a memorial showing of glass works by artist, Vivian Shoemaker. Her stained glass works reflect the landscape of the east Tennessee area. This show will be in conjunction with the East Tennessee History Center’s History Fair which takes place on August 15 in downtown Knoxville.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery.

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Tennessee Theatre, by Inna Knox. Oils on canvas. Photo courtesy the artist.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 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.


Further East exhibits new works

The Arts & Culture Alliance and the ETSU Slocumb Galleries are pleased to present a new exhibition entitled Further East by the faculty and staff of the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University.

Further East features contemporary work in various media by Johnson City-area artists David Dixon, M. Wayne Dyer, Mira Gerard, Travis Graves, Mindy Herrin, Amanda Hood, Vanessa Mayoraz, Patricia Mink, Catherine Murray, Peter Pawlowicz, Kelly Celeste Porter, Kevin Reaves, Andrew Scott Ross, Katie Sheffield, Ralph Slatton, Mike Smith, and Dawn Marie Tipton and will be displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 7-28, 2015.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, August 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-8:45 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

The Art Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences promote the understanding and appreciation of visual arts in support of the academic experience and the cultural development surrounding communities. Their mission is to provide venues for and access to contemporary art by organizing innovative exhibitions that promote artistic excellence, diversity, collaborations and creative thinking.

“Further East” will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and select Sundays 3:30-6:30 PM.

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Works by Mira Gerard are part of the new exhibit titled Further East at the Department of Art and Design at East TN State University. Photo submitted.


Knoxville Museum of Art accredited

The Knoxville Museum of Art has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum. This is the KMA’s third accreditation, a status it first attained in 1995.

AAM accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.

Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums, only about 1,000 are currently accredited. Locally, the only other AAM-accredited museum is the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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The Knoxville Museum of Art is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. Photo by David Massengill.


KWG welcomes Jason Sizemore

Thinking about dipping your pen into the genre writing pool? The Knoxville Writers Guild welcomes Jason Sizemore, three-time Hugo Award nominee and editor-in-chief of Apex Publications, as featured speaker on August 6, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Theater.

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The Knoxville Writers Guild welcomes Jason Sizemore, three-time Hugo Award nominee and editor-in-chief of Apex Publications, as featured speaker on August 6, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Theater.

Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Each month the magazine brings a mix of originals and reprints, interspersed with interviews and nonfiction.

Apex Magazine received a Best Semiprozine Hugo nomination in 2012, 2013, and 2014. The publication placed two stories in the 2010 Nebula Award category of Best Short Story, and Apex stories won the category in 2014 (“If You Were a Dinosaur My Love” by Rachel Swirsky) and again in 2015 (“Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon. Dozen of stories have been selected for the annual Year’s Best anthologies over the past five years.

Attendees of the speaking engagement will be given an overview of genre market information, guidelines, and resources to help writers find homes for science fiction and fantasy manuscripts.

On Saturday, August 8, Sizemore’s follow-up seminar will cover more in depth which publishers to target, what to avoid in cover letters, tips on surviving the slush pile, popular agents, and a handful of insider tips from an experienced editor that might help give you a slight edge over other writers.

Both novel and short fiction markets will be covered in the seminar and cost is $40 to attend.

To register for the workshop, Email jason@apexbookcompany.com.

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New works at Art Market Gallery

Recent works by painter Diana Dee Sarkar of Knoxville and ceramic artist Eun-Sook Kim of Oak Ridge will be on display through July 26, 2015 at the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville.

An opening reception for the featured artists will be held during First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m., July 3. There will be complimentary refreshments, and Matt Tillery will perform eclectic blues/rock music from the 1960s to the 2000s as well as original pieces on acoustic guitar.

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Diana Dee Sarkar studied oil painting at Woodstock School of Art and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Her work will be on display at the Art Market Gallery through July 26, 2015. Photo courtesy the artist.

Sarkar, a Wichita, KS, native earned an MFA in figure painting at the Academy of Art University, where she has continued to study pastel landscape painting with such notables as Gil Dellinger and Susan Ogilvie. Enjoying plein-air painting in several countries, Diana Dee will show pastels featuring varied landscapes of East Tennessee and Georgia.

Eun-Sook Kim received a B.A. in English literature from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Accepted into a graduate program at University of Tennessee, she moved to Knoxville, married, and resumed her studies after raising her children, earning an M.F.A. in ceramics in the 1990s. Her award-winning work has been in juried shows nationally and internationally, and shown in area solo exhibitions.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 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.


Alive After Five summer series begins

KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the summer series of Alive After Five, premiering with Kukuly & The Gypsy Fuego on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

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The summer series of 2015 premiers with the Alive After Five debut of Kukuly & The Gypsy Fuego (Spanish for “Fire”). Photo submitted.

A native of Peru, Kukuly Uriarte has been a member of the Knoxville music community for several years, and her band, The Gypsy Fuego, keeps growing in popularity as they perform in venues all around the Knoxville and Maryville area. Their music “knows no borders,” as it encompasses an international mix of Gypsy jazz, American swing “with a French accent,” and also Latin standards like Argentine tangos and Brazilian bossa novas. For this occasion, the “deluxe” 7-member Gypsy Fuego will perform.

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on twenty-eight Fridays per year in four seasonal series. The programs take place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art.

There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, free parking, and a licensed therapeutic masseuse available. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries.

Admission to the summer series premier of Alive After Five is $10 for general admission and $5 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill, Alive After Five Coordinator, at (865) 934-2039.


Abandon your art in Knoxville

A1LabArts is hosting their second Abandoned Art Workshop on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 3 – 7 p.m. at The Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place in Knoxville.

In this workshop, participants will get to experience the joy of the creative process and explore a variety of methods and materials to make a piece of art. The next step can be both difficult and fun. Participants will leave their art in a public place for others to discover, keep, and love.

Workshop attendees will be provided with all of the supplies necessary to create their masterpiece. Participants can stop in or stay the whole time to make, take, and give away their art. Cost for materials is $10.

Those who find abandoned art are encouraged to document their find on the Abandoned ART Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/abandonedART.

A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media.


Art exhibit highlights South Knoxville

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition by Ryan Blair and Robin Surber entitled “Made in South Knoxville”. The exhibition features mixed media works and paintings by two artists who call South Knoxville their home and will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center from June 5-27, 2015.

A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, June 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson & Friends from 7:00-8:45 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

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Disco Lights in My Mirror by Ryan Blair. Photo courtesy Arts and Culture Alliance.


KMA presents hacktivist Evan Roth

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor May 8-August 2, 2015. This exhibition is the first major U.S. one-person presentation of Evan Roth’s pioneering multi-faceted and interactive installations, custom software, prints, sculptures and websites.

Roth, a self-professed “hacktivist” artist, is interested in uses of technology in popular culture and the urban environment. He inventively combines elements from the disparate worlds of computer programming and street culture. Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor offers a unique opportunity to understand the artist’s approach from analysis and archiving to experimentation through to the final—and in the artist’s mind— most important step, opening it up to the world for participation. Blurring the line between artist and hacker, the exhibition challenges gallery visitors to consider how everyday life intersects with virtual reality and how viral media can become fine art.

Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris. His notable pieces include Graffiti Taxonomy, Multi Touch, EyeWriter, Internet Cache Portraits. He also collaborated with Jay-Z on the first open source rap video. Roth worked at the Eyebeam OpenLab, an open source creative technology lab for the public domain as a Research and Development Fellow from 2005 to 2006 and was a Senior Fellow there from 2006 to 2007. Evan Roth co-founded the Graffiti Research Lab in 2005 and the Free Art and Technology Lab (FAT Lab), an arts and free culture collective, in 2007. Born in 1978 in Okemos, Michigan, Roth currently lives in Paris with his wife and daughter where he maintains a studio and is represented by XPO Gallery.

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Evan Roth, Propulsion Painting: Ball, mixed media, 70cm x 70cm x 70cm, 2012. Image courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art.


Art Market features Knoxville artists

KNOXVILLE – Recent works by Inna Nasonova Knox and Mary Saylor, both of Knoxville, will be on display during the month of May 2015 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will be held during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 1. There will be complimentary refreshments and live music performed by “Poiesis”, with Kelvin Walters on the alto saxophone and Jeremy Wright on guitar.

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Inna Nasonova Knox was born in in Kazan Russia, and came to the United States in 2000. She now is a dual citizen. Knox creates her images with a vivid and rich use of color. Her work is on display at Art Market Gallery for May 2015. Photo submitted.

Mary Saylor has created art for as long as she can remember and grew up in a household with artistic parents. Born in Eastern Kentucky and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she earned a BFA from Ohio University and taught art in middle school for some time. A love and appreciation of all animals serves as her primary inspiration for these whimsical creatures which often are imbued with humor and warmth.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 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.


Knoxville celebrates art of the biscuit

KNOXVILLE – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present the International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition, a new exhibition “about the biscuit” and featuring works in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, completed within the past two years, by artists 18 years and older from across the United States.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center from May 1-30, 2015. All works are for sale.

The International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition occurs in celebration with the Festival itself, which takes place May 14-16 in Knoxville.

Jurors for the 2015 exhibition included Preston Farabow of Aespyre Metal Design at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville and Claire Stigliani, associate professor of Drawing & Painting at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Apricot Jam by K. Henderson of Weed, New Mexico, which received last year’s Best of Show Award at the Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition. Photo courtesy Art and Culture Alliance.


TN Arts announce grants

The Tennessee Arts Commission announces its popular Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant and will invest over $39,000 in East Tennessee arts projects and programs taking place August 16, 2015 through June 15, 2016. The funding, which will be distributed through the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, provides vital financial support for projects that broaden public access to the arts and enhance the quality and viability of cultural arts experiences.

The ABC grants will be distributed throughout all arts disciplines as recognized by the Tennessee Arts Commission, including dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.

ABC grants are available through the Arts & Culture Alliance for eligible arts and cultural organizations in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. Applicants must be state-recognized, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations or government entities and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match towards the proposed project.

Awards range from $500 to $2,000. The online application deadline is 4:30 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, July 1.

A free grant workshop for interested applicants will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 1:30-3:00 PM at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville.  For directions and more information, please call (865) 523-7543.


Alive After Five 2015 announces shows

KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the spring series of Alive After Five, premiering with Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project on Friday, March 20, from 6-8:30 pm. This year’s spring series features six shows, concluding on May 8, 2015.

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The KMA Alive After Five 2015 spring series premiers with a performance of jazzy R & B by some of the most talented musicians in Knoxville. Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project bring classic standards to life with their soulful stylings and bluesy grooves. Photo courtesy Michael Gill.

Combining a voice reminiscent of Sarah Vaughn and Oleta Adams with an effervescent stage presence, Kelle Jolly is the perfect counterpoint to her husband Will’s cool virtuosity on any of the saxophones he chooses to play. Kelle is the host of “Jazz Jam” on WUOT 91.9FM and the co-host with Robert Minter of “What’s Goin’ On” on Community TV. Besides his own Project, Will stays busy playing regularly with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, The Streamliners Swing Orchestra, and The BluePrint.

Alive After Five is a unique live music series presented on twenty-eight Fridays per year in four seasonal series. The programs take place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, free parking, and a licensed therapeutic masseuse available. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries.

Admission to the Spring series premier of Alive After Five is $10 for general admission and $5 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free. Alive After Five is sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company, Knoxville Mercury, and WDVX-89.9FM. For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill, Alive After Five Coordinator, at (865) 934-2039.

The 2015 Spring Series Schedule for “Alive After Five”:

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March 20 – Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project ($10, $5)

April 10 – The Streamliners Swing Orchestra ($15, $10)

April 17 – Leftfoot Dave & The Magic Hats ($10, $5)

April 24 – SoulfulSounds Revue ($10, $5)

May 1 – Robinella ($10, $5)

May 8 – TABOO ($10, $5)


Park Day at Mabry-Hazen

Knoxville – On Saturday, March 28, 2015, history buffs, community leaders and preservationists will team up with the Civil War Trust, History and Take Pride in America at more than 98 historic sites across the country to participate in the 18th annual Park Day.

Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities. In 2014, nearly 9,000 volunteers at 104 sites across the country donated more than 35,000 service hours. This year, organizers hope to build on these impressive figures.

Mabry-Hazen House will participate in Park Day on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 9am to 2pm. Activities will include leaf and brush removal, mulching, and general spring-cleaning. Some tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, pitchforks, tarps, and similar yard tools.

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Mabry-Hazen House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy Calvin Chappelle.

Additional information about the event can be obtained by calling 865-522-8661.

 


Knoxville recycling turns to art

KNOXVILLE – Sculptures created by 12 University of Tennessee art students that incorporate materials provided by steel recycler Gerdau will be on public display April 3-19, 2015 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

“The Art of Recycling” sculpture exhibition celebrates April’s National Recycling Month and a partnership among Gerdau, Dogwood Arts and the University of Tennessee Sculpture Program. The sculptures will be unveiled in a public ceremony Friday, April 3, at 10 a.m. Though the partnership always has resulted in new works of art, 2015 is the first time it has culminated in a public art exhibition.

Participating UT students include Rachel Byrd, Veronica Castle, Keelin Cavanaugh, Kylee Haynes, Daniel Hood, Cameron Kite, Marisa Mitchell, Lauren Sanders, Paige Smith, Patricia Tinsley, Nicholas Tamas and Kenzie Wells.

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John Powers, University of Tennessee assistant professor of sculpture, and student Paige Smith survey the massive piles of discarded metal and steel at Gerdau’s scrapyard. A dozen students will create works of art from materials selected from the scrapyard, and the art will be on display during April 2015, National Recycling Month. Photo submitted.


Art Market hosts printmaking exhibit

KNOXVILLE – The Southern Graphic Council International Printmaking Conference is March 18-21, 2015. The Art Market Gallery is exhibiting “Mapping the Mississippi”, one of 15 Southern Graphic Council portfolio exchanges that will be on display.

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Exhibition dates are March 3-29. The Art Market Gallery will be open 5:30-9:00 PM for visitors on Thursday, March 19, 2015 evening. Refreshments will be served.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors 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.


A1LabArts gallery hosts new exhibit

KNOXVILLE– The A1LabArts Gallery will open A Show of Hands, an exhibition of prints and photographs curated by Adam Finkelston and James Meara, on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 6 – 10 p.m.

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A Show of Hands exhibition is a part of the Southern Graphics Council International SPHERE conference and will be open at The Center for Creative Minds through March 28. Finkelston and Meara, co-editors of The Hand Magazine, will be in attendance at the exhibition’s reception on Thursday, March 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. at The Center for Creative Minds.

Since April 2013, The Hand Magazine has published hundreds of images from some of the most interesting contemporary artists working in reproduction­based media. The Hand is dedicated to the promotion of hand­made images that utilize techniques invented for and generally thought of as being mechanical in nature. In addition to exploring this paradox, The Hand seeks to unite the photographic and print communities and give a new audience to established practitioners of these arts. The Hand reaches out to established and emerging artists alike, in an effort to recognize the history of hand­made reproduction as well as the future.

A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media. The gallery is located at 23 Emory Place in Knoxville.


McClung Museum receives rare maps

KNOXVILLE—Almost 200 rare maps of Europe and other parts of the world created between the 1500s and 1800s now belong to the UT McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Twenty of the maps are currently on display in the Burchfiel Geography Building. These, and the other maps housed in the museum’s collections, will be used for exhibition and teaching at the museum. They also will be used for undergraduate and graduate coursework on the history of maps and mapmaking from the sixteenth century onward and the importance of such maps to navigation, world politics, business and trade, agriculture, exploration, colonialism, and warfare.

“This collection of maps is a meaningful addition to our resources available for teaching, and several UT faculty have already taken advantage of the availability of the maps as a tool for inspiring meaningful discussions in their classrooms about cultural identity, political boundaries, and change, as well as socioeconomic conditions,” said Lindsey Waugh, the McClung Museum’s coordinator of academic programs.

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Students in Jovana Babovic’s Central European Cities class discuss political power, cultural perception, and urban development as they view seventeenth and eighteenth-century maps in the McClung Museum’s object study room. Photo submitted.

Most of the 191 maps are copperplate engravings with painstakingly applied hand color. They were created by mapmaking giants of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, including Gerard Mercator, the famous cartographer who was the first to plot the straight-line courses (Mercator projection) typical on today’s maps; Abraham Ortelius, the creator of the first modern atlas; Nicholas Visscher, whose family made some of the most famous maps during the golden age of Dutch mapmaking; and Guillaume DeLisle, popular for his maps of newly explored Africa and the Americas.

The gift came to the museum from Jeffery M. Leving, attorney and founder of Fathers’ Rights in Chicago. Two additional maps were gifted by Orrin Lippoff of Brooklyn, New York, and Robert J. Isakson of Mobile, Alabama. The museum worked closely with W. Graham Arader III, owner of Arader Galleries and a longtime UT donor, who facilitated these gifts.


SGC exhibits at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly announces four unique exhibitions by SGC International. In the main gallery, the 2015-2018 Southern Graphic Council International Member’s Traveling Exhibition features an array of 51 original prints, created by SGC International members from around the world.

Juried by artist, distinguished professor, and 2015 SGCI Printmaker Emerita Award Recipient Ruth Weisberg, the work selected for the exhibit will travel though the United States for three years. Artists include Beauvais Lyons and Koichi Yamamoto (print featured below), School of Art faculty at the University of Tennessee.

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Knoxville Collects Yee-Haw will feature letterpress prints from Yee-Haw Industries collected by the people of Knoxville. The exhibition seeks to celebrate the legacy of Yee-Haw Industries and its significance for people living in East Tennessee. Organized by B.J. Alumbaugh, MFA student in Studio Art (printmaking) at the University of Tennessee, the exhibition will include text panels for each print with a short paragraph by the owner about why the work is of significance for them. Works will be on display in the Balcony gallery.

Approximate Exactitude: The Diagram and the Book will feature a selection of original artist books by fourteen artists in the display case. The books in this show celebrate, occasionally spoof, and often times elevate the significance of the diagram as an element of the book. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Smith, the Special Instructor/Manager of the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Prints by UTK Faculty will present selected prints by University of Tennessee, School of Art faculty members Koichi Yamamoto, Althea Murphy Price, and Beauvais Lyons on the North Wall of the gallery. The three participating artists in this exhibit are also hosts of the 2015 Southern Graphics Council International Conference held March 18-21 in Knoxville.

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville from March 6-29, 2015. A public reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

Gallery hours for the SGC International exhibitions are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


New exhibit at Art Market

KNOXVILLE – Recent works by watercolor painter Lil Clinard of Loudon, and beaded-jewelry artist Jennifer Lindsay of Knoxville will be on display during the month of March 2015 at the Art Market Gallery.

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An opening reception for the featured artists will be held during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. March 6, with complimentary refreshments and live music performed by The Accidentals.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors 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.


A1LabArts promotes book sharing

KNOXVILLE – A1LabArts is hosting a Little Free Library Workshop on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, in Knoxville.

For $50 per box, participants can create a Little Free Library to place in their neighborhood. What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.

Participants will be provided with all of the supplies necessary to assemble a box and instructions on how to install the box in their neighborhood. Groups are encouraged to participate. Email Donna at donnamoore32@mac.com to register.

A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media.


Student artists recycle materials

Student sculptors from the University of Tennessee recently surveyed piles of discarded steel at Gerdau’s Knoxville mill, selected pieces that inspired them and will turn the materials into tributes of artistic reuse.

“Recycling is what we do every day, but these students see these materials in a fresh new way,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill. “We look forward to seeing how these sculptors transform these raw materials into works of art.”

The project is a partnership between Gerdau and Dogwood Arts and will culminate in a public art exhibition at the Knoxville Convention Center in April that will celebrate both sculpture and National Recycling Month.

The sculptors collectively selected from Gerdau’s scrapyard nearly three tons of discarded metal and steel, which the company provides free to the students. Between now and the exhibition, they will work with John Powers, UT assistant professor of sculpture, to create works of art.

Participating students included Rachel Byrd, Veronica Castle, Keelin Cavanaugh, Kylee Haynes, Daniel Hood, Cameron Kite, Marisa Mitchell, Lauren Sanders, Joshua Shorey, Paige Smith, Patricia Tinsley and Nicholas Tamas.

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John Powers, University of Tennessee assistant professor of sculpture, and student Paige Smith survey the massive piles of discarded metal and steel at Gerdau’s scrapyard. A dozen students will create works of art from materials selected from the scrapyard, and the art will be on display during April 2015, National Recycling Month. Photo submitted.


Panel discussion at McClung Museum

KNOXVILLE—In honor of its new exhibit, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host an artist panel discussion at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

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Tanja Softic, a UT visiting artist and a professor of art at the University of Richmond, Virginia, as well as UT printmaking professors Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price and Koichi Yamamoto will participate in the discussion. McClung Museum curator Catherine Shteynberg will be the moderator. Photo submitted.

Four of the 28 artists featured in the “Drawn from the McClung Museum” exhibit will be on hand for the panel discussion, which will highlight the artists’ choices and process, and the nature of the exhibition itself. “Drawn” pairs selected objects from the McClung’s collections with prints examining these objects in order to understand how art, science and culture are perceived and interpreted in museums.

The panel discussion, which will be in the museum’s temporary gallery, is free and open to the public.

The McClung Museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays. Free public transportation is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.


Handmade exhibit at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents the 2nd Annual “HandMade Here: A Tennessee Craft Chapter Exhibition,” featuring original works of basketry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metals, leather, handmade paper, mixed media, fiber, printmaking, photography.

Frank Martin, Professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Art, will jury the exhibition.

Works will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center from February 6-28, 2015. Most of the works will be for sale.

A public reception will take place on Friday, February 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM. The First Friday reception also features music by Cricket & Snail in the gallery; a flamenco dance performance by Pasión Flamenco from 6:00-6:30 PM in the Black Box Theatre; and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.
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Pipes on display in Knoxville

Recent works by architectural painter Dede Christopher of Maryville, and pen and pipe maker Ron Smith of Dandridge will be on display during the month of February at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville.

An opening reception for these featured artists will be held during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2015 with complimentary refreshments and jazz/funk music performed by Alix DeAngelis.

With a BA and graduate degree in architectural design, Dede Christopher has had her own architectural illustration business since 1989 and has been drawing and painting for clients and her own inspiration nearly every day since then.

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During a sculpture course at Walters State Community College, Ron Smith discovered an affinity for power tools and generating sawdust which, combined with his lifelong enjoyment of writing and pipe smoking, led him to his work creating pens and pipes from ebauchon briar. Photo courtesy the artist.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay St. For more information, call 865-525-5265.


Great Cake Bake is Feb 28

This year’s Great Cake Bake to benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Knox County will take place on February 28, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tennessee Terrace Level of Neyland Stadium.

Cake decorators, sugar enthusiasts, and artists pull out all the stops to create a sugary vision so that cake lovers come out to see and buy these sweet confections.

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Each competition entry is $15, which sponsors one child to receive books for a year;
Tickets are $10 (children 12 and under are free)

Entry Deadline is February 22, 2015.

For more information, visit knoxlib.org.


McGhee Tyson hosts art exhibition

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the next Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.

Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 16 – October 7, 2015.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, March 8, 2015. Prizes include $1,000 in cash awards.

Download an application at www.knoxalliance.com.


Mac Arnold kicks off music series

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the winter series of Alive After Five, premiering with Mac Arnold & Plateful O’ Blues on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm. This year’s winter series features seven shows, concluding on February 27.

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Mac Arnold kicks off the winter series of Alive After Five on January 9, 2015.  Photo submitted.

Mac Arnold’s first band in high school included James Brown on piano. When Mac moved to Chicago in the 1960s, Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and also recorded albums with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. A few years later, he moved to Los Angeles and performed with the set band on Soul Train television show. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn’t playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King.

Admission to the winter series premier of Alive After Five is $15 for general admission and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free. For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.

 


New exhibit in Art Market Knoxville

Eun-Sook Kim of Oak Ridge and Harriet Smith Howell of Rutledge will be featured artists for January 2015 in the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville.

The opening reception during downtown Knoxville’s traditional date for the First Friday Art Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2015, with light refreshments and Bluegrass music performed live by Caring Committee.

Kim and Howell share certain attributes. While their styles and interpretations may differ, both are award winning versatile artists who look to nature for inspiration. They teach and conduct art workshops, have exhibited widely, and were juried into this cooperative in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums, a feat accomplished by just a handful of current active members.

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For this exhibit, Eun-Sook Kim, who also works in clay, will be showing her paintings (photo above), and Harriet Howell, who also creates paintings, will show one-of-a-kind silk scarves as wearable art. Photographs courtesy of the artists.

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Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 865-525-5265.


Mabry Hazen hosts holiday tours

Knoxville’s Mabry-Hazen House invites the public to enjoy history and the holidays with a tour through the historic site. Rooms and other areas will be decorated by well known Knoxville decorators as well as volunteers and museum staff.

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The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Christmas Tours are scheduled for Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 5-8pm and Sunday, December 14, from 2-5pm.

Built in 1858, The Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years; the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America.

Attendance and donations will help support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about an important part of East Tennessee history.

For more information, call 865-522-8661.


Knoxville Museum of Art adds cafe

KNOXVILLE – (November 26, 2014) The Knoxville Museum of Art announces a new casual lunch service, the Coop Café at the KMA. The Coop operates Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 2pm.

Owned and operated by Nancy Kendrick of The Coop Café on Sutherland and Creative Catering of Knoxville, the Coop Café at the KMA offers a selection of sandwiches and salads, as well as a variety of sweet treats. Coffee, tea, and cold drinks are also available.

“Having a café at the museum is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said KMA Executive Director David Butler. “Our visitors can now come and enjoy the beautifully renovated museum, enjoy permanent and temporary art exhibitions, explore the museum shop, and have a bite to eat in the Coop Café. It’s yet another reason to visit. We are thrilled to be working with Nancy on this venture.”

The Knoxville Museum of Art is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm-5 pm. Admission and parking are free.


New Arts in the Airport exhibit on view

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville are pleased to present the 2015 “Arts in the Airport”, a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from 36 artists in the East Tennessee region.

The current exhibition features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint through April 8, 2015. The exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, artists and their guests may view the exhibition during the opening reception and by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.

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Youth Waiting, (oil on canvas) by Hawa Ware. Award of Merit winner, 2015 Arts in the Airport, Knoxville.


Art Market features regional works

KNOXVILLE- An opening reception for the Art Market Gallery’s December featured artists, painter Marjorie Horne of Knoxville and Sevierville wood turner Nelson Ziegler, will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Dec. 5, 2014 during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

The gallery will offer complimentary refreshments and Christmas and classical music performed by cellists Carla and Bethany Brown.

The featured artists’ exhibit will run through Dec. 28. In addition, sales of selected works by other gallery artists will benefit The Community School of the Arts during December.

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Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Landscape by Marjorie Horne. Image courtesy the artist.

December hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday.

The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in nearby public garages and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call 865-525-5265.


Student art at Knoxville Museum

The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association present the ninth annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition November 28, 2014-January 11, 2015.

The exhibition features artwork created by middle and high school students and offers students the opportunity to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.

Students, school administration, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony Tuesday, December 9 from 6 to 8pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Best in Show 2013, Grace Khalsa, Trompe-l’oeil Shoe, Ceramic, Farragut High School, Wendy Love, Art Teacher. Photo courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art.


Foothills craft show Nov 14-16

The Foothills Craft Guild Annual Show takes place November 14-16, 2014, at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Foothills Craft Guild is a non-profit organization of over 280 craft artists in Tennessee dedicated to preserving and promoting craft traditions.

Hours for the show are Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The Foothills Craft Guild annual show is a favorite for local Christmas shoppers, showcasing the finest in handmade Tennessee crafts including painting, fiber, clay, jewelry, and wood crafts. Demonstrations for glass blowing and glass bead making will take place throughout the weekend. Photo: exotic woodwork by Bob Klassen.

Admission is Adults $8, Seniors $7, and children under 13 Free.

Chilhowee Park is located at 3301 East Magnolia Avenue, next to the Knoxville Zoo.

Download a coupon (limit one coupon per person) for one dollar off admission HERE.


Knoxville hosts Fanboy Expo

The region’s premier pop culture meet-and-greet and collectibles event, Fanboy Expo, comes to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-9, 2014.

Cult classic lovers and comic book aficionados will travel to Knoxville for the chance to meet their favorite celebrity actors and comic illustrators. The expo also will feature vendors selling comic books, toys and other fandom paraphernalia.

Celebrities will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions from fans, pose for pictures and sign photos and memorabilia. Some of the notable guests will include:

• John Rhys-Davies, best known as Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

• Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom, “Happy Days”

• Peter Mayhew, the actor behind Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” series

• William Zabka, best known as villain Johnny Lawrence in “The Karate Kid”

• Tommy Flanagan, Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones, Michael Ornstein, Kristen Renton and

Natalie Skyy known for their roles on the hit FX series, “Sons of Anarchy”

• George Newbern, the voice of Superman in the animated Justice League series

• Sarah Douglas, best known as Ursa opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman” and

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• Shannon Farnon, who voiced Wonder Woman in “Super Friends”

• Dee Wallace, best known as Elliott’s mom in “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial”

• Sandahl Bergman, known for her role as Valeria in “Conan the Barbarian” with Arnold

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• Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants”

• Several cast members from AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

• Julius LeFlore, stuntman for “Return of the Jedi”

• Wrestling legends Jim Duggan, known as “Hacksaw Jim Duggan,” and Chris Chavis, “known

as “Tatanka”

The exhibition booths with comic books, movie props and other fandom paraphernalia will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available for purchase at the door, $15-$25 single day and $50 weekend.


Emporium hosts juried exhibit

KNOXVILLE – The receipt deadline for the Arts and Culture Alliance juried show is midnight on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards and a catalog for exhibiting artists.

Approximately 40-50 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres will be exhibited in the Balcony gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from February 6-28, 2015.

Stefanie Gerber Darr, manager of the galleries and permanent collection at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, will jury the exhibition.

Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The maximum allowed size is 120″ x 120″ in any direction including frame or stand.

The nonrefundable entry fee is $40 for up to three works ($25 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to three additional entries may be submitted for $7/each ($5 for members/students).

For more information, please contact Suzanne Cada: sc@knoxalliance.com or (865) 523-7543.


Day of the Dead at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition hosted by HoLa Hora Latina in commemoration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), featuring a collection of traditional and modern ofrendas (memorial displays), paintings, masks, sculptures, and paper mache catrinas by artists Angel Luna, Hector Saldivar, Margarita Garza, and others.

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A whimsical paper mache’ skeleton adorns a display for celebrating the Day of the Dead, a popular Hispanic tradition, similar to All Saints Day, to honor deceased relatives and friends. This year’s exhibition will include selections from “Frutos Latinos,” an exhibition displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville beginning November 7, 2014 with special activities throughout the evening. File photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

Casa HoLa (the office/gallery space of HoLa Hora Latina, Suite 109 in the Emporium) will offer coloring, face painting, and sugar skull decorating.

The First Friday reception features music and dance performances by Pasión Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


Holiday Market features classes

The Market Square Holiday Market in Market Square is scheduled for December 6, 13, and 20, 2014. Sassy Glass Studio is once again offering Holiday Ornament and Jewelry Fused Glass classes for making one-of-a-kind gifts.

“Sounds kind of crazy when it’s still 65 degrees outside and you’re wearing flip flops here in East Tennessee, but Christmas is only 63 days away,” says Sassy Glass Studio owner, Lisa Gifford Mueller.

Space for taking a fused glass class at the holiday market is limited; classes are available at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels either individually or in small groups of up to 3 students.

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Before the holiday market, every Saturday through November 15, 2014 you can find Sassy Glass Studio at the Market Square Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sign up for classes, here http://sassyglassstudio.blogspot.com.

 


African Appalachian art on display

KNOXVILLE – The African American Appalachian Arts gallery, located in suite 106 in the Emporium Building, downtown Knoxville, will host several events to celebrate cultural heritage this fall. African American Appalachian Arts will be hosting a portion of the Haitian Liberation Celebration on October 25, 2014, from 5:30-9 p.m.

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Cards by artist Hawa Ware celebrating African traditional head scarves and modern hats will be available for purchase during the upcoming First Friday Gallery and Kwanzaa Holiday Market, December 5, 2014, from 6-9 p.m.  

Artist Hawa Ware from Liberia, West Africa, will be featured in the gallery on November 7, 2014, from 6-9 p.m.

“I make these cards using fabric and paper,” Ware said. “I am also working on some wearable art pieces that we will have available during the Kwanzaa fest. I like to experiment with different styles of hats as well as the traditional head scarves that people are familiar with.”

Ware, who came to the United States as a refugee, says her desire is to help raise awareness of the challenges being faced by her people and to set aside a portion of her art sales to send for humanitarian relief efforts. With this in mind, she plans to make some unique cards available that art patrons may bid on during the holiday market at the Emporium.

The First Friday Gallery and Kwanzaa Holiday Market takes place December 5, 2014, from 6-9 p.m. Marketplace Vendors will be selling holiday gifts, fine art, and baked goods.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


Marine art on display in Knoxville

Art Market Gallery featured artists for November include acrylic painter George Rothery and functional artist Kathy Lovelace, both of Knoxville.

An opening reception for these exhibitions will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 7, 2014 during downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, with complimentary refreshments and jazz/blues music performed by Melanie and the Meltones.

George A. Rothery Jr. is known for his marine art. He especially enjoys researching sea lore so that he can combine his keen interest in history with his love of art. Rothery’s paintings are in public and private collections coast to coast.

Kathy Lovelace specializes in painting the brook, brown and rainbow trout found in streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. Lovelace describes her work as “functional art” since her paintings are depicted on small furniture and home accessories.

For more information, call 865-525-5265.

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Marine art by George A. Rothery Jr., courtesy the artist.


Emporium hosts juried exhibit

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for entries for its Ninth Annual National Juried Exhibition of 2015. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash and is open to all artists.

The National Juried Exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the Balcony gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street from February 6-28, 2015.

Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media).

Apply online and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/juried.html, or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901.


Alive after Five music series begins

KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the 2014 fall series of Alive After Five, premiering with a “Tribute to Sam Cooke” featuring Danny McGrew with Soul Connection and very special guest Clifford Curry on Friday, October 10, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

This year’s fall series features seven shows, concluding on December 12, 2014.

Originally formed of Oak Ridge High School students in 1966, under the name Soul Sanction, their name was changed to Soul Connection at a special “Rename the Band Party” Alive After Five in 2006. The group became one of the legendary bands of East Tennessee and opened shows for B.B. King, James Brown, Ray Charles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and more. With their combination of keyboards, horns, and guitar, blended with a variety of male and female vocals, Soul Connection covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues and Soul, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style. Joining them in the first set will be Knoxville native and member of the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, Clifford Curry.

For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.


Art Market features Russian artist

Inna Nasonova, who paints in oils, and fiber artist Elaine Fronczek, both of Knoxville, are the Art Market Gallery’s featured artists for October 2014.

Their recent works will be on exhibit at The Art Market Gallery through Nov. 2, 2014, with an opening reception to be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, during the monthly First Friday Art Walk in downtown Knoxville.

At the opening reception visitors may enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Living Room Roots.

Inna Nasonova’s educational training in Russia includes fashion design, graduating with honors in interior design and, in the United States a degree in graphic technology design at Gateway Technical College in Racine, WI. Artwork (below) by Inna Nasonova. Image courtesy the artist. 

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Elaine Fronczek is a retired clinical pharmacist who says that making clothing and home décor items from fabric, fiber and yarn has always been her passion.

Owned and operated by about 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St. For more information, call 865-525-5265.


Knoxville Zoo hosts Art Gone Wild!

Knoxville Zoo hosts the 2014 Art Gone Wild! a special after-hours event featuring original art playfully created by some of the zoo’s animals.

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Art Gone Wild! sells original paintings by animal artists, along with customized gift items to raise funds for the zoo’s various enrichment programs. Photo courtesy Knoxville Zoo.

Art Gone Wild! will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Knoxville Zoo. This special event is for guests 18 and up; attendees can enjoy wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres during the art sale.

Tickets are $30 per person and are available by phone by calling (865) 637-5331 or at the gate on the evening of the event.


Blount Mansion hosts art display

The public is invited to the First Friday Art Opening at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center, 5-7 p.m. on Friday September, 5, 2014, 200 West Hill Avenue in Knoxville.

“We are privileged to have acquired many wonderful pieces over the years, and now we are going to display them for our visitors,” says David Hearnes, Assistant to the Director at Blount Mansion. “This exhibit will showcase some of the best art that the Blount Mansion Association has collected since 1926. These prints and portraits help to make the house truly an amazing experience and help to tell the story of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the United States.”

The show will include portraits of famous Tennesseans, such as Territorial Governor William Blount and his half-brother, Tennessee Governor Willie Blount, as well as Charles McClung, John Sevier, and Mary Boyce Temple.

This is a free event.

Blount Mansion is Knoxville’s only National Historic Landmark given by the National Park Service and is the oldest house museum in Knox County. It is owned and operated by the Blount Mansion Association, Inc., a nonprofit, educational organization.


New works at Fountain City Art Center

Fountain City Art Center presents “A QuARTet of Visions,” featured exhibit, with paintings by Aleex Conner, J. Austin Jennings, and Kay Jursik and bone and metal sculpture by Linda Leilani Bohanan.

Student art will also be included in the exhibit, with watercolors by the students of Mary Secrist and Kate McCullough.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Shows will remain on exhibit August 29 – September 12, 2014 and are free to the public.

The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville. Hours: Tu, Th 9-5; W, F 10-5; 2nd and 3rd Saturdays 9-1.

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“Leaving Ohio,” by J. Austin Jennings, acrylic and collage. Image courtesy Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville.


Arts & Culture Alliance hosts Chiaroscuro

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “CHIAROSCURO! The Excitement of Strong Lights, Shadow and Color”, featuring original artwork by three local artists: Susan Mink Colclough, Olga Rader, and Bill Womac. Colclough Artwork by Susan Mink Colclough. Image courtesy Arts and Culture Alliance, Knoxville. The exhibition will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 5-27, 2014. A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, September 5, from 5-9 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill and Jason’s Deli and music by Cat’s Away. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7-9 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.


Knoxville Museum hosts art fair

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Art Fair KMA 2014 September 14-20 at the museum. Art Fair KMA 2014 encompasses Artscapes, the Guild’s popular annual art sale and gala, as well as a day of family art activities.

Festivities begin with a kickoff brunch and sale preview on Sunday, September 14; continue with a gala masked ball and art auction on Friday, September 19; and wrap up with an exciting day of free family art activities on Saturday, September 20.

The purpose of Art Fair KMA 2014 is to raise money for museum programs and engage a broad and diverse segment of the community in museum activities.

For additional information about Art Fair KMA 2014 go to www.knoxart.org.


Fountain City Arts celebrate 10 years

Art-a-palooza, Fountain City Art Center’s fabulous fall fundraiser, now in its 10th year has been scheduled for September 18-20, 2014. Artists will be on site inside the Center located at 213 Hotel Avenue next to Fountain City Park in Knoxville.

Original paintings, easels, frames, art supplies, prints, pottery, jewelry, glassware, and decorative items will be on sale for bargain prices, along with a few small household items, all donated by Center members and area artists. Home-baked goods will be on sale all three days.

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Saturday, September 20 from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM is Family Day with interactive art activities booths for all ages. The event offers $10 Family Passes on Saturday, good for all the children’s art activities booths. Also on Saturday only, local musicians will be playing on the grounds 11:00 AM – 4:30 p.m.

Artists and food vendors are encouraged to participate. Interested vendors should call (865)357-ARTS.


KMA presents Danny Lyon photography

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents This World is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs August 15–November 9, 2014.

This exhibition of more than 50 photographs and photographic montages traces the evolution of the acclaimed artist’s career from 1962 to the present. A leading figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon distinguished himself from peers like Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander through his exceptionally strong political consciousness and concern for those on the margins of society.

Lyon rode with a notorious Chicago biker gang, marched against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement, and spent hours inside the notorious death-row “Walls Unit” of Texas’ Huntsville Prison. His goal, he said, was “to destroy Life magazine”—to present powerful, real alternatives to the hollow pictures and stories permeating mass media in America. A special group of Lyon’s photographs taken during his visit to Knoxville in 1967 will be featured in the KMA’s presentation. The exhibition is organized by The Menil Collection, Houston.

Danny Lyon, Walls Unit yard (Raymond Jackson, robbery), Huntsville, Texas, 1968, Texas Prison, 11 x 14 inches.

The Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm-5 pm. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 865.934.2034.


Arts in the Airport call for entries

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the 2015 “Arts in the Airport”, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.

Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from October 16, 2014 – April 8, 2015.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, September 7, 2014.

The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee. Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). Giclees are ineligible. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Apply online and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/airport_entry.html, or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. Prizes include $1,000 in cash awards.

Joshua Bienko teaches Drawing at the University of Tennessee and will jury the exhibition. More information about the program, as well as images of the current exhibition, can be found at www.knoxalliance.com/airport.html.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


Copper Additions at Art Market

First Edition: Copper Additions by mixed-media artist Lynnda Tenpenny and copper jeweler Kathy Bradley, will be on display at Knoxville’s Art Market Gallery for the month of August 2014. An opening reception for this featured exhibition will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. August 1, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

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Copper necklace by Knoxville artist Kathy Bradley. Photo courtesy the artist.

“We were already mutual admirers of each other’s work,” says Tenpenny. “When I approached Kathy with my idea, she was immediately receptive to the notion, and said I should come to her studio and ‘show’ her. “When we met in each other’s creative space, a little magic ensued. Ideas were popping, heads were spinning, creative energy was flowing, and we only wished that time would stand still so we could work on all the possibilities.”

“Collaborating with a fellow artist like Lynnda is a great experience, “says Bradley, “and combining these two elements (paper and metal) was really fascinating. I have worked in a wide variety of styles and media during my art career, so this was really interesting and fun.”

Lynnda Tenpenny, an award-winning mixed media artist, presents a new body of work based on her love of layers and patterns, but focusing on the addition of metallics. Bradley, who already is an accomplished craftsperson in several media, is using some of Tenpenny’s papers in jewelry making, and the two swap not only ideas, but texture and pattern-making tools.

Owned and operated by about 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 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.