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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Fanboy Expo comes to Knoxville

Fanboy Expo Knoxville takes place at The Knoxville Convention Center Oct. 16-18, 2015.

“Fanboy Expo is always one of our favorite events of the year,” said Mary Bogert, general manager at the Knoxville Convention Center. “Every year, Fanboy continues to offer exciting pop culture icons and celebrities to regional audiences, and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint.”

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. Numerous comic book industry professionals and tattoo artists are also scheduled to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to be judged on cosplay, or costume play, of their favorite comic book, television series, movie or video game. Contestants’ costumes must be at least partially handmade and will be judged by professional or celebrity judges on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

Winners will be selected in different categories based on cosplay experience, ranging from beginner to professional levels. Children’s and group costuming categories are included. An overall male and female winner also will be selected.

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 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available online and for purchase at the door.


Great views from hiking House Mtn

By Laura Long/CelebrateKnoxville.com. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy Springtime in East Tennessee, you’ll want to hike House Mountain, a 500-acre natural area located in Knox County approximately eight miles from Knoxville.

The hiking trails are short, but steep, challenging, and rewarding. The 2,100-foot crest of House Mountain provides great views of the Unakas and Cumberlands some 30 miles away, or northeast to the adjacent Clinch Mountain.

According to Knox County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, before erosion by Big Flat Creek, “the gently dipping bedrock layers underlying House Mountain once extended to Clinch Mountain, whose base lies approximately two and half miles to the northeast. The bedrock structure represents a large synclinal fold that formed during the Appalachian mountain building event called the Alleghenian Orogeny.”

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The western trail of House Mountain to the crest is .8 miles and the eastern trail is 1.5 miles. The western trail is narrow, steep, and has a few turns that require careful negotiating. Both trails are connected at the top by the wider Crest Trail that is 1.5 miles long. Photo by Laura Long/Celebrate Knoxville.

Many hikers bring their dogs with them on the trail. From time to time, a courteous wait is needed to allow hikers coming down and hikers going up enough room to pass one another.

In a few places, the great sandstone boulders serve as resting places or picnic spots for hikers or artists sketching the chestnut oaks and mountain pines. Photographers are often seen kneeling in the moist dirt by streambeds to catch a close-up. The north-facing slopes support a forest of sugar maple, tulip poplar, ash, and buckeye.

Don’t forget the binoculars: House Mountain is also a favorite place for birdwatchers. Migrating hawks and warblers can be observed from the mountain. Ruffed grouse, pileated woodpeckers, scarlet tanagers, wild turkeys, and more than one hundred additional species of birds have been observed on the mountain.

Gurgling from the cool streams provide a musical backdrop for hikers making their way up the slopes. House Mountain is drained by several unnamed tributaries of Roseberry Creek and by Hogskin and Brice Branches, which divide it from the 1,500 feet high McAnnally Ridge, which lies to the east and south.

To get to House Mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, take I-40 East. Exit on U.S. Highway 11W (Rutledge Pike) and go north and east on Rutledge Pike. After about 10 miles, look for the “House Mountain State Park” sign on the right side of the highway and then turn left on Idumea Road. Turn left on Hogskin Road. The parking area is less than a mile on the right. Restrooms are available next to the parking lot. There is no admission fee to hike the trails.

Benches and signage along the trails are provided in memory of John Evans, a Scout leader and founding member/active volunteer for Friends of House Mountain. Enjoy the trails and remember to Leave No Trace.

–Laura Long/CelebrateKnoxville.com


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.


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.


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.