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.


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.