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.