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