Calendar of Events

Monday, August 20, 2018

UT School of Music: Mei Han Lecture & Concert

  • August 20, 2018

Category: Free event, History & heritage, Lectures and Music

Guest lecture; Dr. Mei Han, director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture at Middle Tennessee State University, and colleagues will demonstrate traditional Chinese music and instruments. Sponsored by the International House, the Confucius Institute, and the Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series.

Lecture 2:30-4 pm
Concert 6-8 pm
At Natalie Haslam Music Center

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678, www.music.utk.edu/events

TVUUC exhibition: Works by Gary Heatherly and Althea Murphy-Price

  • August 12, 2018 — October 11, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception Friday, August 17, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

About Gary Heatherly: Heatherly recently retired from 30 years of commercial photography and is returning to the beginnings of his art. Still photography captures the precious moments of life. When we are younger, he says, life passes in slow motion as we explore our new world. As we age and shed the curiosity and wonder of youth, life speeds up. Photographers strive to capture and embellish the pristine moments for future appreciation. Heatherly has lived in Knoxville for over 55 years. He attended West High School and graduated with honors in 1974 from UT Knoxville with a BFA in Studio Art, emphasis in drawing and painting. He started his own photography business in the mid 70’s and focused on advertising, editorial, architectural and stock photography. His work allowed him to see the world with trips to the Philippines , Ireland, and the Caribbean. He published a Book of the Year winner along with help from WBIR and Robin Easter Design: Knoxville Then & Now. He is featured in three other “coffee table” books about Knoxville. www.garyheatherly.com

About Althea Murphy-Price: Murphy-Price is inspired by the social implication of beauty as it relates to female identity, women and culture. This work investigates how identity is informed and influenced through the context of a deceptively subversive beauty culture. Real and false, decoration and imitation are addressed and questioned. Recent work is inspired by the popular hashtag #blackgirlmagic and online image results from searching “perfect hair” and “perfect skin.” Her response to these images is colorful, playful and expressive of a child-like fascination. Althea Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in venues throughout the country and abroad, including the Weston Gallery, Cincinnati; Howard Museum of Art, Baltimore; Wellesley College, Boston; Wade Wilson Art Gallery, Houston; Indiana University Art Museum; The Print Center, Philadelphia; The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston; and the Knoxville Museum of Art. International exhibits include the International Printmaking Exhibition, Jingdezhen, China; the American Youth Printmaking Exhibition, Lui Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China; and Print Resonance, Musashino Art University, Tokyo Japan. She was artist in residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School; University of Hawaii, Hilo; The Vermont Studio Center; and the Venice Printmaking Studio. Her writings and work have been featured in Art Papers Magazine, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, and Printmakers Today. www.altheamurphyprice.com

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176, www.tvuuc.org

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Turnabout: Women at the Lathe

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Turnabout: Women at the Lathe is the first exhibition organized and funded by the Women in Turning (WIT) committee of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Reflecting our membership, we created a blended invitational and juried show that celebrates both known and unknown voices in our field. The twenty-seven sculptural pieces in the exhibition were created by women artists from the United States, England, Wales, Canada, and Taiwan, ranging in age from their early twenties to their 80s. The work in the show is created all or in part on the lathe, a specialized woodworking machine that holds and spins material while it is carved with sharp tools. The exhibition features work by women with anything from a few years of experience to more than three decades of turning.

A traveling show, Turnabout: Women at the Lathe will be featured at three distinctly different venues: the Appalachian Center for Craft, part of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University; the American Association of Woodturners’ Gallery of Wood Art; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

It is our hope that through this exhibition more women will think of turning as possible for themselves, and discover the many pleasures of this extraordinary craft and art form.

Participating artists: Katie Adams, Donna Zils Banfield, Dixie Biggs, Kailee Bosch, Sally Burnett, Marilyn Campbell, Martha Collins, Barbara Dill, Sharon Doughtie, Jeanne Douphrate, Ena Dubnoff, Melissa Engler, Diana Friend, Louise Hibbert, Liz Kent, Janice Levi, Kristin LeVier, Grace Parliman, Tania Radda, Betty Scarpino, Hayley Smith, Janine Wang, Kimberly Winkle, Helga Winter, Andi Wolfe, Cindy Pei-Si Young

At JERRY DROWN WOOD STUDIO GALLERY at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, www.arrowmont.org

Tomato Head: "Opposite Day" by Julie Armbruster

  • August 5, 2018 — October 1, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

"Opposite Day" by Julie Armbruster

Armbruster’s exhibit, “Opposite Day” opened this month in our Downtown location, and it’s a wild ride of color, character, and composition that grabs the eye and then runs into the imagination. The work bursts with color and life and is inhabited by a cast of characters that are simultaneously alluring and suspect. http://thetomatohead.com/julie-armbruster/

At the Downtown Knoxville location Aug 5 - Sep 2 and West Knoxville Sep 3 - Oct 1

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville. http://thetomatohead.com

Clayton Center for the Arts: Tone Cogburn Exhibit

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

A reception will be held on Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the DENSO gallery.

Tone Cogburn was born and raised in Norway, but has lived in Tennessee since 1987. She has 30 years of experience in traditional and contemporary quilt design and teaches experimental techniques nationally and internationally. Pictorial and architectural elements are her favorites. Tone has exhibited all over the world and finds lots of inspiration from her travels.

Denso Gallery, Clayton Center for the Arts. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590, www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com

Bijou Art Gallery: "Songbirds & Smoke Rings" Exhibition by Robert Felker

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Join us for the August First Friday featuring Knoxville's Robert Felker, opening August 3, 5:30-8:30 PM.

Songbirds & Smoke Rings — Paintings and Mixed-media Collages

About the artist: I am a painter and collage artist looking for the magic in everyday life. Whether it's the tranquil lake at sunset, or the abandoned country store, I want to honor and capture the beauty I see in the world. I earned a BFA from School of Visual Arts (1991) and today, live in Tennessee with my wife, two kids and our backyard chickens. https://www.robertfelker.com/

1991 - graduated School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Media Arts.
Spring 1991 - Solo show through SVA Galleries, entitled "Works on Paper"
Spring 1991 - Group show at the Art Directors Club, entitled "Illustration as Short Story"
Spring 1991 - Group show: "Images of Labor," Gallery 1199, NY
1991 - 1998 - Freelance illustrator, clients include: Lenscrafters, Sun Microsystems, Alfred Knopf, Dartmouth Press
1998 - present - personal work and private commissions

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-522-0832, https://knoxbijou.org/art-gallery/

The Emporium Center: Works by Sergio Martinez Avila and Iván Soto Hernández

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 3, 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.

Sergio Martinez Avila is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has more than 26 years’ experience in artistic production. His work is a process of gradually evolving technique and themes, which often explore the fantastical qualities of the world. He sustains an imaginary fiction using the female figure and other competing forms, creating sensory properties and relations of bodies by building an architectural and urban scene. Martinez achieves this scenery through the delicate handling of color, keeping the proportions between the realistic and the fantastical clean and simple. Martinez Avila attended the Instituto Nocturno Francisco Morazan in El Zurzular, Honduras and has exhibited internationally in Canada, Finland, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.

Iván Soto Hernández is from San Esteban, Olancho, Honduras and currently lives in Knoxville. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (ENBA, or National School of Fine Arts), the main center of education and training of artists in the republic of Honduras, where he received a diploma in Plastic Arts (a newer artistic genre). Plastic arts are art forms which involve physical manipulation of a plastic medium by molding or modeling such as sculpture or ceramics. He has participated in international group exhibitions in Canada, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, and the United States. His work is on permanent display in galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and via representation in Canada.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Specimens of Steam: Artifacts and Images of Another Reality

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 3, 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.

Featuring: Eric Holstine, EHArtwork; Jason Edwards; Jason Lambert; and Eriel Scott, Eriel Shea Photography

Eric Holstine, EHArtwork was born and raised in Charleston, WV. He is an IT professional, who also incorporates his computer education and training into his artwork. He works with a variety of media, including stained glass, metal, wood, acrylics, and polymer clay. He frequently incorporates electrical features into his art. Holstine's work has been shown at Steam at Harper's Ferry in WV; The Steampunk World's Fair in Piscataway, NJ; the Emporium Center and Marble City Comicon in Knoxville; as well as events in Gaithersburg, MD, and Charleston/Huntington, WV. For more information, please visit www.EHArtwork.com.

Jason Edwards works with acrylic paints, markers, inks, spray paint and charcoal on paper and canvas. He also works with woodblock printing, digital painting and video. His painting and woodblock styles are whimsical, while his videos are very conceptual. Edward’s paintings often reflect other people’s emotions, and themes in his videos mostly deal with his own emotions. In his works, he seeks to remind viewers it is okay to be a human living in a world that is unbalanced and extreme. For more information, please visit www.Jordebot.net.

Experimentation is Jason Lambert’s primary goal. While originally working in pen and ink he has also transitioned into use of copper, steel, sharpies and nail polish to create unique 2- and 3-D works. His degree in geology and minor in anthropology from the University of Kentucky have helped inform a love of old science he applies to new art. “I never truly consider my work finished, only stalled or given away,” says Lambert. “The process of creation and fusion is what really attracts my imagination. My current body of work includes captured moments or thoughts I am attempting to flesh out.” For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ExplorationsInMetal/.

Eriel Scott, Eriel Shea Photography was born and raised in Charleston, WV. She is an independent photographer, as well as a Graphic and Multimedia Designer, who strives to show the emotion behind the moment. Her portfolio includes weddings, senior sessions, animals, boudoir, and nature themes. She is always excited to capture special moments that will resonate for years to come. Her photography has been featured in Senior Model Magazine, Two Lane Living Magazine, and the Charleston Gazette Mail, with other work on display in the Charleston, WV area. For more information, please visit www.erielsheaphotography.com

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Confluence: Raku Pottery by Rex Redd

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 3, 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.

As a native Montanan, Rex Redd had the blessing of growing up immersed in natural beauty. Redd attended the University of Montana at Missoula where he graduated with a degree in Anthropology, and his love for historical cultures and traditions from around the world is an influence throughout his body of work. After moving to East Tennessee, Redd met Bill Capshaw and worked with the pottery program at the Oak Ridge Art Center. He 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.

Confluence - An act or process of merging. As a mixed media artist, this concept is nothing new to Redd’s work. Bringing together a variety of materials to make a cohesive piece of work is at once challenging and rewarding. But what happens when over the years you have worked in several unrelated disciplines? Recently, one of his students asked, “How do you decide on any given day what you’re going to work on?” This show is in response to that question and includes traditional and cross-disciplinary raku work. “I never set aside one art form to pursue another out of boredom,” says Redd. “Something I was doing sparked a desire to explore more creative avenues. This amalgam of acquired skills and interests led me to a personal crossroads; either pick one and concentrate on that discipline, or bring them all together and see what comes of it. Therein lies the confluence.” For more information, please visit www.rexredd.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Sculptures from Nature by Marty McConnaughey

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 3, 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.

Marty McConnaughey will display various sculptures that use gourds as a base with pine needle and sweet grass coiling, antlers, and other natural materials. She will also display giclees of other works.

Artist statement: There is an endless amount of inspiration throughout nature; it only takes a moment to see its real beauty. Using gourds as a foundation helps create a unique sculpture by incorporating objects that nature itself provides. I love the art of coiling pine needles and sweet grass in my work; it gives a subtle movement drawing the onlooker to a journey that is both captivating and soothing. I continue to pursue and discover new elements on a regular basis to incorporate into my endeavors. The simple use of driftwood, acorn tops and strips of copper that I call ‘nature’s treasures’ are found throughout my creations. Each piece I design is hand crafted to be distinctive and bring an element of drama to enhance a wide range of decors. My appreciation and love of our Creator with all the patterns, texture and colors He give us draws me to make unique pieces of art that will bring joy and inspiration to others. For more information, please visit www.distinctivegourds.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Recent Works by Anthony M. Donaldson

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, August 3, 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.

Anthony M. Donaldson lives in Knoxville and is a Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) bus driver. He studied art heavily in high school and continued taking some classes in college. As a writer expresses in a book, an artist expresses in art. “I ask myself: does art imitate life or does life imitate art?” says Donaldson. “I think sometimes it’s both. For me, God is the master artist, and He created everything. I find drawing easy, yet creativity requires deep thinking and studying.”

Donaldson aims to tell a story with his art, and the recent work he will display features many subjects such as climate change, human trafficking, Harlem Renaissance culture, political and social issues, racism & classism, and more.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

Art Market Gallery: Work by Eun-Sook Kim and Jennifer Lyndsay

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Recent works by artist Eun-Sook Kim and jewelry artist Jennifer Lyndsay will be featured throughout August at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception, including complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Maddie Carpenter and Jordan McCullough, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on August 3rd, during Downtown Knoxville's monthly First Friday Art Walk.

The show will feature Jennifer's one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry, as well as Eun-Sook's multi-culturally influenced paintings.

Other highlights throughout August: The Marjorie Horne Retrospective in the Art Market Gallery foyer, featuring works by the late Marjorie Horne; and the New Members Show, focusing on the work of the gallery's newest artists, Sandy Hoeft, Luke Proffitt, Lindsay Kromer, Terri Swaggerty, Roger Hankins and Lynne Straka.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Th & Sa 11-6, Fri 11-9, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net

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