Calendar of Events

Friday, October 5, 2018

Rala: October First Friday Artist - Chris McAdoo

  • October 5, 2018 — November 30, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening: October 5th from 6PM-9PM (the show will be up through the end of November.)

Chris McAdoo is a painter, printmaker, and designer living in East Tennessee. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, collections, and publications around the country and he has been an active studio artist for nearly twenty years.

In addition to having work on display, Chris will be painting live during the opening! All are welcome to come and watch, and Chris is happy to talk with folks as the process unfolds.

“My most recent series focuses on memory (or the lack thereof) and the significance that we attach to objects and places, particularly when we take them out of their original context. My work is an extension of my own experiences growing up in the south and a comment on my connections that give me a visceral reaction to the past rather than simple nostalgia. While the paintings speak to me in a very particular way, I would much rather suggest a narrative to the viewer than to lay it all on the table.”

Ongoing Show: Blanket Fort Studios---Kendra Barth (of Blanket Fort) produces funky ceramic pieces. Working out of her studio here in Knoxville, she uses a unique style to evoke wonder in her pieces. "I created this studio to share my love of naive wonder and storytelling."

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Phone: (865) 525-7888
Instagram: @ShopRala
https://shoprala.com/

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Artful Wonder Fall Art Show

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

Enjoy the Opening Reception of the Artful Wonder Fall Art Show from 5-7 PM on Fri October 5.

This special reception is scheduled on the regular monthly “Fun and Wine Friday” reception date. Participants can view the show entries and watch the presentation of ribbons and cash awards to the winning artists. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be available. The reception is free and open to the public.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Hours: M-Sa 9-4. Information: 931-707-7249, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

Art Market Gallery: Work by Fran Thie and Larry Gabbard

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

Recent works by artist Fran Thie and potter Larry Gabbard will be featured throughout October at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Harold Nagge, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 5th, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. The show will highlight Fran Thie's pastel and watermedia works, and Larry Gabbard's fast-fired clay pottery.
The Art Market Gallery is also happy to welcome four new members in painting/drawing—Carole Quin, Kara Lockmiller, Pebbie Mott and Linn Stilwell—whose work will be on display beginning October 1st.

Fran Thie: Fran is an established pastel and watermedia artist whose work reflects her love of creative writing and literature by presenting sensitive, impressionistic and expressive interpretations of nature in both landscape and abstract paintings. Through intuitive use of color and texture, she strives to transform an ordinary scene into a special place where both drama and serenity can co-exist. Fran paints in both pastel and watermedia, but her primary specialty is pastel. By first preparing an underpainting in acrylic or watercolor, she lays a foundation for visual depth and richness, which she then overlays with pastel. While many of her works have been painted on location, she often begins the painting from a photograph or sketch in her studio, then puts the resource material aside and completes the painting by intuitively reacting to the painting surface. Her works, whether representational or abstract, always have their foundation in the world of nature.

Larry Gabbard: Larry began his pottery career after moving to Kingston, TN in 1999, and training initially at the Oak Ridge Art Center (ORAC). Most of his pottery is wheel thrown; he seeks out unique, alternative kilns and firing techniques (e.g., raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing). Larry attends workshops of well-known potters throughout the Southeast, studying and applying their unique techniques. He has attended classes at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC; Hambidge Center for Creative Arts at Rabun Gap, GA; Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, GA; and the ORAC in Oak Ridge, TN. Larry enjoys fast-firing techniques which create a rich variety of textures and colors on bisque clay. He finds the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce.

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

Art Market Gallery: "BeDazzled"

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

“BeDazzled”—a special show featuring the Art Market Gallery’s five jewelry artisans—will be on display in the Art Market Gallery throughout October. This show is being held in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week (October 5th–14th), celebrating our local craft artists. Please join us for this special event; you will “be dazzled” by the work of Roger Kroll, Jennifer Lindsay, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Lynn Straka, and Kristine Taylor.

Roger Kroll: The intention of Roger’s jewelry and metal art is to create a functional art form. His goal is to continually explore form, shape, color and texture, incorporating the vast pallet of techniques and materials available to the precious metal artist.

Jennifer Lindsay: Jennifer gets her inspiration from everywhere-architecture, gardens and historical customs. She fashions one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using various beading techniques, imported seed beads, focal beads, semi-precious stones, or crystals.

Nancy Rowland-Engle: Nancy is a metalsmith who enjoys the creative process of designing and producing jewelry using silver, copper, and brass. Her work incorporates organic forms and geometric shapes. Most pieces have an industrial feel but come to look the way they do naturally. The shapes, the elements, and the organic forms all come from nature.

Lynn Straka: Lynn wants to bring joy to the wearer with her mixed-media jewelry. She uses sterling silver, copper and bronze with semi-precious stone accents. Her designs are influenced by nature, and may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality.

Kristine Taylor: Kristine is inspired by good design and beautiful color, using polymer clay and traditional jewelry materials, such as metal, fibers, stones and pearls, to create unique and limited edition pieces of jewelry. Her current work blends contemporary and ancient forms with abstract images.

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

The District Gallery: Clark Stewart: Aquamata

  • October 5, 2018 — October 27, 2018

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

The District Gallery is pleased to present Clark Stewart: Aquamata, opening Friday, October 5.

Following his 2015 automobile series, Automata, Clark Stewart returns with Aquamata: a series of sculptural art boats inspired by a century of speed boating and the evolution of its vessels. Like the cars which were intended as maquetes for full-scale vehicles to cruise urban boulevards for the pleasure of onlookers, the boats are similarly conceived to cruise urban waterfronts for the pleasure of viewers. After many years of maintaining his own antique wooden cabin cruiser here on the Tennessee lakes, Stewart brings his restoration and woodworking skills together with a captivating aesthetic imagination and thorough investigation of classic yachts, speed boats, and racing hydroplanes.

Please join us for a special evening of fun and fantasy boats on Friday, October 5 from 5-8 p.m. Meet the artist and enjoy connecting with fellow boating enthusiasts. The show will be on display in the gallery through October 27.

The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 10-5:30, Sa 10-4. Information: 865-200-4452, www.TheDistrictGallery.com

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Beautiful and Delicious by Yvonne Bartholomew Thomas

  • October 5, 2018 — October 27, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Broadway Studios and Gallery presents the art exhibition ‘Beautiful and Delicious’ opening 5-9pm Friday, October 5.

‘Beautiful and Delicious’ displays the talent of artist Yvonne Bartholomew Thomas (Seymour). Yvonne studied commercial art at MTSU before discovering a love of oil painting. Her work in ‘Beautiful and Delicious” is the combination of two things she loves: beautiful flowers and delicious hamburgers. After being called the “hamburger lady” after an exhibit at Fountain City Art Center, she decided that she liked the moniker. Her impasto, much larger than life hamburger paintings are deceptively realistic. Her paintings of flowers envelope the viewer’s field of vision, radiating beautiful rich colors. For more information for Yvonne Bartholomew-Thomas please visit: https://www.bartholomew-thomas.com

Earlier this year Yvonne’s mother passed away after a battle with cancer and Yvonne is dedicating this show to her. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of her work will be given to the American Cancer Society. Donations are welcome.

BSG is a co-op of 10 artists working in studios under one roof. They hold monthly exhibits, operate a retail store and offer private lessons.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Fri-Sat, 10-6, by appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-851-2824, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com

UT Downtown Gallery: Sculptor Chakaia Booker

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

First Friday Reception: Friday, October 5th, 5-9PM

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present a selection of prints and sculptures by Chakaia Booker.
Sculptor Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages.

Booker began to integrate discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures in the early 1990s. Tires resonate with her for their versatility and rich range of historical and cultural associations. Booker slices, twists, weaves, and rivets this medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments.

Booker received a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green (2000), her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Booker's exhibition is in conjunction with the Mid South Sculpture Alliance Conference, taking place this year in Knoxville. Booker is one of the conference's keynote speakers. Her talk will be on Friday, October 5th at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 3PM. This event is open to the public.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sa 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802, http://web.utk.edu/~downtown

The Emporium Center: Tennessee Artists Association: The Fall Juried Show: 44th Fall Art Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, October 5, 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.

The Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) will feature original art by over 20 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, and mixed media. As TAA's ninth show at the Emporium Center, they are excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of Tennessee artists' works represented by its members. The 44th Fall Show is juried by Julie Rabun, Assistant Professor of Art at Carson-Newman.

Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) was founded in 1972. The TAA is a civic organization of fine artists with about 50 members. TAA encourages each individual artist to grow and develop through fellowship with other artists, educational programs, and opportunities to exhibit and sell art, and it serves the community through classes. Membership in TAA is open to anyone age eighteen years and older and a resident of the state of Tennessee. Dues are currently $50 for single membership, $60 for family and $15 for students. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive, which includes a business meeting, a program, and a time for fellowship and refreshments. Guests are always welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.tnartists.org.

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: Mid-South Sculpture Alliance SELECT: Member’s Exhibition

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

A reception will take place on Friday, October 5, 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.

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) is an affiliate organization of the International Sculpture Center (ISC). Its membership is open to anyone, anywhere with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. MSA advances the creation and awareness of sculpture in its many and varied forms, promoting a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors. Its annual conference takes place in Knoxville from October 4-7. In collaboration with the UT-Knoxville Sculpture Program, MSA presents a juried exhibition of work by its members. Selected sculptures will offer a dynamic exhibition highlighting a variety of techniques, media and content.

Juror Elizabeth Turk will give a talk and present the juror's choice award at 7:00 PM during the First Friday reception on October 5. A native Californian, Elizabeth Turk is an artist, primarily known for marble sculpture. Turk has also mastered a variety of media, molding forms in wax and clay, casting objects in bronze and iron, and working with fragile material such as glass and porcelain. In 2010, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the Annalee & Barnett Newman Foundation award. Today, she splits time between Santa Ana, CA and NYC. Turk received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1994, her BA from Scripps College, Claremont, CA in 1983. She has been represented by Hirschl & Adler, Modern since 2000, and continues to exhibit more experimental work in other venues.

Exhibiting artists include: Luke Achterberg, Manami Ishimura, Ray Katz, Ben Lock, John Medwedeff, Corrina Sephora Mensoff, Ayokunle Odeleye, Bret Price, and Kristen Tordella-Williams. For more information, visit https://www.midsouthsculpture.org/Members-Exhibition-Call.

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: Charles Peters: Action Paintings

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, October 5, 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.

Charles Peters will display paintings made with oil/enamel, charcoal, sand, and/or collage. Although Peters has taken many art classes, he is primarily self-taught. He uses books, online courses, documentaries, and other resources to study technique and art history. “I paint everything I see and every way it makes me feel,” he says, “There is no single subject in my work.”

Artist statement: “Artists are forced out of their own free will to paint.” – Willem De Kooning. My work, to me, is instinctual; I do it as an infant breathes. If I am not an artist in this life, I’m not anything. I’m unhappiness, I’m terror. I paint my chaos so that I may live one day in peace. I work hard to make a living out of my art, and I will thankfully go wherever this life takes me.

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: Bryan Wilkerson: Tales from the Kiln - Skulls, Goons, and Toons

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

A reception will take place on Friday, October 5, 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.

A collection of handmade ceramics and original drawings by Bryan Wilkerson. Wilkerson is a Tennessee native and Professor of Art and Design at Roane State Community College. His creative practices are focused primarily on ceramics and public art but extend into design and drawing. His work explores humor, craft, irony, and play through common symbolic references. He is also the creator and director of the ArtMobile traveling gallery and pop up workshop space.

For more information, visit www.bryanwilkerson.com or www.instagram.com/bryanwilkerson

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.

HoLa Hora Latina: Exhibition by Becky Chaffee

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

Join us for the opening exhibition in First Friday, October 5, 5-9 PM

Artist Becky Chaffee presents from her Series: Music Lessons, Cats and Dogs, Linguistics and Community

Cards, prints and music purses will be available for purchase. Her works can be seen at: www.MusicTeacherGifts.com

HoLa Hora Latina, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: www.holahoralatina.org

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