Calendar of Events

Friday, November 2, 2018

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage

  • November 2, 2018 — February 9, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Music

Beck presents the exhibition, I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage, opening November 2, 2018. The exhibition, organized by the Tennessee State Museum, gives a snapshot of Tennessee’s rich African American musical heritage and its influence on worldwide musical genres.

The Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world, from the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis, to the R&B scene on Nashville’s Jefferson Street and the jazz in Knoxville’s Gem Theatre. The history of African American music follows the hardship of slavery in America. American slaves adapted their African ancestors’ music to hand clapping, singing, the fiddle and the African–derived banjo.

Expressing their sorrows from bondage, and joy for their ultimate deliverance, these enslaved persons found an original, musical voice sung in their spirituals and folk music. This voice has left a monumental cultural stamp on American music, including blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. In turn, this music has influenced and enriched music around the world.

The exhibit introduces viewers to many famous Tennessee music legends — Bessie Smith, who was nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues;” B.B. King, often referred to as the “King of the Blues;” Grand Ole Opry star DeFord Bailey; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tina Turner. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to hear the voices of the many Tennessee African American men and women who made their mark on American music from ragtime to Motown.

Visitors can view YouTube videos of various performers and musicians featured in the exhibition on their smart phones or tablets through the use of QR-coded links. Educators who are interested in teaching about Tennessee’s African American musical heritage will be provided with curriculum-based educational lesson activities.

http://www.beckcenter.net/museum-exhibit-s/

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-6. Information: 865-524-8461, www.beckcenter.net

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Paintings and Relief Constructions by Joe Letitia

  • November 2, 2018 — December 30, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Paintings and Relief Constructions by Joe Letitia

Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM, Friday 9 AM to Noon.
6500 Northshore Drive
865-584-3957
www.wpcknox.org

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Christian Lange, Charles Peters, Jeanne Kidd

  • November 2, 2018 — December 1, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Christian Lange, Charles Peters, Jeanne Kidd
Opening Friday Nov. 2nd 5:00-9:00

Three artists offer a variety of art to enjoy.

First: Christian Lange (Santiago, Chile) is a local veteran of the arts creates fine art black and white photographs of the human figure with impeccable technique. His work is very refined, sophisticated and beautiful.

Second: Charles Peters, (Kingsport, TN) is a 20 year old wunderkind making his second exhibit appearance. His work has recently evolved beyond his age in the discipline of Abstract Expressionist painting. His works are organic and challenging.

The final artist: Jeanne Kidd (Long Island, NY). Jeanne has work in collections as far away as Israel. Her works are marble abstractions where she says she lets the shape flow out of both the marble and her imagination. Her pieces are unique and sublime.

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

The Emporium Center: Eric Buechel: The Familiar

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, November 2, 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.

Eric Buechel was born and raised in New Jersey. His artistic abilities emerged early in life, and he was fortunate to learn many of his skills from his father, Ernest J. Buechel, Sr., who was a talented artist himself as well as a master ship-modeler. Buechel spent much of his youth absorbed in studying the great masters, often taking trains into New York City as a youth to spend hours in the museums. After high school, he attended the DuCret School of Art in Plainfield, New Jersey. He had the opportunity to study with Dr. Furman J. Finck, an official presidential portrait painter, author, and Dean of DuCret at that time. He learned much of his incredible detail from Dr. Finck. Buechel later transferred to Broward College in South Florida where he earned his degree in fine art. He soon went to work in Manhattan and began his career as an illustrator and later as an art director.

Artist Statement: My work focuses on sharing my vision of beauty found in the familiar and ordinary. A walk in nature, an outing to a local café, the face of a loved one: these are the things that bring me joy. Capturing those memories on canvas and sharing those memories brings me even greater joy. Memories are filtered through an emotional lens which can be seen through the differing styles of my work which lends a different feel to each piece. The goal of my art is to share these reflections and memories through a vision on canvas and bring the viewer to a place within their own memories of joy and happiness. After all, our lives are filled with ordinary events which we all have in common. Art should be beautiful; I unapologetically strive to share beauty.

To learn more about Eric Buechel, please visit www.ericbuechel.net/emporium.

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: The Arrowmont Experience

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 2, 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 Arrowmont Experience, in its third year at the Emporium, will feature work by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ current Artists-in-Residence: Sasha Baskin, Alyssa Coffin, Everett Hoffman, Stephanie M. Wilhelm, and Kari Woolsey. The Artists-in-Residence Program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative community environment. Each year, five artists of different media are selected for the eleven-month program, which begins mid-June and continues through late May of the following year. Arrowmont’s artists-in-residence will showcase works made using a range of media. The current Artists-in-Residence include:

+ Sasha Baskin, who is focused on the integration of analog and digital weaving processes, including ikat, natural dye processes, hand-controlled damask, hand-manipulated glitch, and computerized weaving; from Ridgefield, CT: www.sashabaskin.com
+ Alyssa Coffin, interdisciplinary artist from Providence, RI: www.alyssacoffinart.com
+ Everett Hoffman, whose current work examines everyday material debris reconstructed within the complex narratives of identity, gender, and sexual desire; from Southwest Idaho: www.everetthoffman.net
+ Stephanie M. Wilhelm, pottery and ceramics; from Manchester, MD: www.stephaniemwilhelm.com
+K ari Woolsey, functional pottery and ceramics; from Boca Raton, FL: www.kariwoolsey.com

To learn more about Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, please visit www.arrowmont.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: Broadway Studios & Gallery: Shape, Shoot, Symbolize and Sketch

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 2, 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.

This exhibition features an array of work by the Artists in Residence at Broadway Studios and Gallery (BSG): Sheila Chesanow, Anne Freels, Jessica Gregory, Paula Johnson, Kathleen Kinney, Mariclair Tan, and Cynthia Tipton. BSG is located 1127 N. Broadway in North Knoxville and is a co-op of ten artists working in studios under one roof. They hold monthly exhibitions, operate a retail store, and offer private lessons. The Artists in Residence include:
• Sheila Chesanow, artistic photography
• Anne Freels, cornhusk dolls and natural materials
• Jessica Gregory, acrylic, oil, and watermedia paintings
• Paula Johnson: stained glass and pysanky (Ukrainian eggs)
• Kathleen Kinney: fiber art
• Mariclair Tan: sculpture and religious art
• Cynthia Tipton: oil paintings

To learn more about the artists, please visit https://www.broadwaystudiosandgallery.com/artists

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: Mene Manresa: CONNECTION

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, November 2, 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.

Desiderio Manresa Bodipo, artistically known as Mene Manresa, was born on the island of Annobon (Equatorial Guinea). From an early age, he studied drawing, painting and ceramics at the Hispanic-Guinean Cultural Center in Malabo. He became part of the Monte Alen project where he was able to expand his skills as an artist along with professional artists from Spain.

Mene Manresa has participated in several artistic competitions in Equatorial Guinea and has won several awards. He expanded his knowledge in graphic design, sculpture, animation, and in entertainment (circus), however he is most recognized for his paintings. In 2011 he did a cultural exchange tour in the U.S. funded by the NGO EG Justice. During the tour, his paintings were shown in several universities and at Highlander Research & Education Center. Manresa is inspired by everyday factors of his environment, and he interposes them in an abstract and modern-realistic world. His work is unique with vivid colors that impact viewers at first sight and help them navigate his world of imaginary composition. For this exhibition, he is presenting new paintings with hopes that viewers can connect with him in his world of modern creativity.

To learn more, follow him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/menemanresa.

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: Kacey Noel Chumley: Hello Kacey

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, November 2, 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.

This exhibition features acrylic paintings containing macabre and adorable elements. Kacey Chumley is a writer, Illustrator, and blogger from Tazewell, Tennessee. This is her first solo exhibition.

To learn more, please visit www.xoxartdesigns.com or www.facebook.com/KaceyChumleyyy.

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: Broadway Studios & Gallery: Shape, Shoot, Symbolize and Sketch

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

A reception will take place on Friday, November 2, 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.

This exhibition features an array of work by the Artists in Residence at Broadway Studios and Gallery (BSG): Sheila Chesanow, Anne Freels, Jessica Gregory, Paula Johnson, Kathleen Kinney, Mariclair Tan, and Cynthia Tipton. BSG is located 1127 N. Broadway in North Knoxville and is a co-op of ten artists working in studios under one roof. They hold monthly exhibitions, operate a retail store, and offer private lessons. The Artists in Residence include:
• Sheila Chesanow, artistic photography
• Anne Freels, cornhusk dolls and natural materials
• Jessica Gregory, acrylic, oil, and watermedia paintings
• Paula Johnson: stained glass and pysanky (Ukrainian eggs)
• Kathleen Kinney: fiber art
• Mariclair Tan: sculpture and religious art
• Cynthia Tipton: oil paintings

To learn more about the artists, please visit https://www.broadwaystudiosandgallery.com/artists

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 District Gallery: Bill Suttles: Take Five

  • November 2, 2018 — November 30, 2018
  • Opening Reception Nov. 2, 5-8pm

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

The District Gallery's upcoming First Friday exhibit, Bill Suttles: Take Five, opening Friday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m.

A lifelong jazz enthusiast, Bill Suttles has spent the year rediscovering jazz music with the help of a new gadget, his Amazon "Alexa." In the expressive color and form of his abstract and landscape paintings, Suttles recaptures the mood of a nostalgic musical era. Also featured will be ceramic artists Dan and Nisha Ferguson of DaNisha Sculpture, visiting from New Mexico by popular demand. This will be a rare opportunity to view DaNisha's one-of-a-kind sculptural works, notably a range of Knoxville-themed ceramic bowls; the artists will also be taking custom Knoxville bowl orders on opening night! Please join us for a night of fine art inspired by jazz, with a live musical performance by an up-and-coming jazz trio (Zach Ward, Hannah McKay and John McKay).

This event is free and open to the public.

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

UT Downtown Gallery: FACE TO FACE - portraits by Joseph Delaney

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

JOIN US FOR A FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTION ON Friday, November 2 from 5-9PM
*The UT Downtown Gallery will be closed on the 22nd and the 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This exhibition showcases many portraits drawn and painted by Joseph Delaney that are in the Ewing Gallery's permanent collection.

The younger brother of Beauford, Joseph Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and was raised in a household governed by his father, a Methodist minister. After high school, Delaney lived the life of a homeless traveler in his late teens and twenties before serving three years in the Eighth Illinois National Guard. In 1930, he decided to become a professional artist like his older brother and moved to New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League with Thomas Hart Benton and anatomist George Bridgeman. Joseph Delaney’s time at the Art Students League had a profound effect on his artistic development, and he resolved to commit himself to a more populist art, depicting the vibrancy of American life. During the Great Depression, he painted numerous portraits on commission, was employed by the WPA (1936-1939), and exhibited yearly in the Washington Square Park Outdoor Art Show. Known for densely narrative paintings focusing on New York City’s people and places, Delaney was drawn to the human figure and the events, struggles, and triumphs of ordinary existence.

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

Dogwood Arts: Art DeTour Gallery Exhibition

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

Dogwood Arts will host a preview party and exhibition of artwork created by artists who are participating in Art DeTour open studios on Sat Nov 3, 9 AM - 5 PM. Witness the creative process and meet the talented artists and makers who call our region home.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561, https://www.dogwoodarts.com/dogwood-art-detour/

1 of 5