Calendar of Events

Friday, February 7, 2020

Knoxville Museum of Art: Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door

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

This exhibition of 50+ paintings, works on paper, and unpublished archival material examines the 38-year relationship between painter Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) and writer James Baldwin (New York 1924-1987 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France) and the ways their ongoing intellectual exchange shaped one another’s creative output and worldview.

Through the Unusual Door seeks to identify and disentangle the skein of influences that grew over and around a rich, complex lifetime relationship with a selection of Delaney’s works that reflects the powerful presence of Baldwin in Delaney’s life. The exhibition draws from the KMA’s extensive Delaney holdings, public and private collections around the country, and rarely displayed papers held by the Delaney estate. KMA curator Stephen Wicks is organizing the exhibition, which is accompanied by a color-illustrated catalogue published by the University of Tennessee Press.

The KMA is proud to hold the world’s largest public collection of work by Knoxville native Beauford Delaney, who overcame poverty, racial discrimination, and mental illness to achieve international renown. The young Delaney’s precocious talent was recognized by Lloyd Branson, Knoxville’s first full-time professional artist, who mentored Beauford and his brother Joseph. By 1929, Beauford Delaney had settled in New York where he attracted a distinguished circle of cultural luminaries that included Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Miller, but it was the much younger James Baldwin who had the most significant influence on the artist. Baldwin found in Delaney a father figure, muse, and model of perseverance as a gay man of color. Delaney found in Baldwin a powerful intellectual and spiritual anchor who inspired some of his finest works. Encouraged by Baldwin, Delaney left New York in 1953 and settled in Paris, where he lived until his death in 1979 and where artist and writer continued their long and mutually beneficial relationship. Through the Unusual Door presents the story of Baldwin and Delaney in a way that inspires reconsideration of their life circumstances and raises important questions about the nature of the racial and sexual identity barriers they faced.

The exhibition title Through the Unusual Door comes from a passage in Baldwin’s volume of collected essays The Price of the Ticket (1985) describing the author’s reaction to his initial encounter with Delaney in the doorway of the artist’s Greenwich Village studio: “Lord, I was to hear Beauford sing, later, and for many years, open the unusual door... I walked through that door into Beauford’s colors.” This first meeting encapsulates Delaney’s transformational effect on Baldwin’s view of himself and the world he lived in, and set the tone for the painter’s role in the author’s life as a father figure and mentor. Baldwin, in turn, inspired Delaney with his fearless social conscience and commitment to civil rights causes. They helped each other to move beyond the pain and oppression imposed on them by the world.

While no other figure in Beauford Delaney’s extensive social orbit approaches James Baldwin in the extent and duration of influence, none of the major exhibitions of Delaney’s work has explored in any depth the creative exchange between the two. Previous scholarship has almost exclusively emphasized the artist’s stylistic evolution from the 1940s to the 1960s as a function of his move from New York to Paris. Through the Unusual Door posits the idea that this profound stylistic change was in part inspired by the intellectual and personal relationship between Delaney and Baldwin. Ordinary daily observations--reflections in puddles in the streets of Greenwich village or the quality of light filtered through the window of Delaney’s studio in the Paris suburb of Clamart--sparked extraordinary creative exchanges between the two. The exhibition incorporates previously unpublished archival materials and artworks that promise to extend the understanding of Delaney’s aesthetic agenda and range and reveal the extent of his ties to Baldwin.

Acquiring and showing the work of Knoxville native Beauford Delaney has been a longstanding institutional priority for the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org

Art Market Gallery: Members Show - Red Unleashed

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

First Friday Reception: February 7, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Step out for love and paint the town crimson. Come and discover gift ideas various members of The Art Market Gallery created in wild and glorious red.

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

Awaken Coffee: Exhibition by Peyton Tolleson

  • February 7, 2020 — March 1, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host Peyton Tolleson on February 7 from 6-9. Payton is a self-taught, local artist. She works primarily with acrylic paint and enjoys the challenge of painting reflective and translucent subjects with bold contrasts and bright colors. Her Bar Series will be on display for the month of February.

Come join us for some light refreshments, exciting art, and great coffee.

Awaken Coffee is a live music venue, espresso bar, craft beer & wine bar and organic restaurant in the heart of downtown.

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: M-R 7 AM - 9 PM, F 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 2-8 PM. https://www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/

C for Courtside: Infinity / Infinity / Perfect Vision

  • February 7, 2020 — February 29, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

C for Courtside is pleased to present a two person show featuring the work of Taylor Baldwin and Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, curated by Eleanor Aldrich

The show opens Friday, February 7th at 7:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

Taylor Baldwin is a contemporary American sculptor, who also uses installation and video. He explores the space between visual legibility and cognition in his multi-media works. Taylor is on faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is a native of Knoxville and a contemporary site-specific sculptor who disrupts and transforms existing architectural spaces. Her work creates mystery in mundane or known spaces, questioning the border between the physical and imagined. Her solo show Beauty Surplus is on view at the Kohler Arts Center through May 2020.

Courtside is located at 513 Cooper Street, Knoxville, TN., 37917 below the Second Creek Bridge. For inquiries and to make an appointment to view - cforcourtside@gmail.com

www.cforcourtside.com
Follow the gallery on Instagram: @cforcourtside

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Gwyn Pevonka and Pam Hamilton

  • February 7, 2020 — February 29, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Exhibition opens Friday February 7, 5:00-9:00.

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: 865-556-8676, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com

Phoenix Pharmacy Hallway Gallery: Exhibition by Tony Long

  • February 7, 2020 — February 29, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Exhibition opens Friday February 7, 5:00-9:00.

A day with my son and his passion for steam engines; a view from the train, documenting the ride and the sites passing by.

Phoenix Pharmacy: 418 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902
Tony Long <tony.tweek@gmail.com>

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Exhibition by Julie and Kay Ness

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Kay and Julie Ness are the Featured Artists for February 7, 2020, at the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade. They will be honored at the complimentary Fun and Wine Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC) in Fairfield Glade (451 Lakeview Drive). Beverages and appetizers will be provided by Guild members.

Originally from Northern Ohio, Kay’s profession was nursing. Yet she often searched for art classes that fulfilled her creative spirit. Pastels, watercolors, acrylics and graphite drawing workshops piqued her interests and enlivened her senses. Her repertoire also included classes in wood carving and paper and wood collage making.

Forty-two years ago, Julie was given a Kodak Instamatic camera and began capturing images of her goofy friends. With her second camera, a Pentax, she focused on photos of nature for the next 20 years. With her Canon digital camera, Julie now concentrates on macro flower photography: shooting the objects up close. The variety of shapes, colors and patterns of flowers are revealed and highlighted, changing them into abstract art.

This dynamic mother-daughter duo has used each other’s art mediums as inspiration. Kay has drawn and painted Julie’s photographic images. Julie has photographed Kay’s creations. Recently, Kay and Julie have collaborated on a children’s book. The phrase, “together is better”, is an apt description of Kay and Julie Ness.

Join us on Friday, February 7, to meet Kay and Julie Ness and to view their art. The gallery filled with unique artwork by the Art Guild members will also be on display: drawings, paintings, cards, jewelry, stained glass creations and ceramic and wood items await your visit! All artwork on display is available for purchase. The winter hours of the PCAC are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The building is handicapped accessible.

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

The Emporium Center: National Juried Exhibition of 2020

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

A reception will take place on Friday, February 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities with awards at 6 PM.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present its 14th annual National Juried Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 38 artists throughout the United States. The National Juried Exhibition was developed in 2006 to provide a forum for local artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as photography, acrylic, pencil, fibers, oil, paper, and more. Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at a brief awards ceremony.

Exhibiting artists include:
+ Virginia Taylor Derryberry, Kathryn Nidy, and Catherine Twomey of Asheville, NC
+ Ann J. Harwell of Wendell, NC
+ Wesley Miller of Alcoa, TN
+ Jan Burleson of Athens, TN
+ Susan Connelly McClelland of Bluff City, TN
+ Carrie Pendergrass of Chattanooga, TN
+ Marcia Athens, Jacques Gautreau, Nina Harvey, Jeanne Kidd, Anne Kinggard, Andreas Koschan, Ryan Mason, Alyssa Nealon, Tom Owens, Hei Park, Norm Plate, Lennie M. Robertson, Chris S. Rohwer, Caitlin Ryan, Pamela Salyer, William Timm, Marilyn Avery Turner, and Rick Whitehead of Knoxville, TN
+ Susan B. Miller and Jack Retterer of Lenoir City, TN
+ Gloria Vazquez of Limestone, TN
+ David Hardin of Loudon, TN
+ Carl Gombert of Maryville, TN
+ Michelle Barillaro and Debra Lovvorn Belvin of Oak Ridge, TN
+ AngelaDawn of Powell, TN
+ Charlotte Rollman and Jim Scarsella of Sevierville, TN
+ Kerry Remp of Seymour, TN
+ Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel, TN

About the juror: Jordan Ahlers is the owner and director of Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC, one of the region’s premier art galleries. With over twenty years’ experience in the field, Ahlers has collaborated with thousands of professional artists working across the country in a variety of media. In doing so, he has developed an eye for what is both interesting and marketable. Ahlers has a reputation as a gifted curator and trusted art advisor. Ahlers opened Momentum Gallery in 2017 with a mission to provide access to museum-quality work for the region and elevate the Asheville arts community. Ahlers attended the Kansas City Art Institute and later created a home in Asheville, where his family has resided for generations.

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: Yumee Eun: From Within

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, February 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

From Within is artist Yumee Eun’s expression of being through paint and poetry. It is her invitation to her viewers to feel the stillness and emptiness one experiences through meditation. Her hope is to share the emotions and feelings from her own visions that cannot be spoken but are better experienced through colors, textures, hard lines in charcoal, and the unpredictable nature of crackle. In this exhibition, Eun connects her poetry and art as a way for her viewers to feel hopeful from the experience of chaos, heartbreak, and hardship. She sees the crackle pieces in her work as the trials and life experiences in which people are destroyed, yet, can also come through, see into, and explore the light within themselves and be reborn from it. Her poetic words are there to accompany the viewer and inspire and invoke hope and calmness. Through her work, she hopes to share that art is a pathway to eternity. A way to see through the pains and trials on earth, and a way to find light and courage from the places within and beyond ourselves.

From Within is Eun’s second showcase as an emerging artist. https://www.facebook.com/YumeeEunArt/

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: Ellen Alvarez: Driftwood Creations

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

A reception will take place on Friday, February 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities.

Artist statement: My driftwood creations have been inspired by years of collecting driftwood from my home state of Vermont. The driftwood is sourced from a magical place on Lake Champlain, which consistently provides beautiful pieces of lake-worn wood perfect for creations. My shells come mostly from Asia, where I spent over 20 years. My daughter's unused glass and metal beads and recycled jewelry have all found their way into my shop. I kept collecting until I found the time to create with these beautiful pieces. I love the warmth these pieces bring to a home in their unique and special places.

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: Josh Collins: Story of a City: East Knoxville

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, February 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities.

Artist statement: We as human beings long for relationship and unity. I have found both of these, as a white male, living in East Knoxville, a predominately black community. This is why I am telling the story of my community – so our city can see how we can benefit from learning to truly live communally like East Knoxville has done for many years.

Josh Collins aims to tell the Story of East Knoxville from the perspective of someone who lives within the community and wants to share the beauty of life being lived there with people on the outskirts that may hold ungrounded biases. He wants to challenge viewers to look at life in East Knoxville with dignity, adoration and kindness. He also wants viewers to reflect on moments and growth the community has experienced together. For more information, follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/joshcollins.co/.

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.

Dogwood Arts: Monsters Made with Love

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

Join us at Dogwood Arts on Friday, February 7 from 5-8PM for the opening of Monsters Made with Love, an exhibition of ‘perfectly imperfect monsters’ curated by local artist Laurie Kay. The exhibition will include 30 local artists and makers whose fleece monsters are paired with a unique piece of art created in their individual styles and mediums.

Participating Artists: Kelly Sullivan, Connie Gaertner, Ashton Ludden, Susan Alexander, Stacy Monday, Vicki May, Melinda Sims, Gabrielle Kay, Issac Merkle, Andrew Messersmith, Laurie Kay, Christal Yost, Cheri Pollack, Kelly Hider, Hannah Isosaki, Tracy Homer, Jessica Gregory, Rebecca Warren, Matt Parnell, Amanda Humphreys, Nicholas Stawinski, Bryan Wilkerson, Michelle Compton, Preston Farabow, Forrest Kirpatrick, Barron Hall, Sean Simoneau, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Savanna Hoover, Victoria Wheelock

The monsters will be a part of an online auction throughout the month of February. Proceeds will benefit youth art programs provided by Dogwood Arts + Monsters Made With Love.

Auction link: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/dogwood-arts-monsters-10472

-February 8th: Monster Workshop at Dogwood Arts (10A-12PM) | Register Here: http://bit.ly/2QXsRqu
-February 22nd: Monster Workshop at Dogwood Arts (6-8PM) | Register Here: http://bit.ly/37099Qh

Though workshops and sewing kits, Monsters Made with Love teaches people to make perfectly imperfect monsters while encouraging self-love. Sewing kits, available on Etsy, include everything you need to make a fleece monster to have and to hold. Workshops are great for all ages, genders and sewing levels.

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

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