Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Emporium Center: Gary Monroe and Denise Stewart-Sanabria: Tableau Vivant

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

A reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

In this new exhibition entitled Tableau Vivant, Gary Monroe provides work from three of his series: The Serpent Handler Group, The Velvis Group and Comedy County Cocke, and Denise Stewart-Sanabria exhibits her plywood drawings and Contemporary Altars of Misappropriated Mythology.

Gary Monroe resides in Knoxville and has exhibited extensively throughout the US since the early 1980s. Predominately a representational artist, he often includes non-representational elements in the work. The work tends to include subjects from his native state of Tennessee such as Appalachian serpent handlers, Moon-shiners, and Elvis Presley. Monroe’s work is held in numerous private and museum collections. He recently exhibited in Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia at the Asheville Art Museum. For more information, visit www.garymonroe.org.

Denise Stewart-Sanabria was born in Massachusetts and received her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She has lived in Knoxville since 1986. Sanabria paints both hyper-realist “portraits” of everything from produce to subversive jelly donuts. The anthropomorphic narratives often are reflections on human behavior. She is also known for her life size charcoal portrait drawings on plywood, which are cut out, mounted on wood bases, and staged in conceptual installations. She is a recipient of the 2019 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant for her work on wood. Her work is included in various museums, private, and corporate collections. She is represented by The Arts Company in Nashville, TN, Mitchell Hill in Charleston, SC, and District Arts in Fredrick, MD. For more information, visit www.stewart-sanabria.com or follow her on Instagram @denisestewartsanabria_.

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: Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers

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

A reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

The artistic craft of ship modeling has been part of the building process to finish full size ships for hundreds of years. The Master Modelers of the Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers will display a collection of museum quality wood ship models built from scratch and kits. All models start with blueprints and supplied wood that require hours of shaping, sanding, painting and rigging, often taking months or even years to complete.

The Master Modeler presenters at this show include Butch Alline, Dave Amstutzd, Bill Gass, Vic Kaminsky, Dennis Kimbrough, Larry Moore, Carl Whitten and others, and their models vary from historic square riggers to modern ships.

The Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers group was founded to advance static and radio controlled ship modeling as a hobby. Anyone interested in starting the hobby or with limited modeling experience is welcome to join the club and benefit from other members’ years of experience. Membership is open to all who have an interest. For more information, contact Vic Kaminsky, President of Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers, at smmmship@gmail.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.

Rala: March First Friday Artist

  • March 6, 2020 — March 31, 2020
  • 6:00-9:00PM Opening Reception

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

The March First Friday Artist at Rala will be Megan Wright of Thistle & Rope.
The opening will be March 6th from 6PM-9PM and the show will be up through the end of March.

Megan Wright of Thistle & Rope is a macrame artist based in Knoxville, TN. She combines traditional macrame techniques with modern lines to create contemporary fiber art pieces. She has been a lifelong creative, pursuing various mediums before falling in love with the organic and tactile nature of fiber art. Recently she's been exploring incorporating dried flowers, hand dyed silk, and other elements into her hangings to add texture and dimension. Please join us for a show opening and to meet the artist.

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com. Instagram: @ShopRala

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Dee Blane's Collection of African Artifacts**

  • March 5, 2020 — April 30, 2020

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church Schilling Gallery

6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4, Fri 9-12. Info: (865) 584-3957 or www.wpcknox.org