Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Marie Merritt & Linda Sullivan

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

October Featured Artists - First Friday Reception: October 4, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Marie Merritt interprets the scenic vistas, babbling streams, lovely flora, and majestic animals she encounters in nature throughout her signature style of oil painting. She strives to impart the same sense of awe, peace and calm that she enjoys. She develops a quality of depth and dimension in her paintings that is sensitive and expressive by using traditional time honored techniques of multiple layers of oil paints and glazes. Marie, a native of East Tennessee, has received numerous awards, designations and recognitions with her art, including Certified Decorative Artist and Teacher of Decorative Arts. Her original works hang in private and corporate collections throughout the region and her art has been featured on book covers and in magazines. She is represented by the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN and her work can be seen at www.mariemerritt.com

Linda Sullivan: My ceramic work for several years has consisted of wheel-thrown and hand-formed stoneware and porcelain fired to 2300 degrees F in the oxidizing atmosphere of electric kilns. I have had a special interest in developing unique glazes since graduate school at Northern Illinois University, where I received a Master of Fine Arts Degree. My work has often evoked landscape imagery. While I continue with that glaze approach, retirement a few years ago from a career in healthcare information technology allowed me time to finally begin experimenting with crystalline glazes.
The pieces in this show were made using porcelain clay with self-developed glazes containing chemicals, such as zinc oxide, that encourage development of crystals. I program a computerized kiln to reach a peak temperature of 2300 degrees and then cool slowly by holding at multiple specific temperatures for up to three hours at a time for crystal formation. Just as in nature, when conditions are right, crystals will develop and grow, resulting in unique pieces that differ from one another and cannot be duplicated. The process for creating crystalline work is challenging in that successful results require several steps to ensure that crystals form. Conditions must be correct – including appropriate clay body, fluid glazes with specific chemical ingredients and percentages, thickness of glaze, and firing/cooling kiln cycle are critical. The failure rate with this technique is greater than in my other work. However, experimenting with crystalline glazes has really captured my interest for now and has been very satisfying in spite of the unpredictability. The process for creating crystalline work is challenging in that successful results require several steps to ensure that crystals form. Conditions must be correct – including appropriate clay body, fluid glazes with specific chemical ingredients and percentages, thickness of glaze, and firing/cooling kiln cycle are critical. The failure rate with this technique is greater than in my other work. However, experimenting with crystalline glazes has really captured my interest for now and has been very satisfying in spite of the unpredictability.

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

Rala: First Friday with Pippin Long

  • October 4, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

October 4th 6-9PM (Will be on display the entire month)

Join us in welcoming Pippin Long as our October First Friday artist. She is a native Tennessean and a graduate of UT Knoxville with a degree in art. While she enjoys experimenting with various mediums and techniques, Pippin’s main focus is in drawing and painting, and has worked with watercolors from a very young age. Her newest work explores portraiture and the treatment of skin using watercolor and negative space. Pippin currently makes her home in Asheville, NC.

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Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
HOURS: Mon - Thurs: 10:00am to 8:00pm, Fri - Sat: 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sun: 11:00am to 5:00pm
PH: (865) 525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala
https://shoprala.com

Awaken Coffee: Artwork by Rita Nabors

  • October 4, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host artist Rita Nabors for First Friday, Oct. 4 from 6-9 pm.

Rita Nabors is primarily self-taught, relying on continuous study, practice, and observation. Painting in oil and acrylic, her favorite subjects are landscapes and animals. Her current Farm Series is painted on rusty roofing tin.

Join us for inspiring art, refreshments and of course 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, Tennessee 37902

Hours: Mon-Thu 7 AM - 9 PM, Fri 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 2-8 PM

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Community Art League of Athens

  • October 4, 2019 — October 26, 2019

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

Broadway Studios and Gallery will be hosting The Community Art League of Athens, Tn with their show entitled "Trading Spaces" for the first Friday event in October.

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

The Emporium Center: Townsend Artisan Guild: The Best of Us

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

A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

This new exhibition, presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild, features original art by 20 artists including fiber arts, charcoal, pen and ink, oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery, woodworking, and mixed media. The Guild is excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of these artists who live and work in the East Tennessee area.

Founded in 2007, the Guild brings together working fine artists and fine crafts persons to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts. The group of approximately 80 members strives to promote community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops. The Guild operates the Townsend Artisan Guild and Studios at 7719 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend, where juried members display and sell their work, and artists work in their studios. The art represents a wide variety of visual arts and is rotated frequently to represent the continued creativity of its displaying artists. Membership in the Guild is open to working artists, aspiring artists, and those supporting the arts. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Wood N Strings Dulcimer Shop, 7645 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. The meeting includes a business meeting, a program, and a time for fellowship. Guests are always welcome to attend. For more information, please visit www.townsendartisanguild.org, find them on Facebook at Townsend Artisan Guild, or e-mail townsendartisanguild@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.

The Emporium Center: Barb Johnson & Anna Rykaczewska: Inside/Out

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

Barb Johnson and Anna Rykaczewska will display work from their perspective of what they observe in photographed images. The images include both inside and outside spaces. The quality of light as it infiltrates a setting determines how textures and color tones play a major role in their compositions.

Barbara Rybolt Johnson is from Swayzee, Indiana and earned her degree in art education from Indiana State University. She taught art in public and private schools, most recently at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Barb is now a full-time artist, private teacher, and member of Art Group 21. Her artwork has been displayed in numerous juried art venues including Arts in the Airport, Oak Ridge Art Center, Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, Knoxville mayors’ offices, and art shows in the Emporium Center. Follow her on Instagram at @barbjohnsonart or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barbjohnsonart.

Anna Rykaczewska was born, lived in and received her education in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from the High School of Fine Arts where she studied painting, sculpture, graphics, costume design, scenography, jewelry design, and photography. She then earned a master’s degree in art history at the University of Warsaw. Rykaczewska worked for seven years as the Art Specialist and Designer at Ars Christiana, the premiere and largest company in Poland specializing in religious art. She has resided in many European countries due to her husband's scientific career, and since 1997 has lived in the United States. In 2001, the YWCA honored her with a nomination for the "Woman of Distinction" award in recognition of her volunteer work. One of her paintings was presented to His Excellency US Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe by the local Polish-American Community in 2004, and the painting exhibited at the Residence of the US Ambassador in Warsaw for six years. For more information, visit http://ar-art.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: Floral Photographs by Anthony Owsley

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

Anthony Owsley grew up in Knoxville but spent the majority of his life in Georgia where he attended The Art Institute of Atlanta. While living in Atlanta, he pursued a variety of creative ventures including cartooning, illustration, puppeteering, animation and theater. He was a member of the notorious Atlanta art collective 800 East from its inception in 1990 to its dissolution in 1998. He also served as comics editor for several alternative newspapers in the metro Atlanta region. Since relocating to Knoxville, Owsley has taken a passion for photography. His third exhibition includes a collection of floral photographs.

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: Saddychack

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

A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

Bryan 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.

In this exhibition, Wilkerson will display clever, kooky, and quirky pottery and wall art. For more information, follow him on Instagram at @bryanwilkerson or visit http://bryanwilkerson.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: Barbara West Portrait Group

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

Founded in 2001 by Barbara West, members hail from throughout the United States and even other countries. Their membership includes artists with a variety of backgrounds, professions and levels of artistic skill. By using a wide variety of media and showcasing differing art styles, they constantly explore and develop their skills. They have exhibited at the Farragut Town Hall, Peace Lutheran Church, Ball Camp Baptist Church, and Candoro Marble.

The Barbara West Portrait Group has developed a strong communal bond – artistic as well as emotional – as a wonderful by-product of their weekly meetings, which occur every Wednesday and Saturday from 2:00-4:00 PM in Knoxville-area churches. The open studio is $5 to attend with a live model; no instruction is provided. For more information, please contact Debbie Barnes at 865-661-1213 or visit https://www.facebook.com/TheBarbaraWestPortraitGroup.

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.

C for Courtside: Custodia

  • October 4, 2019 — October 25, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

October 4th, 2019 | 7-10pm
and the month of October by appointment

Work by newish member Eleanor Aldrich and Barbara Weissberger who form the long-distance material collaboration ALDRICH+WEISSBERGER

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Our collaborative installations combine original objects, sculptures, paintings, and photographs that come together from our separate studios to form a new work. As we work in separate regions of the country, the meeting and melding of our work is phenomenological – a third thing resulting from shared formal sensibilities and overlapping philosophical concerns. The work comes together through Skype chats, emails, individual material investigations, and the final in-person negotiation of the works in relation to each other and in space.
We are curious about perception and reality. Together our work forms structures within which the actual (real) thing, abstraction, pictorial space and physical space freely circulate and mingle. We make (or alter) all the objects in the installations, and even the flattest parts (photograph and canvas) are called out as physical objects.

Mops, drains, buckets, rags, dustpans, brooms, vacuum cleaners and other tools of cleaning and maintenance will form the central imagery of CUSTODIA. Cleaning tools are liminal - dirty in that they are always touching things that are dirty, but necessary for cleanliness. The banal is blurred with the mystical, the chore with the compulsion to create. Dirty and abject things may appear authentic and trustworthy in that they are by definition non-seductive and contain no outer shell of artifice, which infers some interior meaning--though the clutter is arranged, and the colors to be strewn are chosen.

ABOUT ALDRICH + WEISSBERGER: Eleanor Aldrich and Barbara Weissberger met as participants in The Drawing Center’s inaugural Open Sessions program in 2014 where their work was paired based on their mutual affinities. Since meeting they have collaborated on work that has appeared in group exhibitions (Material Outreach Program at the Drawing Center, NY), solo installations at GRIN Providence (Hive And Double) and the University of Pittsburgh (Dirty Work), and now CUSTODIA at Courtside, Knoxville. They continue to be curious about the tensions between the actual and illusion, perception and reality. All of their installations have referenced mundane objects, tools of cleaning (domestic and institutional) as well as tools of the studio.

C for Courtside, 513 Cooper Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: cforcourtside@gmail.com, www.cforcourtside.com

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Tennessee Craft Week & Fall Porch Sale

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Science & nature

Appalachian Arts Craft Center (AACC) in Norris is celebrating 50 years of service to crafts in Appalachia! Throughout the week of October 4 - 13, the AACC will be participating in Tennessee Craft Week! Regional artisans using the weaving and pottery studio, demonstrations by quilters and more!

In conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week, the AACC will be conducting their annual Fall Porch Sale October 4 - 18. The Porch Sale features work from juried and nonjuried members of the Craft Center and is an excellent time to shop for discounted artwork. The Porch Sale provides Center members the opportunity to replenish their artwork for the new year.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854, www.appalachianarts.net

Dogwood Arts: 2019 Bazillion Blooms Program

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming––one tree at a time. Through our annual Bazillion Blooms program, disease-resistant dogwood trees are on sale now at dogwoodarts.com or by phone at (865) 637-4561 through November 18th . These 2’ – 4’ bare-root trees are available for $25 each or five for $100. Tree pick-up day and community-wide tree planting date is set for Saturday, December 7th.

Planting trees is a simple and effective way to clean our air, reduce stress, and conserve the environment. We encourage everyone to ‘dig-in’ and make a lasting difference by planting trees during the fall gardening season. Trees planted in the fall have time to develop strong root systems over the winter months before the challenges of the drying summer heat.

The Bazillion Blooms program began in 2009 with a mission to revitalize tree plantings along our historic Dogwood Trails and throughout the region. Last year, Dogwood Arts reached our goal of adding 10,000 dogwood trees to East Tennessee’s landscape in just 10 years through the Bazillion Blooms program, ensuring our region’s spring beauty will continue well into the future. Larger blooming trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs, and perennials are available at these participating Garden Centers: Ellenburg Landscaping & Nursery, Mayo Garden Centers, Northshore Nursery, Stanley’s Greenhouse & Wilson Fine Gardens.

Trees ordered from Dogwood Arts must be picked up on Saturday, December 7th, from 9AM-12PM at the UT Gardens off Neyland Drive. Trees will not be distributed at a later time or date.

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

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