Calendar of Events

Monday, October 25, 2021

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: In Praise of Gray Space

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

In Praise of Gray Space / Jovencio de la Paz & Sandra Salaices
October 18 – December 10, 2021

GEOFFREY A. WOLPERT GALLERY
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, https://www.arrowmont.org/visit/galleries/exhibition-schedule/

TVUUC exhibition: Shannon Johnson and Elle Colquitt

  • October 9, 2021 — December 8, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Free and open to the public

Reception Friday, October 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists' talks at 6:30 pm.

Shannon Johnson
Shannon Johnson's work is inspired by nature and the creative process. Her paintings are a balance between harmony and contrast, simplicity and accumulation, and stillness and motion. Johnson studied at the University of Tennessee and received a BA in studio art. She taught high school art for 20 years. She exhibits her work at First Friday events and art shows in a variety of locations around Knoxville and regularly on Instagram (@shannondeanajohnson) and Facebook (Shannon Deana Johnson Art). She is represented by dk Gallery in Marietta, GA.

Elle Colquitt: Discovering the Unusual in the Usual
Photographer Elle Colquitt searches for the artistry that can be found within the layered imagery of window reflections. The surrealism within the reflection creates a double exposure illusion. This altered reality of abstract images produces a unique mix of forms and colors. Colquitt is content manager for OutdoorKnoxville.com, where her images showcase the beautiful naturescapes around East Tennessee. She is a member of the Art Market Gallery, Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, Arts & Culture Alliance, Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers, and the League of Scruffy Photographers. https://www.ellecolquitt.com/

Gallery hours: 10-4 Monday, 10-3 Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Ewing Gallery: Grant Gibson

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A registered architect and founding principal of CAMESgibson, Inc., Grant Gibson is committed to creating culturally relevant work. Desiring close and lasting relationships, he seeks to work with collaborators and clients equally committed to a more progressive future. He has oversaw the design and construction of a variety of projects, ranging from multi-family housing developments to small art installations to large civic planning initiatives. Prior to the founding of CAMESgibson, his most notable professional work was the development of Wabash Valley’s Urbanscape Furniture and the Sanders Residence in Jefferson City, MO and realizing UN Studio’s design of the Burnham Centennial Pavilion. (All of which was done as a member of Garofalo Architects.)

Gibson graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has prior degrees from Purdue University in Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology.

Engaging the full spectrum of the discipline of architecture, Grant gives equal weight to writing, exhibiting, and teaching. A clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Grant teaches design and building technology courses.

Initiated in 2009 and incorporated a few years later, CAMESgibson, Inc. is not envisioned as a conventional architectural firm or practice. Founded by registered architect and educator Grant Gibson and the fictitious T.E. Cames, the office is best understood as a sustained architectural performance carried out with similar convictions to those held by Gibson’s late mentor, Doug Garofalo. Like (the now defunct) Garofalo Architects was, CAMESgibson is a cultural endeavor that challenges some and enables others to make the world a better place.

The Ewing Gallery is open M-F 10am - 5pm, Thursday evenings until 7:30pm, and Sundays from 1-4pm. Masks are required. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe!

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: October Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

Tue Oct 5, 10-12: “Conquering Your Camera’s Manual” with Jack Retterer, $30
Thu Oct 7, 14, 21, & 28, 9-12: “Mosaic on Stone” with instructor Manny Marti, $185
Fri Oct 8, 15, 22, 29, 9-12: “Learn the Art of Stained Glass” with instructor Sara Senft, $160
Sat Oct 9, 1-4: “Leaf Pendant & Earrings” with instructor Susan Smathers, $50
Tue Oct 12, 10-12: “Paint Along with Sam Hill” Watercolor Demonstration Class, $35
Tue Oct 19, 9:30: Monthly Members Meeting followed by New Member Orientation with Linda Patrick at 11
Wed Oct 20, 12-2: Project Discussion, artwork review session with John Anderson, free
Thu Oct 21, 1-4: Chain Maille Jewelry: “Harvest Bracelet” with George Gallant, $70
Wed Oct 27, 12-2: Life Drawing with Dena Whitener, $5
Thu-Fri Oct 28-29, 1-4: “Monoprints” with instructor Karen Shaw, $85

Located at 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade (off Peavine Road). 931-707-7249 or www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

Leesa Osburn Exhibition at Stir Fry Café

  • October 3, 2021 — November 7, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Stir Fry Café West Hills, 7240 Kingston Pike #128, Knoxville, TN 37919

Bio: My family moved from Las Vegas, Nevada in 2019 to Knoxville to enjoy the four season change of climate. I have a BA from UNLV and enjoy the ability to paint around the East Tennessee area. Mostly I paint landscapes, seascapes, animals, and pet portraits. I belong to Fountain City Art Guild, Tennessee Artist Association, and Tuesday Painters, a Plein Air Group. To see examples of my work, please see website: www.ArtisticEscape.studio

RED Gallery: Voodoo Rocket by Kevin Bradley

  • October 1, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

New work from the Voodoo Rocket - Institute of Advanced Typographic Research

We will be open every Friday and a few other dates to be determined (check Social Media).

If you stop by the office of Robin Easter next door, they can provide access during the M-F 9-5 work hours, or after hours by appointment.

https://insideofknoxville.com/2021/10/kevin-bradley-presents-voodoo-rocket-in-the-old-city/
132 W Jackson Ave | Knoxville TN 37902 | www.robineaster.com

Rala: Work by Tim Hooper

  • October 1, 2021 — November 28, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 6 – 8 PM

We are excited to announce Mr. Hooper Art as our First Friday artist for the months of October and November! Tim Hooper is a self-trained painter based in Nashville, who takes inspiration from cartoon art, folk art, and pop surrealism. All paintings are one of a kind originals.

Please join us for the show opening. Mr. Hooper's work will be on display October 1st through November 28th.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are requiring that masks be worn inside the store. Thank you for helping us stay safe!

https://www.mrhooperart.com/
@mrhooperart on Instagram

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

The Emporium Center: The Fountain City Art Guild

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 1-31, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. All visitors to the Emporium are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

The Fountain City Art Guild will feature original art by nearly 30 local artists including oils, watercolors, woodworking, and more. The mission of the Guild is to create an atmosphere that promotes, encourages, guides, supports, and informs artists in our guild, which currently has about 50 members.

The Fountain City Art Guild began in 1979 as a group of women who met in the “Art Cellar,” the basement of Chloe Harrington’s home. Most of the Guild members were watercolor artists. For several decades, they were known as the Fountain City Watercolor Guild, and they met in various churches and homes in the community, holding exhibitions in local businesses. In 2000, the Guild voted to allow other 2-D media in their exhibits, and in 2015 members voted to allow nonfunctional 3-D work as well.

In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. Guild membership is a juried process occurring in late fall and early spring. In addition to monthly meetings, the Guild also hosts exhibitions at the Center and occasionally in the community. Guild members bring a wide variety of skills and interests.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (closed Saturday, October 30 and open Sunday, October 31, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: Foothills Craft Guild: Fine Crafts

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 1-31, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. All visitors to the Emporium are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

Foothills Craft Guild is pleased to showcase the work of more than fifteen artists working in a variety of media such as fiber, wood, stained glass, hand stitched bead art jewelry, clay, leather, glass, and more. The artists include Kathy Seely, Pam Harris, Jo Marie Brotherton, Janet Petrell, Judi Talley, Amelia Galvas, and Mickie Looslie.

The Foothills Craft Guild, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in 1968 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to promote fine crafts by 1) setting high standards of creativity and excellence of execution for a variety of handcrafts; 2) providing demonstrations, scholarships, and education about fine craft for people of all ages; and 3) promoting the sale of fine crafts. FCG is the oldest member craft guild in the State of Tennessee and has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the best in the Southeast region. Their vision is to continue to set standards that encourage artisans to take advantage of new technologies and techniques to design and create works of beauty. They are dedicated to expanding their educational activities about fine crafts and creating strategic partnerships to encourage the continuation of fine craft. Upcoming shows include their Tennessee Showcase of Fine Artisans, November 5-7 at the Knoxville Expo Center and their Artisan Market, March 18-19, 2022 at The Venue at Lenoir City.

www.foothillscraftguild.net

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (closed Saturday, October 30 and open Sunday, October 31, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: Mike Lana: Beyond the Walls

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 1-31, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. All visitors to the Emporium are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

BEYOND THE WALLS is a series focused on exploring the Bible through recontextualization, modern parallels, and a playful aesthetic delivery that looks to balance material, concept, design, and stylistic juxtaposition to present a fresh view on the greatest story ever told. As it is with the church delivering the gospel, or good news, outside of its’ walls to reach into the world, so comes the title of the series. Mirroring life, and the calling to the great commission, its intent is to transcend beyond the walls of the gallery and into the streets – beyond the eye of the individual and into the heart.

Since my youth I’ve gravitated towards activities that express and explore the imagination as well as help beautify the world around me. In a pursuit to excel my knowledge base, I attended two years of education with Pratt Art Institute and have since been working creatively towards understanding and articulating my artistic voice. Thus far, I have found juxtaposition as a reoccurring theme throughout my work whether it is from stylism to realism, spiritual to commercial, organic to synthetic, or pretentious to authentic. Brought together it is my intent to harmoniously weave these contrasts to cater to exploring an idea visually. My work has also become, in part, a concentration on overlooked and downtrodden space and the revitalization of that space through the beauty of stencil street art.

www.freshmadeart.com/beyondthewalls
Instagram @fresh.madeart

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (closed Saturday, October 30 and open Sunday, October 31, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: Douglas Molinas Lawrence: 50 bud vases in 50 days

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 1-31, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. All visitors to the Emporium are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

This project was born out of a desire for change. I am a planner, I over-design and overthink everything, stressing the details. I have so many full sketchbooks, but all too frequently get overly critical in my head and am paralyzed into inaction. The designs are left on paper, rather than translated into wood. I decided to break that cycle, to push myself out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to make 50 bud vases in 50 days, each beginning as a 6” x 6” x 2” block of ash. There is a certain creativity that only arrives while engaged in the act of making, and that’s what this project taps into. The bud vase was a natural fit as the focus of the project, as the plants chosen to fill each are brought in only as a temporary attraction, never lasting perfection. Each day in the challenge required releasing the previous day’s idea and beginning anew again, similar to the daily routine of finding new plants with which to decorate.

Douglas Molinas Lawrence grew up on a farm in rural Virginia where his love of nature and art first developed. In university, he studied both Architectural Design and Environmental Sciences, pursuing a deeper understanding of where and how humankind intersects with the wider natural world. This interest has taken him to lead sustainable agroforestry projects in South America, as well as design and craft fine furniture and sculpture in Tennessee. Douglas’ work can be found in private collections across the United States and abroad, as well as in the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum.

www.douglasmolinaslawrence.com
Instagram @douglasmolinaslawrence
www.facebook.com/douglawrencewoodworking

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (closed Saturday, October 30 and open Sunday, October 31, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

The Emporium Center: Alex Smith: Rerouted

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 1-31, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. All visitors to the Emporium are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at www.knoxalliance.store.

Alex Smith is a native Knoxvillian. A graduate of Carson Newman University, he also studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed his MFA at The New York Academy of Art. He received the Elizabeth Greenshields grant and an Artist’s Teaching Residency at the Altos de Chavon School of Art and Design, and he has been the featured artist at the Dogwood Arts Festival and ArtXtravanza in Knoxville. His work has exhibited at the Emporium in Knoxville as well as numerous galleries in New York, including Sotheby’s, Panepinto Galleries, Dacia Gallery, and the Wilkenson Gallery at The New York Academy of Art.

He enjoyed living and working in Brooklyn, New York until the pandemic. Knoxville has welcomed him home. The past year and a half have informed this new exhibition. Like most of us, I’ve grown accustomed to constant detours and changes of plans. Detours send us down roads we didn’t anticipate, and now that we’ve gone this route, we have had to find new ways to interact and experience the world. This exhibition includes works of New York’s grit alongside East Tennessee’s verdant landscape, ranging from hyper-realism to abstracts. While my landscape has changed, I aim to remain true to my classical training and goal, which is to make work that invites viewers to look closer and know the painting’s story.

www.alexsmithstudios.com
Instagram @alexsmith_artist

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (closed Saturday, October 30 and open Sunday, October 31, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). For more information, please see www.knoxalliance.com or call (865) 523-7543.

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