Calendar of Events

Monday, September 5, 2016

Tennessee Theatre: Mighty Musical Monday with Dor L’Dor

Category: Free event and Music

(Doors open at 11:30 AM) - This is a free event! Enjoy Mighty Wurlitzer organ performances by Paul Swiderski and our special guests, klezmer band Dor L’Dor. Dor L’Dor is a multi-generational klezmer band based in Knoxville. While deeply rooted in the klezmer tradition, Dor L’Dor branches into other traditions as well. Brown bag lunches consisting of a sandwich, chips, and a dessert may be purchased in the lobby for $5.00 while supplies last. Soft drinks, bottled water, popcorn, and candy will also be available for purchase.

At the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200, www.tennesseetheatre.com

Pienkow Art Gallery: Marcin Kowalik: A Tale of the Working (Wo)Man

  • September 2, 2016 — November 26, 2016

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Please join us for our new exhibition! Opening reception Fri Sep 2, 5-7 PM in the main lobby of the consulate office, which hosts modern art from both established and emerging Polish artists. Please RSVP: drpienkowski@gmail.com or 865-584-4112

Marcin Kowalik’s paintings are dominated by abstract forms and empty spaces while featuring vibrant colors, illusions and a precision of lines and geometric structures. His work is nonanthropocentric – human figures rarely appear, and when they do, they are faceless, devoid of identity. Kowalik’s perception of reality dictates his work. His gaze is the architect’s – registering solids, enriching them with vibranace and a dose of artful spontaneity which gives rise to his novel, uncanny universe. For Kowalik, Picasso is a master of augmented reality. Kowalik is primarily interested in the Cubist period in the work of the Spanish artist, in the composition of spatial forms and their fragmentation. One of Picasso’s most fascinating aspects is his extraordinary inventiveness. Paintings, which appear shattered into prismatic fragments and recomposed without conformity to their initial arrangement, can be ‘read’ from the foreground, followed along the path delineated by the painter and, suddenly, apprehended not from the front, but sidewise.

In 1944, Pablo Picasso joined the Communist Party. It seems to have provided him with a model of victory and strength which he begins to identify with the Communists. His joining the Party has obvious roots in his painting, which he considered to be more than a mere source of pleasure. Line and color were his arms, which he wielded in his revolutionary fight. He confided in Communism, enchanted with the specious beauty of its motivating ideals, but was even more partial to the company he could find in its circles. The stage in the life of the celebrated cubist sparked Marcin Kowalik’s new cycle. The cycle on a (wo)man at work. Each of the thirty canvases represents a person with their occupational attribute. The different quality of the paintings in “A Tale of the Working (Wo)Man” cycle arises from the overload of minimalism, the pinnacle of which was reached by Kowalik in his work on “Convergents”, one of his most recent projects.

Here, he has sought chaos – introduced into his art by people, as various and volatile as the nature of painting. Despite his desire to renounce his creative asceticism, Kowalik’s human is still confined by the minimalist formal limits. To demonstrate a human form, it is sufficent to simply sketch an eye, the shape of a head and, immediately, a face outline becomes recognizable. This is the machination of the human mind – symmetrical points are sufficient for our imagination to fill in the missing parts. Apparently, the human has finally moved to the center of the young painter’s field of interest. However, these are mere appearances. Kowalik does not stray far from home and attempts to misplace the human figure, offering its simplest possible representation. He tells the tale of a human, but his tale is extremely complex and multi-faceted. He posed the challenge and has risen to it himself – undertaking the effort of organizing the experiment. He invited over a dozen of amateur painters to cooperation on committing to canvas their image of an occupation, inspired by the output of the author of “The Weeping Woman”. Website: www.kowalik.art.pl

Viewing hours M-F 8-5, Sat 8-11:30 AM. At the Center for Polish Culture | Pienkow Art Gallery, 7417 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. http://www.consulpoland.com/index.php/center-of-polish-culture/

Arts & Culture Alliance: “We The People” by Antuco Chicaiza

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

“We The People” is a reminder that we, as Americans, can affect change if we unite for the greater good of our country. This show represents the power that we as a people have. The ideals that our country was founded on still hold true today. It is part of our responsibility as Americans to stand up and have our voices heard.

The majority of works in this exhibition are presented in black and white, showing non-descript figures, along with the red, white, and blue, demonstrating the only colors that should be of importance in this country. Regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion, when we look at Americans, we should only see red, white, and blue: the true colors of America. The center piece is about our nation’s future and what we will do if either candidate wins. We must always remember that we are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

A public reception will take place on Friday, September 2, 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The exhibition is on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM for a jazz jam in the Black Box with Vance Thompson/Keith Brown Duo. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Arts & Culture Alliance: “Cosmic Order” by Eurichea Showalter Subagh Ball

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Through these works, Eurichea Showalter Subagh Ball hopes to expand and magnify the viewers’ thoughts, dreams, consciousness and realities, known and unknown. Setting goals and writing things is all part of a life’s individualized process. “Imagine I’m a waitress in space,” she says. “There is no linear time. As the waitress, I’ll share your order. What is your Cosmic Order? I’ll give you some time to look over the menu of your life.”

Eurichea Showalter Subagh Ball is from Oak Ridge and now resides in Knoxville. For more information, visit her website at www.espainting.us

A public reception will take place on Friday, September 2, 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The exhibition is on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM for a jazz jam in the Black Box with Vance Thompson/Keith Brown Duo. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Arts & Culture Alliance: Anthony Donaldson: A Time of Recent Creativity

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Local artist Anthony M. Donaldson is a KAT bus driver. Since childhood, he has loved to draw and paint. “Art frees my mind into another world,” says Donaldson. “My art is communication and expressions to those whom admire art.” Donaldson aims to tell a story with his art, and the recent work he will display features many subjects such as God, Black Lives Matter, drug and alcohol abuse, human trafficking, global warming, nuclear holocaust, and black on black crime.

A public reception will take place on Friday, September 2, 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The exhibition is on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM for a jazz jam in the Black Box with Vance Thompson/Keith Brown Duo. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Arts & Culture Alliance: Projects by Emily Taylor

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

In this exhibition, Emily Taylor will show parts of several ongoing projects in painting, drawing, and construction.

Emily Taylor grew up in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s before circulating through Amherst, Massachusetts; Ithaca, New York; and Knoxville, Tennessee for school and life reasons. She received her MFA in Painting and MA in Art Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Taylor has shown in venues around the region and United States, and has worked in museum education in Knoxville and Ithaca.

A public reception will take place on Friday, September 2, 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The exhibition is on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM for a jazz jam in the Black Box with Vance Thompson/Keith Brown Duo. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Rala: Works by Laura Baisden with "Camp Nevernice"

  • September 2, 2016 — September 30, 2016

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Introducing September's First Friday Artist, Laura Baisden! A newbie to the Knoxville art scene, she moved to Knoxville in 2015 to start her own letterpress company, "Camp Nevernice." Currently operating out of Pioneer House, on Gay Street, she makes work inspired by long days working and playing on her family's vacation property in West Virginia, also called "Camp." Laura's work is colorful and imaginative, inspired by childhood adventures, as she carves images of woodland creatures, cabins and nature. We love the outdoorsy and whimsical style of her prints. "The Neighborhood Series" is a set of eight neighboring tree houses that form their own little community. Originally commissioned by Gillian Welch for her 2016 summer tour. Each one is an individual lino-cut print. The progress shot above shows the illustrations being carved out of the linoleum blocks that will then be coated with ink and run through a press.

Please join us for a First Friday Reception, September 2, 6-10 PM to check out our selection of cards and prints made at Camp Nevernice!

RALA, 323 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, https://shoprala.com/

Bennett Galleries & Company Exhibition

  • September 2, 2016 — September 24, 2016

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Join Kris Rehring, who will exhibit two of her large figurative works as well as smaller works consisting of still-lifes, her abstracted, architectural premier coup works, and some indoor motifs. All work references the local scene in Knoxville. There will be two other new artists for the gallery on exhibit - Drysdale's Circus is an ongoing "Narrative Sculptural Installation" by Paul Burke and Anna Gustafson of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia and Jane Keltner - an abstract artist from Memphis. On display through the month of September.

Opening reception First Friday, September 2, from 5-8pm.

Bennett Galleries & Company: 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Th 10-6, F-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791, www.bennettgalleries.com

The Central Collective: Interruption: Works by Kelly Hider

  • September 2, 2016 — September 21, 2016

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening with a First Friday reception on September 2, from 7-10pm.

Culled from an archive of slides taken in the 1950's and 60's, the images utilized in the exhibit Interruption are manipulated using visual language of decoration and cancellation. Influenced in part by Proto-Renaissance paintings, these contemporary iterations use accessible materials and familiar subjects to create moments of mystical fiction. The glitter flocking embellishments are craft-store-versions of punched gold-leaf; photography and digital editing software a modern substitution for oil paint. Each piece contains calculated, surreal moments within familiar contexts, leading the viewer to ask further questions about life, death, and resurrection.

Kelly Hider received her BFA from SUNY Brockport in 2007, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Hider’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and regionally, including solo exhibitions at the University of Rochester, NY, The Ewing Gallery and Gallery 1010 in Knoxville, TN, and the Blackberry Farm Gallery at the Clayton Arts Center in Maryville, TN. Hider's work was recently featured of the cover of the arts publication Number, and her work was selected for this year’s Positive/Negative exhibition at Slocumb Galleries at ETSU. Hider is presently the Gallery Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She is also a founding member of the Vacuum Shop Studios, where her studio is located, and serves as Co-Chair of the Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibit.

At The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Viewing hours by appointment: dalesfriedpies@gmail.com. Information: 865-236-1590, info@thecentralcollective.com, www.thecentralcollective.com

A1labarts: Unaccounted for Interpretations

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art

A1labarts is hosting an an exhibit of art work which explores *unaccounted for interpretations* that lead to the creation of new worlds.

Attitudes and assumptions are built into human language and art. Theoretically, we should be able to predict human activities based on what people communicate. Instead people interpret meaning that signifies more than expected. They do this often and in unexpected ways! They are inspired by what they understand and see and they extend boundaries.

Opening night Sept. 2nd. Exhibition will be up for 1 week at:
A1labarts
23 Emory Place
http://www.a1labarts.org/

Casa Hola: Frutos Latinos

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

10th Annual Exhibit and contest of HoLa Hora Latina artist members, celebrating Hispanic Heritage month! Artists include: Angel Blanco, Rafael Casco, Antuco Chicaiza, Maria de la Orden, Daniela Esrequis, Susana Esrequis, Delia Flores, Astrid Galindo, Michael Giles, Miguel Aguilar Gonzalez, Cecilia Stella Martin, Nicole Perez-Camoirano, Hector Saldivar, Graciela Barlesi-Snyder, and Ivan Soto.

Please join us for an artist reception for First Friday, September 2, 5:00 to 9:00 PM

HoLa Hora Latina, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902. Gallery hours: M-F 1-5 PM. Information: 865-335-3358, www.holahoralatina.org

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Stan & Elaine Fronczek and Kate Aubrey

  • September 1, 2016 — October 31, 2016

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

Exhibit of Wood and Felt work by Stan and Elaine Fronczek and Paintings by Kate Aubrey

Westminster Presbyterian Church Shilling Gallery, 6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 865-584-3957

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