Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The WordPlayers Presents: Last Train to Nibroc

Category: Theatre

The first offering in The WordPlayers’ 2016-2017 season will be Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton. This play explores the new relationship of two young people who meet in 1940 under the shadow of the threat of war. May and Raleigh grew up just a few miles from each other in Kentucky, but meet for the first time on a train from Los Angeles. As the story begins, we find that May has had dreams of getting married and becoming a missionary, and Raleigh of becoming a pilot and fighting in World War II, but both of them have recently found those dreams disappointed. Now they are looking for new purpose and direction, and we wonder if they might find it in each other.

WHEN: September 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p.m., September 18 & 25 @ 2:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Adults: $15, Seniors (60+): $12, Students: $10, Groups of 12 or more: $10 each. Thursday, Sept. 15 is Pay What You Can Night.

The WordPlayers performances are held at Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information/tickets: 865-539-2490, www.wordplayers.org

Pellissippi State: Vincible: Knoxville’s Collection

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

The Vincible sculpture series showcases the work of new Pellissippi State faculty member, Caroline Covington, and examines the moments when we discover that our bodies are no longer invincible.

RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 12, 3-5 P.M.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts

Fountain City Art Center: Foothills Craft Guild Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

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Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening reception on Fri Sep 9, 6:30-8:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Foothills Craft Guild members are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year! Especially exciting is the fact that not just the younger and newer members but also many of the Guild's original founding members will be bringing in work for the displays. Most of the Foothills Exhibit's display pieces will be for sale which is excellent news for those who admire handmade one-of-a-kind works of art. Also on display will be some of the works from the Foothills Craft Guild's permanent collection! The Guild was founded in the 1966 in Oak Ridge and boasts some of the state of Tennessee's finest artisans as its members. The variety and quality in the exhibit will astound and delight everyone who views it. On display will be fiber arts including weaving, spinning, needle felting, knitting, and macrame. One can also expect to see handcrafted jewelry in metal, gemstones, and glass; pottery of every style and method imaginable, handmade books, print making, photography, basketry, wood, stone, and metal sculptures, quilting, brooms, cornshuck dolls, and mosaics.

Exhibit viewing hours: Tu, Th 9-5; W, F 10-5; Sat 9-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787, http://www.fountaincityartcenter.com/

Ewing Gallery: Sarah Emerson's The Incredible Flatness of Being

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Emerson's paintings and installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape. She uses the camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition to explore themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape. Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and she completed her Masters Degree at Goldsmiths College, London in 2000. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Emerson will give a lecture in A+A 109 on Sep 29 at 7PM followed by a closing reception.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: MTWF: 10-5, Thursday 10-7:30, and Sundays 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu

Arts & Culture Alliance: Emporium Center Features Resident Artists

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present recent works by the resident artists of the Emporium Center, on display at the Emporium Center through September 30, 2016. Artists included in the exhibition are Bobbie Crews, Connie Gaertner, Judi Gaston, Diana Kilburn, Bob Leggett, Fritz Massaquoi, Pam Radford, W. James Taylor, Clay Thurston, and Sandy White.

Managed by the Arts & Culture Alliance, the Emporium Center provides space in which professionals and artists can work. The ten resident artists of the Emporium use their studios to create artwork and promote the principles of the Emporium, are present and working during the Emporium’s public hours, and provide a cultural experience for its visitors and patrons. Represented in the exhibition are:

• Bobbie Crews, Suite 107 - Oil, watercolor, antique cars, portraits and figurative work, abstracts, seascapes, mixed media, courtroom sketch artist, caricature, design: www.bobbiecrews.com
• Connie Gaertner, Suite 109 - Oil, acrylic, watercolor: www.conniegaertner.com
• Judi Gaston, Suite 108 - Fiber, hand-woven garments: www.judigastonhandwoven.com
• Diana Kilburn, Suite 105 - Watercolor, painting
• Bob Leggett, Suite 101 - Watercolor, oil, pastel; fiction
• Fritz Massaquoi, Suite 111 - Fibers, painting
• Pam Radford, Suite 113 - Oil, watercolor
• W. James Taylor, Suite 102 - Painting: www.genevagalleries.com
• Clay Thurston, Suite 111 - Photography: www.claythurston.com
• Sandy White, Suite 113 - Oil, watercolor

For more information on the artists, please visit http://www.knoxalliance.com/category/studios/. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM and Sunday, September 25, 3:30-6:30 PM for jazz jams in the Black Box with Vance Thompson & Friends. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Wine and Canvas Knoxville: September events

  • September 9, 2016 — September 29, 2016

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

Fri, 9/9/2016, 7:00 - 10:00 PM - U.T. College of Veterinary Medicine **Give from the Heart with Art** Paint Your Pet at Mimi's Cafe - 10945 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922 ($45)
Tue, 9/13/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - The Stars Are Out at the Bijou at Blue Slip Wine Bar and Bistro - 300 W Depot Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
Wed, 9/14/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Stadium at Hurricane Grill & Wings - 319 Lovell Rd, Knoxville, TN 37934
Tue, 9/20/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Joy Love Hope at Gibby's Dining & Drinks (inside Holiday Inn) - 9134 Executive Park Dr., Knoxville, TN 37923
Tue, 9/27/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Purple Meadow at Stir Fry Cafe - 7240 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Thu, 9/29/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Smoky Mountain Sunset at Casual Pint - Farragut - 143 Brooklawn St, Farragut, TN 37934

$35 per session (unless otherwise noted). Wine & Canvas: Knoxville, TN, 865-356-9179, http://www.wineandcanvas.com/knoxville-tn.html

The Town of Farragut Arts Council: Janice Valentine, Featured Artist

  • September 8, 2016 — October 31, 2016
  • M-F 8:00AM-5:00PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Town of Farragut Arts Council presents Janice Valentine as the featured artist for September and October. Located at the Farragut Town Hall, the exhibit features Valentine's framed italic hand calligraphy work.

Valentine has been the owner of the Olde Concord Gallery in historic Concord, Tenn., since 1999. The gallery building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Holding an Associate Degree in Advertising Arts/Graphic Arts from Chattanooga State Community College, Valentine has been a custom picture framer and calligraphy artist since 1984.

Each month, the work of an artist or group of artists is featured in specially designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in the Farragut Town Hall. For more information about this exhibit or to access a Featured Artist of the Month application, please contact Lauren Cox at lcox@townoffarragut.org or 218-3372 or visit www.townoffarragut.org/artsandculture.

The Farragut Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive directly across from the Farragut Branch Post Office.

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.

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