New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on Sept. 1

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Five new exhibitions featuring mixed media, photography and painting will be on display Sept. 1-29 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.

A reception will take place on Friday, September 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Pasión Flamenca will perform during the reception. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Linde Mills & Mary Smith: Art in Motion in the lower gallery

Linde Mills works with various materials and primarily acrylic on canvas. Her subject matter almost always involves this type of activity, typically in a dance fashion or involving water.

For more information, visit www.lindeluwho.com.

Mary Smith was born and raised in the Rochester, NY area. She lived in Pittsburgh, PH for ten years before moving to Knoxville in 1990. Smith began painting in 2015 as a form of therapy after the loss of her husband. She developed a passion for abstract painting and the freedom of expression it offers. Each piece she paints brings comfort. Her acrylic paintings are often spontaneous and the result of “wherever the brush takes her hand.” Painting and talking with others about her work provides Smith pleasure, joy and solace.

David Gildersleeve “…And Now for Something Completely Different.” in the Balcony gallery

Gildersleeve paints subjects that invade his subconscious, using a wonky style to help bring these images to life. Using textures and a selective palette, he creates an unmistakable style in his work that most people refer to as “whimsical.” He displays his art in several galleries up and down the East coast and takes part in several shows a year that focus on his original paintings. In addition to his successful and creative projects, he enjoys spending as much time as he can with his wife and two sons, working on classic muscle cars, and writing autobiographies. For more information, visit www.gsleeve.com.

Annamaria Gundlach: Clay Dreams in the display case

As a figurative artist, Annamaria Gundlach is fascinated by the female form and its impact on art and religion throughout history. Nature is her inspiration, and her figures reflect sensuality, strength and connection to the earth.

For more information, visit www.artdeannamaria.weebly.com.

Works by J. Brooks Brann on the North Wall

J. Brooks Brann has been an avid photographer for 40 years concentrating on landscapes and wildlife images. He is a native of Knoxville with a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MS in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee. Brann spent 34 years in Seattle where he worked for Boeing as a Senior Engineer. During that time, he explored many of the national parks, national monuments and Western wildlife refuges. From 1988 – 2010, he conducted more than 20 solo long distance river trips in Northern British Columbia and the Canadian Northwest Territories. After retiring in 1999, Brann divided his time between New Zealand and a cabin in the Northwest Territories where he pursued his interest in photography and trout fishing. In 2012, he moved back to Knoxville where he continues to concentrate on photography.

Anthony M. Donaldson: Time (Past, Present & Future) in the Atrium

Anthony M. Donaldson is a local painter who lives in Knoxville and is a KAT bus driver. He studied art heavily in high school and continued taking some classes in college. As a writer expresses in a book, an artist expresses in art.

Donaldson aims to tell a story with his art, and the recent work he will display features many subjects such as climate change, human trafficking, Harlem Renaissance culture, and more.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

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