Watercolor, Photography and International Art Displayed This May at the Emporium Center

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions May 4-25 at the Emporium Center.

A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 4 as part of First Friday activities downtown 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 Artistic Pulse: An All Media Exhibit by the Knoxville Watercolor Society” in the Balcony gallery

Established in 1963, the purpose of the Knoxville Watercolor Society is to educate the members as well as the community to the understanding of watercolor as a significant art form. Active membership is juried by the members and consists of Knoxville area artists who are currently active in the serious pursuit of aqueous painting and meet regularly to share knowledge and new techniques.

Knoxville Watercolor Society donates a yearly scholarship to a University of Tennessee student majoring in watercolor, maintains membership in local art organizations, and contributes to watercolor awareness by funding awards for the Tennessee Watercolor Society's biennial exhibit and grants for other worthwhile art associations and programs. Recent exhibitions have been held at the University of Tennessee Conference Center, the Oak Ridge Community Art Center, the Art Market at the Candy Factory and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Members exhibit with the Tennessee Watercolor Society, other state watercolor organizations, the Southern Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA and the American Watercolor Society and consistently win regional, state and national awards.

“International Latino Art Exhibition II: Art for Integration” in the Main gallery

This biennial exhibition provides an overview of what is happening with Latin American contemporary art and seeks to continue promoting cultural integration and diversity. Curated by Dina R. Ruta, the exhibition features 13 art masters and emerging artists from seven countries who have been winners of biennials and international competitions.

The featured artists include Argentina: Masters Eduardo Lozano and Liliana Jones and Ángel Barón Da Conte; Colombia: Master Orlando García Camacho; Honduras: Master Santos Arzú Quioto and Luis Landa; Peru: Master Pedro Fuertes Bolaño, Dora López Prieto and Guido Garaycochea; México: Master Jose Luis Malo and Veronica Jimenez; Venezuela: Master Patricia Quevedo; and U.S.: James Taylor.

Each work presented is a range of multiple colors and meanings with well-elaborated symbolism, suggestive shapes and images. The works create a poetic link between the emotional universe of the artist and the viewer.

Work by Booder Barnes in the display case

Booder Barnes has been sculpting for 20 years, developing a style that uses texture and motion to express character in figure. His exhibition will feature a sample of these sculptures. His heads are from an imaginary community called Heresville, and his performance characters are from a series of acrobats called Mudman Circus. Currently, he is working on grotto scenes of dramatic poses imitating religious scenes.

“Dream in Color” by Debbie Wills on the North Wall

Debbie Wills is inspired by the beauty of the world around her, memories, moments in time and the many emotions that are experienced in life. Wills’ passion for art began the moment she was able to pick up a crayon and create. Since then, she has expanded to alcohol inks, acrylics, watercolor and mixed media and enjoys trying new techniques and mediums. Wills studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She also taught art classes and enjoyed it wholeheartedly.

“Richard Jansen: A Potpourri of Photography” in the Atrium

Photography has been Richard Jansen’s passion since 1970 after he returned home from Vietnam. As a freelance photographer, his motivation comes from his surrounding world. Scenic and landscape photography is his main area of interest, and he enjoys the spontaneity of creative photography. After his experience in Vietnam, he realized how much he had taken for granted in his environment.

Richard Jansen was born and raised in Kansas, attending Wichita State University before doing a tour of duty in Vietnam. In 1971, he enrolled at University of Washington, Seattle and also attended the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed Command & General Staff College in 1987 and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1997. He has been a freelance photographer for more than 45 years. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he is an active member of the Arts & Culture Alliance and Broadway Studios & Gallery. His new exhibition will include a combination of scenic, landscape, close-up and creative photography.

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. Please note: The Emporium will be closed on Monday, May 28. 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.

Media Contact:

Suzanne Cada

865-523-7543

sc@knoxalliance.com

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