KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Recent works by artist Fran Thie and potter Larry Gabbard will be featured throughout October at the Art Market Gallery. The show will highlight Fran Thie's pastel and water media works, and Larry Gabbard's fast-fired clay pottery.
An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Harold Nagge, will begin 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.
The Art Market Gallery also welcomes four new members in painting/drawing—Carole Quin, Kara Lockmiller, Pebbie Mott and Linn Stilwell—whose work will be on display beginning Oct. 1.
Additionally, “BeDazzled”—a special show featuring the Art Market Gallery’s five jewelry artisans—will be on display throughout October at the Art Market Gallery. This show is being held in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week (Oct. 5–14 which celebrates local craft artists. Guests will “be dazzled” by the work of Roger Kroll, Jennifer Lindsay, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Lynn Straka, and Kristine Taylor.
Fran Thie: Fran is an established pastel and water media artist whose work reflects her love of creative writing and literature by presenting impressionistic and expressive interpretations of natural landscape and abstract paintings. While many of her works have been painted on location, she often begins the painting from a photograph or sketch in her studio, then puts the resource material aside and completes the painting by intuitively reacting to the painting surface. Her works, whether representational or abstract, always have their foundation in the world of nature.
Her paintings have been juried into the Oak Ridge Open Show, the Southeastern Pastel Society's International and Members Exhibitions, The Appalachian Pastel Society's National Exhibition, and the Virginia Highlands Festival among others. She is also a member of Art Group 21 and the Tellico Art Guild.
Larry Gabbard: Larry began his pottery career after moving to Kingston, Tennessee in 1999, and training initially at the Oak Ridge Art Center. Most of his pottery is wheel thrown; he seeks out unique, alternative kilns and firing techniques like raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing. Gabbard attends workshops of well-known potters throughout the Southeast. He is a member of The Foothills Craft Guild, The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, The Art Market Gallery of Knoxville, The Oak Ridge Art Center, and The Haywood County Arts Council.
About the Art Market Gallery
Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors away from Mast General store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 865-525-5265, or visit www.artmarketgallery.net.
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