KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Recent works by painter George Rothery and woodturner Gordon Fowler will be featured throughout September at the Art Market Gallery.
An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music by The Accidentals will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.
The show will feature George’s marine-themed acrylic paintings, and Gordon’s wooden bowls, platters and hollow forms.
George Rothery is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. After serving in the US Air Force, Rothery became professionally involved with art when he opened galleries in Knoxville that became art exhibition centers for the surrounding area for the next 22 years.
After another career in manufacturer representation, he became a professional maritime artist. He picked up brush and canvas to create oils and acrylics reminiscent of the sailing and boating he loved growing up on the New Jersey shore, and later on the South Carolina coast. His paintings are in private and corporate collections in Massachusetts, Florida, North and South Carolina and Texas. He has been in many national juried shows, and his work has appeared in: American Artist, The Complete Painters Handbook, Workshop, Life on the Water, Homes and Living, and a number of newspaper articles.
Gordon Fowler makes wooden bowls, platters, and hollow forms using a woodturning lathe. He recycles chopped-down trees that would otherwise go to a fireplace. Most of his work is twice-turned, meaning he cuts the logs with a chainsaw, rough turns it, allows it to dry for at least six months, and then turns it again to its final thickness. Fowler is inspired by the symbolism and symmetry of circles, influenced by texture, patterns, and contrasts found in nature.
Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay St. The Gallery is open 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; 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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