KNOXVILLE, TN – July 17, 2019 – The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions on display Aug. 2-30 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Aug. 2 as part of First Friday activities downtown. 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 opening reception features flamenco dancing by local group Tinadre at 7 p.m.
Terina Gillette: “Discovery: An Exploration of the Nuances of Life” in the Main Gallery
“Discovery: An Exploration of the Nuances of Life” is a celebration in acrylic, pastel, and mixed media of all the small things that work together to bring joy, happiness, peace, or puzzlement. Sometimes hearing a bird singing, or seeing a fish swimming makes us take notice of the simple beauties that create our world. Each of us has small nuances that greet us daily, and when we stop to discover them, we embrace who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. Many of the pieces in this exhibition represent special moments in the artist’s life that viewers may also celebrate.
Terina Gillette is a Tennessee native. She works in a wide variety of mediums, and is diverse in her expression and abilities. She creates colorful, texturized abstracts as well as detailed local landmarks. Her work can be purchased at Visit Knoxville, on her social media platforms, and on her website The Colored Palette. She is also a face and body painter and spends each weekend painting theatrical face paints on living canvas. You can find various installations of her painted window glass art, as well as her chalk murals around East Tennessee.
Broadway Studios & Gallery: “Rare Combinations” in the Balcony Gallery
“Rare Combinations” features a mix of work in various media by 10 artists: Sheila Chesanow, Nancy Rowland Engle, Anne Freels, Jessica Gregory, Paula Johnson, Katie Kinney, Jeremy Logan, Stacy Monday, Pat O’Neil and Mariclair Tan.
Broadway Studios & Gallery is a co-op of artists working in individual studios under one roof. These artists create original sculpture, paintings, pysanky, jewelry, photography, collage, and fine craft on site. The resident artists operate a gallery and gift shop which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.
Adam Newman: “delusionary /dəˈlo͞oZHənerē/” on the North Wall
Born of frustration and confusion, “delusionary” is an investigation - an introduction, a sore yet needful beginning to what will hopefully yield a promising conclusion. It’s a collection of introspective works presented through mixed media panels; created by working through the subjective rather than the objective. Newman works with less planning and coming to dead ends he is forced to work past rather than simply start over. The process mimics his thoughts in a romantic relationship. In viewing these panels, viewers see his struggles and then failure to have a working version of romantic love.
Michelle Barillaro: “Travel” in the Display Case
This new exhibition features abstract paintings with acrylic, charcoal, and graphite. Michelle Barillaro is a native of South Florida and moved to Knoxville more than 20 years ago. Many of her paintings seem to reflect the colors, movement and serenity of the Florida coast. She paints with acrylic and oil & cold wax and often incorporates a dash of charcoal, graphite, and pastels. She uses palette knives, bowl scrapers, credit cards, her fingers, and an occasional hake style brush to create her work. As a result, her paintings are abstract in nature with a multi-textural, often ethereal feel.
League of Scruffy Photographers: “Observing Knoxville” in the Atrium
The League of Scruffy Photographers was formed initially as a social group for local photographers. It became readily apparent there was talent and experience contained in that initial group of seasoned individuals. As the group grew with younger, eager and undiscovered artists, the potential for a group that could educate and put forth a number of projects coalesced. Currently, the group includes educators and long-time volunteers, so workshops and collaborations with other entities are in the future.
Taking a page from Roger May's “Looking at Appalachia” and a photo project proposed for TVA in the 1980's, “Observing Knoxville” came about. The League intends over the next year to document all aspects of Knoxville - a candid, no-holds-barred look at the “Scruffy” city. Beginning with its neighborhoods and moving on to its people and what they do for work and leisure to lifestyles, education, transportation, music, food and drink to government.
The exhibitions are on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Emporium Center.
For more information, call 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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