KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Five new exhibitions will be on display Aug. 3-31 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Aug. 3 as part of First Friday. 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.
Works by Sergio Martinez Avila and Iván Soto Hernández in the Main Gallery
Sergio Martinez Avila is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has more than 26 years of experience in artistic production. His work is a process of gradually evolving technique and themes, which often explore the fantastical qualities of the world. He uses the female figure and other forms, and builds architectural and urban scene. Martinez achieves this scenery by keeping the proportions between the realistic and the fantastical clean and simple. Martinez Avila attended the Instituto Nocturno Francisco Morazan in El Zurzular, Honduras and has exhibited internationally in Canada, Finland, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.
Iván Soto Hernández is from San Esteban, Olancho, Honduras and currently lives in Knoxville. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, where he received a diploma in Plastic Arts. Plastic arts are art forms which involve physical manipulation of a plastic medium by molding or modeling such as sculpture or ceramics. He has participated in international group exhibitions in Canada, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, and the United States. His work is on permanent display in galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and via representation in Canada.
“Specimens of Steam: Artifacts and Images of Another Reality” in the Balcony Gallery
Featuring: Eric Holstine, EHArtwork; Jason Edwards; Jason Lambert; and Eriel Scott
Eric Holstine is an IT professional who also incorporates his computer education and training into his artwork. He works with a variety of media, including stained glass, metal, wood, acrylics, and polymer clay. He frequently incorporates electrical features into his art. Holstine's work has been shown at Steam at Harper's Ferry in West Virginia; The Steampunk World's Fair in Piscataway, New Jersey; the Emporium Center and Marble City Comicon in Knoxville; as well as events in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Charleston/Huntington, West Virginia.
Jason Edwards works with acrylic paints, markers, inks, spray paint and charcoal on paper and canvas. He also works with woodblock printing, digital painting and video. His painting and woodblock styles are whimsical, while his videos are conceptual. Edward’s paintings often reflect other people’s emotions, and themes in his videos mostly deal with his own.
Experimentation is Jason Lambert’s primary goal. While originally working in pen and ink he has also transitioned into use of copper, steel, sharpies and nail polish to create unique 2- and 3-D works. His degree in geology and minor in anthropology from the University of Kentucky have helped inform a love of old science he applies to new art.
Eriel Scott is an independent photographer, a graphic and multimedia designer, who strives to show the emotion behind the moment. Her portfolio includes weddings, senior sessions, animals, boudoir, and nature themes. Her photography has been featured in Senior Model Magazine, Two Lane Living Magazine, and the Charleston Gazette Mail, with other work on display in the Charleston, West Virginia area.
“Confluence: Raku Pottery” by Rex Redd in the display case
As a native Montanan, Rex Redd grew up immersed in natural beauty. Redd attended the University of Montana at Missoula where he graduated with a degree in Anthropology, and his love for historical cultures and traditions from around the world is an influence throughout his body of work. He works in several other mediums including painting, printmaking, photography and wood, often incorporating more than one into a project. He has work in several private and corporate collections throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Japan and Australia.
“Sculptures from Nature” by Marty McConnaughey on the North Wall
Marty McConnaughey will display various sculptures that use gourds as a base with pine needle and sweet grass coiling, antlers, and other natural materials. She will also display giclees of other works.
Recent Works by Anthony M. Donaldson in the Atrium
Anthony M. Donaldson studied art heavily in high school and continued taking some classes in college. 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, political and social issues, racism, classism 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, 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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