KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Five new exhibitions are to open June 2-30 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A public reception will take place 5-9 p.m. June 2 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 First Friday reception also features music by Bethany Hankins and Swing Serenade at 7 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.
Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2017 in the lower gallery
The Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild exists for residents in and around Knoxville who have an interest in modern design and quilting, providing members with a community where modern quilters can meet, share ideas, and create in an environment that encourages creativity and acceptance. The Guild is a member of the international Modern Quilt Guild.
The Guild will exhibit quilts made using traditional means and featuring a modern aesthetic.
17th Street Studios: Amalgam Volume 4 in the Balcony gallery
The artists of 17th Street Studios are Eric Brittain, Lesley Eaton, Jon Hendricks, Renee Holiday, Beth Meadows, Janet McMullen, Natalie Petrosky, Britton Sharp, and alumni Gwyn Pevonka and will have some of their work on display.
17th Street Studios is a private work space for artists located in Redeemer Church in the Fort Sanders neighborhood near downtown Knoxville. Its primary mission is to promote the success of fine artists through affordable physical space that fosters community and support.
Anne Freels: The Maize Abides in the display case
Anne Freels is a full-time craft artist who has been making corn shuck dolls since 1975. She is devoted to the creative process of craft and especially the alchemy of transforming raw, natural materials into new forms.
Freels’ dolls represent her imaginative notions of folklore, legend, myth, and earthly and celestial entities as well as traditional Appalachian themes. She teaches workshops and classes and has authored an instructional book on the craft entitled "Making Colorful Corn Shuck Dolls.” Her work is available at various craft galleries and shops in the southern Appalachian region.
Susanne Tanner: Australian Walk About on the North Wall
Susanne Tanner is best known for her Australian-inspired paintings depicting the natural beauty, native cultures and modern interpretations of the Australian outback. She has exhibited her work in London, United Kingdom; Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia; and Taipei, Taiwan. The majority of her work is inspired and based upon her living experiences in Australia, United Kingdom and, most recently, the U.S. Tanner brings a wealth of talent and knowledge from her years of solo traveling, experiencing native cultures and the remote natural beauty of this planet.
In this exhibition, she will feature works painted on stretched canvas using acrylic paint. The technique used in these works is with traditional handmade Australian "bush tools" which create the "dots".
Christian Branson: A Beginner’s Evolution in the Atrium
Christian Branson is an emerging artist who lives and works in the Knoxville area. His colorful paintings derive from his desire for exploration into the areas of form and color cohesion and contrasts. His art emanates a wide range of emotions and expresses the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the human mind, individual condition and perception of the world around him. Branson, a self-taught artist, has been painting for less than one year and has already sold several pieces to private collectors across the U.S.
In his inaugural exhibition, Branson showcases paintings in various mediums from acrylic to mixed media. His abstract forms, flowers, symbols and patterns of colors are all brought to life with contrasting and harmonious hues and bold compositions. He is a member of the Creative Ministries at Faith Promise Church where he attends regularly.
The exhibitions are available for viewing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Emporium Center.
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.
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