KNOXVILLE, TN – May 14, 2019 – Five new exhibitions will be on display June 7-28 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 7 as part of First Friday activities downtown 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.
Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition in the Main Gallery
The Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition was developed to showcase and award the finest artists of the region. This exhibition highlights fine art from all styles and genres by more than 40 artists who live within 500 miles of Knoxville. Jurors Brian and Carolyn Jobe, Co-Founders and Co-Directors of Locate Arts, are both artists and administrators with art world experience in Tennessee, Texas and New York. They will award $2,000 to artists at the exhibition opening at 6 p.m. June 7.
“Creative Storm” by Tina Brunetti, Bill Capshaw, Tina Curry, LeJean Hardin, Carlos Jones, and Jamie Price Payne in the Balcony Gallery
This diverse group of artists has distinct styles and approaches to their work. The component that ties them all together is a shared vision of the beauty they see in the world, the environment and the ways of creating a 2-D or 3-D form. They convey raw emotion in each stroke of the pen or brush, the curvature of the clay, and the image peeping through the lens of the camera. Creative Storm features a talented group of artists letting the viewer have insight into their dreams and imagination. The exhibition artists include:
• Tina Brunetti – Intense love and respect for animals and nature drives Tina Brunetti to paint, and her latest artistic exploration involves the application of alcohol ink to sheet metal.
• Bill Capshaw – A clay artist. He has served as Pottery Chair and Instructor of the Oak Ridge Art Center.
• Tina Curry – A clay sculpture artist for over 25 years who expresses nonverbal emotion through clay.
• LeJean Hardin – A graphic artist who has created with clay since 2010.
• Carlos Jones – He produces digital photography that is refined and detailed. He works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, helping communicate the goals of a government laboratory via photography.
• Jamie Price Payne – A graphic designer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for over 33 years, her pieces are inspired by women’s emotions and feelings.
Sandi Burdick: A First Exhibition on the North Wall
Sandi Burdick creates abstract paintings with acrylics on canvas, boards and other surfaces. She often mixes unusual materials into the paint. She loves the adaptability of acrylics as they can be manipulated to look like watercolor or oils and can be overpainted or scraped away. Burdick finds endless inspiration from nature. She is motivated to paint by things she sees and experiences every day. Her desire is to share the beauty that she sees and feels through her paintings.
Kirstie Durham: Test Kit in the Display Case
Kirstie Durham is a Knoxville-based textile and fabric artist. Inspired by patterns, color, and texture, her work focuses on the marriage of fine art and craft by creating contemporary quilted tapestries and appliques using traditional techniques. Using mostly secondhand fabric and even some irregular quilted squares passed down by Durham’s grandmother, her series Test Kit is an illustration of intergenerational creativity and the rooted Appalachian tradition of resourcefulness.
Ty Crisp: Becoming Ancestor in the Atrium
In this exhibition, Ty Crisp presents Protestant iconography of the American rural church. The exhibition space will be transformed into the sanctuary of a fading paradigm, as Crisp will use remnants used in rural churches such as a pulpit, organ, hymn books, and more. This work was inspired after spending 2017 installing the woodwork in The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville.
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, 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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