KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions Nov. 2-30 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Nov. 2 as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Several dancers from Pasion Flamenca will perform from 6:30-7 p.m. in the gallery. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.
Eric Buechel: The Familiar in the Main gallery
Eric Buechel was born and raised in New Jersey. His artistic abilities emerged early in life, and he was fortunate to learn many of his skills from his father, Ernest J. Buechel, Sr., who was a talented artist himself as well as a master ship-modeler. Buechel spent much of his youth absorbed in studying the great masters, often taking trains into New York City as a youth to spend hours in the museums. After high school, he attended the DuCret School of Art in Plainfield, New Jersey. He had the opportunity to study with Dr. Furman J. Finck, an official presidential portrait painter, author, and Dean of DuCret at that time. He learned much of his incredible detail from Dr. Finck. Buechel later transferred to Broward College in South Florida where he earned his degree in fine art. He soon went to work in Manhattan and began his career as an illustrator and later as an art director.
The Arrowmont Experience in the Balcony
The Arrowmont Experience, in its third year at the Emporium, will feature work by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ current Artists-in-Residence: Sasha Baskin, Alyssa Coffin, Everett Hoffman, Stephanie M. Wilhelm, and Kari Woolsey. The Artists-in-Residence Program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative community environment. Each year, five artists of different media are selected for the 11-month program, which begins mid-June and continues through late May of the following year. Arrowmont’s artists-in-residence will showcase works made using a range of media. The current Artists-in-Residence include:
• Sasha Baskin, who is focused on the integration of analog and digital weaving processes, including ikat, natural dye processes, hand-controlled damask, hand-manipulated glitch, and computerized weaving
• Alyssa Coffin, interdisciplinary artist
• Everett Hoffman, whose current work examines everyday material debris reconstructed within the complex narratives of identity, gender, and sexual desire
• Stephanie M. Wilhelm, pottery and ceramics
• Kari Woolsey, functional pottery and ceramics
Broadway Studios & Gallery: Shape, Shoot, Symbolize and Sketch in the Atrium
This exhibition features an array of work by the Artists in Residence at Broadway Studios and Gallery: Sheila Chesanow - artistic photography; Anne Freels - cornhusk dolls and natural materials; Jessica Gregory - acrylic, oil and watermedia paintings; Paula Johnson - stained glass and pysanky (Ukrainian eggs); Kathleen Kinney - fiber art; Mariclair Tan - sculpture and religious art; and Cynthia Tipton - oil paintings. Broadway Studios and Gallery is located 1127 N. Broadway in North Knoxville and is a co-op of 10 artists working in studios under one roof. They hold monthly exhibitions, operate a retail store, and offer private lessons.
Mene Manresa (Desiderio Manresa Bodipo): CONNECTION on the North Wall
Desiderio Manresa Bodipo, artistically known as Mene Manresa, was born on the island of Annobon (Equatorial Guinea). From an early age, he studied drawing, painting and ceramics at the Hispanic-Guinean Cultural Center in Malabo. He became part of the Monte Alen project where he was able to expand his skills as an artist along with professional artists from Spain. His work is unique with vivid colors that impact viewers at first sight and help them navigate his world of imaginary composition. He’s presenting new paintings for this exhibition.
Mene Manresa has participated in several artistic competitions in Equatorial Guinea and has won several awards. He expanded his knowledge in graphic design, sculpture, animation, and in entertainment (circus), however he is most recognized for his paintings. In 2011, he did a cultural exchange tour in the U.S. funded by the NGO EG Justice. During the tour, his paintings were shown in several universities and at Highlander Research & Education Center.
Kacey Noel Chumley: Hello Kacey in the display case
This exhibition features acrylic paintings containing macabre and adorable elements. Kacey Chumley is a writer, Illustrator, and blogger. This is her first solo exhibition.
Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Emporium will be closed Nov. 22-23.
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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