KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Five new exhibitions are to be on display July 6-27 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. July 6 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.
My Life, My Art in East Tennessee in the Main gallery
“My Life, My Art in East Tennessee” is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists ages 50 and older. The exhibition, sponsored by Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living, will feature fine art works of all media works by local artists reflecting the theme “My Life, My Art in East Tennessee.” Works in the exhibitions may also be a reflection of community, family and history in East Tennessee. For more information about participating in the exhibition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iron Dreams in the Balcony gallery
“Iron Dreams” is a show of hand-forged ironwork made by five metal workers in Tennessee. The show will focus on functional and sculptural ironwork for the home and garden. A diverse collection of work results from the unique style and expression of each artist. Featured artists include Joe Babb, Brad Greenwood, Abraham Pardee, Mike Rose, and Ryan T. Schmidt.
Joe Babb has been a maker of things in various materials for his entire life, working in steel with forge and anvil for the past 40 years. He currently devotes most of his time to the design and production of custom ironwork.
Abraham Pardee holds a BFA in Metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, has completed the Apprentice Program at the Metal Museum in Memphis, and has worked for several professional blacksmith shops across the U.S. He has exhibited work nationally, taught workshops, and has managed his own blacksmithing studio, Pardee Metal, since 2016.
Brad Greenwood is a full-time coppersmith and blacksmith in Anderson County. He belongs to the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild and the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths. He handcrafts custom pieces in his own forge, utilizing the same techniques perfected over centuries by masters of the trade.
Mike Rose’s work is a combination of traditional blacksmithing and sculptural expression. He has smithed for more than 40 years, including 25 as master smith at Dollywood theme park and eight years as professor of fine arts at Pellissippi State College.
Ryan T. Schmidt manages his metal art studio and shop in Cumberland Gap. He learned blacksmithing from William Brock, a traditional blacksmith and the owner of Rusted Bird Studio. Schmidt is a member of the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild, Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths and Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America.
Work by Michelle Barillaro, Viktoria Cubbedge, and Emily Shane in the display case
Michelle Barillaro, a 2018-2019 Bailey Grant recipient, will display paintings and jewelry. She works mostly in abstract using pastels, paint and charcoal.
Viktoria Cubbedge will display four dolls that are made of air-dried clay, acrylic paints, pastels, fabrics, leather, vintage elements, and fabric. She lives in Seymour and has been making dolls for one year.
Emily Shane, a 2018-2019 Bailey Grant recipient, has always been drawn to color and bold graphic design. She’s been making art with vintage hardback book covers and ephemera for 10 years. Inspired by nature, textile design, pop/op art, photography, and films, she uses a variety of tools to cut, shape, and arrange her materials into works of depth, balance, and symmetry.
Marcia Moffett: Summer Time Fun! on the North Wall
Marcia Moffett has a BFA in Commercial Art. She started a concentration on acrylics and later expanded to poetry and calligraphy. She has also experimented with collage, watercolor, and mixed media to create original paintings. Her current work has vibrant colors, stylized realism, and abstract forms.
“Short Sleeve Pants. Socks Are Optional” by Rodney Yardley in the Atrium
Rodney Yardley has walked the streets of Knoxville for nearly 45 years, most of the time alone, usually in short pants, and generally with no socks. He believes he may be the original “free range kid.” The exhibition showcases his photography of 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. Please note: the Emporium will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. 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.