KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions June 1-29 at the Emporium Center.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 1 as part of First Friday. The public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale.
Knoxville Photo 2018 in the Main gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance presents the sixth annual Knoxville Photo exhibition featuring selected works from 34 artists throughout the region. Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for photographers to compete on a national scale and display their work. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more.
The following artists’ works will be shown: Dave Edens of Madison and Leon Bell of Alabama; Adam Hutsell of Calinfornia; Samuel Brown of Georgia; Caroline Dockery and Sam Hill of North Carolina; Ken Van Dyne of Ohio; Karen Partridge, David Boruff, Jamar Coach, Bobbie Crews Thurston, Khoa Dinh, Katharine Emlen, Nevin Freeman, Richard Jansen, Hei Park, Lennie Robertson, Caitlin Ryan, and Karla Tucker, Brooke Craig, Cat Griffith-Benson, Bobbie J. Hinton, Paula Campbell, Yvonne Dalschen, Lela Moore, Anna Rykaczewska and Jill Vandagriff, Eric Buechel, Phil Savage and AngelaDawn, Julie Oglesby and Spears McAllester of Tennessee; Billie Wheeler of Virginia; and James E. Meldrum of Wisconsin.
For more information, visit www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo.
Metal & Mud: Works by Judi Gaston & Robert Gaston in the Balcony gallery
Judi Gaston will display two series as part of the exhibition with her son, Robert Gaston, who will display metal art furniture pieces, small pottery/metal works, and photography.
The objects form the basis for pieces in a series entitled “Recycle: The Tennessee River Rescue,” which are handwoven with recycled materials, used plastic bags, retired bed linens, packing materials, and more. Her second series, “Recycle: The Study,” results from her husband’s participation in a medical study. Judi Gaston is a fiber artist, designing and weaving wearables that reflect her passion for travel and various cultures. She is a member of the Tennessee Crafts Association, The Southern Highlands Guild, and the Piedmont Crafts Guild. Gaston has received many awards, and her work appears in numerous collections. In 2011, she was inducted into the Tennessee State Museum Fashion and Textile Institute in Nashville.
Robert Gaston’s influences and interests include nature and insects, machines, Meso-American and ancient world ceramics, Japanese Sci-fi models, northern European renaissance painting, and African ceramics and architecture, to name a few. Robert Gaston grew up in Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1989.
Amanda Bonar: A Woman’s Touch in the display case
This exhibition pays homage to the aesthetic ideals of the early 20th century and the women who made the American art-pottery movement and the studio movement of artists working alone possible. Amanda Bonar’s work focuses on combining intense surface decorations that are inspired by nature and combined with classic vessel forms. Bonar’s pieces are rendered on the potter’s wheel or slab-built by hand with texture and alterations. All pieces are water tight, non-toxic and oven proof.
Amanda Bonar is a former art educator trained at the Pennsylvania State University. She learned ceramics from Dr. Kenneth Beittel, and after many years teaching at all levels of education in both public and private settings, she is now focusing on her own creative processes. She is a member of the Foothills Craft Guild and Terra Madre consortium of women ceramicists. She has received several accolades including the 2017 Award for ceramic excellence at the Open Show at the Oak Ridge Art Center. Her work is in several collections in the area and the Northeast.
Bruce Bunting: The Alphabet Series on the North Wall
The alphabet series was inspired by Bruce Bunting’s desire to program an exhibition and create a larger body of coherent work. He typically works on a small scale, on individual pieces, and he selected the alphabet as the basis for his new series. He scoured the dictionary for inspiring words and antique shops and his attic for parts and pieces. Each of the works incorporates his handmade paper, newly-purchased parts and antiques, and some personal objects more than 20 years old. This exhibition represents the largest body of work Bunting has ever made.
Barbara West Portrait Group in the Atrium
The original group formed in 2001 by Barbara West, and after her death, they continued meeting in her name. Members have come from a variety of places including the Knoxville area, other parts of the state, various parts of the US, and even other countries. Their list of occupations is diverse: photographers, teachers, architects, doctors, nurses, scientists, homemakers, and artists. The group’s members range from those who are starting to explore art to professional artists; all use a variety of media. Although the common thread is art, the group tries to provide a strong sense of community.
Jon Vazeen: Uncommon in the Main gallery (floor exhibition)
Jon Vazeen will exhibit two versions of one of his sculptural creations. Each of the versions is composed of several loose elements. During the June 1 reception, Vazeen will rearrange the elements into a different 2D-3D shapes each hour.
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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