KNOXVILLE, TN – Feb. 8, 2019 – The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions March 1-29 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 1 as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. The Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the First Friday reception. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.
“A1LabArts: Connections” in the Main Gallery
A1LabArts’ inaugural juried exhibition, “Connections” is a wide-ranging show presenting innovative work by 31 local and regional artists. Works explore the theme of "connections" in a broad variety of styles and media like painting, photographic processes, video, sculpture and assemblage. A1LabArts, a Knoxville nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic innovation, organized the show by an open call to all artists. From numerous entries received, select works were juried for the show based on criteria including originality, creativity, and social relevance. The juror is Katie Hargrave, professor at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Cash prizes will be announced at an awards ceremony 6 p.m. on Friday, March 1.
“Melanie Fetterolf: From Student to Educator” in the Balcony Gallery
Melanie Ford Fetterolf is an active painter who works in a variety of mediums like watercolor, acrylic, alcohol inks, pen and ink, recycled art, and some clay. Her most recent work is in acrylic and watercolor. Fetterolf currently enjoys teaching all ages and painting at Painting Your World Studio and Gallery in Seymour, Tennessee. She opened the studio in January of 2016 and currently teaches afterschool classes, homeschool, private lessons, summer camps, custom paint parties, birthday parties, and “Dinner and Painting with Gail’s Pantry.” Prints of her work may be found at Ijams Nature Center, Davis Studio, and the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center. She participates in local farmers markets, various festivals like Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, and she exhibits regularly throughout the Knoxville area. Her original art is in private collections throughout the Southeast and may be purchased and commissioned through Painting Your World Studio.
“Rick Roth: Illuminations” in the Display Case
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona in the late 1970s, Rick Roth earned a college scholarship for tennis and later worked as a teaching pro at a top tennis resort. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in the early 1980s, ultimately reaching the rank of Corporal. After an honorable discharge, he and his wife moved to Washington State to raise their family. Roth stayed home with his children for 20 years, and when they left for college, he discovered the concept of abstract metal art. Roth tries to make his art move and change as if it were alive. The natural beauty of the area inspires him.
“Richard Jansen: Trees and Other Beautiful Things” on the North Wall
There are approximately 100,000 species of trees in the world. It is estimated by NASA from satellite pictures of the earth that there are approximately 3 trillion trees on the earth, which equates to approximately 400 trees for every human. Trees are often taken for granted and overlooked for their beauty and grandeur. It is Richard Jansen’s intent to share some of the trees he has had the opportunity to photograph during his lifetime.
Born and raised in Kansas, Richard Jansen has resided in Knoxville for the past 21 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and the University of Colorado, Boulder where he earned his Master of Arts. He is married with five grown children and nine grandchildren. Jansen joined the Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. He initially left the Army after Vietnam where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and Air Medals as a squad leader in the 9th and 25th Infantry Division. He left the military after returning home in 1970, returned to college, and later rejoined the Army as a First Lieutenant in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. His intent was to help wounded Veterans from Vietnam and other military conflicts. He won multiple photography awards while in the Army to include All Army and All Inter-service awards. Jansen has photographed since 1970 after returning from Vietnam. His love for photography helps him bury the scars from that conflict. He is also a published photographer with publications in multiple magazines, calendars and Hallmark cards.
Yvonne Hosey: Glasslike Surfaces 2.0 in the Atrium
Yvonne Hosey is an artist who works in several mediums: glasspaint, acrylic, watercolor and scratchboard. She is inspired by her travels and blogs about them. This is her third exhibition at the Emporium; her inaugural exhibit “Glasslike Surfaces” debuted in August 2016. She continues to explore glasspaint as a medium as well as portraiture.
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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