KNOXVILLE, TN – Sept. 18, 2019 – The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions Oct. 4-25 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
A reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 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. The opening reception features music by the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus.
These exhibitions are presented in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week Oct. 4-13, a collection of craft events and happenings across the state each October. The purpose is to connect and celebrate craft artists, the work they create and the businesses that support them.
Townsend Artisan Guild: The Best of Us in the Main Gallery
This new exhibition, presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild, features original art by 20 artists including fiber arts, charcoal, pen and ink, oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery, woodworking, and mixed media. The Guild presents the breadth and quality of these artists who live and work in the East Tennessee area.
Founded in 2007, the Guild brings together working fine artists and fine crafts persons to promote education, exploration, awareness, and development of arts. The group of approximately 80 members promotes community interest in and appreciation of the arts through participation in events, demonstrations, classes, festivals, and workshops.
Barb Johnson & Anna Rykaczewska: Inside/Out in the Balcony Gallery
Barbara Johnson and Anna Rykaczewska will display work from their perspective of what they observe in photographed images. The images include both inside and outside spaces. The quality of light as it infiltrates a setting determines how textures and color tones play a major role in their compositions.
Barbara Rybolt Johnson is from Swayzee, Indiana and earned her degree in art education from Indiana State University. She taught art in public and private schools, most recently at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Barb is now a full-time artist, private teacher, and member of Art Group 21. Her artwork has been displayed in numerous juried art venues including Arts in the Airport, Oak Ridge Art Center, Art Guild at Fairfield Glade, Knoxville mayors’ offices, and art shows in the Emporium Center.
Anna Rykaczewska was born, lived in and received her education in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from the High School of Fine Arts where she studied painting, sculpture, graphics, costume design, scenography, jewelry design, and photography. She then earned a master’s degree in art history at the University of Warsaw. Rykaczewska worked for seven years as the Art Specialist and Designer at Ars Christiana, the premiere and largest company in Poland specializing in religious art. She has resided in many European countries due to her husband's scientific career, and since 1997 has lived in the United States. In 2001, the YWCA honored her with a nomination for the "Woman of Distinction" Award in recognition of her volunteer work. One of her paintings was presented to His Excellency US Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe by the local Polish-American Community in 2004, and the painting was exhibited at the Residence of the US Ambassador in Warsaw for six years.
Floral Photographs by Anthony Owsley on the North Wall
Anthony Owsley’s third exhibition includes a collection of floral photographs.
He grew up in Knoxville but spent the majority of his life in Georgia where he attended The Art Institute of Atlanta. While living in Atlanta, he pursued a variety of creative ventures including cartooning, illustration, puppeteering, animation and theater. He was a member of the Atlanta art collective 800 East. He also served as a comic editor for several alternative newspapers in the metro Atlanta region. Since relocating to Knoxville, Owsley has taken a passion for photography.
Bryan Wilkerson: Saddychack in the Display Case
In this exhibition, Bryan Wilkerson will display clever, kooky, and quirky pottery and wall art. His creative practices are focused primarily on ceramics and public art but extend into design and drawing. His work explores humor, craft, irony, and play through common symbolic references.
Wilkerson is a Tennessee native and Professor of Art and Design at Roane State Community College. He is also the creator and director of the ArtMobile traveling gallery and pop up workshop space.
Barbara West Portrait Group in the Atrium
Founded in 2001 by Barbara West, members are from throughout the United States and other countries and have a variety of backgrounds, professions and artistic skill level. They explore and develop their skills by using a wide variety of media and showcasing differing art styles. They have exhibited at the Farragut Town Hall, Peace Lutheran Church, Ball Camp Baptist Church, and Candoro Marble.
The weekly meetings occur every 2-4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday in Knoxville-area churches. The open studio is $5 to attend with a live model; no instruction is provided.
The exhibitions are on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville.
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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