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Fridays Just Got Better in Knoxville's Market Square District

By Jeaneane Payne

The Gallery at Main Street in downtown Knoxville will feature some of the most gifted artists in the South at its First Friday art exhibition on August 3, 2012.

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Robert A. Tino will exhibit some of his newest releases at The Gallery on Main Street, Friday, August 3.

Exhibiting artists include Robert A. Tino, Aurora Bull, Gordon Brugman, Judy Brater, Mike Oliver, and Gayla D. Seale.

Robert A. Tino, whose expressions of the Smoky Mountains have amazed people throughout the world, will showcase some of his newest releases today at The Gallery at Main Street in downtown Knoxville.

The theme of the exhibition, "A Blessed Land," will feature the bounty and beauty of America through 12 different regional artists. Media represented includes photography, woodcarvings, watercolors, pottery, oils, and acrylics.

The Gallery at Main Street is located in the historic First Baptist Church, 510 W. Main St. in downtown Knoxville (next to the City-County Building).

Exhibition hours are 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.

The public is invited and admission is free. During lunch, you may bring a brown bag and eat in the church's Blue Room or enjoy relaxing on the front lawn of the church. If you visit the gallery in the evening, you can enjoy dining at one of many restaurants on Market Square, Gay Street, or on the Waterfront.

More information on The Gallery at Main Street can be found at

Artist Information:
Aurora Bull's award-winning oil paintings play on the viewer's emotions and invite them momentarily to leave the real world behind and enjoy the mood she has created.

Gordon Brugman has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, including several years as a photojournalist where several of his images received exposure by the national wire services. He has taught photography and is past president of the Smoky Mountain Association of Photographers.

A potter for thirty years, Judy Brater combines wheel thrown and hand-built sections to create large scale original vessels. Each is unique and customized with high detail in surface design. Once fired each piece is treated as a painting with multiple layered glazes. The body of work reflects a strong sense of organic patterns. Her art reflects her sense of place, rural Tennessee and its mountains, trees and flowers.

Mike Oliver has been carving for more than 30 years and his work graces the homes of collectors all over the world including Germany, Japan, Spain and most recently one of his carvings was given to the Mayor of Bethlehem in the Holy Land. He and his carvings have been featured on HGTV's "Country At Home" program as well as on several local television programs. Mike is also past-president of both the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers and the Foothills Craft Guild.

Gayla Seale lives and works in Knoxville and enjoys painting local scenes, architecture and the natural beauty of the Tennessee Valley. Her medium is watercolors. She also paints murals.

Published August 3, 2012

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