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Painter and jeweler featured at Art Market Gallery in November

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Painting by Harriet Smith Howell. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Jewelry by Joann Marie. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Art Market Gallery will present two shows for November in the front part of the gallery: the monthly featured artists’ exhibit, and a display of works by five members who joined this East Tennessee community of artists during 2013. An opening reception for both shows will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, with live music by Living Room Roots (Elijah Harris), and complimentary refreshments.

The gallery’s November featured artists are painter Harriet Smith Howell of Rutledge, and jeweler Joann Marie of Knoxville.

For this show Harriet Smith Howell will display a painting travelogue of her recent visit to Italy. A University of Tennessee and Alabama graduate and owner of Howell Graphics, she has taught at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts for five years and for 15 years been a workshop instructor throughout the region. “For many years, I did mostly plein-air painting, and I still enjoy the intimacy that occurs when you are totally immersed in the environment while painting,” she says. “The greatest enjoyment comes from the synergy that occurs between subject, painting and artist. What a trip!”

Joann Marie, born on the West Coast, did art shows there for many years before moving to East Tennessee, whose beauty inspires her. She creates jewelry in sterling silver and in 18k gold and says her current designs, many adorned with fine quality gemstones, are the culmination of the last 40 years of her life’s work. While her silver jewelry is always on gallery display, some of Joann Marie’s gold pieces will be exhibited on First Friday, other selected days, and by appointment. “I do not have a story to tell. I have no formal training. I have not traveled the world,” she says. “This just comes naturally to me.”

To maintain a 31-year tradition of offering unique, affordable fine art and craft, the second gallery exhibit presents these newly juried-in artists:

Kathy Bradley of Knoxville creates copper and bronze bracelets, earrings, necklaces and their chains, using traditional metalsmithing and aging techniques.

Millie Derrick of Sevierville hand-builds functional pottery from red rock clay slabs and coils using geometric and organic shapes and embellishments.

Larry Gabbard of Kingston makes wheel-thrown pottery with alternative kilns and firing techniques, resulting in various textures and colors on bisque clay.

Brad Greenwood of Clinton, a metalsmith and blacksmith, creates copper and steel sculptures and furniture using brazing, forging and flame painting.

Eun-Sook Kim of Oak Ridge employs various techniques in clay to produce Asian-influenced pottery, and also does Chinese brushstroke paintings in watercolor.

Vicki Love of Knoxville fashions durable deerskin into leather purses, embellished with stones and beads as focal points and cut leaf fringes to provide movement.

Mike Naney of Knoxville creates digital photographs, often using multiple exposures to extend dynamic range, depth of focus, or to produce panoramic compositions.

Diana Dee Sarkar of Knoxville, an oil and pastel painter, starts with plein-air sketches and photo references, and finishes her representational work in the studio.

Owned and operated by 65 professional regional artists, Art Market Gallery, at 422 S. Gay St., is a few doors away from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 865-525-5265, or visit, or

Published November 1, 2013

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