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Arts & Culture Alliance hosts “Beyond the Comfort Zone” presentation on October 23

flor fina
“Flor Fina”
(mixed media on wood)
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“Turkish Olive Jar” (oil)

KNOXVILLE – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a professional development seminar for local and regional artists on Wednesday, October 23, from 12:00-1:00 PM at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Experience artist Laurie Szilvagyi's Learning Lab for Artists entitled "Beyond the Comfort Zone". Laurie has taken her business experience as an Internal Management Consultant facilitating business process improvement and change management and has developed a track of Learning Labs for Artists that include her STRETCH principles to foster innovation and build content in one's artwork. These Learning Labs are for those that are interested in art education and art trends; those appreciative of innovation in the arts; and those that have an interest in process and experimentation. The presentation is free for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance; non-members are welcome to attend for $5.

Laurie Szilvagyi will share the first part of her Learning Lab which is an educational presentation consisting of innovative examples of artists who are pushing the envelope and exploring new ideas and untraditional approaches, such as the art of wrapping, chance aesthetics, assemblage, collaborative art, installations, and more. Szilvagyi will introduce ideas on how to remove obstacles and barriers to creativity, and she will facilitate the group in building a list of potential projects for exploration.

Laurie Szilvagyi is a graduate of the University of Texas and has been actively painting and exhibiting her work since 1983 in local galleries and invitational shows. She works in a variety of media with a great passion for oil painting and classical realism. Her work has been juried into several national watercolor exhibits, including Museum of the Rockies, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibit, Montana Watercolor, Pennsylvania Watercolor and Michigan Watercolor exhibits. One such piece was awarded the Grumbacher Gold Medallion in Watercolor. Laurie's art has been accepted into the three consecutive Tennessee Watercolor Society exhibits giving her 'Signature Status' in 2012. Her work can often be seen at McGhee Tyson Airport in the Arts in the Airport. Laurie works in graphite, oil, watercolor and mosaic tiles. She teaches ongoing watercolor classes in Tellico Village and also offers Learning Labs for Artists to provide inspiration, experimentation and exploration in the fine arts.

The presentation will take place at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Please register in advance at Parking is available at metered spots on the Gay Street viaduct or in the parking lot on Jackson Avenue caddy-corner from the Emporium. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit

Published October 18, 2013

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