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Art Market Gallery features local artists in July

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Recent works by painter Diana Dee Sarkar of Knoxville and ceramic artist Eun-Sook Kim of Oak Ridge will be on display through July 26 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will be held during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m., July 3. There will be complimentary refreshments, and Matt Tillery will perform eclectic blues/rock music from the 1960s to the 2000s as well as original pieces on acoustic guitar.

During 34 years as a physician with a busy practice, Diana Dee Sarkar’s creative outlet, besides playing violin in symphony and competitive ballroom dancing, was painting portraits and landscapes of people and places she encountered while doing volunteer medicine in Third World countries. In 2005, the self taught artist decided to obtain an art education. She studied oil painting at Woodstock School of Art and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. The Wichita, KS, native earned an MFA in figure painting at the Academy of Art University, where she has continued to study pastel landscape painting with such notables as Gil Dellinger and Susan Ogilvie. Enjoying plein-air painting in several countries, Diana Dee will show pastels featuring varied landscapes of East Tennessee and Georgia.

Eun-Sook Kim received a B.A. in English literature from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Accepted into a graduate program at University of Tennessee, she moved to Knoxville, married, and resumed her studies after raising her children, earning an M.F.A. in ceramics in the 1990s. Her award-winning work has been in juried shows nationally and internationally, and shown in area solo exhibitions. She founded and, for many years, directed both the Corner Gallery and the Upstairs Gallery in Oak Ridge. Kim, who also does Chinese brushstroke painting, leads workshops, teaches, and lectures. She belongs to the National Council for Educators of Ceramic Art, the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, and Foothills Craft Guild. Her work has appeared in ceramics magazines published globally.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and 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 June 23, 2015

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