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Emporium Center featuring 33 artists June 3-24

sunday morning"Sunday Morning" by Bill Bailey. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 3-24, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, June 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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 First Friday reception also features music from 7:00-9:00 PM by Swing Serenade, a four-piece jazz band who plays fast swing, original grooves, and their own arrangements of beloved standards. Pasion Flamenca will perform flamenco dance and music in the Black Box from 6:00-6:30 PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Knoxville Photo 2016 in the downstairs gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance will present the fourth annual Knoxville Photo, an exhibition featuring selected works from 33 artists throughout the region. Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for photographers to compete on a national scale and display their work. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more.

Susan Stanton served as juror for the exhibition and viewed images from more than 90 artists to select the exhibition. Stanton has spent years traveling and photographing the beauty and rustic charm of the Southern Appalachians. Her images have appeared in countless publications regionally as well as world-wide, including Nature’s Best Photography Magazine, Our State Magazine, and Blue Ridge Country. Her works have been on display at the National Parks Conservation Association, The Biltmore Estate, The Cradle of Forestry and many private art galleries. She has created work for hospitals, corporate centers, design groups and an array of private clients. She is the founder of the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild, and supporter of local conservation groups.

The following artists’ works will be shown:
- Leon Bell, Brownsboro, AL
- Madelyn Carr Bonnett, Columbiana, AL
- David F. Edens, Madison, AL
- Nathan Dean and Valerie Gruner, Atlanta, GA
- Samuel Brown, Dacula, GA
- Maria Belford, Brooklyn, NY
- Kathy Collier, Blythewood, SC
- Alan Brock, Cleveland, TN
- Charles Stevens, Crossville, TN
- Ann Allison-Cote', Lindsey M. Bier, Louise Boyd, Jurgen Dopatka, Katharine Emlen, David A. Johnson, Robert Minick, Keith S. Norris, Julie L. Rabun, Martha Carroll Robbins, Cheryl Sharp, Sean Sparbanie, Dale Sumner, Eric Thompson, Clay Thurston, and Steve Zigler; Knoxville, TN
- David Hardin, Loudon, TN
- Sarah Byrd, Nashville, TN
- Yvonne Dalschen, Oak Ridge, TN
- Eric Buechel, Pleasant Hill, TN
- AngelaDawn Russell and Phil Savage, Powell, TN
- Spears McAllester, Signal Mountain, TN

Tennessee Watercolor Society 35th Exhibition in the Balcony gallery
The Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS), founded in 1972, has represented the finest artists in the state for 44 years and hosts yearly juried exhibitions and biennial exhibitions. The biennial exhibition showcases 55 watermedia paintings chosen from nearly 200 entries. Juror John T. Salminen is a signature member of numerous art societies such as the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and recipient of more than 220 national and international awards. Prizes for the TnWS Biennial Exhibition total $10,000. A juried collection of 30 paintings from the exhibition will later travel across Tennessee into January 2017 to six locations for public and visual arts outreach, including Memphis, Humboldt, Columbia, Chattanooga, Elizabethton, and Clarksville.

The following artists’ works will be shown:
- From Region I (Memphis, Clarksville and points far west): Bill Bailey, Angela Broyles, Sandra Carpenter, Ronda K. Coop, Judy Duke, Robert Eoff, Tim Hacker, Larry Hughes, Susan Hyback, Floyd Speck, Mary Spellings, and Tuva Stephens
- From Region II (Nashville, Franklin, and surrounding areas): Glenna Cook, Abby Eblen, Pam Francis, Vinci Kolodziejski, Frank Lott, Pam Pate, Patricia Patrick, Noriko Register, and John Wilkison
- From Region III (Chattanooga, Cleveland, Signal Mountain, and surrounding areas): Sandy Boone, Sandy Brown, Phyllis Burkhart-Wilson, Helen Burton, Harriet Chipley, Joan Clark, Leslie Dulin, Marie Spaeder Haas, Jennie Kirkpatrick, Mary Britten Lynch, Effton Mitchell, Denton Ridge, Ann Rutledge, Alan Shuptrine, Sandra Washburn, Lana Wilson, and Patricia Wilson
- From Region IV (Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Tellico Plainz, Tellico Village, Rarity Bay): Kate Aubrey, Claudia Balthrop, Lil Clinard, Thomas Eckert, Loretta Lee Edge, Linda Johnson, Judy Lavoie, Kate McCullough, Susan Miller, Brenda Mills, Max Robinson, Laurie Szilvagyi ,Mary Ann Valvoda, and Ulla Veiro
- From Region V (Johnson City, Tri-Cities, Bristol): Barbara Wilson Carter, Jim Stagner, and Thomas White For more information on the Tennessee Watercolor Society, visit

A Mosaic Journey by Judy Overholt Wheeler in the display case
“The beauty of glass has always intrigued me, and since retiring from education I have pursued the art,” says Judy Overholt Wheeler. “My first mentor, Sharra Frank from Minneapolis gave me the best beginning possible, and I have studied with her for several years. Pamela Goode at Ceil Gallery in Charlotte, NC has been an inspiration, as have the classes I have had with Laurel Skye, Yulia Hanansen, Sonya King, and Beverly Thomas Jenkins—all expert mosaic artists. Since being a teacher, administrator, mother, and wife, I have never stopped learning and trying to bring beauty into the world. In this vein, I offer my exhibition.”

Kim Emert Gale and Janet Weaver: Through Our Eyes in the Atrium
Kim Emert Gale is a seventh generation East Tennessean and a descendant of Emert's Cove. She specializes in oil, acrylics, pen and ink and pencil drawing. She has painted for many years and is self-taught but has also studied with several outstanding artists in the East Tennessee area. Kim attended the University of Tennessee and studied art and psychology. She resides in Knoxville where she paints the beauty of the surrounding area and the Smoky Mountains. For more information, please visit

Janet Weaver was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. Living in such an amazing place, she learned to appreciate the beauty of her surroundings and seeks to convey that appreciation in her paintings. “The subjects I enjoy painting are people, places, and animals that stir a feeling or evoke a memory in me,” says Weaver. “Painting is a way for me to share my thoughts and feelings with others.” After living in different areas of the country because of her husband's job, they then settled in Knoxville. She is a mother of three children and grandmother of four. After her children were grown, she decided to make art more of a priority.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sundays, June 5 & 19, 3:30-6:30 PM.

Published May 18, 2016

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