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Unique new art exhibit at the Art Market Gallery

kate mccullough artRecent painting by Kate McCullough. Image courtesy of the artist.

Recent works by watercolor artist Kate McCullough and glass artist Johnny Glass will be on display now through August 28 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will begin at 5:30 p.m., August 5; with complimentary refreshments and music performed by Patrick Mulligan.

Kate McCullough – ‘Round Knoxville
Kate first studied art at Villa Maria College and SUNY in Buffalo, NY before switching to Interior Design which was her career until 2008. The fine art bug struck again in 2002 when she decided to pick up a brush again. Watercolor was her first choice and she has not looked back since. Kate took courses at the University of Tennessee and then workshops with John Salminen, Sue Archer, Linda Kemp, Linda Baker, Paul Jackson, Don Lake, Don Andrews and Keiko Tanabe.

“Painting has opened my eyes to the world around me. I look at life as through a prism of shapes and colors and see the beauty that, until I started painting, I had not seen before. The beauty of nature and everyday objects is enhanced because I now see the subtle colors and shifts of light. There is so much freedom in being able to create. The world of painting is a magical place where the looking glass is only limited by my imagination. The goal for my art is to not only reach that deeper place but to offer something to the viewer that could reach a place in them that has meaning as well.”

This exhibit will feature scenes from around Knoxville, mostly from the downtown area. My focus is to present these locations as either a place one may not often notice or familiar scenes presented just a little differently. Kate’s web site is at

Johnny Glass AND The “Occhi” Windows
Although Johnny Glass is a Knoxville native he began his glass career and training in Los Angeles, CA, where he was first introduced to glass at Santa Monica College. In 2010 Johnny started Glass by Glass LLC on the west coast which grew quickly from a hobby to Johnny’s full time job. In 2013, Johnny decided to expand his market and returned to Knoxville, Tennessee to open Glass by Glass’ east coast mobile hotshop and to finish his education. He spent 3 years at Tennessee Technological University's, Appalachian Center for Crafts, studying under world famous glassblower and teacher, Curtis Brock. He just recently graduated from TTU with honors and a BFA in Glass.

Glass by Glass, has made it their mission to bring a new awareness and social practice to the art of glass blowing. Johnny has designed and constructed all of his own studio equipment to be completely mobile. Glass by Glass’s live 2016 glassblowing demonstrations can be seen at many art museums and over 10 craft festivals, in five different states. Johnny’s website is at

My influence for this body of work is deeply rooted in Venetian tradition. The “Occhi” “murine in Italian translates little window and are one of many murine color techniques I use to create the patterns in my work. These Methods were passed down to me from multiple summers studying at Dale Chihuly’s world renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. There I studied with master glassblowers from around the world who greatly influenced this work.

The Art Market Gallery is a unique gallery in Knoxville because it is owned and operated by more than 60 of the best professional artists in our regional area. It is located at 422 South Gay St. and is conveniently located just 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 Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Parking is in the abutting garage and on the street and is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information call 865-525-5265 or visit or

Published August 9, 2016

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