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The Emporium Center featuring various art exhibits in March


diana kilburn art

  Work by Diana Kilburn

The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting several art exhibits from March 4-24 at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. An exhibition will be featured by members of the Knoxville Watercolor Society. The society provides a scholarship for a UT student who is majoring in watercolor painting and donates to the UT Ewing Gallery. For more information, please visit

Also on exhibit is a recent work by Missy Leigh Lynch. “The theme behind my artwork is Expressing Amazing Grace. Heaven-sent angels, hope, and inspiration support the theme of my new wave of art work! It is really about freeing my mind and soul in order to imagine and create! Art gives me the joy to express and incorporate grace into my artwork every day!” said Lynch.

Lynch has a BFA in Illustration and has been a professional designer for years. She is truly happy when painting portraits – she paints them in order to express what is most unique about the person or animal. For more information about Lynch, please visit


stitch in time

  Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time by Bobbie Crews and Judi Gaston is a new exhibit featuring the work of Bobbie Crews and Judi Gaston. Fibre arts and mixed media combine to create a fascinating look into the resilient lives of women through the recycling of reality and relationships as well as materials. Bobbie and Judi’s work overlap in their concern for women - the layers of who women are and how they exist and subsist in the larger political and material world.

Crews and Gaston’s work overlap in their concern for women - the layers of who women are, how they exist and subsist in the larger political and material world.

Crews’s works in “A Stitch in Time” are part of a series of collage works dealing with women’s issues. She’s focused on the ideas and theories that evolve around women’s perceptions of self, how women are perceived by society, and the undercurrent of emotional intelligence as it plays out in relationships. These are complex issues that are often judged by society’s standards of the moment or through whoever speaks the loudest. Women’s issues are constantly evolving even though behavioral patterns exist in relationships with the opposite sex, partners and/or children that cycle over again generation by generation. You may visit her site at

Gaston has been creating art for women’s issues since 2000. Many of her works are displayed in the Knoxville Family Justice Center where they do double duty as art and as a teaching tool.

The ancient utilitarian craft of weaving evolves into the practical and artistic as Gaston brings the past into the present with her handwoven recycled pieces. The past objects of women’s daily lives transform into present day art and fashion. In her hands the old common objects become visual and structural designs - one stitch at a time.

west high school photography
Photography by West High School students.

Amnesia: Work by the West High School Advanced Photography Class is a new exhibition featuring a collection of works captured and curated by Junior and Senior photography students at West High School. The goal was for each student to capture a moment in time to save a memory. Each student explored and took images of things which they considered worthy to document for the future. Last year, all of these students completed a black and white film based photography course prior to enrolling in this year's digitally-based class. The Photo II class has focused on digital skills which include computer software knowledge and studio lighting while retaining the basics of framing and exposures. The exhibit was organized by West High School teacher Kat Brea.

Published March 6, 2016

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