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"Summer Solstice Show" to Showcase at Emporium Center

KNOXVILLE – A new exhibition of 2-D works will be presented at the Emporium Center on Friday, July 1, at 5:00 p.m. by the Arts & Culture Alliance. The exhibit, "Summer Solstice Show," are works by the Fountain City Art Guild.

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Vernazza at Dusk (watercolor) by Kate McCullough

Exhibition media will include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and pastel. Guild members are 40 artists who live in Knoxville and surrounding areas.

The Fountain City Art Guild formed in 1985 by a small group of women who enjoyed painting together in watercolor. Since that time, the Guild has expanded to more than 40 members and has been joined by many talented and artistic men.

In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. The Fountain City Art Guild welcomes new creative, committed artists who will bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to the Guild.

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Here Fishy, Fishy (oil) by Connie Gaertner

Meetings are currently held at the Fountain City Art Center at 7:00 PM on the last Monday of each month (the May meeting is held on the second to last Monday). Programs and/or demonstrations follow the business portion of each regular meeting. The Guild does not have regular meetings in June, July, and August; instead, they plan museum field trips and plein air painting opportunities.

Applications for admission to the Guild are accepted twice per year, and the yearly dues are $30.

The Guild has two regularly-scheduled juried exhibitions at the Fountain City Art Center (213 Hotel Avenue) in the spring and fall. For more information, visit

The Fountain City Art Guild's "Summer Solstice Show" will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from July 1-29, 2011.

An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on July 1 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit

Published June 11, 2011

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