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Artisans needed for Art Exhibition in downtown Knoxville

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The Gallery at Main Street, located at First Baptist Church in downtown Knoxville, is seeking artisans for its First Friday art exhibition on June 1, 2012.

KNOXVILLE –- The Gallery at Main Street in Knoxville, Tennessee is seeking artisans for an art exhibition to be held on June 1, 2012.

The exhibition is open to living artists 18 years or older, regardless of geographic location. Entitled "Graced with Floral," the exhibition will feature floral art exclusively. Work must be original and must fall in the following categories: Watercolors, prints, oils (soft floral), stained glass, acrylics, quilts, photography, and pottery.

The Gallery at Main Street, located in the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Knoxville (next to the City-County Building), will feature regional artisans. The exhibition not only serves as an opportunity for artisans to exhibit their art or handcrafted items, the gallery also allows the public to tour the historic church which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Knoxville's most beautiful structures.

The exhibition will feature approximately 30 artisans. Exhibits will be located at Main Street's grand entrance to the church (just inside the entryway), on the platform of the beautiful Sanctuary, in the elegant balcony of the Sanctuary, in its well-appointed Welcome Center, in the Fred Brown Chapel, in hallways, and in specially assigned rooms throughout the church.

There are no exhibition fees or entry fees. Applications must be received by April 26, 2012. While East Tennessee artisans will be given priority, all artisans are invited to apply.

Artisans may provide printed materials about their artwork or their gallery at the exhibition.

A biography of each exhibiting artisan will be featured on the gallery's web site at

Exhibitions will be held on the first Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and will feature different art categories every month. All artisans must remain on-site during exhibition hours. Upcoming exhibitions will include landscape art, regional art, a wildlife exhibition, and a quilt show.

Box lunches and beverages will be available in the church's hospitality room, the Blue Room, which is carpeted and features a grand piano. Admission to the exhibit will be free and open to the public.

More information on The Gallery at Main Street can be found at or call the exhibition coordinator, Jeaneane Payne, at 865-693-5739.

Published April 14, 2012

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