Nov. 1-3: 20th Master Woodworkers Show

Nov. 1-3: 20th Master Woodworkers Show

New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on Nov. 1

November 1–26, 2019 @ Emporium Center for Arts & Culture

KNOXVILE, TN — The Arts & Culture Alliance presents new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from Nov. 1-26. A reception takes place Friday, Nov. 1, from 4-9 p.m. as part of First Friday activities downtown 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.

Nov. 1-3: 20th Master Woodworkers Show in the main gallery

The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild presents the 20th Master Woodworkers Show, a biennial juried show highlighting the works of over 30 craftspeople and artists of East Tennessee and the surrounding region. The show features many types of woodworking from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. “We have a great show for 2019,” says Scott DeWaard, show director. “It happens only every other year, and for just three days. Our makers love to meet and chat with the public. If you admire fine, handmade furniture and want to know more about what sets it apart, then this is the show for you.”

The show hours are Friday, Nov. 1, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Among the participants in this year’s show are the following notable artisans: Curtis Buchanan (Jonesborough), Eric Cannizzaro (Gatlinburg), Jim Scarsella (Sevierville), Gustaf Rooth (Andersonville), Ron Clayton (Loudon), Scott DeWaard (Walland), Tad Gloecker (Bogart, Ga.), Chris Hedges (Athens, Ohio), Brian Horais (Knoxville), Al Hudson (Knoxville), Lou Mansur (Knoxville), Jeffrey Neil (Gray), Sandy Pittard (Walland), Stephen Shankles (Maryville), Alf Sharp (Woodbury), Kirk Shufelt (Cullowhee, N.C.), Dennis Siemsen (Oak Ridge), Jerry Spady (Oak Ridge), and Ronald Young (Chattanooga).

For more information, visit or The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild thanks its sponsors Woodcraft of Knoxville, Peach State Lumber Products, Lee Valley Tools, Ltd. A&M Supply, Homestead Timber Frames, Kevin Adams Cabinetry LLC, Jeffries Wood Works Inc. and Dan Duncan Cabinetmaker.

Following the three-day Master Woodworkers Show:
Nov. 6-26: Work by Recipients of Bailey Opportunity Grants in the lower gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents an exhibit of painting, photography, woodwork, forged metal, jewelry, sculpture and more by the 14 visual artists who are recipients of an FY20 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant. Artists in the exhibition include Eleanor Aldrich, Lynda Best, Jurgen Dopatka, Derrick Freeman, Shannon Johnson, Marty McConnaughey, John Phillips, Sarah Pollock, Shawn Poynter, Chris Rohwer, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Derek White, Bryan Wilkerson and Brandon Woods.

A part of the Arts & Heritage Fund, the Bailey Opportunity Grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations. The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development. These 14 artists have utilized their collective $42,000+ for local, regional, and national workshops, studio time, technical equipment and more.

Tennessee Craft-East: Connections Through Craft in the Balcony gallery and display case
Connections Through Craft is a members showcase by artists working in a variety of media who have come together to highlight the mission of the statewide Tennessee Craft organization: to connect emerging and experienced makers as well as the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on Tennessee's handmade legacy. The East chapter exhibition features both fine arts and crafts pieces as well as a public mural piece created during the recent Art in the Valley festival at Ijams Nature Center. The mural aims to demonstrate how the community may be connected through craft. For more information on the festival, visit

As the only networked community of its kind across the state, Tennessee Craft nurtures talent and creates artist connections through programs funded by donations and signature exhibition events; it has been Tennessee’s largest, most visible and most respected craft artist organization since 1965. Tennessee Craft-East serves the 16 counties of Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union.

Bruce Bunting: New Works in Paper on the North Wall
In this exhibition, Bruce Bunting displays the wide range of papers he has made, from simple sheets to complex multi-step sheets, as well as examples of his art made with from these papers. Paper fibers include abaca, kozu, gampi, seisel, bamboo, cotton, and wood cellulose, and he also uses various vegetable related fibers from his garden. He uses dyes, inks, and pigments for color as appropriate.

"I became interested in paper several years ago as a way to make low cost, light weight jewelry. Progressing from there, I started making folk style art using handmade paper. My early paper making was crude and made in a blender. As I read more, I became interested in the equipment and science of papermaking and decided to set up a studio. As a retired engineer, I was able to understand the science and construct my own equipment. After a year of construction and redesign, I now have a complete paper studio with a Hollander beater, molds and deckles, a press, a drying box, and a vacuum table,” he says.

Bunting has attended papermaking classes and visited artist studios and paper mills, during which time he has met fine artists, makers of books and prints, those who sell finished paper sheets to others, and those collaborate with others to help them realize their art in paper. In this exhibition, he hopes to generate interest and discussions leading to future opportunities and collaborations. Currently, he can sell paper from his inventory, make custom orders of paper, collaborate on paper related projects, or consult about paper making science and techniques. For more information, visit

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Member Exhibition in the Atrium
The Appalachian Arts Craft Center Member Exhibition was developed to showcase local arts and crafts from members of the AACC crafting in the East Tennessee region. Traditional Appalachia arts and crafts are featured in the member exhibition, including basket making, woodwork, quilting, weaving, pottery, mixed media and more.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is one of the oldest craft centers in Tennessee with more than 70 local juried artists. Their mission is to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales and community involvement. They are a nonprofit arts center featuring a public gallery selling handcrafted pieces by our local juried artists. Throughout the year, the center offers classes for adults and children. For more information, visit or

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the website at

Category: Exhibits