New exhibits at The Emporium

June 3–25, 2022 @ Emporium Center for Arts & Culture

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 3-25. A free reception with the artists takes place Friday, June 3, from 5-9 p.m.and features music inside the Emporium by Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop

Knoxville Photo 2022in the lower gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance presents the 10th annual Knoxville Photo juried exhibition featuring selected works from 32 artists throughout the region. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstractsand more.Baldwin Leeserved as juror for the exhibition and viewed 340 images to select the exhibition. Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means.

The following artists’ works will be shown:
+ Rob Nixon of Tallahassee, Florida
+ Nancy Stalls of Hopkinsville, Kentucky
+ Alan Finch of Jacksboro, Tennessee
+ Melinda Adams, Nicholas Bell, Jeremy L. Burke, Denise Cumming, Elena Ganusova, Jacques Gautreau, David A. Johnson, Gretchen Kaplan, Grayson Daniel Martin, Hei Park, Julie L. Rabun, Greg Schweiger, Giavonna Sukienik, Robert H. Thompson, Owen H. Weston, Rick Whitehead, Tonya Wade Wunder, and Steve Zigler of Knoxville, Tennessee
+ Ashton Davidson, Cat Griffith-Benson, and Marianne Woodside of Maryville, TennesseeN
+ Yvonne Dalschen, Anna Rykaczewska, and Kelli L. Thompson of Oak Ridge, TennesseeN
+ Phil Savage and AngelaDawn of Powell, Tennessee
+ Marlon Davey of Rutledge, Tennessee
+ Amanda Long of Signal Mountain, Tennessee
+ Jim Meldrum of Beloit, Wisconsin

Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at the reception at 6 p.m.
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Dogwood Arts: Regional Art Exhibitionin the upper gallery
The Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition showcases fine art of all styles and genres from progressive and emerging artists within a seven-state radius. Knoxville-based painter, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, will jury the exhibition and award cash prizes totaling $2,000 at the reception at 7 p.m.The 2022 exhibition features 46 artworks completed in the last two years by local and regional artists.

The 45 artists included in the exhibition are: Debbie Alley, Griffin Allman, Nicholas Bell, Denice Bizot, Antuco Chicaiza, Morena Constantinou, Raven Cordy, Virginia Derryberry, Jim Dodson, Gregory Dorsey, Jr., Vincent Drake, Haleigh Eicher, Erica Entrop, Benjamin Fox-McCord, Hilari Frederick, Carl Gombert, Travis Graves, Hannah Hancock, Briena Harmening, Joanna Henry, Kelly Hider, Kathy Holland, Brian Horais, Greg Howser, Charles Jones, Vickie Kallies Lee, Lauren Karnitz, Noah Lagle, Ashton Ludden, Allison Meriwether, Jake Miller, Michael Nichols, Leslie Nichols, Brent Oglesbee, Clay Palmer, Marcy Parks, Yvonne Petkus, Shawn Quilliams, Hanna Seggerman, Kathleen Slocum, Laurie Szilvagyi, Keith Thomson, David Underwood, Chase Williamsonand Mandy Wilson.

About the Juror: Denise Stewart-Sanabria was born in Massachusetts and received her BFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She has lived in Knoxville, Tennessee,since 1986. Sanabria paints both hyper-realist “portraits” of everything from produce to subversive jelly donuts. The anthropomorphic narratives often are reflections on human behavior. She is also known for her life size charcoal portrait drawings on plywood, which are cut out, mounted on wood bases, and staged in conceptual installations. Her work is included in various museums, private, and corporate collections including: The Tennessee State Museum, The Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Firstbank TN, Pinnacle Banks, Omni and Opryland Hotels, Scripps Networks, Knoxville Botanical Gardens, Jewelry Television, TriStar Energy, and the corporate offices of McGhee Tyson Airport.

Dogwood Arts has a 66-year history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, they produce 20 year-round events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work and play.

Jane Cartwright: Joyful Nonsensein the display case
Joyful Nonsense is an assortment of my handbuilt, stoneware pottery constructed with coils, slabs, pinching, or some combination of these techniques. Whether I create functional or sculptural pieces it’s always with a light-hearted spirit and a deep sense of fun. It delights me to give common objects a twist to make using them more entertaining... like wonky cups and wiggly spoons. I bounce between the bold black and white of sgraffito (carving) and exuberant, juicy colors. For me it’s all about the joy.

Jane Hasegawa Cartwright was born in Tokyo, Japan but grew up in the US. From a young age she was easily entertained by many forms of art and continued this by studying graphic design and illustration at the University of Florida. In 1998 she started working with pottery and took great delight transferring her illustrations to clay. Currently she is a studio potter/cat wrangler and teaches handbuilding classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center.

Jane Newman: Beauty Marks ! ? . An Exhibition of Simplified Formon the North Wall
Patches of pigment. Each unique, necessary and important. Individual yet communal. Texture, light, & movement impressions making their own exclamation! Asking questions? Layers of value pushed, scraped, and dabbed over brilliant high key hues. Shapes created with a plastic card loaded with beautiful tones of pigment stroked across panel surfaces, leaving their mark. Each defines pieces of the whole. Your eye completes the image. These canvases were created with a focus on the interaction of shape against shape and value against value, using the Light as foundation. Beauty, Marks.

Brilliant underpainting chroma creates iridescence. Oil pigments and untraditional tools modeling images that are simultaneously abstract and hyperrealism depending on the viewers position. The shape of the card and the direction of the stroke dictate the mark that is made to represent areas of subtle value shift. Making marks exclusively using the card forces only shape representation. Each is beautiful, making its own mark in the Creation.

What makes a mark a beauty? The eye of the beholder! “As a maker of marks, I have discovered that accepting a mark for what it is, beautiful or awkward, and leaving it to work with the other marks in the painting creates a unity in the diversity of texture across the panel surface. Because each is unique, the painting becomes more interesting. The marks become the beauty in the painting (verb & noun).”

Kara Lockmiller: POP Musicin the Atrium
Kara Lockmiller is a native Knoxvillian and artist. She is a married mother of three children living in East Knox County. She began painting for others in 2017 as an outlet to share the mesmerizing colors she sees. While she can remember the lyrics to almost any song she has ever heard, she is most fascinated by the people who pen them. Working for more than ten years as a journalist and graphic artist left her with a great understanding of design principles as they relate to color. She will showcase a mixture of musician portraits with a heavy emphasis on Dolly Parton; all artwork has been newly produced in 2022.

I am a chromesthete which means I see a vast array of real colors in my mind when I listen to music. I like to think of it as my own personal light show. My goal for each portrait is to let you glimpse music and musicians the way I do. There is a kinship between color and music – both can say what words cannot. I paint in shadowed hues using the grisaille technique. After drawing out my musician in a grayscale underpainting, I add opaque and translucent acrylic colors according to what I see when I listen to their music. They come together like puzzle pieces on my canvas. I do not use editing software to produce my portraits. They are hand drawn according to their highlights and shadows. I’ve recently started to branch out into multimedia collages and varying subject matter – though musicians are still closest to my heart.
Instagram @klockmillerart

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Formore information, seewww.knoxalliance.comor call (865) 523-7543.

Category: Exhibits