The Arts Depot, Abingdon, Virginia, partners for a second time with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville by hosting a multi-media exhibition of works created by Arts & Culture Alliance members. The exhibition is on display March 1 through April 1 with an opening reception in conjunction with Abingdon's "First Thursday" gallery hop March 2, from 6-8 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In exchange, and during the same time period March 1 through April 1, the Arts & Culture Alliance exhibits works by Depot Artists Association members at Knoxville's Emporium and hosts an opening reception during their "Downtown Knox First Friday Art Walk" March 3, from 5-9 p.m.
The Emporium Center is 28,000 square feet of flexible use space, which houses multiple art galleries showcasing local and regional artists, the administrative offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance, and offices for seven other arts and cultural organizations. Additionally, the building houses studio for 10 individual artists and rehearsal, classroom and meeting space.
The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville partners each year with a community-based art gallery in the Southeast for the purpose of promoting local artists within each community. Similar to the Knoxville group, the Arts Depot's mission is to promote and support regional artists through rotating gallery exhibitions, educational opportunities for the community and working artist studios.
"While many of our member artists are well known here in the Knoxville area, we want Abingdon to be exposed to their work, and we look forward to Abingdon artists receiving extra exposure here in Knoxville," says Liza Zenni, executive director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. Susan Yates, the Arts Depot's arts administrator agrees and adds that the exchange was "such a great success in 2014, of course we jumped at the opportunity to participate again."
The works chosen to travel to Knoxville represent a portion of the Arts Depot's Members as juried by Steven Reeves during the Depot's 27th Annual Holiday Members Exhibition. Reeves is the executive director of the Kingsport Tennessee Art Guild. He has a studio at The Arts Depot and holds his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Members selected to represent the Arts Depot are Jeana Chapman, Sheryl Daniels, J. C. Dean, Jackie Dolpp, Judith Fitzgerald, John David Ford, Nancy Garretson, Jody Houston, Greg Howser, Carl Jessee Sr., Elizabeth Johns-Morison, Nancy Johnson, Carina Karlsson, Larry Knott, Michele Marlowe, Lisa May, Rita Montrosse, Helen Morgan, Adelaide Moss, Cecelia Pippin, Fallon Ray, Sara Reece, Steven Reeves, Frank Renault, Joyce Samuel, Josiah Stam and Michaela Stam. For more information, call 276-628-9091 or visit www.abingdonartsdepot.org.