Emporium The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture
Knoxville, TN

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The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from May 6-27, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, May 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM 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. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and chocolate fondue from the Melting Pot will be available.
International Latino Art Exhibition
May 6-27
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Curated by Dina R. Ruta and featuring fifteen artists from five countries. This exhibition comes from a desire to innovate and give Latin American art a space and purpose here in Knoxville, promoting the integration of cultures in order to broaden the concept of art and establish it as a mode of communication. These exceptional contemporary artists have generated a dynamic dialogue that, together with the overwhelming power of color and varied gesture, consistent with the conception of it as a cultural symbol, transcends the chronological and geographical boundaries of the continent. Featured artists include:

Argentina: Inés Barlasina, Ángel Barón Da conté, and José Utrera

Colombia: Jorge Yances

Honduras: Elías José Díaz Alcántara, Dennis Cerrato, Víctor López, Sergio Martínez, Santos Arzú Quinto, Omar Sánchez, and Iván Soto

México: Rafael Sáenz Félix and Héctor Saldívar

Venezuela: Ángel Blanco and Al Vanegas

Small Plates: A Response to Hunger (on display Friday, May 6 ONLY)
May 6

Curated by R.L. Gibson for www.artandartdeadlines.com and featuring physical, spiritual, political, emotional and creative views on hunger from artists residing in California, New Jersey and Russia, and more images from artists closer to home, including Tennessee. The work will be exhibited unadorned, unframed and at the approximate size of a small plate. Food is the perfect inspirational metaphor for feeding the creative self. The demeaning cutesiness of the bohemian “starving artist” image numbs us to the real struggle of hunger and starvation worldwide. Starvation, in a literal way, robs humanity of being human and ends even the possibility of a creative self.

Photography by Rachael Quammie
May 6-27
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Rachael Quammie is new to the Knoxville area. Originally from Florida, she moved to Oak Ridge about a year ago. Photography has always been a passion of hers and she is eager to share it with others. Quammie has focused most of her passion for photography in the area of weddings and babies’ first moments. She especially loves capturing moments in time in which the memory will last forever.

Abigail Malone: Recessive
May 6-27

Abigail Malone’s photography series, "Recessive," was inspired by a lifetime of admiration for her mother's beautiful red hair. She is fascinated by how the combination of genetics plus childhood experiences shape who we become. Through this series, Malone hopes to tell a story that is both captivating and nostalgic for viewers. More of this series can be viewed at www.abigailmalone.com.

Abigail Malone was born and raised at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Seymour. She fell in love with the darkroom her first year of college and decided to pursue a degree in photography. She received a Bachelor’s of Photography from Carson-Newman University in 2004. Since then, she has become a successful wedding and portrait photographer based in Knoxville. Malone is truly passionate about teaching children and adults the art of photography. Last year Abigail began a series of personal work titled Recessive, which she plans on continuing over the next several years. Instagram: @recessive.series

Penny Performances

Thirty Organizations Announce Penny Performances for Knox County Students

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville in cooperation with the local arts community is proud to announce the third year of Penny Performances, a program developed to meet the local arts community’s long-term goal of serving and educating East Tennessee's children. Penny Performances provide every child in Knox County, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend local arts and culture events/activities by nearly 30 organizations at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by one paying adult during the 2012/2013 academic school year. Concerts, plays, dance performances, historic home tours, fairs, museums, festivals, arts workshops, radio broadcasts, movies, and more are part of Penny Performances. Organizations whose admission is regularly free are offering special programs or gifts for attending Knox County students. Notices announcing this program will be sent home with every Knox County public school child.

Almost 100 events are included in Penny Performances this year, and in addition, nine organizations offer year-round opportunities for Knox County School children: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, East Tennessee History Center, James White’s Fort, Knoxville Museum of Art, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, WDVX, and Alexia’s School of Middle Eastern Dance. The schedule of participating performances is listed on the Penny Performances web site at www.Penny4Arts.com.

Families may register on this site to receive weekly e-mail notices about participating events. Most participating performances will allow one paying adult to bring up to three students for one penny each. Proof of Knox County residency (driver's license) will be required for each adult accompanying children ages 5-15. Students ages 16-18, not accompanied by an adult, must show proof of Knox County Residency and if in a group, at least one in the group of up to four Knox County students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny Performances. Each participating organization’s specific guidelines are also listed on the Penny Performances web site.

The following organizations are participating in Penny Performances: Bijou Theatre, Blount Mansion Association, Circle Modern Dance, Clarence Brown Theatre, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Dogwood Arts, East Tennessee Historical Society, Frank H. McClung Museum, Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Go! Contemporary Dance Works, HoLa Hora Latina, James White's Fort, Knoxville Arts & FIne Crafts Center, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Knoxville Choral Society, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Zoo, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, Pellissippi State, Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble, Tennessee Valley Fair, WDVX, Wild Thyme Players, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, The WordPlayers.

The schedule of participating performances is listed on the Penny Performances web site at www.Penny4Arts.com.

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