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International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition

Penny Performances


Exhibition by Monroe & McMinn County Art Groups
May 1-30, 2015

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition by the Artists Association of Monroe County and the Community Artists League of Athens, two similar groups existing for the purpose of artistic education in Southern Tennessee. Each group has around 50 members and strives to support the arts in our communities. The exhibition features original art by 22 artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, colored pencil, silk painting, and mixed media and will be displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from May 1-30, 2015. An opening reception will take place on Friday, May 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features a flamenco dance performance by Pasión Flamenco from 6:00-6:30 PM in the Black Box Theatre and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-8:45 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

“This is AAMC’s second show at the Emporium Center, and we are very excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of Monroe County artists’ works as represented by our members and the members of the Community Artist League of Athens,” said Claudia Walker, exhibition chair.

The Artists Association of Monroe County exists to promote artistic development and growth of visual fine artists in Monroe County and surrounding areas and to further support and encourage creativity in appreciation of and patronage of the visual arts through educational programs such as lectures, tours, workshops, classes and exhibits. AAMC hosts annual art shows, classes, and workshops and provides support for local artists, galleries, festivals, and its members’ creative endeavors. They have an ongoing show at Monroe County Courthouse in Madisonville. AAMC currently has almost 60 members, including professional artists, retired artists, art teachers, hobbyists, and students. They meet each month at the First United Methodist Church in Madisonville, and guests are welcome to attend. Meetings include a program or invited speaker, artwork critiques, and time for fellowship and refreshments. Yearly dues are $20 for individuals, $30 for couples and $10 for students. For more information, find Artists Association of Monroe County on Facebook or call 423-337-2866.

The Community Artist League of Athens serves the artists of the greater McMinn County/Athens area and promotes the arts, supports and encourages student, amateur, and professional artists with monthly meetings, and offers opportunities to exhibit artwork. They meet each month at the E.G. Fisher Library in Athens, and guests are welcome to attend. Additionally, CAL programs artwork at the library each month. Yearly dues are $15. For more information, find Community Artist League of Athens on Facebook.


International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition
May 1-30, 2015
Balcony gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present the International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition, a new exhibition “about the biscuit” and featuring works in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, completed within the past two years, by artists 18 years and older from across the United States. The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center from May 1-30, 2015. All works are for sale. A public reception will take place on Friday, May 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM with a brief awards ceremony at 6:00 PM in which $1,000 in cash awards will be announced.

The International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition occurs in celebration with the Festival itself, which celebrates that most perfect of foods – the Biscuit – and takes place May 14-16 in Knoxville. The Festival draws over 20,000 biscuit lovers to downtown Knoxville each year and was selected the #1 Food Festival in the U.S by Livability.com. The event has been featured in Southern Living, Garden and Gun, the New Yorker, the New York Post, as well as on CNN. For more information about the International Biscuit Festival, go to www.biscuitfest.com.

Jurors for the 2015 exhibition included Preston Farabow of Aespyre Metal Design at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville and Claire Stigliani, associate professor of Drawing & Painting at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

K. Henderson of Weed, New Mexico received last year’s Best of Show Award.


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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