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100 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
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Then & Now

Do I Know You?: by R.L. Gibson

Arts in the Airport

Penny Performances

A public reception for July exhibitions will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, July 4, from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Qdoba and music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day from 6:00-8:00 PM. The First Friday reception also features a flamenco dance performance by Pasión Flamenco from 6:00-6:45 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM, both in the Black Box Theatre.

Do I Know You?: by R.L. Gibson
July 4-26, 2014

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present “Do I Know You?”, a new series of Xerography on canvas with hand-drawn patterns by local artist R.L. Gibson. “Do I Know You?” uses the body as the ultimate betrayer by appropriating historical, formal portraiture of children and adults in the prime of their lives and juxtaposing those images with a forced consciousness of life-altering and/or terminal illness via layering of historical anatomical drawings. "In the span of one year, my father died in a tragic car accident due to a complication from diabetes, I had a surgery often reserved for women 20 years my senior, and I became the guardian for my 91 year-old grandmother in the end stages of dementia,” says Gibson. “My grandmother always asks, ‘Do I know you?’, and I began to realize this is what we all ask of ourselves throughout life and of our bodies when they inevitably fail us.” Gibson’s retro-influenced works with a tinge of humor will be displayed in the Balcony at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from July 4-26, 2014.

R.L. Gibson is a nationally-shown artist, juror and editor that calls Gatlinburg, TN home along with her husband, photographer Jon Ives, and son Oscar. Gibson works almost exclusively as a Xerographist, producing complicated layered compositions and then hand-transferring these images to a variety of substrates resulting in a unique monotype. Xerography, as a medium, has neither a standard place in institutional art instruction nor a documented history. Gibson has spent years refining her hand-palated technique. The “skips” are not flaws but the unique result of the process.

In addition to producing her own work and work in collaboration with other artists, Gibson and her husband also perform as the Appalachian singing duo the Pea Pickin' Hearts. Gibson also serves as the Editor for ArtAndArtDeadlines.com, a fun and quirky, food-themed art blog that offers reviews of emerging artists, shows from great galleries, and FREE Art Deadlines and Calls for Entry as an artist’s resource.

Then & Now
July 4-26, 2014

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “Then & Now”, a celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Emporium Center which reopened in July 2004 following renovations. “Then & Now” will host 24 regional artists with a unique display of artwork in a side-by-side format: a piece from “then” (at least ten years old) and a piece from “now” (created within the last two years). The exhibition includes acrylic, charcoal, clay, photography, woven works, sculptures, oil, pen & ink, watercolor, and more and will be displayed in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 4-26, 2014.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Stephen Brayfield, Jason S. Brown, Victor Costantino, Bobbie Crews, Judi Gaston, Carl Gombert, Jessica Gregory, Annamaria Gundlach, Steve Hankal, Chriss Hardy, Hannah C. Holder, Kris Rehring Jones, Terri Jordan, Mary Lingen, Hali Maltsberger, Fritz Massaquoi, Roy McCullough, Kate McCullough, Clay Pardue, JoAnn Parsley, Elizabeth Porter, Ralph Shick, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, and Anika Toro.

Arts in the Airport
Through October 8, 2014

Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and Arts & Culture Alliance Present “Arts in the
The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville are pleased to present “Arts in the Airport”, a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from 45 artists in the East Tennessee region. “Arts in the Airport” was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 17 - October 8, 2014. Please note: the exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, artists and their guests may view the exhibition during the opening reception and by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.

Juror Jeffrey Morton, Professor of Art at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, provided this statement about the exhibition: “At times an encounter with an art work is similar to an encounter with someone from our distant past. We have a vague recognition that we know that person, but the reality is we do so only in our memory, always uncertain if our memory is clear or not. In this sense artworks function like far off relatives or friends - they represent pieces of our memory of things we have seen, or things we have experienced, but they do so at arms length. While we look at a work of art wondering if we have seen that thing before, the works in this exhibition help us recall those memories of people, places and things we think we cherish and love.”

“The Arts in the Airport program has allowed the airport to showcase some of the region’s most talented artists, and this new exhibition is no exception,” said Howard Vogel, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “It is a great honor to continue to provide East Tennessee travelers with artwork that is inspirational and reflective of our region’s culture.”

The following artists’ works will be on display through October 8:

+ Sheila Chesanow of Athens

+ Gaye Smith of Deer Lodge

+ Beverly Thomas Jenkins of Jonesborough

+ Melinda Adams, Neranza Noel Blount, Deborah Bowen, Jennifer Brickey, Bruce Bunting, Bobbie Crews, Nick DeFord, Marcia Goldenstein, William Goolsby, Kelly Grzasko, Marjorie Holbert, Chris Hornsby, Adam Patrick Daniel Hutsell, John Letterman, Jodie Masterman, Kate McCullough, Tom McDaniel, Brian Murray, Jane S Nickels, Jessica Payne, Dick Penner, Elizabeth Porter, Julie L. Rabun, Rick Roth, Summer Smith, Emily Taylor, Marilyn Avery Turner, Bonnie J. Vetterick, and Richard Whitehead of Knoxville

+ Jim Parris of Lenoir City

+ Lil Clinard of Loudon

+ Deede Edele, Annamaria Gundlach, James Hughes, Karin Kretschmann Lubart, and Rachel K. Turner of Maryville

+ Bill Long of Morristown
+ John Yandall of Murfreesboro

+ Gay Bryant of Oak Ridge

+ Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill

+ Pat Clapsaddle and Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel

A gallery of images may be viewed at http://www.knoxalliance.com/album/airport_spring14.html. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543. Please note: the exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, artists and their guests may view the exhibition during the opening reception and by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at (865) 342-3014.

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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