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Knoxville, TN
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The Emporium Center
100 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 523-7543
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Exhibitions:

Opposites Attract by Tom Owens and Marianne Woodside

Art Group 21 – A Visual Experience

Arts in the Airport


Penny Performances

A public reception for August exhibitions will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, August 1, 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.


Opposites Attract by Tom Owens and Marianne Woodside
August 1-30, 2014

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of photography entitled “Opposites Attract” by local artists Tom Owens and Marianne Woodside. Inspiration for the exhibition grew out of conversations at the Golden Roast coffee shop on the UT campus. Over the past several years, Owens and Woodside have shared ideas about art, critiqued one another’s images, and marveled over the serendipity involved in photography. While their styles contrast, they appreciate the way the black & white, bold color, and texture all invite the viewer into various spaces and times. The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 1-30, 2014.

Tom Owens lives in Knoxville and has been taking pictures for work and fun for more than 45 years. He became interested photography in 1968 while learning from a friend, Don Dudenbostel, who worked for the Daily Beacon. He began working at The University of Tennessee in 1985, and in 1999, he became Director of the Video and Photography Center which is part of the Office of Communications and Marketing. One aspect of his photography is the element of surprise involved with the work; you don’t know how things might turn out just looking in the viewfinder. The images in this exhibition mostly focus on patterns, reflections, textures and shadows in architecture and nature; with some pictures of interesting people. When not at work or out taking pictures, Owens enjoys hiking, reading, and running.

Marianne Woodside resides in Knoxville and teaches at the University of Tennessee in Counselor Education. She loves the outdoors; the natural beauty of East Tennessee provides inspiration for living in the moment and seeking a calm and peaceful approach to life. She translates this into her photography as she integrates light, shadows, reflections, color, and shapes to form digital images of both nature and the man-made in naturalistic and informal settings. The images range from the realistic to the abstract. Woodside shows and sells her work locally.


Art Group 21 – A Visual Experience
August 1-30, 2014

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “A Visual Experience” by Art Group 21, featuring original watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel, mixed media, collage, and more by 21 local artists. The exhibition will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 1-30, 2014. A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, August 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill and Jason’s Deli. 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.

Art Group 21 was established in the early 1980's by a small group of University of Tennessee-Knoxville art graduates needing the fellowship and support of like-minded, working artists. Established as a work/study group, monthly meetings are planned and run by members and include workshops, lectures, critiques, field trips, and group exhibitions. To encourage an atmosphere of individual growth and fellowship, membership is limited to 21 artists at any given time, hence the name Art Group 21. Members have come from local, national and world experiences. The group maintains that the various art forms are a part of the aesthetic total and are mutually reinforcing, thus encouraging the uniqueness of each artist's vision. For more information about Art Group 21, please contact Elaine Marcel-Culbert at em.culbert@comcast.net.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Mary Ann Aken, Paula Browning, Bonnie Cadotte, Lana Daverman, Genie Even, Pat Fitzgerald, Jean Gregory, Suzanne Jack, Barbara Johnson, Judy Jorden, Carol LaBudde, Elaine Marcel-Culbert, Ina Sue Marlin, Susan Miller, Brenda Mills, Emilia Pickett, Janice Pybas, Betsy Spooner, Fran Thie, and Sue B. Thomas.


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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