Emporium The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture
Knoxville, TN

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100 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
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Conversations: Portraits & Other Work” by Emily Taylor

Penny Performances

An opening reception will take place on Friday, September 4, 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.

Artists of Fine Arts Blount
September 4-25, 2015

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition by twelve artists of Fine Arts Blount. Fine Arts Blount provides an outlet for creative energy, stimulates the imagination, encourages on-going self-education, extends purpose, builds self-esteem, enriches lives, enhances the community's quality of life, contributes to the local economy and is an ongoing part of the revitalization of Historic Downtown Maryville. The exhibition includes watercolor, acrylic, oil, photography and more and will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 4-25, 2015.

Conversations: Portraits & Other Work” by Emily Taylor
September 4-25, 2015
Balcony gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “Conversations: Portraits & Other Work” by Emily Taylor of Knoxville. The exhibition includes recent and former portraits and portrait-like paintings and drawings. These works are inspired by the complex interaction and negotiation characteristic of both painting and human interaction. The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 4-25, 2015.

Emily Taylor grew up in New York City in the 70s and 80s before circulating through Amherst, Massachusetts; Ithaca, New York; and Knoxville, Tennessee for school and life reasons. She received her MFA in Painting and MA in Art Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Taylor has shown in many venues around the region and has worked in museum education in Knoxville and Ithaca. More information,

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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