Emporium The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture
Knoxville, TN

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Conversations: Portraits & Other Work” by Emily Taylor

Penny Performances

An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on October 2 from 5:00-9:00 PM, and awards for the show will be given at 6:00 PM. The First Friday reception also features music by jazz pianist Curtis Framery in the gallery as well as music and dance performances by Pasión Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

The Fall Juried Show: 41st Fall Art Exhibition
October 2-30, 2015

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition by the Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) entitled “The Fall Juried Show: 41st Fall Art Exhibition”, featuring original art by over 40 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, and mixed media.

“This is TAA’s sixth show at the Emporium Center, and we are very excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of Tennessee artists’ works represented by our members,” said Doris Hudnall, exhibition chair. “Many thanks to our sponsors who have made it possible to provide awards and recognition to the artists.”

Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) was founded in 1972. The TAA is a civic organization of fine artists with 60 members. TAA encourages each individual artist to grow and develop through fellowship with other artists, educational programs, and opportunities to exhibit and sell art, and it serves the community through classes. Membership in TAA is open to anyone age eighteen years and older and a resident of the state of Tennessee. Dues are currently $50 for single membership, $60 for family and $15 for students. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive, which includes a business meeting, a program, and a time for fellowship and refreshments. Guests are always welcome to attend.

VOLS: A 25-Year Retrospective” by Patrick Murphy-Racey
October 2-30, 2015
Balcony gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “VOLS: A 25-Year Retrospective” by photographer Patrick Murphy-Racey of Knoxville. His inaugural exhibition includes iconic images as well as others that blur the lines between journalism and art. The exhibition also represents a history of how photographs have been captured, first on black & white film, then color transparency (slides), color negative film, and finally, digital capture. “Grain can be a beautiful thing as hundreds of thousands of silver halide crystals dance within the emulsion until they all are frozen forever by light in an instant,” says Patrick Murphy-Racey. “Keep in mind that you are on a 25-year long journey, from swoosh to stripes and back to swoosh again. But the orange remains the same.”

Patrick Murphy-Racey has photographed the Vols since he arrived in Knoxville after graduating from Marquette University in 1988. Initially, he worked for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, using black & white and color transparency film. When the newspaper prepared to close its darkroom and use only color negative film, Murphy-Racey pursued other avenues. With the help and support of longtime mentor and friend, Peter Read Miller, he covered hundreds of assignments for Sports Illustrated and many other national publications over the years. Murphy-Racey has photographed all manner of sporting events and done lit portraits of athletes. For more information, visit www.pmrphoto.com.

After many years of photographing from only the sidelines at Neyland Stadium, UT’s Barry Rice arranged a meeting between Murphy-Racey and former Vols Coach Phillip Fulmer in 1998. Fulmer invited Murphy-Racey inside the Tennessee family of that era, letting him travel with the team and giving him complete access to locker rooms, win or lose, and even during half-times. Murphy-Racey photographed at practices, in the recruiting war-room, the training room, and anywhere else he had a mind to be. When Tennessee ran through the “Power T” last week, it marked his 27th season covering the Vols.

“Football fans may not always be the audience one assumes would enter an art gallery,” says Murphy-Racey. “Likewise, there are those who wouldn’t be interested in visiting a football stadium." Patrick Murphy-Racey’s hope is that “new friendships can be made and bridges built inside the Emporium though this exhibition.”

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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