New Exhibitions Opening Nov. 1 at the Emporium Center

Press Release # Local

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance presents new exhibitions Nov. 1-26 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.

A reception will take place 4-9 p.m. Nov. 1 as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Nov. 1-3: 20th Master Woodworkers Show in the Main Gallery

The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild presents the 20th Master Woodworkers Show, a biennial juried show highlighting the works of over 30 craftspeople and artists of East Tennessee and the surrounding region. The Show features woodworking from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. The exhibit is open 4-9 p.m. Nov. 1; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

Notable artisans include: Curtis Buchanan, Eric Cannizzaro, Jim Scarsella, Gustaf Rooth, Ron Clayton, Scott DeWaard, Tad Gloecker, Chris Hedges, Brian Horais, Al Hudson, Lou Mansur, Jeffrey Neil, Sandy Pittard, Stephen Shankles, Alf Sharp, Kirk Shufelt, Dennis Siemsen, Jerry Spady, and Ronald Young.

For more information, visit www.masterwoodworkers.org.

The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild thanks its sponsors: Woodcraft of Knoxville, Peach State Lumber Products, Lee Valley Tools, Ltd. A&M Supply, Homestead Timber Frames, Kevin Adams Cabinetry LLC, Jeffries Wood Works Inc. and Dan Duncan Cabinetmaker.

Nov. 6-26: Work by Recipients of Bailey Opportunity Grants in the Lower Gallery

The exhibit features painting, photography, woodwork, forged metal, jewelry, sculpture, and more by the 14 visual artists who are recipients of an 2020 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant. Artists in the exhibition include: Eleanor Aldrich, Lynda Best, Jurgen Dopatka, Derrick Freeman, Shannon Johnson, Marty McConnaughey, John Phillips, Sarah Pollock, Shawn Poynter, Chris Rohwer, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Derek White, Bryan Wilkerson, and Brandon Woods.

A part of the Arts & Heritage Fund, the Bailey Opportunity Grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations. The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development. These 14 artists have utilized their collective more than $42,000 for local, regional, and national workshops, studio time, technical equipment and more.

“Tennessee Craft-East: Connections through Craft” in the Balcony Gallery and Display Case

“Connections Through Craft” is a showcase by artists working in a variety of media who have come together to highlight the mission of the statewide Tennessee Craft organization, which connects emerging and experienced makers as well as the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on Tennessee's handmade legacy. The East chapter exhibition features both fine arts and crafts pieces as well as a public mural piece created during the recent Art in the Valley festival at Ijams Nature Center. The mural aims to demonstrate how the community may be connected through craft.

Bruce Bunting: New Works in Paper on the North Wall

In this exhibition, Bruce Bunting will display the wide range of papers he has made from simple sheets to complex multi-step sheets, as well as examples of his art made with from these papers. Paper fibers include abaca, kozu, gampi, seisel, bamboo, cotton, and wood cellulose, and he also uses various vegetable related fibers from his garden. He uses dyes, inks, and pigments for color as appropriate.

Bunting has attended papermaking classes and visited artist studios and paper mills, during which time he has met fine artists, makers of books and prints, those who sell finished paper sheets to others, and those collaborate with others to help them realize their art in paper. In this exhibition, he hopes to generate interest and discussions leading to future opportunities and collaborations. Currently, he can sell paper from his inventory, make custom orders of paper, collaborate on paper related projects, or consult about paper making science and techniques.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Member Exhibition in the Atrium

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center Member Exhibition was developed to showcase local arts and crafts from members of the AACC crafting in the East Tennessee region. Traditional Appalachia arts and crafts will be featured in the member exhibition, including: basket making, woodwork, quilting, weaving, pottery, mixed media and more.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is one of the oldest craft centers in Tennessee with more than 70 local juried artists. Their mission is to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. They are a nonprofit arts center featuring a public gallery selling handcrafted pieces by our local juried artists. Throughout the year, the center offers classes for adults and children.

The exhibitions are on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.