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Art Market Gallery’s January featured artist exhibit and reception


Recent works by Julia A. Malia and Linn Stilwell will be featured throughout January at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music performed by “Pistol Creek Catch of the Day” will begin at 5:30 p.m. on January 4, 2019, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

The show will highlight wearable art, rich in texture and color by Julia Malia, as well as a series of paintings by Linn Stillwell which focus on nature’s colors, rhythms, and playfulness of light in her creatures of feathers.

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Image courtesy of Julia A. Malia
 

Julia A. Malia, Fiber Artist
I am a fiber, jewelry, and stained glass craftswoman as well as a watercolorist and musician. As a fiber artist specializing in wearable art, I use a variety of fibers and techniques. The styles of my original designs are usually either classical or folk-style in nature, drawing inspiration from historic or ancient themes. For instance, I often base garment designs on our family’s Irish and Scottish roots, and I also favor Japanese kimono garment shapes. Rich textures and colors are central to my life and my work, and I utilize techniques that combine and enhance color variegations.

I am a juried member of the Foothills Craft Guild as both a fiber artist (specializing in knitting and crocheting) and a jewelry maker. I also am a member of the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, the Precious Metal Clay Guild of East Tennessee, and the Fountain City Art Center. I am drawn to fabrics and, as a child, used to play at sewing garments and piecing quilt squares for my grandmother, eventually learning standard clothing construction techniques as a teen. My mother taught me how to knit when I was a young child, and I learned to crochet from a friend when I was in my early 20s. In 1977, I won second place in the state of Iowa for my original design and creation of a hand-hooked rug entitled “Sarah’s Fantasy Rug.” In 2013, I had two of my original fiber designs selected for runway appearances at the Dogwood Arts Festival Diva Luncheon Fashion Show in Knoxville. In 2014, I was the invited featured artist for the month of July in a one-woman fiber art exhibit at the Charles City Art Center in Charles City, Iowa. My exhibit, entitled “Wearable Art: Themes and Variations,” was a retrospective of my craftwork in fibers and jewelry over the decades.

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Image courtesy of Linn Stilwell
 


Linn Stilwell
Born in 1948, Linn spent her early years in the rolling hills of New Jersey and the bayous of Louisiana. College years were spent in Oklahoma and California. After their son was born in Oklahoma her family moved to California, but they ultimately chose to settle into an 1830’s farm in New Hampshire and became involved in 4-H, FFA and the New England Lamb Promotion Council. She pursued a career with Converse/Nike in footwear global supply chain planning while raising sheep, chickens and herbs at the farm with her husband and son. Linn is a clinical aromatherapy and herbal medicine practitioner, teaching for over 17 years at Misty Meadows Herbal Center.

Nature is where Linn feels most engaged, ready to capture beautiful light filtering through the trees, slanting over water and illuminating landscapes and animals. She brings these beautiful scenes to life in watercolor paintings. Inspired to follow the naturalist’s path of artistic expression she brings behaviors and environments to bear on paintings of creatures of feathers and fur.

Linn enjoys traveling and taking photographs that inform and influence her paintings. You will often find her behind the camera with the tripod set up in a swamp at a wildlife refuge or national park. She takes advantage of art workshops in Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Maine and Vermont and has been fortunate to study with Mike Bailey, Lee Edge, Robert O’Brien, Soon Y Warren, Alan Shuptrine, Kim Eng Yeo and Kate McCullough. Serving as the 2017-18 President of Knoxville Watercolor Society, she’s also a member of Tennessee Watercolor Society and the Southern Watercolor Society. Her work was juried into the 2018 Tennessee Watercolor Society show at the Customs House Museum in Clarksburg and the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. Linn can be reached at linn.stilwell@comcast.net or call her at 603-531- 2454. She resides in Knoxville.

Owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors away from Mast General store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., First Fridays only; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 865-525-5265, or visit artmarketgallery.net or facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery.

Published January 4, 2018








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