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Emporium Center opens new exhibitions for July

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from July 5-26, 2019.

Knoxville Photo 2019 in the main gallery The Arts & Culture Alliance presents the seventh annual Knoxville Photo juried exhibition featuring selected works from 46 artists throughout the region. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more. Lynette Miller served as juror for the exhibition and viewed 415 images to select the exhibition. Miller received her MFA in Photography from SUNY Buffalo and has taught college-level darkroom and digital photography. Her work explores alternative, innovative ways of creating and conceptualizing photography, and she has numerous one woman, group, museum and gallery exhibitions to her credit throughout the U.S.

The following artists’ works will be shown:

• Dave Edens of Madison, AL
• Nancy Stalls of Hopkinsville, KY
• Tonya Wade of Arden, NC
• Sam Hill of Matthews, NC
• Ken Van Dyne of Cincinnati, OH
• Brooke NaeCole of Chattanooga, TN
• Dana Moody of East Ridge, TN
• David Boruff, David Denton, Jurgen Dopatka, Pamela Given, David A. Johnson, Gretchen Kaplan, John P. Kernodle, Andreas Koschan, Merry Koschan, Ryan Mason, Christopher Mitchell, Alyssa Nealon, Thomas W. Owens, Hei Park, Norm Plate, Julie Rabun, Chris Rohwer, Robin Moore Rohwer, Caitlin Ryan, Dale M. Sumner, Saray Taylor-Roman, Clay Thurston, Rick Whitehead, Jeff Wischkaemper, and Conny Zhao of Knoxville, TN
• David Hardin of Loudon, TN
• Cat Griffith-Benson and Marianne Woodside of Maryville, TN
• Durwood Edwards of Nashville TN
• Debra Lovvorn Belvin, Paula Campbell, Yvonne Dalschen and Jill Vandagriff of Oak Ridge, TN
• Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill, TN
• Phil Savage and AngelaDawn of Powell, TN
• Marlon Davey of Rutledge, TN
• Spears McAllester of Signal Mountain, TN
• James E. Meldrum of Beloit, WI

Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at the reception at 6:00 PM. For more information, please visit

breadbox art at the emporium knoxville
Breadbox art by Doug Lawrence
breadbox art at the emporium knoxville
Breadbox art by Emma Slaymaker

No Bigger Than a Breadbox: Biennial Small Works Show in the Balcony gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents an inaugural juried exhibition designed to celebrate the innovation of artists who create work on a small scale in a broad range of media and styles. The maximum size of each of the 65 works in the exhibition is 12” in any direction. Juror Marga Hayes McBride has exhibited in galleries in Maine, Baltimore, California, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Dallas, Austin, Ann Arbor, Madison, New Orleans, Miami, and Chicago.

The following artists’ works will be shown:

• Rob Nixon of Tallahassee, FL
• Dawnice Kerchaert of Pontiac, MI
• Stephen Simmerman of Selma, NC
• Lizzie Gray of Arlington, TN
• Sheila Chesanow of Athens, TN
• Linda Coulter of Crossville, TN
• Rebecca J. Buglio of Gatlinburg, TN
• T. Richard Alexander, Lorraine Burrows, Nancy S. Campbell, Raeus Cannon, Bobbie Crews, Claudia Dean, Katharine Emlen, Daniela Esrequis, Susana Esrequis, Stan Hillard, Laurel Hooker, Brian Horais, Jeanne Kidd, David Klieman, Andreas Koschan, Tom Owens, Jacene Phillips, Manya Pirkle, Steve Rehn, Michelle Rost, Michael Seagraves, Esther Sitver, Emma Slaymaker, Robert H. Thompson, William A. Timm, Rick Whitehead, and Brandon Woods of Knoxville, TN
• Steven McQuilkin of Lenoir City, TN
• Doug Lawrence of Louisville, TN
• Deede Edele, Carl Gombert, Kathleen Kinney and Vickie Kallies Lee of Maryville, TN
• Bradford W. Humphrey of Maynardville, TN
• Michael Baggarly of Murfreesboro, TN
• Courtney Lane of Nashville, TN
• Michelle Barillaro, Debra Lovvorn Belvin, Elaine Marcel Culbert, and Yvonne Dalschen of Oak Ridge, TN
• Jane Newman of Ooltewah, TN
• Iryna Lialko of Pigeon Forge, TN
• Jim Scarsella of Sevierville, TN
• Kerry Remp of Seymour, TN

Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at the reception at 6:30 PM. For more information, please visit

patsy white
Patsy White; image courtesy of the artist

Saray Taylor Roman;
image courtesy of the artist

Patsy White: The Locals on the North Wall
Patsy Ferrell White will display a sampling from an ongoing series of portraits of Knoxville artists and creatives. Her works are acrylic on canvas. She describes herself as “a 21st-century working class creative”; self-taught and self-employed, she has been fortunate to make a living as a full-time creative for almost 20 years. White’s passion is painting portraits, and she has also found a niche in interior design with the artist’s touch. White is inspired by a great facial or other physical expression that reveals something about the subject. She hopes viewers will be intrigued by the ever-changing cast of characters in her body of work.

“I’ve only been sharing my art work since July of 2017 when I entered a painting in a local music-inspired competition,” she says. “Much to my surprise, I won Best of Show and was encouraged to move forward in developing my style. About a year later, I placed among the finalists in an international competition which earned me a spot in a group exhibit in Manhattan.”

For more information, please visit, find FerrellWhiteArt on Facebook, or see FerrellWhiteArt on Instagram.

dawn hinesley jones art
Art by Dawn Hinesley Jones; image courtesy of the artist

Dawn Hinesley Jones: Sacred Geometry: Intricately Designed Fused Glass Pieces in the display case
My Scared Geometry Glass series explores a sculptural side of two-dimensional pieces: flat compositions focusing on symbolic or trompe l’oeil themes. My goal is to challenge the line between two- and three-dimensional art, and I want to infuse my pieces with a sense of strength or symbolism that makes an impression on the viewer. I am intrigued by the mathematical forms in nature and art, and the optical illusions that can be created solely through compositions, color and light.

Dawn Hinesley Jones received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University, giving her an appreciation of both the precise techniques of printmaking, and the fluid spontaneity of painting. She established a career in graphic design and illustration for newspapers and the print industry, developing a keen eye for composition and graphic representation. Her fine art endeavors evolved into mixed media painting and hand-made papers, and she explored the sculptural side of two-dimensional pieces. In 2012, Dawn began taking that exploration into glass. She has experimented in hot glass, and is currently working to master fusing art glass. Her artwork has been shown in galleries in Winston-Salem, NC; Knoxville and Oak Ridge, TN. She is currently a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and the Oak Ridge Art Center. For more information, please visit

knoxville community darkroom
Knoxville Community Darkroom art
conny zhao
Bird; by Conny Zhao

Knoxville Community Darkroom Members Exhibition in the Atrium
This exhibition will include traditional film photography as well as digital and alternative processes made by members of the Knoxville Community Darkroom.

The Knoxville Community Darkroom, the area’s only public darkroom facility, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts center whose mission is to educate our local community about film photography and traditional film processes as a means of artistic self-expression. A rotating menu of workshops in film development, printing, alternative processes, digital and other photo related media are regularly offered to the public, including classes specifically designed for younger students. The KCD offers darkroom memberships for all skill levels. Orientations and classes are included with each new membership.

For more information, please visit or find The Knoxville Community Darkroom on Facebook.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

Published July 8, 2019

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