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Emporium Center features new exhibitions beginning June 7

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Dogwood by Eleanor Aldrich; image courtesy of the artist

The Arts & Culture Alliance will present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 7-28, 2019. A reception will take place on Friday, June 7, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. as part of First Friday activities downtown. 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.

Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition in the main gallery
The Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition was developed to showcase and award the finest artists of our region. Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from more than 40 emerging and established artists who live within 500 miles of Knoxville will comprise this year’s exhibition. Jurors Brian and Carolyn Jobe, Co-Founders + Co-Directors of Locate Arts, are both artists and administrators with art world experience in Tennessee, Texas, and New York. They enjoy facilitating beneficial connections and have a passion to see the contemporary art communities of Tennessee thrive. They will award $2,000 to artists at the opening at 6:00 PM. For more information, please visit

“Creative Storm” by Tina Brunetti, Bill Capshaw, Tina Curry, LeJean Hardin, Carlos Jones, and Jamie Price Payne in the Balcony gallery
This diverse group of artists have worked together and/or been friends for many years, and each artist has a distinct style and approach to their work. The component that ties them all together is a shared vision of the beauty they see in the world, the environment, the resources around us, and the unique ways of creating a 2-D or 3-D form. They convey raw emotion in each stroke of the pen or brush, the curvature of the clay, and the image peeping through the lens of the camera. Creative Storm features a talented group of artists letting the viewer have insight into their dreams and imagination. The exhibition artists include:

• Tina Brunetti – Intense love and respect for animals and nature drives Tina Brunetti to paint, and her latest artistic exploration involves the application of alcohol ink to sheet metal:
• Bill Capshaw – A clay artist who, for more than 30 years, has served as Pottery Chair and Instructor of the Oak Ridge Art Center.
• Tina Curry – A clay sculpture artist for over 25 years who is fascinated with trying to express nonverbal emotion through clay, especially with human portraits:
• LeJean Hardin – A graphic artist by profession since 1980 who has been creating with clay since 2010.
• Carlos Jones – Digital photography has allowed him to deliver images that are refined, detailed, and competitive with industry standards. He works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, helping communicate the goals of a government laboratory via photography:
• Jamie Price Payne – A graphic designer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for over 33 years, her pieces are inspired by the different emotions and feelings that belong to women.

Sandi Burdick: A First Exhibition on the North Wall
Sandi Burdick creates abstract paintings with acrylics on canvas, boards, or whatever surfaces are available. She often mixes unusual materials into the paint. She loves the adaptability of acrylics as they can be manipulated to look like watercolor or oils and can be overpainted or scraped away - there are infinite possibilities with acrylics.

Burdick enjoys hiking and gardening and finds endless inspiration from Mother Nature. She has been fortunate to travel the world for business and pleasure and has had the opportunity to visit many of the finest art museums. She has been awed and inspired by the works she has seen. She is motivated to paint by things she sees and experiences every day. Her desire is to share the beauty that she sees and feels through her paintings. For more information, please visit her website at

Kirstie Durham: Test Kit in the display case
Kirstie Durham is a Knoxville-based textile and fabric artist. Inspired by patterns, color, and texture, her work focuses on the marriage of fine art and craft by creating contemporary quilted tapestries and appliques using traditional techniques. Using mostly secondhand fabric and even some irregular quilted squares passed down by Durham’s grandmother, her series Test Kit is an illustration of intergenerational creativity and the rooted Appalachian tradition of resourcefulness. More of her work can be found on Instagram at @devildustdesigns.

Ty Crisp: Becoming Ancestor in the Atrium
In this exhibition, Ty Crisp presents Protestant iconography of the American rural church. “These works are centered on a church organ from the late 20th century turned inside out,” he explains. The exhibition space will be transformed into the sanctuary of a fading paradigm, as Crisp will use remnants used in rural churches such as a pulpit, organ, hymn books, and more. This work was inspired after spending 2017 installing the woodwork in The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. For more information, please visit

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. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

Published May 31, 2019

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