July 03--Yes, it's the 4th of July. Yes, there are hotdogs to be eaten and fireworks to admire. But we mustn't forget the arts because July 4th is also downtown Knoxville's First Friday celebration. So there are exhibits to admire and nibblies to nosh. Here's what we found is going on:
Two exhibits presented by The Arts & Culture Alliance open July 4 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St.
The exhibit "Then & Now" marks the 10-year anniversary of the July 2004 reopening of the renovated Emporium. Work by 24 regional artists will be shown. "Then and Now" includes acrylic, charcoal, clay, photography, woven works, sculpture, oil, pen and ink, and watercolor.
Also opening is local artist R.L. Gibson's series of Xerography on canvas. Gibson, who lives in Gatlinburg, hand draws on the canvases in the series called "Do I Know You?"
Both exhibits are on display through July 29. An opening reception is 5-9 p.m.July 4. The Emporium is closed July 5.
Dragons created from driftwood and "ancestor" masks created by artist Stephen R. Hicks are on display at the Casa Hola offices in July. The exhibit opens with a 5-8 p.m.July 4 reception, Room 109 of the Emporium at 100 S. Gay St.
The exhibit mixes East Tennessee and Hispanic cultures. The masks Hicks made represent the Mayan culture. Hicks, who moved to Tennessee from California, has visited Mayan locations of Chichen Itza and El Rey in Mexico and the 15th-century Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru. Those trips are among the inspiration for his masks.
The Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., shows the work of painter Kathy Holland as well as a group of wood artists in July. The exhibits open with a 5:30-9 p.m.July 4 reception. The works will be shown through July 27.
Holland is an Oak Ridge artist who draws, paints and creates prints. In addition to her art, creations by wood artists Gordon Fowler, Stan Fronczek and Janis Proffitt, all of Knoxville, and Nelson Ziegler of Sevierville, will be shown.
Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, will show works by printmaker Callie Farmer through July. An opening reception is 6-9 p.m.July 4. Farmer uses printmaking and gouache techniques in her work that is nature inspired.
Bootleg Betty, a new consignment store featuring wedding gowns, partywear and cowboy boots at 122 S Gay St, will feature Faith Road Designs' handcrafted jewelry and Knock on Wood Knoxville rustic wood home decor. Open till 9 p.m. for First Friday.
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