Dropping in on First Friday activities in downtown Knoxville has become a habit for us. But First Friday during Dogwood Arts Festival brings on even more quality art to see and artists to meet. On April 3rd, The Regional Fine Art Exhibition opened to a packed house at The Emporium Center for the Arts at 100 South Gay Street. And the art, juried by Mark Scala, founding chief curator for the Frist Center in Nashville, did not disappoint!
Upstairs, patrons were taken with such such pieces as this almost floor-to-ceiling study in black and white by Caitlyn Wilson of Clarksville.
Others leaned in to the small three-dimensional compositions like this watermedia on paper entitled Backyard Food Chain by Elizabeth Sanford of Nashville.
Downstairs, guests mingled around the table of desserts in the great room, studied the art on the walls, and then chatted with artists in their studios.
New (at least to us) artist Angel Blanco, premiered his collection of abstract art and painted clothing. Models (Bert really liked this part!) moved throughout the room and posed for pictures in dresses reminiscent of Jackson Pollock paint-slung canvases.
You could hear patrons commenting on the spacious size and interesting decor of Connie Gaertner’s studio . . .
And talking with Diana Kilburn about her nearly 25 years of painting watercolors.
Favorites of the show? Well, if we had to pick, here are ours.
Reflections, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park
Steve Zigler, Knoxville
Thank God for the Bananas
Kate McCullough, Knoxville
3059 Original Thumbprints, 12 Varieties of Archival Paper
Pam Jolly Haile, Nashville
See what we mean when we say quality? And variety!
If you’re in the area, check out the Regional Fine Art Exhibition open April 3 – 25.
And if you’ve been to the show, tell us which pieces are your favorite.
For more information:
Times and location of Regional Fine Art Exhibition: http://www.dogwoodarts.com/regional-fine-art-exhibition/
Dogwood Arts Festival 2015: www.dogwoodarts.org
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