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Volume 24, Number 10 — November 2017

Arts Calendar

New exhibitions opening at the Emporium Center
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New exhibitions opening at the Emporium Center

Date(s):  November 03 - 22, 2017
Venue: Arts & Culture Alliance
Emporium Center
Knoxville, TN 37919

KNOXVILLE, TN The Arts & Culture Alliance presents new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from Nov. 3-22. A reception takes place Friday, Nov. 3, from 4-9 p.m., as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Nov. 3-5: 19th Master Woodworkers Show in the lower gallery
The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild presents the 19th Master Woodworkers Show, a biennial juried show highlighting the works of 33 craftspeople and artists of East Tennessee and the surrounding region. The show features many types of woodworking from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. "We have a great show for 2017," says Scott DeWaard, show director. "It happens only every other year, and for just three days; it's a great opportunity to meet the makers. If you love fine, handmade furniture and want to know more about what sets it apart, then this is the show for you."

The Show hours are Friday, Nov. 3, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Among the participants in this year's show are the following artisans: Curtis Buchanan (Jonesborough), Ron Clayton (Loudon), Scott DeWaard (Walland), Richard Dwyer (Gray), Tad Gloecker (Bogart, Ga.), Chris Hedges (Athens, Ohio), Chris Hough (Ooltewah), Brian Horais (Knoxville), Al Hudson (Knoxville), Ken Lewis (Kingsport), Kenneth Johnson (Marietta, Ga.), Lou Mansur (Knoxville), Michael McDunn (Greenville, S.C.), Jeffrey Neil (Gray), Sandy Pittard (Walland), Stephen Shankles (Maryville), Paul Sasso (Almo, Ky.), Alf Sharp (Woodbury), Kirk Shufelt (Cullowhee, N.C.), Dennis Siemsen (Oak Ridge), Jerry Spady (Oak Ridge), and Ronald Young (Chattanooga).

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Following the three-day Master Woodworkers Show:
Nov. 8-22: The Arab American Club of Knoxville: From the Middle East to the Smoky Mountains in the lower gallery

The Arab American Club of Knoxville presents an exhibit of paintings and photos from the Middle East to the Smoky Mountains. The exhibit shares the experiences of local community members through their photo journeys to the Middle East and East Tennessee. Photographer Sam Mishu's work includes photos of Jordan, the ancient city of Petra and the majestic natures of Cades Cove; Dean Rice's photographs capture his visit to the Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan; Rulla Habiby's paintings captures the essence of her hometown Haifa and her husband's hometown, Nazareth; Vivian Dakak's expressive paintings tell the story of her Iraqi background and her life as an American; Hiba Alyawer's paintings give abstract art a whole new meaning, exploring her life under Saddam, escaping as a child with her family to Kuwait and later settling in the United States.

Live and Local: Recent Works of the Pellissippi Art Faculty in the Balcony gallery
"The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety." — William Somerset Maugham

Live and Local features a mix of ceramics, sculpture, installation, printmaking, drawing, painting, and mixed media. After a successful exhibition in 2012, the studio art faculty of Pellissippi State Community College return to the Emporium to exhibit their recent works. Among the faculty, exhibiting artists include: Randy Arnold, Jennifer Brickey, Caroline Covington, Marty Komorny, Elizabeth Kurtz, Jeff Lockett, Tatiana Potts, Herb Rieth and Sarah Shebaro.

Pellissippi State offers a range of studio courses in painting, drawing, design, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture in a studio setting under the guidance of practicing professional artists. For more information on the Art program, visit

Kimberly Pack: lovenestmonsters in the display case

The drawings of Kimberly Pack came about out of necessity. Tough times call for some unusual ways of escaping. Her drawings of mopey-faced, scraggly-haired guys became an outlet for that escape. To create guys with lumpy bodies and eyes with dark circles and puffiness allowed her to bring to life with pen and paper the sadness and uncertainty of her life.

Pack was born in Virginia to a family of people with sleepy, sorrowful eyes whom even in the toughest of times were always there for her. The drawings possibly represent the small town she was born in surrounded by mountains and home to a Dupont factory located across the street from her childhood home. There were plenty of characters in that town and in her own family, many of whom come through in the drawings she creates. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BA in art and a concentration in photography, the black and white-ness of her drawings only confirms her love of the processing and printing of black and white film. She also spends her time sewing her lovenestmonster dolls and photographing anything and everything. Follow her on Instagram at @lovenestmonster and @kimberlypack_art.

The Cape Ann Collection — Watercolors by Carl Whitten on the North Wall
Cape Ann sits jutting out into the sea 25 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. For over 150 years, famous artists have been coming to Cape Ann's quaint and rustic towns of Gloucester, Rockport, Annisquam, Magnolia, Lanesville, and Essex to paint its beauty. "You can never run out of things to paint with Cape Ann's six lighthouses, fishing boats, sandy beaches and rocky shores," says Carl Whitten. "I was truly inspired by the natural seaside light, colors and flavor of Cape Ann." The summer he visited was like a homecoming since he was born on Cape Ann and can track his family ancestry to fishermen from Gloucester. Other than a few summer visits, Whitten had not lived on Cape Ann since early childhood, but now as an artist can appreciate its beauty and great history.

Whitten lives in Knoxville. He has received numerous awards for his paintings. His paintings have exhibited in the Emporium Center, McGee Tyson Airport, Dogwood Regional Fine Arts exhibits, and in the Knoxville Mayors' offices. He is a member of the American Watercolor Society, The Tennessee Artists Association, and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Knoxville. Examples and fine quality prints of his paintings can be found at

The Knoxville Community Darkroom in the Atrium
This show represents work from the board members of The Knoxville Community Darkroom and includes a combination of traditional analog, digital and alternative photographic processes. KCD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, offering darkroom space for those who want to develop film and print in a traditional black and white darkroom. Education is a top priority, and KCD offers classes in film development and printing in addition to alternative processes. They also offer classes designed for high school and middle school students. Their space provides a great opportunity for all photographers in the area to come together. For more information, visit or

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 23-24. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the website at

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