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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2018

Arts Calendar

New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on July 6
Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Below are samples on the art on display.
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New Exhibitions Opening at the Emporium Center on July 6

Date(s):  July 06 - 27, 2018
Venue: Emporium Center for Arts & Culture

Knoxville, 37901

KNOXVILLE, TN — The Arts & Culture Alliance presents five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from July 6-27. A reception takes place Friday, July 6, from 5-9 p.m. as part of First Friday activities downtown to which 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.

My Life, My Art in East Tennessee in the Main gallery

“My Life, My Art in East Tennessee” is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists ages 50 and up. The exhibition, sponsored by Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living, will feature fine art works of all media works by local artists reflecting the theme “My Life, My Art in East Tennessee”. Works in the exhibitions may also be a reflection of community, family and history in East Tennessee. For more information about participating in the exhibition, contact

Iron Dreams in the Balcony gallery

“Iron Dreams” is a show of hand-forged ironwork made by five metal workers in Tennessee. The show will focus on functional and sculptural ironwork for the home and garden. A diverse collection of work results from the unique style and expression of each artist. Featured artists include Joe Babb, Brad Greenwood, Abraham Pardee, Mike Rose and Ryan T. Schmidt.

Joe Babb has been a maker of things in various materials for his entire life, working in steel with forge and anvil for the past 40 years. He currently devotes most of his time to the design and production of custom ironwork.

Abraham Pardee holds a BFA in metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, has completed the Apprentice Program at the Metal Museum in Memphis, and has worked for several professional blacksmith shops across the country. He has exhibited work nationally and taught workshops, and he has managed his own blacksmithing studio, Pardee Metal, since 2016.

Brad Greenwood is a full-time coppersmith and blacksmith in Anderson County. He belongs to two professional guilds: the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild and the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths. He hand crafts custom pieces in his own forge, utilizing the same techniques perfected over centuries by masters of the trade.

Mike Rose’s work is a combination of traditional blacksmithing and sculptural expression. He has smithed for over 40 years, including 25 as Master Smith at Dollywood theme park and eight years as Professor of Fine Arts at Pellissippi State College.

Ryan T. Schmidt lives and manages his metal art studio and shop surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Park in historic Cumberland Gap. He learned the art of blacksmithing from William Brock, a traditional blacksmith and the owner of Rusted Bird Studio. Schmidt is a proud member of the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild, Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths and Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America.

Work by Michelle Barillaro, Viktoria Cubbedge, and Emily Shane in the display case

Michelle Barillaro, a 2018-2019 Bailey Grant recipient, will display paintings and jewelry. She has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She works mostly in abstract using pastels, paint and charcoal.

Viktoria Cubbedge will display four dolls that are made of air-dried clay, acrylic paints, pastels, fabrics, leather, vintage elements, and fabric. She was born and raised in Ukraine and has received degrees in library sciences and exhibition management. She worked as a photographer for almost 20 years. She lives in Seymour and has been making dolls for one year.

Emily Shane, a 2018-2019 Bailey Grant recipient, has always been drawn to color and bold graphic design. Ten years ago she ran across three boxes of books destined for the landfill and decided to do something with them. She’s been making art with vintage hardback book covers and ephemera ever since. Inspired by nature, textile design, pop/op art, photography, and films, she uses a variety of tools to cut, shape, and arrange her materials into works of depth, balance, and symmetry.

Marcia Moffett: Summer Time Fun! on the North Wall

Marcia Moffett graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1981 with a BFA in Commercial Art. During this time, she concentrated on acrylics and later expanded to poetry and calligraphy. She has also experimented with collage, watercolor and mixed media to create unique and original paintings. Her current work has vibrant colors, stylized realism and abstract forms that were not seen in earlier paintings.

Short Sleeve Pants. Socks Are Optional by Rodney Yardley in the Atrium
Rodney Yardley has walked the streets of Knoxville for nearly 45 years, most of the time alone, usually in short pants, and generally with no socks. He believes he may be the original “free range kid.” The exhibition showcases his photography of Knoxville.

Artist statement: My Dad worked at Woodruff’s when it was a department store. When I turned 12, he would bring me to work with him. I would spend a short amount of time going through the store and greeting everyone who worked there, and then I was allowed to go out and walk these very same streets I walk today. It was perfectly safe; no danger at all. I did have boundaries. I wasn’t allowed to go near The Bijou because I would have to walk by Comer’s pool hall, which was definitely off limits. I still had a ball, visiting Watson’s when it was Watson’s, The Hobby Shop where they sold model trains and airplanes, and Miller’s on Gay Street where the ladies at the candy counter would give me a free sample bag of candy. These are things I dream about some nights, and they are beautiful, heartwarming dreams. Welcome to my dreams of a town I love.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Emporium will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the holiday. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

Phyllis Parrot is in her nineties. East Tennessee is her home, and she worked in Oak Ridge during World War II. Jim Griscom has only recently taken up art and painting. His favorite art teacher is local artist Jessica Gregory.

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