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KNOXVILLE - During the month of June, the Japan International Artists Society will be exhibiting at The University of Tennessee Ewing Gallery, The Architecture Reading Room, and in the UT Downtown Gallery. On view will be 324 works of art by 305 Society members who create in various media ranging from traditional Japanese calligraphy and ceramics to contemporary landscapes and abstraction. For most of these Japanese artists, this will be the first time their art has been exhibited in the United States. A goal of the Japan International Artist Society is to increase cultural awareness and understanding through international exhibitions of art. Throughout their 25 year history, member exhibitions have been held in museums in many countries, including Cuba, Spain, China, Canada, France, and Russia .
Thirty of the Society members will visit Knoxville for the opening reception on Knoxvilles First Friday, June 5, from 5-9 PM, to meet with the local community. Two Society members - ceramic artist ICHINOSE Sadato and master calligrapher TAKADA Bokuzan - will treat visitors to demonstrations of both traditional Japanese calligraphy and Japanese pottery throwing techniques. Refreshments will be served, admission is free, and a complimentary shuttle bus will travel between the Ewing Gallery on the UT campus and the Downtown Gallery, on South Gay Street, for the duration of the evening.
The exhibition will be on view until July 2. Hours at both locations will be Wednesday-Friday, 11-6; Saturday, 10-3; and Sunday, 1-4.
The Ewing Gallery is located at 1715 Volunteer Boulevard and the UT Downtown Gallery is located at 106 South Gay Street. There is no charge for admission. For those interested in creating their own calligraphy, a workshop conducted by Mr. Takuda will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 PM in the Art and Architecture Building on Friday the 5th before the exhibitions opening and reception. There will be no fee and supplies will be furnished. Please call the Ewing Gallery at 974-3200 to reserve your spot, as the number of participants will be limited. For more information, please visit www.ewing-gallery.org
KNOXVILLE – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present "Eclectia", a new exhibition of works by Charlie Daniel and Jon Gustin. The show will be exhibited in the balcony space of the Emporium Center for Arts & Culture in downtown Knoxville from September 5-26, 2008. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on September 5 from 5:00-9:00 PM. The Arts & Culture Alliance and its members will also honor Knoxville City Council, Knox County Commission, and newly elected Tennessee Arts Commission Chairwoman, Donna Chase, at the Emporium with a special moment of recognition at 6:00 PM.
Charlie Daniel, a native of North Carolina, has worked as an editorial cartoonist for Knoxville newspapers for 50 years. The Knoxville News Sentinel recently featured an article on Daniel in commemoration of his continuing work with them since 1992. An exhibit of his cartoons has been on display at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University, and at the gallery of the new building of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Four collections of his cartoons have been published. Daniel donated ten of his works to the Knoxville Arts Council for the ArtFest during the years of 1984-1987, and these pieces will be on display and for sale to benefit the Arts Council's successor, the Arts & Culture Alliance.
KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art's Alive After Five series of live music performances presents the "Summertime Blues Fest," featuring three bands - Li'l Dave Thompson, Lost & Found, and the Terraplane Drifters - on Friday, August 29, from 5:30-9:30 pm.
Born and raised Mississippi, Dave Thompson's exposure to music came early and has always been a way of life. His father, the late Sam Thompson played with Paul "Wine" Jones, Eddie Cusic, James "Son" Thomas and others. A brilliant guitarist, reminiscent in style to Albert King, he first made his mark backing up Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, Junior Kimbrough and R. L. Burnside. Later with his own band, he also garnered W. C. Handy Blues Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album. His current CD "Got to Get Over You" captures his smooth, soulful vocal stylings and has received critical acclaim.
Lost & Found is a 7-member Blues and R & B band comprised of experienced musicians from the Greater Knoxville area. Male and female lead vocalists, Joel Burris and Lindsay George, are backed by Chico Crawford on keyboards, Jason Hutchens on saxophone, Michael (the other) Jordan on guitar and vocals, David Yocum on bass and vocals, and Kevin Redding on drums.
The Terraplane Drifters are "Blue" Barry Faust on vocals, lead and slide guitar, and harmonica, and Rodd Barckoff on rhythm and fingerpicking guitar. "Blue" Barry is known as one of Knoxville's best harmonica players, and he is a superbly talented guitarist as well. This laid back duo plays acoustic Delta and Piedmont blues, and they have been known to stir a little Santana and Buffalo Springfield seamlessly into the mix.
For more information about Li'l Dave Thompson, visit www.lildavethompson.com.
Admission to this special Alive After Five is $10 for non-members, and $6 for museum members and students. After 8:00 pm, admission is reduced to $6 and $4. Alive After Five is sponsored by Amica Insurance, Knoxville News Sentinel, Cherokee Distributing Company, East Tennessee Public Television, and WDVX 89.9FM. For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.
KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art's Alive After Five series of live music performances presents the R. B. Morris Band with Y'uns on Friday, August 8, from 5:30-9:30 pm.
Singer/songwriter/poet/playwright R. B. Morris is a Knoxville native son who has traveled far and wide and returned to his roots, garnering national acclaim and support from the likes of Lucinda Williams, John Prine, and Steve Earle along the way. He has been described as a cross between an urban Woodie Guthrie and a rural Tom Waits, with his music encompassing blues, country, old-time gospel, and rock 'n' roll. His band features Hector Qirko on guitar, Jim Williams on bass, and Alonzo Lewis on drums.
Y'uns is a goodtime acoustic band that blends jugband music with elements of folk, swing, country, and blues. The band is comprised of Steve Horton (vocals, guitar, kazoo), Danny Gammon (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, kazoo), J. P. Reddick (vocals, guitar, kazoo), Stan Turner (bass), and J. Miller (percussion). They play just about everything from Muddy Waters to Roger Miller to The Beatles, replete with kazoos, whistles, sirens, and yodeling.
Admission to this performance of Alive After Five is $8 for non-members, and $4 for museum members and students. After 8:00 pm, admission is reduced to $4 and $2. Alive After Five is sponsored by Amica Insurance, Knoxville News Sentinel, Cherokee Distributing Company, East Tennessee Public Television, and WDVX 89.9FM.
KNOXVILLE - Last December, Knoxville Zoo staff and her many friends mourned the passing of BiBi gorilla. BiBi suffered an from infection and was unable to recover. Yet, thanks to artist Cindy Billingsley, BiBi will continue to be remembered through a special collector's painting.
Artist Cindy Billingsley painted the portrait of BiBi just two weeks prior to her passing and has donated it for Knoxville Zoo to share with those who treasured visiting BiBi in Gorilla Valley. Billingsley, a fine arts painter and sculptor, said "I was fascinated by BiBi who was right up against the glass the day I was researching art ideas at Knoxville Zoo. After I heard of BiBi's passing, I knew this gave me the opportunity to share my experience of watching and painting BiBi. I recognized the gorilla I had painted had meant so much to the zoo keepers and guests, and I am happy to share this portrait with them all."
The numbered prints with Billingsley's signature are available for purchase at the ZooShop for only $60. The print is not matted and comes in a protective acid free sleeve. Proceeds from Billingsley's portrait are being donated to Knoxville Zoo as well. To view the portrait, visitwww.cindybillingsley.com.
"We are pleased to offer such a beautiful image of BiBi for our guests," said Lisa New, animal collections director at Knoxville Zoo. "So many of our guests and staff loved BiBi and we want them to have the opportunity to continue their admiration for her, even though she is no longer with us. We can't say thank you enough to Mrs. Billingsley for sharing her talent and art with us."
Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Art lovers won't want to miss Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts' second and final summer art auction to be held this Thursday, July 31, from 6-9 p.m.
The evening will kick off with a silent auction at 6:00 p.m. and culminate with the live auction from 7:00-9:00. Items for bid will include pottery, woodturnings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, paintings and more. Nationally renowned Arrowmont instructors, local artists, Arrowmont resident artists and students donate the work. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served.
All money raised will benefit the school's educational assistance programs that award scholarships to deserving students as well as fund the work-study and studio assistantship positions that are an integral part of the school's operation.
The auction will be held in the Auditorium of the main building on Arrowmont's campus, located at 556 Parkway in Gatlinburg. Parking is free. For more information, please call 865-436-5860. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a non-profit, internationally recognized visual arts complex that evolved from the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School established in 1912, and is dedicated to its mission of "enriching lives through art."