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KNOXVILLE - Circle Modern Dance presents a dance workshop with Joy Davis at the Knoxville Emporium (downstairs) August 16 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is open to dancers of all skill levels. Cost is $20.
Dancer/choreographer/teacher, Joy Davis has just returned from a month's intensive study in the Netherlands with Dutch choreographer and originator of the Countertechnique*, Anouk Van Dijk. "The Countertechnique is the movement system Anouk developed over her 20 year career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. The method focuses on both mental and physical aspects of dancing and strives to increase an overall awareness of many different levels that operate while dancing. The CT departs from all traditional methods that seek to control movement from the pelvis or 'core centre'. Replacing the static balance of these core centre approaches, CT uses three-dimensional counterdirections inside and outside the body to create a highly dynamic balance, enabling the dancer to execute extreme movements and to find more versatile ways of changing direction whilst moving."
Joy first studied with Anouk during the American Dance Festival at Duke University in 2005. She has continued to incorporate and draw inspiration from this method and has traveled to Amsterdam on three separate occasions to expand her understanding of the CT.
*This is not a Countertechnique workshop.
This workshop is open to any level dancer. Joy will integrate her knowledge of the Countertechnique with elements of both her own style of movement and improvisation. Please wear comfortable dance clothes, socks, and knee pads if so inclined.
For more information, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (865) 524.7615.
- FREE and exclusive access to 10' x 10' artist studio located in the Emporium Center.
- Materials stipend of $200 per month.
- Complimentary membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance for one year.
- Display of at least one piece of artist's new work in the public areas of the Emporium Center each month of the residency (beginning with the First Friday opening reception on October 3).
- Exhibition of artist's new work in the upstairs gallery of the Emporium Center near the end of the residency period.
Betsy Worden, an artist, teacher, and Knoxville Civic Leader, was perhaps best known for her works in watercolor and weaving, and she contributed greatly to Knoxville's visual arts community in numerous ways throughout her life. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee and did post-graduate studies at Atlanta School of the Art, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the University of Tennessee. A painter, tapestry weaver, and printmaker, she was a longtime instructor at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, and she taught watercolor classes for the Knoxville Museum of Art. A leader in the Knoxville arts community, Worden served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Art Market Gallery, of which she co-founded. She also co-founded the Community School of the Arts in Knoxville. She served as a past president of the Knoxville Watercolor Society and actively participated in the Tennessee Watercolor Society, the Art and Antiques Gallery, Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Foothills Craft Guild, and Tennessee Women in the Arts. The residency materials stipend has been donated by the Worden family in her honor.
Applications must include resume, letter of recommendation, artist's statement, and CD of digital images of artist's work. Deadline for receipt of application is Friday, September 5, 2008. Applications may be downloaded at www.knoxalliance.com and should be submitted to the Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or e-mail email@example.com.
KNOXVILLE – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of illustrative and figurative works by Mänya Pirkle and abstract paintings by her son, Jonathan Pirkle. While these talented artists are closely related, their work differs greatly, offering the public a wonderful variety of styles in both two- and three-dimensional works. The show will be exhibited at 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 downtown 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.
East Tennessee native Mänya Higdon Pirkle is an artist, designer, teacher, craftsperson, and former gallery owner whose works include a wide variety of media and subjects. Her acrylic paintings and pencil drawings are displayed in galleries throughout the region. Educated at the University of Tennessee and Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Mänya further advanced her artistic career by becoming involved in leadership roles: she has served on the Board of Directors of the Foothills Craft Guild, of which she is a charter member, and has been a member of the Southern Highlands Handcraft Guild for 40 years. Mänya, one of the first to become involved in the redevelopment of the former World's Fair Park, established a gallery in the 11th Street Art District shortly after the fair ended. This gallery was chosen by the East Tennessee chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts' Women's Artist Studio Tour and Exhibition, which highlighted galleries owned by local women and raised funds to support the chapter. She established other retail galleries in other cities and taught art in the University of Tennessee's non-credit department, as well as private lessons to classes and individuals from throughout the Knoxville area. She is a member of the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and The Art Market Gallery. Her work was included in Spotlight, The American Craft Council Southeast Annual Juried Exhibition at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, and in the Artscapes Auctions at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She has contributed to the Mayor's art auctions, Public Television auctions, University of Tennessee Art Department auctions and other art-related charities. "Creating art is a process that is executed by the artist at the direction of the piece as it evolves," she says.
Growing up in an art-involved family, Jonathan Pirkle took up art as a form personal expression: first as a hobby, then as a second career, designing advertising layouts and logos. He studied broadcasting arts and media at Oak Ridge High School and attended Roane State Community College and the University of Tennessee while simultaneously pursuing a career in radio and music. He worked as an announcer, producer, music director, program director, and operations manager at radio stations WORI, WATO, Z-93 and WOKI-FM. The Modern Rock format he created for WNFZ became a national template for this emerging genre. Jonathan thoroughly enjoyed designing logos, advertisements, and promotions for the stations, and as he became more involved in graphic arts, he also began painting contemporary oil/enamel abstracts in 2003. He has exhibited with the Artscapes Auctions at the Knoxville Museum of Art, in the Candy Factory, the Emporium Center, and Tomato Head restaurant, as well as a juried show in Roseville, California. "While a finished work is its own reward, the process of creating it remains my favorite part of the journey. Combining sharply contrasting colors to make an image that is refreshing to view, while maintaining the more serious thought behind it, provides me with a feeling of adventure and freedom," he says.
The opening reception on Friday, September 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM, is free and open to the public, and complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Works of Mänya Pirkle and Jonathan Pirkle is on exhibit September 5-26 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9-5. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.