The Art Market Gallery is a cooperative of more than sixty East Tennessee artists dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. We are located in the heart of downtown Knoxville with convenient parking on Gay Street, State Street Parking Garage and Market Square Parking Garage.

Featured Artists April 2013

The Art Market Gallery of Knoxville will present two exhibits in April: a show of recent works by painter/printmaker Gay Davis Bryant  and wood-turner Janis Proffitt, both of Knoxville, and the annual Members Silent Auction, which is a Dogwood Arts Festival Featured Event.
Gay Bryant has worked as a studio artist for the last 20 years and teaches regionally.  A retired community college professor, her works depict nature, architecture, and events of everyday life. While celebrating traditional skills and craftsmanship, Gay brings the viewer into familiar scenes of East Tennessee’s rich landscape through use of relief-printmaking techniques such as woodcuts, linoleum block and composite materials, and in her watercolor and acrylic paintings. The featured body of work for this show is called “Gatherings.”
Woodworking has been in Janis Proffitt’s family for several generations, dating to Sevier County’s first settlers. Janis grew up helping and honing newly learned skills in her father’s woodshop, and later teaching herself pyrography (wood burning) which she incorporated into her wood-turnings. Featured on WBIR’s “The Heartland Series,” her work blends traditional Appalachia turning with contemporary design. She has worked as a fulltime craft artist with her sister for more than 20 years in their Dad’s old woodshop in the mountains of Pittman-Center.
A First Friday opening reception for the exhibits is planned for 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 5, with complimentary refreshments and live folk and “new grass” music on guitar and ukelele by Molly Rochelson. The reception also opens bidding on a large variety of works by gallery artists and artisans for the annual Members Silent Auction, which will run April 5 – 28.
Member owned and operated by more than 60 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay St., next to the Downtown Grill & Brewery, and a few doors away from Mast General Store. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The gallery is handicapped accessible.  For more information, call 865-525-5265, or visit, or
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