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 June 2013

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Recent works by fiber artist Pat Delashmit and painter Gary Dagnan will be featured during the month of June at the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville.

“I cannot remember a time in my life without fiber,” says Pat Delashmit of Maryville, who has been weaving for more than 25 years and sees endless possibilities with this medium.

Her inspiration comes from East Tennessee’s landscape, a love of the ocean and seashore, and seasonal changes, weather, even the light of day. Tapestry and mixed media are her focus, but experimenting with new techniques and fibers has resulted in the silk vessel, offering a new surface on which to express images, colors and textures. Before being shaped, the vessel begins as a sheet of silk fibers arranged to be a colorful backdrop to her original drawing, which then is thread-painted by free-motion embroidery.

Gary Dagnan has been a landscape painter for more than 40 years. He has won numerous awards and his art is represented in many private, corporate and public collections, among them the TVA, Ruby Tuesday and the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga. The body of work to be displayed in this exhibit is a series of recent paintings entitled “Woodlands.” They depict the solitude and beauty of the abundant forests of the East Tennessee area.

“I want my paintings to express the emotional and spiritual connection that I have with nature,” the Knoxville resident says, noting that he is more interested in the aesthetics of a scene than he is with documenting a specific place.

A First Friday opening reception for the exhibits is planned for 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 7, with complimentary refreshments and acoustic, folk and blues music on guitar or banjo by Crispy Watkins. Many member artists will be on hand to meet and mingle with visitors.

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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