Recent works by pipe maker Ron Smith and artist Carl Gombert will be on display January 31 through February 26 at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the featured artists will begin at 5:30 p.m., January 6, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk, with complimentary refreshments, and music performed by Carl Gombert.
Ohio native Carl Gombert started taking painting lessons at the age of 14 with money he earned delivering newspapers. He completed a BFA in Drawing from the University of Akron and an MFA in Painting from Kent State University. “I love pattern. I love decoration, and I love sparkle. These hand stamped works rely on radial structure to explore complexity and pattern arising from the application of simple rules.” He has exhibited widely and his work is in numerous museum, collegiate, and corporate collections. Since 1993 has taught painting, drawing and art history at Maryville College in Tennessee.
Ron Smith’s fascination with pipes began with the hours he spent at the Iwan Ries Pipe Shop in Chicago, a regular stop following his frequent visits to the Art Institute only a block away. Following retirement he received formal training under American Pipe Maker, Tim West in 2014 and at the 2014 International Pipe Makers’ Seminar in Chicago under the guidance of such masters as Lee von Erck, Rex Poggenpohl, Mike Butera and Jeff Gracik. His freehand pipes are hand shaped, each one a unique creation. Although a fan of the Danish freeform style, he often adopts more classical shapes in his productions and in most pieces attempts to bring out the grain of the briar to bring out the material’s natural and often hidden features. His pipes and pens are forms of functional art.
The Art Market Gallery is unique because it’s owned and operated by more than 60 of the best professional artists in our region. It’s conveniently located at 422 S. Gay Street, just a few doors away from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the abutting garage behind the gallery on State Street and street parking is available in front of the gallery on Gay Street. Parking is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11a.m. to 9pm on Friday, 11a.m. to 6pm on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 865-525-5265, or visit artmarketgallery.net, or facebook.com/Art.Market.Gallery.)