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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

November  2017

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2D -Marie Merritt

A painting is not about the painter, but the subject. As the artist behind the work of art, I hope the viewer is first drawn to the emotion and character depicted in the painting. After focusing on this, details — the result of time-honored oil painting techniques — are discovered. Through the careful combination of color, value and composition, a mood of reflective observation is set.

Marie Merritt draws inspiration from the rich history and heritage of her native east Tennessee and southern Appalachia and translates the beauty of the people and places into stories told onto canvas. Civil War characters come to life in her realistic portraits and the beauty of vanishing rural farmlands and vistas is preserved in her pastoral landscapes. Keeping with a theme of tradition, she uses a careful combination of transparent and opaque oil paints, applied in time-honored techniques reminiscent of the old masters, to set a mood of reflective observation. Marie attributes her talent as a gift from God.

She belongs to Oil Painters of America, Society of Decorative Painters, Tennessee Art Association and Artists United. She received the prestigious Certified Decorative Artists (CDA) in 2003 from the International Society of Decorative Painters and earned the Teacher of Decorative Arts (TDA) in 2002. Marie is a Charter Certified Instructor for Genesis Artists Colors® and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She is a sought after teacher at international conventions and national seminars.

Her work has been featured on the cover of “The Legend and Legacy of Lee” by David Chaltas and in the Decorative Painter and AMAC. Her numerous awards include: Virginia Highlands Festival HM, MAA Award of Merit, Grainger Tomato Festival Best of Show, and RTDP Best of Show. Juried exhibitions include: Artsclamation!, Knoxville News Sentinel Gallery, Dogwood Arts Festival, Art and Culture Alliance, and Art Market Gallery. Her original oil paintings and commission portraits hang in corporate and private collections throughout the United States. Her work is available at Art Market Gallery and by appointment.

3D – Nelson Ziegler 

Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston and Northwestern Academy of Watercolor.

A member of the Oil Painters of America, National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, Tennessee Watercolor Society, Northshore Art Association, and the American Association of Woodturners.

He has participated in numerous juried exhibitions in New York, including Allied Artists, American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, Knickerbocker Artists, National Arts Club, Hudson Valley Arts Association, as well as Adirondack National Watercolor Exhibition, Faces of America (a national watercolor portrait show), Academic Artists Association, Springfield Arts League, Springfield, MA, Guild of Boston Artists, Copley Society, Boston, MA, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, Tennessee Watercolor Society, and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.

He has won the Gold Medal for watercolor at the American Artists Professional League, Honorable Mention-The Artist’s Magazine annual competition as well as many national and regional awards Nelson’s works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the country.

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.)

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