I create art because it is exciting and liberating. My work frequently tells a story and often has an element of humor in it. I attempt to engage the viewer in my “narration”. They may never understand my intentions, but that is OK—the point is to enjoy the experience!
Due to varied expressions and textures, my subjects are frequently animals—particularly creatures of the ocean depths. But I also have a passion for bright, beautiful landscapes, particularly sunsets. I love the energy and intensity of bold color and rarely limit my palette to just a few colors. Texture and strong forms are always present in my work.
I begin most of my paintings on glass, making a quick color “sketch” with liquid acrylic and then print my sketch on to paper or Yupo or I might begin by pouring paint onto my substrate. Years spent in printmaking and experimenting with paint in the past probably influences my desire to incorporate these methods now in my paintings. This way, I am free to explore and manipulate the “accidents” that are created.
My pastels are quite the opposite of my acrylics. Particularly after working on a series of paintings, I feel the need to "switch" modes and will work in the "opposite" medium. My acrylics reflect a very textured surface, whereas my pastels are very soft.
My work is represented at The Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN. I am a member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society, The Knoxville Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Oak Ridge Art Center, and the Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club in New York, NY.
Recent Honors and awards include: the Creative Catalyst Award at the Tennessee Newell-Henderson Annual Show; Honorable mention at The Oak Ridge Art Center Juried Show; Goodgall Memorial Award for Watercolor , CLWAC, New York; Award for Watercolor, Tennessee Watercolor Society National Juried Show, and inclusion in the Art and Cultural Alliance National Juried Competition. Purchase Award and Signature Status Award at the Tennessee Watercolor Society 34 Biennial Exhibition and Honorable mention at the Farragut Arts Council Juried Show, Kingsport Art Guild Award, Newell-Hendershot Show, Tennessee.
Artist Biography & Exhibitions
I have been painting and exhibiting since the late 1980’s mostly in the Southeast although I have been in exhibitions in NYC through World Fine Art Gallery, Ari Gallery, and Abney Gallery. I am inspired by nature and the local beauty of this area, as well as the psychological processes that create this inspiration.
I was educated at the University of Tennessee (BS, MS, and PhD.) in Human Ecology. I began painting in the early 80’s as a watercolorist painting mostly nature, and rapidly moved into various mixed media, larger creations, and more abstraction in design. My work is mainly from self-exploration and experimentation with the mediums and from the passion of exploring color and textures.
2018-present Art Market Gallery Featured Artist July 2019
2019-Award winner at "All Things Country Music" Exhibit at the Cumberland Arts Center, Cookeville TN
2019-Three Artists Exhibit at Vienna Coffee House, Maryville TN
2019- Solo Exhibition at Post Modern Spirits "Springtime in Appalachia" Knoxville TN
2019-Solo Exhibition at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church " Artist's Retrospective
2018-Solo Exhibition at Post Modern Spirits "Abstracts and Figures"
Dennis Sabo is an internationally honored photographer specializing in contemporary abstract, landscape, and seascape photography. His award-winning work has appeared in various publications, among them Canon, NOVA, PBS, Blue Planet, Portfolio Magazine (Feature story-May 2018) and the Anthology of Appalachian Photographers.
Today light, color and shapes play pivotal roles in Dennis’s photography as does the actual medium he has chosen most often to display his work, Metal Prints. Dennis Sabo’s stunning photography of the natural world captures light and its effect on the landscape. His fine art natural world abstracts and landscapes is often sought out by home decor and interior designers and has been included in solo and group art gallery exhibitions, commercial installations and private home collections throughout the United States and internationally.
Says Dennis, “When I capture an image it is my hope that it evokes an emotional experience for the viewer. Perhaps it is how the subject is bathed in light, perhaps it is the lines of the subject that draws you in, or simply it is an image that you enjoy viewing. My interest is in the natural details; how the environment on a particular day, in a particular light, and at a particular moment in time correlates to my personal vision and interpretation of nature. ”
Donna M. Conliffe Featured
Originally from Michigan, I taught for a number of years in public schools and colleges. This included classroom teaching, instructional media and graphics. Art has away been an integral part of my life and I continue to explore various areas of art.
Narrative Painting and Abstract Painting are the focus of my work. My background in painting, clay, fused glass, collage and fiber arts brings dimension to my work. Although painting has become my main focus it often includes influences from other areas. I have taught classes locally in painting, image transfer and repurposed books.
I have received BA and MA degrees from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Special classes at Flint Institute of Arts, MI, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, MI, Arrowmont School of Arts, Gatlinburg, TN, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge,TN. As well as various workshops and classes.
Painting is an evolving process for me. After several layers of gesso or mediums are applied to create texture, I am ready to start painting. I seldom start with a fixed idea. A flood of several colors initially covers much of the surface to get me started. Once these dry, I may carve into the surface of a wood canvas and/or collage the surface. I study the canvas to see where it takes me. Judging values and interest will lead to more layers of paint. Collage, image transfers, found objects and words add additional layers.
Much time is given to studying the work to let it tell me the direction to go. Deciding is the hard art. Doing is much easier. Exploring with a variety of materials and processes is what art is all about to me.
Since I was a child I have always been fascinated by fabric, yarn, fiber and the ability to create beautiful objects from them. When introduced to wet felting I discovered the ability to create my own unique fabric using these elements. This fabric then becomes either body textiles or home décor items that offer both enjoyment and comfort.
My designs are inspired by the mid-century and contemporary artists and fabric designers.
Elle Colquitt Featured
The urban environment allows me a wide birth for my photography. As a pedestrian walking the streets, I love the challenge of seeking images that can visually tell a unique narrative of a city’s heart and soul. Everyday life, which can appear mundane, can also be engaging, amusing, and edifying. A city’s energy and randomness of its people, its diverse culture, aesthetics and design all work together to create a visual story of a place and time. In my travels and at home, I love to wander like a stray dog, knowing that something new is waiting to be discovered around every corner, in every city.
Within every city block there are windows with unique reflections. Created within their layered imagery is a surrealism that lies beneath the surface. A double exposure illusion where the reflection becomes the reality, suggesting that nothing is ever what it appears to be. These portrayals shake up our visual muscles allowing us to see the unusual in the usual. I am drawn to reflection and juxtaposition. Since childhood, I’ve had a penchant for mysteries and puzzles. Often in my work, I will patiently wait for a passerby to merge into the reflection. Each hidden component adds a touch of mystery that only becomes apparent to those that take the time to look more deeply.
Professional Photographers of East Tennessee
Arts & Culture Alliance
League of Scruffy Photographers
To me photography is about connecting with nature and sharing all that it has to offer through the images it allows me to create. Like so many other people I have always been drawn to the Smoky Mountains. Even as a child I was moved by their natural beauty, unique landscape and incredible biodiversity. Now that these mountains are my home, I have come to understand and appreciate them even more. They continue to inspire me season after season – year after year.My hope is that the images and information I share will encourage you to take the time to visit new places and gain a better understanding of nature. I hope you will begin to look a little closer and make a connection with the natural world around you. And that you will be inspired to create more photographs to share with and inspirit others.I hope the understanding and connection you make with nature will lead to an awareness of your responsibility to protect our environment. And that you along with the others you have inspired will take part in the conservation of our planets natural habitats.
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Fran Thie regularly exhibits in juried shows across the Southeast and also previously participated in Artsclamation! and the Knoxville Museum of Art’s event Artists on Location. While she also paints in watermedia, pastel is her specialty and is the medium featured in this exhibit. She is both self-taught and educated through classes and workshops led by prominent artists, among them Albert Handell and Richard McKinley. Her award-winning works, whether representational or abstract, always have their foundation in nature. Through intuitive use of color and texture she strives to transform an ordinary scene into a special place where both drama and serenity can coexist. Thie is a former president of the Knoxville Watercolor Society.
Gary Dagnan has been drawing and painting since childhood. Gary is a Tennessee native. He was born and grew up in the East Tennessee area. His inspiration comes from the rural landscapes of this area. "Most of my paintings are of the mountains, hills, lakes and buildings of this area. I enjoy the changing light and colors that come from the distinctly different seasons of Tennessee."
Gary is a graduate of The University of Tennessee. He has a BFA degree in Graphic Design and an MS degree in Art Education. He has been employed by The University of Tennessee for 36 years.
Gary began painting watercolors in 1968, as an art student at the University of Tennessee. Although he has painted almost exclusively in watercolor since then, Gary also enjoys painting in oils and acrylics. "I like the spontaneity and versatility of watercolor, but I am also excited about the unique qualities and the look of oil and acrylics."
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Gay Bryant is an artist, painter, and printmaker who teaches regionally and resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has worked as a studio artist for the last 20 years and has been developing her art since grade school. Her paintings and prints depict nature, architecture, and events of everyday life.
While celebrating traditional skills and craftsmanship, Gay uses relief printing and painting to bring the viewer into familiar scenes of the rich landscape of eastern Tennessee. Her printmaking involves woodcuts, linoleum block, etchings, and composite materials and her painting is done in watercolor or acrylic. Gay teaches printmaking and watercolor at John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown NC) and The Swag Mountaintop Inn (Waynesville NC). Her work is represented in regional galleries and in international collections. She is a retired professor of Business and Media Technologies at Pellissippi State.
I am a native Californian whose interest in art began very early and continued throughout elementary school, high school and college. I graduated as an art major from Scripps College in Claremont, California. Millard Sheets was my advisor and one of my teachers.
In the early nineties, I was able to give art my full focus. My medium is transparent watercolor. I have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding artists, including Cheng Khee Chee, Lian Quon Zhen, Karen Frey, Jane Hofstetter, Arne Westerman, Don Andrews, and Alex Powers. I am a signature member of Watercolor West, California Watercolor Association, Texas Watercolor Society, and Tennessee Watercolor Society. Knoxville has been my residence since 2005.
I have entered many juried art exhibitions. My paintings have won Best of Show in the Palm Springs Desert Museum, Pleasanton Art League in California and Fountain City Art Center, the Bronze Award in the Texas Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Award in Fountain City Art Center, the Oak Ridge Art Center, and the Tennessee Watercolor Society exhibit of 2014. My painting, “White Eggplant” is in the permanent collection of the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California.
My paintings are contemporary realism. Subject matter varies. I look for strong values and exciting color. I usually work from photographs or portions of photographs I have taken. I do a full-scale sketch on newsprint to refine the composition. Then I transfer the sketch to 300 pound Fabriano Artistica watercolor paper. After this preliminary work, I develop the values and color. This is a process of many adjustments. The greatest excitement comes with the initial concept. The greatest pleasure comes when values and strong light meld to form the painting I visualized.
Remembering a beginning interest in the world of art from the first grade when he constantly drew ship and airplanes, George Rothery says it suddenly dawned on him in third grade how to add perspective. Enhancing this early interest in art was a love of the water, sailing and racing that began with his summers on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. His parents belonged to the Lavallette Yacht Club where he participated in racing and ran around in a 17-foot Chris Craft Utility, leaving him with a love of the old classics that remains to this day.
Later as an adult, with a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, he spent considerable time on the South Carolina coast, where now most of his inspirations for paintings are pictured.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Business Administration, Rothery served two tours in the armed forces, first in the enlisted ranks and later as an officer during the Korean Conflict. His professional entrance into the world of art came as a gallery owner when he opened his first gallery in Knoxville in the late fifties, representing a number of well known artists and selling some of his own small oils.
Basically self-taught, in the late sixties Rothery studied privately with the late Walter Hollins Stevens (1927 – 1980), a professor in the University of Tennessee Art Department. He now concentrates on oil and acrylics and especially enjoys researching sea lore so he can combine his keen interest in history with his love of the sea.
- The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
- Oil Painters of America
- Salmagundi Club, New York
- The American Society of Marine Artists
- US Coast Guard Art Program
- Tennessee Artists Association
George’s paintings have been exhibited at the following locations
- The Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, Massachusetts
- The Riverfront Art Center, Wilmington, Delaware
- The Coos Museum of Fine Art, Coos Bay, Oregon
- The United States Coast Guard Collection, New York
- Columbia College, Osage Beach, Missouri
- The Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee
- The Art League of Manatee County, Florida
- The East Tennessee Historical Society, Tennessee
Gordon Fowler, whose background includes carpentry and a degree in microbiology from University of Tennessee, studied at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and the Kentucky School of Craft.
Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Arts Exhibition, 2005, 2016
Arts and Culture Alliance Arts in the Airtport, 2016
Arts and Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition, 2017
Master Woodworker’s Show, 2017
Featured Artist City View Magazine, 2017
Best in Show, Mountain Makins, Morristown, TN, 2018
Gordon has been turning wood since 2002, creating pleasing shapes with an eye on form and proportion. "I love the symmetry and symbolism of circles and am inspired by the patterns and contrasts found in nature," he says.
With his three children now grown, this full-time stay-at-home dad spends his time in the kitchen, tending to the chickens, volunteering, and at the lathe, where he enjoys creating works from recycled logs that would otherwise have gone into someone's fireplace or the landfill.
I am a ceramic artist that creates two distinct bodies of work, functional tabletop ware and sculptural pieces. Though they serve different roles, the two bodies of work share several unifying features.
Texture, adornment and detail are the hallmarks of my work. Primarily, I am fascinated and inspired by patterns and symbols, be they geometric or organic. My other influences are those from nature, architectural elements, textiles/furnishings, relief printmaking and other artworks not limited to ceramics.
After a nearly 20 year career in advertising and marketing, I decided to take some time off from the corporate world and subsequently signed up for a community wheel-throwing pottery class. I quickly transitioned into handbuilding with clay and was immediately hooked. I returned to college and completed 30 course hours in studio art and art history. Additionally, I have taken several clay and drawing workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Rather than being made on a pottery wheel, all pieces are handbuilt from rolled out slabs of off-white stoneware clay. Texture and imagery are achieved through the use of created and found objects pressed into the clay or by carving. Color is achieved through the use of underglazes and glazes used at the various stages of making. Everything is fired in an electric kiln a minimum of two times to a final temperature of 2220o F.
The District Gallery, Women in Clay/Terra Madre, Knoxville, March-April, 2014 and August 2016
Art Market Gallery, 3-D Featured Artist, Knoxville, December 2013
ArtXtravaganza(formerly Art of Webbfest) Knoxville, annually, 2004-2009, 2011- 2013
Artsclamation!Knoxville, annually, 2004-2013, 2016
Good Friends, Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN, September-October 2013, 2015
Flora and Fauna, Terra Madre at Blount Mansion, Knoxville, April 2012
Arts in the Airport, Merit Award Winner, McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, May-October, 2011
ArtScapes, Knoxville Museum of Art, September 2010, 2011
Art Market Gallery, 3-D Featured Artist, Knoxville, June 2010
Art Market Galley, New Member Show, Knoxville, May 2009
Fountain City Art Center, Blessings from the Earth Terra Madre, Knoxville, March 2008
Fountain City Art Center, Women in Clay Terra Madre, Knoxville, November 2005
Scripps Networks Juried Employee Art Show, Knoxville, 2001
“Reshaping Herself” Artist Spotlight,Knoxville News-Sentinel, August 2014
500 Teapots, Vol. 2, Lark Publishing
Clay TimesMagazine, “The Gallery,” Winter 2011 Issue
Art Market Gallery, Knoxville (Board of Directors 2010-12)
Foothills Craft Guild, East Tennessee
Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance
Terra Madre (Women in Clay), Knoxville
Harriet’s paintings are expressive interpretations of the Tennessee landscape. She uses color and movement to capture the emotional and visual energy of nature. Some pieces are explorations into a real time and place. Others are involved in revealing the emotion and energy of a location through abstraction. All are an intensely personal response of the artist to the natural world.
Harriet works in a variety of medium: watercolor, pastel and acrylic. Her pastels and landscape watercolors are pleine aire paintings and are usually more direct. The acrylic paintings are studio paintings and are abstractions from nature.
Her paintings are energy on a canvas.
Inna Knox’s vibrant colors and skillful use of a palette knife capture life and movement on the street. Her impressionistic oils sweep the viewer in, as if he or she were part of the scene.
Inna Nasonova was well known in St. Petersburg for her elaborate watercolor of The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The magnificent painting was one of her top sellers with tourists.
She grew up in Russia, attending the prestigious St. Petersburg Art University in interior design and selling paintings to pay her way through school. She later graduated from fashion design school and worked as a designer and seamstress for well-to-do women.
But her path didn't end in Russia. When she immigrated to the U.S. in 2000, she experienced some things for the first time, including working with oils.
Now Inna Nasonova Knox is happily ensconced in her studio in the Knoxville area where she also conducts painting classes. Her famous cathedral, in oil, hangs in the hallway, but she has fallen in love with Knoxville's people and street scenes.
“My Russian grandfather was a painter,” Knox says. “He died three months before I was born. I started painting as a preschooler, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I caught a glimpse of one of his oil paintings. Painting is part of my nature. It’s what I do.
“In the last year, I’ve started focusing on local urban scenes. At first I was taking out people, signs and cars, but then I decided I wanted to leave them in. I like to record life and time in my paintings. I paint the clothes people are wearing — purses, umbrellas and shoes. In a hundred years, my great-grandchildren will say ‘Look at that!’"
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Knox has sold more than 400 street scenes, landscapes, animals and commissioned portraits -- children portraits are her specialty. She has shown and sold her work in Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Aruba and around the U.S. In 2015, she won Sponsor’s Choice in the plein air competition in the Dogwood Arts Festival. In 2016 she won Sponsor’s Choice at the Farragut Art in the Park in the plein air competition. In 2017 she won the People’s Choice Award in the Art Guild of Tellico Village show. Her work has been displayed at the Tyson McGhee Airport and is on display in Nashville at Bennett Gallery and in Knoxville Bennett Gallery as well. She is a member of Art & Culture Alliances.
Woodworking has been in Janis’s family for several generations dating back to the first settlers in Sevier County. She grew up helping her father in his wood shop and learned her woodworking skills from him. In the 80’s she taught herself pyrography incorporating it into he woodturnings. For over 20 years she has been a full time craft artists, working with her sister in their father’s old wood shop in the mountains of Pittman-Center.
Her work is a mixture of traditional Appalachia turning along with contemporary designs.
Janis has both studied and assisted at Arrowmont. She has been featured on “The Heartland Series.” She is also a member of Foothills Craft Guild and TACA (Tennessee Association of Craft Artists), and has been the recipient of Purchase Awards at the Best of Tennessee TACA and the Arrowmont Juried Biennial 2001 and 2003. In 2009, Janis was invited to be a demonstrator in the Utah Woodturning Symposium. There were 8 countries represented at the Symposium.
Artist Jennifer Lindsay fashions unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using various beading techniques and imported seed beads, focal beads, semi-precious stones or crystals. She says that she gets her inspiration “from everywhere-architecture, gardens and historical customs.”
Glass by Glass studios is a bi-coastal glassblowing Mobile Hotshop Extravaganza. Glass by Glass is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Los Angeles, California. Johnny Glass, CEO and founder of Glass by Glass, has made it his mission to bring a new awareness and interest back to the art of glass he loves so much. He has designed and constructed all of his own studio equipment to be completely mobile. In addition to being a producer of finely handcrafted glass works of art, Glass by Glass can bring a full glassblowing studio and have it operational and in your facility in less than 12 hours. In addition to blowing your own glass office parties and live glassblowing demos, Glass by Glass has the capability of teaching a well-rounded intro and advanced glass blowing education in your facility,not only in hot blown glass, but torch/lampworking,as well.
Johnny Glass (yes, that is his real name) began his glass career in Los Angeles, CA, where he was first introduced to glass at Santa Monica College. He has spent multiple summers studying at Dale Chihuly’s world renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, where he studied with master glassblowers from around the world. His interests range from fine Italian cane work to the abstract arts of some of Japan’s most crafted masters. Glass by Glass grew quickly from a hobby to Johnny’s full time job. By 2009, Glass by Glass had takin on its first two employees and started traveling the west coast art show markets, with great success. In 2012, Johnny decided to expand his market and returned to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he grew up, to open Glass by Glass’ east coast mobile hotshop and to finish his education at Tennessee Techs Appalachian Center for Crafts, under world famous glassblower and teacher, Curtis Brock. He is currently in his senior year and will graduate next spring with a BFA in Glass. 2015 was a big year for his new east coast branch. Johnny gave over 60 days of live demo’s throughout the east Tennessee area from Gatlinburg to Lenoir City. Johnny has shown the live art of glass blowing to well over 60,000 people this year and been featured on many local TV news shows.
Johnny on channel 8 news
I am a fiber, jewelry, and stained glass craftswoman as well as a watercolorist and musician. As a fiber artist specializing in wearable art, I use a variety of fibers and techniques. The styles of my original designs are usually either classical or folk-style in nature, drawing inspiration from historic or ancient themes. For instance, I often base garment designs on our family’s Irish and Scottish roots, and I also favor Japanese kimono garment shapes. Rich textures and colors are central to my life and my work, and I utilize techniques that combine and enhance color variegations.
I am a juried member of the Foothills Craft Guild as both a fiber artist (specializing in knitting and crocheting) and a jewelry maker. I also am a member of the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, the Precious Metal Clay Guild of East Tennessee, and the Fountain City Art Center. I am drawn to fabrics and, as a child, used to play at sewing garments and piecing quilt squares for my grandmother, eventually learning standard clothing construction techniques as a teen. My mother taught me how to knit when I was a young child, and I learned to crochet from a friend when I was in my early 20s.
In 1977, I won second place in the state of Iowa for my original design and creation of a hand-hooked rug entitled “Sarah’s Fantasy Rug.”
In 2013, I had two of my original fiber designs selected for runway appearances at the Dogwood Arts Festival Diva Luncheon Fashion Show in Knoxville.
In 2014, I was the invited featured artist for the month of July in a one-woman fiber art exhibit at the Charles City Art Center in Charles City, Iowa. My exhibit, entitled “Wearable Art: Themes and Variations,” was a retrospective of my craftwork in fibers and jewelry over the decades.
I’ve been an artist ever since I held crayons. I decorated everything and made endless mud-pies. I was the busiest, messiest kid on the block.
It was logical and practical of course to study medical technology, that was until I took a painting class. Liver flukes lost their glamor, replaced by my real passion, mud-pies. I graduated with a B.S.F.A. from the University of South Dakota, and continued making art, and still continue. I feel like the guy in “Close Encounters” making the lumps of clay into Devils Tower, not knowing why, just knowing he must.
My creations are spontaneous. I see compelling images in a lump of clay. The clay speaks to me, wills itself into a certain form. I am fascinated by shape, color, and movement. For me making art is a way of seeing, being, and thinking. I am grateful that earth formed art previously known as mud-pies replaced microorganisms. Hope you enjoy!
Kate Aubrey Featured
Best known for her sensitive, evocative watercolor portraits and vibrant use of color, Kate Aubrey's paintings include all genres from figure to landscape, her personal favorites being figure and florals. She took her first watercolor class in 1977 in Anchorage, Alaska, "...to get myself out of the house after my first husband died." Since then, Kate has studied with such notable artists as Charles Reid, Don Andrews, Lian Quan Zhen, Mike Bailey, Ted Nuttall, Jeannie McGuire, Stephen Quiller, and John Salminen.
There is so much freedom in being able to create. The world of painting is a magical place where the looking glass is only limited by my imagination. The goal for my art is to not only reach that deeper place but to offer something to the viewer that could reach a place in them that has meaning as well.”
The landscape has always had a powerful pull on me and has shaped my sensibilities from a very early age all the way through my painting career. Recently I wanted to examine just how I related to the landscape, to challenge myself and take some risks. So I spent two months alone just painting the landscape on location, without photo references, without fellow painters, to see if I had the chops to paint in a more immediate, responsive and improvisational way. These four paintings were among the forty or so I brought home.
Biography A native of Virginia, Kathy Holland attended the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking in 1978. That summer she studied wood-engraving with Blair Hughes-Stanton at the Central School of Art and Design in London, England. From 1979 to 1981 she worked as a printmaker at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven CT. Since graduation from university she has created drawings, etchings, and paintings, as well as maintaining a full schedule of juried national and international exhibitions and solo shows. In addition she has worked as a freelance graphic artist, medical illustrator, muralist, and drawing instructor. She emigrated to Canada in 1986, became a dual Canadian-American citizen in 1991, and maintained a home and studio in Deep River, Ontario for over 11 years. During that time her work was exhibited extensively in solo shows throughout Ontario and in juried shows across the US. She moved to Oak Ridge TN in 1997, with a solo exhibition the following spring at the Townsend Gallery in the Candy Factory in Knoxville. Recent group shows include “Realism 2002” in Parkersburg WV; “Exhibition South” (2002 and 2003); “An American Experience” in Winston-Salem NC; “Terrestrial Forces” at the Florida State University Museum (2004); and the annual “Open Show” at the Oak Ridge Art Center, accepted in 11 shows since 1997. Since returning to the US she has had solo exhibitions at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville (2004), the Oak Ridge Art Center (2002), and several times at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. She works primarily as a full-time studio artist, creating drawings and paintings. Presently she is an exhibiting member, board member and website manager of the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. She also teaches drawing, painting, and life-drawing classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center and the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Larry Gabbard began his pottery career after moving to Kingston, TN. His initial training began at Oak Ridge Art Center. Most of Larry’s pottery is wheel thrown, but he seeks out unique alternative kilns and firing techniques. Some of his alternative firings are: raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing. Larry seeks out well known potters and attends workshops to learn their unique techniques. He has attended classes at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts at Rabun Gap, GA, Mudfire Gallery, at Decatur, GA, as well as the ORAC at Oak Ridge, TN. Larry enjoys fast-firing techniques which create a rich variety of textures and colors on bisque clay. He finds the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce.
Member of: Foothills Craft Guild
Art & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville
Art Market Gallery of Knoxville
Oak Ridge Art Center
Leilla White is a self-taught artist, working with beveled glass since 1991. She has developed techniques and designs over the years creating unique candle holders, window designs as well as sun catchers.
Leilla enjoys the purity of beveled glass and the geometric possibilities of working with a standard set of shapes. Patterns in architecture are a constant source of inspiration.
The process of capturing and projecting light in different ways continues to challenge her in her creations.
I have enjoyed drawing and painting ever since I can remember. Living in East Tennessee, I am mesmerized by the beauty around me: the landscapes, cityscapes, people, animals and plants. Through reading, observing other artists and painting every chance I get, I portray the world around me. I am fortunate to have shown my work in local group exhibitions, galleries and juried shows. One of my cityscapes won "Best in Show" at the Tennessee Artists Association 2008 Art Exhibit.
I am a native Tennessean, born in Greeneville, who lived for many years in Knoxville and now resides in Tellico Village. I am self-taught and have been painting for over 45 years. I have formal training in interior design and put that to use in designing bold paintings for today's interiors. I focus primarily on watercolors producing a variety of paintings from photographs from my travels to the beach, mountains and my back yard. You will find rich colors in my flowers, landscapes and cityscapes.
I am a member of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, Fountain City Art Center, the Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Tennessee Artists Association, Tellico Village Art Guild and an associate member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society.
Linda Sullivan, who holds an MFA in ceramics, creates functional and sculptural vessels out of stoneware and porcelain clays. Inspired by various landscapes and drawing on her strong background in painting, she employs a unique glazing process by pouring and overlapping her glazes in a purposeful, painterly way to depict landscape imagery. She says, “viewers of my work often verbalize about being reminded of landscapes from their own personal experiences and [share with me] the memories that the imagery evokes.”
Born in 1948, Linn spent her early years in the rolling hills of New Jersey and the bayous of Louisiana. College years were spent in Oklahoma and California. After their son was born in Oklahoma her family moved to California but they ultimately chose to settle into an 1830’s farm in New Hampshire and became involved in 4-H, FFA and the New England Lamb Promotion Council. She pursued a career with Converse/Nike in footwear global supply chain planning while raising sheep, chickens and herbs at the farm with her husband and son. Linn is a clinical aromatherapy and herbal medicine practitioner, teaching for over 17 years at Misty Meadows Herbal Center.
Nature is where Linn feels most engaged, ready to capture beautiful light filtering through the trees, slanting over water and illuminating landscapes and animals. She brings these beautiful scenes to life in watercolor paintings. Inspired to follow the naturalist’s path of artistic expression she brings behaviors and environments to bear on paintings of creatures of feathers and fur.
Luke Proffitt is a Maynardville, TN native that has had a fascination with art since his early childhood. While in college, he resolved to make art a career and studied abroad in the south of France. Studying under Master oil painter Gregory Pelizzari, he learned the ‘technique mixte' process that he now often employs. Since graduating, his time is spent divided between fulfilling commissions, further technical study, and attempting to contemporize traditional artistic methods in order to create a dialogue between himself and the viewer.
For me, everything in nature is moving energy and that is part of my spirituality. The water and flowers are constantly changing because of our mountain seasons. I use acrylic in a modern impressionistic style with entrancing outlines and colors that “freeze” the movement and constant change found in the nature of Beautiful Tennessee.
My name is Lynn Straka, DVM. I am a mixed media jewelry artist and practicing small animal veterinarian. I began making natural and glass crystal beaded jewelry in about 2000—helping me through a tumultuous time. Jewelry-making quickly became a second vocation and I began selling my jewelry at craft shows. Ten years later, I expanded my work and began to transition from stringing beads to creating my jewelry by letter and word stamping on sterling silver and copper. I opened an Etsy shop, making and selling personalized pendant necklaces, bridal gifts and other unique pieces. At that time, I was self-taught, researching and learning technique and materials use on my own. I’ve always felt comfortable using small hand tools in these techniques, because the tools are similar to the tools I use in my veterinary surgical practice.
In 2008, my husband and I moved to East Tennessee. I had always wanted to take my jewelry art more three-dimensional and I wanted to learn to solder. I quickly realized that these techniques weren’t easily mastered by a simple video or book. I discovered Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and began taking yearly classes to develop my skills as an artist and metal worker. Having personal instruction reinforced my base knowledge and encouraged me to ask questions and trouble shoot subjects that have challenged me. I currently volunteer at Arrowmont regularly which allows me to take courses regularly from a variety of expert instructors.
The jewelry I make is adornment – created to produce joy to the wearer. Designs influenced by nature, they may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality.
The common denominators of my work are texture and exercise in technique. Whether it is hand stamping designs or words, forging, creating three-dimensional forms, or impressing texture onto metal, each piece has its own one-of-a-kind, individual personality. The materials I use most are sterling silver, copper, and bronze, with semiprecious stone accents. Some of the materials are recycled or repurposed metal items that I have altered and incorporated into my jewelry. Typically, they are finished with an antiqued or aged patina to highlight their texture.
I love patterns, colors, metallics, and discovering hidden bits and pieces underneath layers of paint and papers. I love experimenting and utilizing new materials and techniques and as a consequence my work may change a lot from time to time. I really love how layers of paint and paper allow a viewer to come to their own interpretation. As a kid, I was constantly drawing faces and figures, but have only recently incorporated those into my work. I’m a native Knoxvillian and a graduate of UT. I retired from Knoxville Utilities Board. I’ve served on the Boards and as President of both the Art Market Gallery and The Foothills Craft Guild and have work in several area collections.
Lynnda in her new studio
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.
Giclée prints of Marie’s work are available from her website, www.mariemerritt.com.
Originally from New York City I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1966. My mediums were painting and collage at that time and in the past twenty five years I have been concentrating on printmaking, specifically monoprinting and screen printing. I taught art for over twenty years in a variety of settings and have been involved, since its inception in 1982, in The Art Market Gallery a cooperative gallery in Knoxville, TN. Besides having work always on display at this gallery I exhibit my work in solo and group shows and participate in juried exhibitions throughout the United States. In the last ten years I have exhibited work in over third of the states in the U.S. and have received awards in national exhibitions in Alabama, California, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Born 1944 - New York, NY
Education 1966 - B.F.A.—Rhode Island School of Design.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Printmaking Department, mini-terms.
Instructors: Beauvais Lyons, Anita Jung, Tom Christison, and Jesse Van der Laan.
Mediums Collage, Monoprinting, Painting, Screenprinting, Etching, Drawing, Papier-Mache.
Originally from Mobile, Marilyn was captivated with the beauty and heritage of East Tennessee while visiting PlumNelly, an outdoor art show. After graduating from Auburn with a BFA, she moved to the area and still works as a graphic designer.
In 2013, she returned to the fine arts when studio space, shared with other artists, became available nearby. She spends as much time as possible drawing and painting at Studio 212 in Maryville, Tennessee where she also teaches
beginning and intermediate drawing. Her charcoal and pastel work reflects a graphic arts background, with strong compositions and a contemporary style.
NC StateWIDE JURIED Pastel Exhibition
Award of Excellence, Turning Away
Appalachian Pastel society National Exhibition
2nd Place, Erin’s Porch
NC StateWIDE JURIED Pastel Exhibition
2nd Place, Springbrook Road
Roadside View • UT FARMS & MORE
Denso Gallery, Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville
Nine Charcoal and Pastel Drawings and Paintings
Most of my recent work has been fashioned from paper mâché and mixed media using recycled materials. I have a whimsical bent and a deep love and appreciation for all animals, but especially for dogs and cats. I never know how each new sculpture may evolve as I begin. They always surprise me as they come to life with their own personalities and stories! I try to inject humor and warmth into each piece and hope that when each is finished, their happiness and joy radiate to all who see them.
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.
Nature is my biggest and most consistent inspiration. Whether the subject is a landscape, a branch, or a group of trees, my paintings and collages are my attempts to describe and capture the ephemeral beauty that I find outdoors. The results are usually somewhere between direct representation and abstraction, transforming trees, for example, into pattern, color, light and texture. I use color and shape to try to communicate some of the mystery and beauty that I see in the shifting moods and landscapes of the natural world: nature can be lush or sparse, sinister or comforting. Regardless, I strive to make something that will hopefully draw the viewer in, and create a moment of connection with the natural world.
I come from a science background, but have always had an artistic side. That interest has led me to take a variety of workshops in different media (drawing, watercolor, glass making) whenever I could, over the years. When I moved to Knoxville in 2015, I was finally able to focus on my art full-time. I studied with the Open College of the Arts (based in the United Kingdom) for two years, and began painting with acrylics. Although I also draw upon the knowledge I’ve gained in other areas, acrylics have become my medium of choice. I enjoy experimenting with different colors, techniques, and materials, creating layers and textures in my work.
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I have been doing metal art since 2002. I am totally self taught and many of my tools are made or improvised by me, as are some techniques for shaping steel. While I often repurpose scrap parts for sculptures like many metal artists, much of my work revolves around heating, hammering, and shaping steel into organic forms. Most of my work in the past has concentrated on coastal wildlife in steel, but I'll occasionally incorporate other mediums into my work or delve into kinetic sculpture. I have won several awards at art shows, was named the Coastal Georgia Artist of the Year and featured at the Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island, Ga., and have had groupings of my work in galleries in North Florida and coastal Georgia.
Growing up as an “Army brat”, Pebbie has lived all over the world. While her childhood was spent in many interesting locations, the main constant in her life was drawing and painting. Her education led to the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fl. Upon graduation, she worked for 15 years as a commercial interior designer. She left the design world to spend time raising two daughters and to pursue her passion for painting and art education.
Currently Pebbie is an artist, working in oils and acrylics. For the last 19 years, she has taught painting and drawing at the John C. Campbell Folk school in NC. Her work can be seen in the Morning Song Gallery in Hayesville, NC and the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville.
In 1997 I retired from the automotive industry and moved from Michigan to Knoxville, Tennessee and began my career as an artist. Recently, my interests have expanded to exploring new methods in photography and digital imaging. My art has evolved from traditional photography work to using digital elements and techniques.
I start with an image and use techniques such as digital brush work, color manipulation, layering and other methods, to create integrated Photo Illustration effects. My work can be seen locally at The Art Market Gallery and The Knoxville Museum of Art. I have taken classes at Pellissippi State Community College and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Most of my training has been self-directed and I have been inspired by the works of many regional artists.
I also have a line of card that feature many of the local buildings and business around Knoxville. I am a former member the Foothills Craft Guild, ETACA and former Board of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. My work has bin shown in galleries in Tennessee and North Carolina.
None of the work is for sale or in the Art Market Gallery
I have been involved in the jewelry industry for over 50 years. I am a native of New York City, and began learning the skills of making jewelry from my father, who owned a jewelry manufacturing company in Manhatten. As a young person, I learned to use some of the basic tools and materials used in jewelry making, and was immediately allured into the craft.
After graduating with B.F.A. and M.F.A. Degrees from The School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in metal and jewelry arts, I taught special education for four years in upstate New York. From there I joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. After building a M.F.A. Program in metal arts, I left the university to pursue a career in my own jewelry business. Opening a manufacturing company in Sarasota, Florida, I learned the skills necessary in production, business and marketing. After a successful 19 years in this business, I decided to return to the beautiful mountains and lakes of East Tennessee. I bought a beautiful 10 acre land site on Douglas Lake near historic Dandridge and spent 4 years building my home and studio, mostly by myself. During this time, I also renewed my love of creating individual jewelry pieces.
After 7 years at the lake, I decided to move to Knoxville, Tennessee. I have continued my jewelry arts career in my well equipped studio at the west side of town. Through the years, I have exhibited extensively in exhibitions and juried shows and have been included in several private collections in this country and abroad. It has been written, "Clearly evident in Kroll's work is a keen sense of inventiveness, craftsmanship and sensitivity of design." The intent of my jewelry is to create a functional art form. My goal is to explore form, shape, texture and color, incorporating the vast "pallet" of techniques and materials available to the precious metal artist.
My pastel paintings are images of sunlit places I have visited. I have traveled to Italy, Bermuda, Florida, Maine, Eastern Canada, and the Southwest. Some of my work is painted plein aire, but most of the images are first composed with my camera. Later in my studio the photographs are used to create intimate glimpses of a place that caught my eye. Using pastels, sometimes combined with water media, I recreate the play of color and light within the landscape of my painting. Influenced by Impressionism, I enjoy creating a texture of color with the pastels. Layered form becomes an avenue for depth within my work. My subject matter includes landscape, architecture, gardens, and enlarged flowers. In addition, I’ve created a series of angel paintings, inspired by the Renaissance painting I studied in Italy.
In undergraduate school (University of Dayton), I received a BFA specializing in printmaking. After graduate school at Syracuse University (1972), I began what became a 34-year career of teaching art. In 1992 I decided to spend more time on my own art. I chose pastel media for practical and creative reasons. Pastel was easy to work with. I could leave the pastels out on the drawing table and simply pick up where I left off. The pastels were exciting because I enjoyed creating a texture of color with them. My first series were close ups of flowers or foliage. A fellow art guild member invited me to have a show in her gallery and my artist career began.
Landscape artist, Sandy Hoeft, uses acrylics, oils and occasionally watercolors to bring her love of nature to her paintings. She spent over 40 years in Alaska hiking remote trails and taking photos to use as reference for her art. Recently she and her husband retired to the Cumberland Plateau in beautiful Tennessee. Currently, Sandy is working on a series of old barns and buildings, old vehicles and scenic farm lands inspired by her frequent road trips on small country roads. With her paintings she hopes to relay a feeling of nostalgia for the old and sometimes abandoned farms and their equipment.
Sandy spent 14 years as an EMT in Alaska and painted in her kitchen at night for many years. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Mat-Su College, University of Alaska and is close to earning a BA in fine art. Sandy’s enthusiasm for art led her to serve as President of the Art Club for Mat-Su College. She has taken workshops from Nancy Stonington, Sharon Freeman and Vladimir Zhikhartsev. Sandy feels that she learns something useful every time she gets out her paints and brushes and enjoys working on commissions that sometimes push her out of her comfort zone. She has had commissions for people’s pets, dragonflies, burning buildings, firemen, and jumping fish but always returns to the landscapes that speak to her heart.
Suzanne’s sensibilities as an artist are revealed through a vivid color palette and dynamic energy. Connecting physically and psychologically to the spirit of the land, the art represents a metaphor for her interior landscape.
“Understanding one’s emotions, character and passions increases the flow of energy to the human heart and spirit.”
Suzanne Jack is a Columbus, OH native, a former OSU graduate, mother of 2, former high school art instructor and currently pursuing a professional career in portrait and landscape painting.
A Knoxvillian for over 30 years, Suzanne has won regional and national awards including the 1st Place National Award by The Pastel Journal and was published in its spring edition. She has received The National Award of Excellence in Painting by the National Art Education Association. Recently, “Water Gems” was published in “Art Journey: Abstract Painting, a Celebration of Contemporary Art” by Jamie Markle.
She has had solo exhibitions at Vanderbilt University Club and the Ohio State Faculty Club, The Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN and Art In The Airport, Nashville, TN. Suzanne’s art has been exhibited in The Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN; Blue Spiral, Asheville, NC; Art Access, Bexley, OH; and is currently showing at The Art Market Gallery, Knoxville, TN.
Hyatt, TVA, Opryland, Home Federal Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Corporate Interiors and private collectors have purchased her work.
After earning a Master’s Degree from The University of Tennessee, Suzanne has continued to study at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN and with two internationally acclaimed portrait artists.
- Knoxville Museum of Art
- Art and Cultural Alliance of Knoxville, TN
- Tennessee Arts League
- Portrait Society of America
- Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville, TN
With a background in photojournalism, Synthia Clark is an award-winning photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee with a focus towards what she calls “the little things.” To Synthia, these are the obscure, usually unnoticed details all around us. When she isn’t working at the University of Tennessee, she displays her work in various outlets and enters photo competitions. From tree bark in her hometown of Rockwood, Tennessee to faded graffiti in the alleys of Bergen, Norway, Synthia has traveled to parts of the world photographing the minute details she has a passion for.
T.P. Dunn is a multimedia artist living and working from his studio in Kingston, TN. He returned to the fine art world in 2011 after 30 years spent in the technical drawing world. He works in multimedia including charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, ink and acrylic as well as oils. He currently exhibits at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee. T.P. has work in private collections nationwide and Honduras.
In my work, I try to use colour and form to create a visually stimulating image. I also use it as an opportunity to explore the range of possibilities allowed through my choice of materials. I don't seek to create mundane imagery and defend it with dense jargon. I think that any meaning or concept lies within the eyes and mind of the viewer.
For me, the creative process of Art is the place where soul meets body. I’m constantly looking for and finding Art in the changing environments of daily life. There are a lot of subjects I enjoy painting including still lifes, nature, and portraits, but I am particularly drawn to older man-made structures…signs, commercial buildings, houses, barns, doors and windows and other structural or graphic details...remnants of times gone by. Some of them literally take my breath away and those are the ones I paint. I love the kitsch and character and craftsmanship of these relics and enjoy giving them new life on canvas.
Terri Swaggerty was a sidewalk portrait artist at the World’s Fair, Expo ’82. She then became self employed as a professional retouch artist (pre computer era), specializing in photo restoration and hand coloring. She received state and national awards as well as the Tennessee Artisan Degree from the TPPA in 1998. She fell naturally into wedding and portrait photography and soon received 1st place awards in both Wedding and Portrait categories from the TPPA. Terri still works part time as a Wedding and Portrait photographer. She also shoots Fine Art Photography.
Her career had left little time for painting but in 2013 she decided to pursue a lifelong dream to immerse herself in Art and develop her painting skills. She began studying with local artists including Seth Haverkamp. Kathie Odom, and Connie Gaertner. Terri has shown locally at TVUUC, The Tomato Head Restaurant, and Artemis Gallery in Apalachicola Florida.
She was awarded a Jurors Choice Award in Allscapes Knoxville 2016.