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My college education began with three years training in architecture but finished with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, concentration in pottery at the Memphis College of Art. My first art career was as a studio potter in Friendsville, Tn for 25 years. That was followed by careers in decorative wall finishes, faux painting, cabinetry finishing and the occasional mural project. It was studying “trompe l’oiel” (fool the eye) imagery with French master craftsman Michel Nadai that nurtured my interest in creating representational art.
Never one to sit still, in 2009 I turned my attention to fine art painting in oils which first developed into a concentration on photorealism, paintings intended to look like photographs. Now my work is moving into a more expressive style that reveals the brush work that builds the image.

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Anna Burton has over 20 years of beading experience that began early in her teenage years.  She began working in a bead shop just out of college and was introduced to the intricate world of bead weaving and bead embroidery. She taught classes at the bead shop as well as authored designs and tutorials for class projects.  She began competing internationally with her beadwork in 2013, most notably in an online international competition from 2013 – 2015 (Battle of the Beadsmith).

She is currently a member of the Embroiderer's Guild of America (Knoxville Chapter), and has been a member of the Capital Area Beading Organization (Raleigh, NC), serving as the project coordinator for 2 years.

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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.

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My name is Carole Stoiber and I am an Artist. I was born an artist and I hope to die making Art.

I received my degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics.

I have taught Art in one shape or form to children and adults, in schools, parks and church basements for thirty or more years.

I paint on anything and carve or mold out of anything. I use clay, watercolors, and oil/acrylics.

I paint for myself but love to paint for others if asked.

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Cathie Fitzjohn began her journey with glass in 1980.  Initially working with stained glass, she created custom windows for private residences.  In 2002 Cathie took a weekend workshop in glass fusing or kiln-formed glass and fell in love with the process.  Now she works exclusively in this medium, drawing inspiration from nature and wildlife.

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Cathie Fitzjohn began her journey with glass in 1980.  Initially working with stained glass, she created custom windows for private residences.  In 2002 Cathie took a weekend workshop in glass fusing or kiln-formed glass and fell in love with the process.  Now she works exclusively in this medium, drawing inspiration from nature and wildlife.

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Beauty can be both resplendent and macabre. I see the goodness of the world, but I also see the darkness. Tragedy and beauty are complimentary enigmas. I hearken back to the Gothic and Italian Renaissance eras of art history for my creations. In some of my paintings, I create works inspired by the tiny pages of illuminated manuscripts on a large scale. Other pieces evoke the world of symbolism and the subconscious.

Most of my works are painted with oil with many glazes of color, and some incorporate gold leaf in the background. I do a little planning, but the vast majority of my paintings are improvised and made up on the spot. Sometimes my best ideas occur when there is little preparation, coming from deep within my subconscious. The image that appears in my head is slowly transferred to the canvas. I create works that are multi-layered and abstract in meaning, though their appearances are highly detailed and representational. Hidden meanings adorn my pieces like jewels. I do not merely emulate art of past eras – I recreate it as something new, modern, and as an expression of my soul.

Charlotte Brindley

Charlotte Brindley is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and recently moved to the Knoxville area. She received her B.A. in Art History in 2015, and M.A. in Folk Studies/Historic Preservation in 2017, both from Western Kentucky University.

A love for art, history, architecture, and cultural heritage prompted Charlotte to pursue her multiple degrees. She has worked at museums such as the Kentucky Museum in Bowling Green, the Hermitage in Nashville, and Rose Center Council for the Arts in Morristown.

Brindley's art is inspired by various periods in history, especially the Italian Renaissance and the Gothic illuminated manuscripts of Medieval Europe. She enjoys creating high detailed oil paintings with layers of jewel tones.

Brindley maintains a studio in Hamblen County and lives with her husband, Joel, and cat, Emerald.


March 2021, Ephemerality: Works by Charlotte Brindley, The Emporium, Knoxville, TN
November 2020, The Fletcher Exhibit: Socially and Politically Engaged Art,
Award of Merit, The Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN
October 2019, Charlotte Brindley and Lynette Hagbloom at ART Matters
Community Art Studio, Bowling Green, KY
July 2019, Introducing Charlotte Brindley, Rose Center Council for the Arts, Morristown, TN
March 2019, US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibit, 3rd Place Professional
Mixed Media, The Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, Ky
November 2018, Baker/Lunt Memorial Art Exhibition Honorable Mention,
Downing Museum, Bowling Green, KY
March 2018, US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibit, 1st Place Professional
Mixed Media, The Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, Ky
July 2018, Solo Exhibit at the Copper Vault, Springfield, TN

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From Art to Fire and Explosives and Back Again!

International Artist, Engineer and Scientist,  Cindy  Marrazzo  says,   “Art never fails to bring me happiness, whether in the form of  painting or dancing, art renews my passion.”

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I consider myself as being a self-taught artist.  I started with pencil and paper drawings at an early age.  My early interest in drawing lead to a career as a Mechanical Designer for a major U.S. crane manufacturer.  While designing cranes, my God given talent was called upon in preparing conceptual drawings of crane designs.  In the early 70s I began preparing pen and ink drawings using a quill-type pen, and ink from a bottle. 

My current interest in pen and ink drawing is focused on weathered barns from across the Midwest, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and wildlife as a secondary interest.  I currently have over 100 of my pen and ink barn drawings completed for my journal.  I am memorializing weathered barns in a journal, I have titled “Palaces on the Prairies”.  My work is to document barns that are disappearing from our country’s landscape at an ever increasing pace. 

* Born in Hampton, Iowa
* Relocated to Lexington, Kentucky 1990 – 2014
* Relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee 2014 – present
* Retired


o 1966 - Graduated Hampton Community High School, Hampton IA
o 1968 - Graduated North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City IA
(Associate of Applied Science Degree – Mechanical Design)
* Art Background
o Self-taught - Started at a young age
o Minimum experience in oil paintings (class at local community center in Cedar Rapids
o Experimented with watercolor painting (mainly black-wash)
o Produced multiple paintings using acrylic paint
o Glass etchings (sand blasting & liquid etching) (class at local community center in Cedar
Rapids Iowa)
o Pencil drawings (non-colored)
o Minimum work with colored pencil
o Pen and ink drawings (extensive)
o Specializing in pen and ink drawings of older, weathered barns

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The recipient of the 2020 Healing Power of Art excellence award from Manhattan Art International, New York, New York City, Dennis offers unique landscapes and natural world abstracts that capture the beauty and spirit of nature.

Dennis's fine art has been included in solo and group gallery exhibitions, commercial installations and private home collections throughout the United States and internationally, and also in books, magazines, and multimedia worldwide including NOVA, PBS, National Geographic, Canon U.S.A., Portfolio Magazine Florida, and Blue Planet. Locally in Eastern Tennessee his work has been shown in the Arts in the Airport, National Juried Exhibition, Dogwood Fine Arts Exhibition, the Emporium Center, and Bliss Home Designs. His beautiful artwork is found in commercial installations and private home collections throughout the United States and internationally. Dennis Sabo Photography was rated Best of Houzz in 2020 in client satisfaction, the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

Dennis is considered to be a master at transforming an image into something the viewer can connect with emotionally. His painterly and emotionally charged photographs are reminiscent of the best works of art by the legendary Impressionists while capturing light and its effect on the landscape with a contemporary vibrancy and energy. Color and Light while at the fore front of his photography is not his only conscious art play. Most of his nature imagery is a microcosm of a subject so that collectors can emotionally relate to the artwork regardless where they live.

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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.

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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.

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Fiber Art has been my passion and trade for most of my life. Over the years I have migrated from working with cotton quilting fabrics to the more versatile home decor fabric lines. I enjoy the challenge of creating vessel forms where I can push my own limits as well as the limits of technique and materials.The wide variety of patterns, texture and weave of designer fabrics allows me to create designs that impersonate other materials, so my work falls somewhere between quilting, basketry, pottery, and sculpture. Unlike clay, which can be molded into forms, fabric needs to be cut, folded, then stitched to achieve the desired shape — a fiber origami of sorts. Adding organic finds from nature, discoveries from salvage yards, and distinctive trims ensure a one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece of art.

Member of:

Professional Photographers of East Tennessee
Arts & Culture Alliance
League of Scruffy Photographers

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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."

Andre Gide


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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!’"

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. Her work has been displayed at the Art Market Gallery, Tyson McGhee Airport, Art Galleria, Art Market gallery, Nashville Bennett Gallery, and she is a member of Art Market Gallery and Art & Culture Alliances.

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Exploring nature in East Tennessee creates the opportunity to become one with nature.   It  is the best way for me to relax, decompress and recharge my spirits.  My favorite and inspirational artistic style is Impressionism.  With its emphasis on loose brush strokes and vivid colors, it is an artistic approach that invites people to slow down and savor the moment. 


My Impressionistic Photography is how I capture and share the relaxed feelings of being one with nature.  It also allows me to invite others to slow down, breathe deeply and enjoy the experience with me.

Before moving to East Tennessee, I had the opportunity to create and teach basic and advanced photography  at Benedictine University in Naperville, Illinois.  After moving to East Tennessee, I  began to teach photography classes for the various park districts in the area. I currently teach Fine Art Photography at the University of Tennessee and provide training on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through local Art Guilds.

Besides the Art Market Gallery, my photography has been on display through the Emporium Center, The Tennessee Artist Association, The Plateau Arts Center in Crossville, the Art Guild in Tellico Vilage, Arts at the Airport, the City of Knoxville  Mayors Office, the Knoxville County Mayors office,  the Loudon County Visitors' Center and the Venue Conference Center in Lenoir City.  

I am currently a member of

            Professional photographers of America

            Professional Photographers of East Tennessee

            Tennessee Artists Association

            The Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance

            Art Guild of Tellico Village

            Fairfield Glade Art Guild

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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.

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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.”

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I have been painting on and off for almost 5 decades and have a love for plein air and still life painting.  What excites me about art and painting is the play of light and shadow on objects or a landscape.  My artistic journey began as a high school student in Guin, Alabama.  I earned my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Auburn University in 1976 and had a 43 year career as a pharmacist in addition to painting.

John has been instructed by such notable artists as Margaret Hand, Jim Wilcox, Tom Browning, Kevin Macpherson, Kenn Backhaus, Sherry McGraw, Joan Potter, Ned Bittinger, Perry Austin, John Pototschnik, Jeri Carter and Kim English.  In October 1999, John and artist friend Russell Scruggs, laid the groundwork for “The Plein Air of Alabama” [PAAA], the first plein air organization in the state.  John served as PAAA president until 2010 when the group became inactive.

John now lives full time in Sevierville, Tennessee.  John teaches art as well as studying and refining his skills.  John is excited to be able to share his paintings with others in his gallery locations.  John has several prints available for purchase along with his original works.

John believes in the continuing power of art to change the world and open doors.  Art knocks down barriers of culture, race, religion, gender, language, age, and economic class.  Art is a language understood by all.  The combination of good friends, fellowship, and painting over the years are true blessings for John.  He feels very fortunate to be an artist and believes art is a gift that God provides us in order for us to share in the beauty and wonder of his creation.

“Art opens doors and enriches lives”    

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Johnny Glass began his glass career in Los Angeles, CA, where he was first introduced to glass at Santa Monica College. In 2008 he formed Glass by Glass LLC and began traveling the west coast art show markets. In 2012, Johnny decided to expand his market and finish his BFA by returned to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he grew up, and to open Glass by Glass’s east coast mobile hotshop. Johnny received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Majoring in Glass from Tennessee Technological University's, Appalachian Center for Crafts in 2016, Graduating Cum Laude with his body of work “Self in Reflection” .

Glass by Glass studios is a bi-coastal glassblowing Mobile Hotshop Extravaganza.

Glass by Glass, has made it their mission to bring a new awareness and interest back to the art of glass. Johnny has designed and constructed all his own studio equipment to be completely mobile. In addition to being a producer of finely handcrafted glass works of art that can be found at 30 plus museum, and galleries around the nation, Glass by Glass can bring a full glassblowing studio and have it operational and in your facility for demos and also glassblowing lessons.

2016- 2017 were big years for Johnny and GbyG, preforming thousands of live glass demo’s throughout the US. From craft fairs, public schools, music venues to museums, Glass by Glass Studios participated in over 30 plus festivals in 6 states. In the 2016 Johnny’s work was selected to participate in the best of Tennessee crafts annual show at the Reese museum. In the Summer of 2017 Johnny ran the glass studio at Buck’s Rock summer camp in New Milford, New York continuing his love for teaching.

In the fall of 2017, Johnny moved to New Orleans and took a teaching and MFA position at Tulane University. In the spring of 2019 Johnny received his Master of Fine Arts with honors from Tulane with his body of work entitled “Form Minus Function”.  In 2020 he returned to working in his home studio in Rockford TN.

In 2020 Johnny started an apprentice’s program at his home studio. With the help of his 4 apprentices, Branson Black, Julie Fawn Boissea-Craig, John Marro and Marisa Mitchell, Johnny was able to created his most prolific body of Italian style cane and murrine blown forms to date.  In addition to making lots of glass in 2020 Johnny also traveled. He drove across 27 states in 42 days, adding 9 new retail locations for his work, taking Glass by Glass’s representation to over 30 locations nationwide.  

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Artist Julie Fawn Boisseau-Craig works in porcelain and glass primarily but utilizes metals and wood as necessary to create her sculptural installations. Julie also makes many functional works and wearable art in pottery and glass at Wild Pony Studio, her studio located in Rockford, Tennessee. Hot shop glass work is created at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, North Carolina. She has taught art at Western Carolina University, Southwestern Community College and Occonoluftee Institute for Cultural Art. She has shown nationally and participated in many workshops and demonstrations. Her work responds to the pieces and parts that make up our lives. Julie observes the contradictions of our world and how those components come together to create memories. In her work she strives to combine components to bring out personal memories and feelings in her audience. Julie received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in December of 2012. 

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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!

Some of my Art

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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.”


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Kate Peebles Watson found her artistic calling at the age of 53 when she came across Plein Air painters at Duncan’s Boat Dock while bicycling in the sunshine in the spring of 2013. The “Artists on Location” (a program with the Knoxville Museum of Art) were so intriguing, that Kate decided at that moment it was time to “get around to those things she would do one day”. It was time to try her hand at painting --in oil.

Kate proceeded to take noncredit courses at the University of Tennessee, pursued months of classes at a community art center, and many specialized workshops under an array of gifted instructors. Kate has benefited most deeply from mentoring courses with Kathie Odom, a nationally revered and successful artist who resides in Walland, Tennessee.

Kate’s work has been accepted and displayed in the “Arts in the Airport” exhibit, the office of the Mayor of Knoxville, and at The Emporium Gallery.

Kate enjoys continually learning and is captivated by challenges. Kate is a self-proclaimed “late bloomer” and is so grateful for this God-given gift. The Lord’s creation and nature has inspired this “awakening” for her.


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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.

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My work runs the gamut between representational and non-representational art.  I draw ideas from moods, seasons, weather and light.  I paint plein air to immerse myself into the visual imagery of light and shadow.  I paint abstracts to present another reality of forms, shape, colors and texture.  Portraiture is also a large part of my work now and is another form of human expression with paint.  For me art is an energy whose essence bursts forth in pigment and imagination.

Artist Biography:

Kim Emert Gale is a seventh generation East Tennessean and a descendant of Emert's Cove.  She specializes in oil, acrylic, pen and ink, and pencil drawing. Her subjects include portraiture, landscape and still life.  She has painted for several years and has studied with several widely known and collected painters.  Kim attended the University of Tennessee and studied art and psychology.  She resides in Knoxville Tennessee where she paints the beauty of the surrounding area and the Smoky Mountains.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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Lisa has been a professional potter for over  40 years. An award winning ceramic artist, she first set up her studio, Highland Pottery, in the eclectic Highlands neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky after earning a Master’s Degree in Ceramics from The University of Louisville. She previously taught  ceramics, drawing and art history at Pellissippi State, Cleveland State and at local pottery studios in Knoxville, Tn. and in Louisville, Ky. Teaching clay and mentoring young potters has been a big part of her life. She was previously a Master Artist in Tennessee Crafts’ Master Artist Apprentice Program. 
    Lisa’s clay work has been featured and shown in galleries and juried fine arts and craft shows across the country and is in many private collections nationally and internationally. She has been a juror for the Foothills Craft Guild, Tn. Craft and Terra Madre: Women in Clay. Lisa was the Artist Coordinator for the first Art Fair KMA at the Knoxville Museum of Art. She started and directed  the Whittington Creek Art Show, which ran for 10 years  when she lived in Whittington Creek. Currently she is the  Vice President of Terra Madre: Women in Clay, a local group of women clay artists in the Knoxville area. 
    Lisa throws and hand builds her pottery and often integrates the two methods to create her functional pottery and clay wall art. She emphasizes the malleable qualities of clay by altering her pieces while they are still wet. She welcomes and encourages the happy accidents that take place in the making and in the firing process. Texture, as a means of communicating a point of view, is critical to her work. Currently her art explores and emphasizes the contrast between raw, earthy, stretched slabs of clay and smooth, polished wheel thrown glazed forms. Her work is made from a white stoneware clay 
that she fires to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lisa highlights spontaneity in her work which has led to her experimenting with various types of atmospheric firing including wood, soda, pit and electric firing. Her functional work is all microwave and dishwasher safe. The fact that people can use her work in 
their everyday lives is very important to her.

To learn more about Lisa’s work visit her website Lisa Kurtz * Highland Pottery:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Lynnda in her new studio


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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,



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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.


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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.

“Not knowing farm life, I have always been intriqued with these monumental structures and the life around them. As I’m driving, I find myself noting that the cows on Springbrook are close to the road mid-afternoon or the sun lights up the farm buildings on River Road at sunset. These scences will inevitably disappear. I want to remember them before they’re gone.”






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Mary has been fascinated by all sorts of artistic endeavors from her childhood and was raised by parents who themselves were creative individuals. Mary obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University with a minor in Sculpture and over the years, she has dabbled in various creative outlets including drawing, quilting, painting, woodcarving and clay, but recently has focused on paper mâché sculptures. Mary has a profound love and appreciation of all animals, great and small, and this devotion is clearly seen in her whimsical, humorous animal sculptures. She thoroughly enjoys the process of creating each and every piece and hopes they bring nearly as much happiness and joy to everyone who views them.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

My most recent photos can be found on the Photo Excursions blog roll. I also have additional information on my Shows and Memberships page.

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  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.

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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.

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Vickie J Bradshaw is a Southern Appalachian based artist who has been making art for the last thirty years across a variety of mediums. She is especially interested in mixed-media art and the functionality of found objects.

Currently she is making small 3-D encaustic sculptures and has been traveling to different art festivals in the south to show and sell her work.

Previously Vickie worked and taught at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. She received her BFA from Memphis College of Arts.

Best in Show 3-D at The Big Four Festival, Louisville, KY 2021
Duo Show "Close to Home" with Michelle Barillaro at Dogwood Arts Gallery in Knoxville, TN 2022

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