April Art New exhibits open

New art opens in April at area galleries. Here’s a preview:

Each month, The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville opens a series of visual art exhibits at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. The exhibits this month open with a 5-9 p.m. reception, Friday, April 7, and are displayed through April 28. This month, the exhibits range from art giclees to mixed media works.

The Emporium’s lower gallery shows items from the West Knoxville business Little River Art & Frame Running Shoes. The business sells fine art giclees from originals created by their artists using medias from oil to wood. In the balcony, painters Sharon Gillenwater and Michael McKee show acrylic and oil paintings. Mixed media artist Renee Suich shows work in the gallery’s display case in an exhibit called ‘Connections.” On the gallery’s north wall, mother/hairstylist/artist Kat Lewis exhibits art she says illustrates dreams, visions and stories of spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

Members of the Barbara West Portrait Group show their works in the Emporium Atrium. West formed the group in 2001 Work Wear & Uniforms. After her death, member continued meeting in her name Coats & Jackets. Members range from beginning to professional artists and use a variety of media. The group meets Wednesdays and Saturdays in Knoxville area churches.

The Emporium is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building is closed Friday, April 14.

Alison Saar explores America’s rivers and their relationship

Alison Saar explores America’s rivers and their relationship to African Americans in “Breach.” (Photo: University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery)

“Breach,” an exhibit of mixed media sculptures and paintings related to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is at the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St. Artist Alison Saar created the art that opens with a 5-9 p.m. April 7 reception. Influenced by Hurricane Katrina’s damage to New Orleans, Saar created the works after researching floods in America and their effects on African Americans. The gallery’ s notes about the exhibit say “Breach” incorporates water imagery and is the culmination of Saar’s research. “Breach” is at the gallery through April 29 Hunting & Fishing. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Works by painter Harriet Howell and mixed-media artist Marilyn Avery Turner are on display at the Art Market Gallery Tops & T-Shirts, 422 S. Gay St., through April 30. The opening reception starts at 5:30 p.m. April 7. Owned and operated by more than 60 regional artists, the Art Market is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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