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Header photo courtesy of Inside of Knoxville

If you don’t see a listing,  don’t assume the venue doesn’t have an artist. They might not be participating at all, or they just didn’t get around to sending me the information on who’s on display. But if you need to know for sure, you’ll find their phone number and  links to their web site in the listings below, so you can check to see if they’ve got more recent info on their own site.

On with this month’s openings!


2 Many Pixels

130 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 201 Knoxville  Website

501 Arthur

501 Arthur St., Knoxville (865) 951- 2523  Website

A1 Lab Arts

Center for Creative Minds, at 23 Emory Place Knoxville  Website

On First Friday, October 3, 2014, A1 LabArts presents “The Ugly Art Show.” The exhibition will be open from 6-10 PM at The Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, in Knoxville. A closing show with an awards ceremony will be held on October 18 at the same location from 7-9 pm.

This eclectic exhibition includes the works of many A1LabArts members, each of whom will present their interpretation of the “ugly.” In light of the fact that recent art movements have challenged canonical aesthetic categories, including the concept of “the beautiful,” viewers to this exhibition may discover in depictions of the “ugly” a new form of artistic beauty.

Dates: Friday, October 3 from 6-10 pm at 23

Art Market Gallery

422 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 525-5265  Website

Ongoing display of local artist’s work.

Belleze Salon and Spa

6209 Kingston Pike Knoxville (865) 558-8424  Website

Birdhouse Laboratories

800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville  Website

Bliss

24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868  Website

Bliss Home

29 Market Square Knoxville (865) 673-6711  Website

On display is artwork by Jill Sanders Artist’s Website
Opening Reception: Friday, October 3rd, 2014 6pm to 9pm

Bliss Home is pleased to present the latest works by Knoxville artist, Jill Sanders, for October’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, October 3rd from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Jill’s art will be featured for the month of October.

Jill works with acrylic, layering patterns and other found objects into her paintings, often repeating silhouettes or objects throughout a body of work, so that they cross pollinate each other. Jill’s work reflects her affinity for natural materials and richly colored patterns which comes from her background in woodcut printmaking and graphic design.

Jill’s October exhibit is inspired by black-and-white photographs of circus performers and Ziegfeld showgirls from the early twentieth century. Jill has translated these photographs into a modernized color palette and altered their environments. Combining past and present, their life stories are preserved and disseminated through Jill’s October exhibit.​

Bootleg Betty

122 S Gay Street, Knoxville  865-309-5818  Website

Mark Large Photography

Mark Andrew Large is a photojournalist, visual artist and rock climber based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mark has been drawing and painting since childhood; he began taking pictures in 2005. Mark is currently staff photographer for The Daily Times of Maryville, Tennessee. He also does a variety of freelance work. Whenever Mark is climbing, he’s also shooting. His work has been featured in “Stone Fort Bouldering” published by Greener Grass Publishing. Mark is slated as lead photographer for an upcoming Greener Grass book.  Artist website

Faith Road Designs

Faith Road Designs is a handcrafted jewelry design that was inspired by some of the artist’s favorite places out West. The rustic and earthy colors of sandy stones, turquoise and greens combined with metals, copper wire and leather is a style that is unique and soulful.  Artist website

Knock on Wood Knoxville

Hand made rustic refined home decor, framing and carved portraits. As many products as possible are made out of reclaimed treasures, like old pallets, pieces of disassembled cabinets, bed frames and so much more. Artist website

Casa Hola

100 S. Gay Street, Suite 109, Knoxville (865) 335-3358 Website

Cocoa Moon Fusion Grill/Koi

19 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 521 3888

Coffee and Chocolate

327 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 688-9244 Website

Community Television of Knoxville

808 State Street Knoxville (865) 215-4350  Website

Creativity Center

13 Emory Place, Knoxville  Website

Downtown Grind

418 S. Gay Street , Knoxville (865) 524-4747

East Tennessee Historical Society

601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville (865) 216-8824  Website

East Tennessee Community Design Center & UT Downtown Design Studio

500 S. Gay Street Knoxville  Mobile (865) 603-3988 Office (865) 525-9945  Website

Emporium Center for Arts & Culture / Arts and Culture Alliance / The Balcony Gallery

100 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 523-7543  Website

Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 2014 Traveling Exhibition October 3-30, 2014 in the Balcony

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring 30 original watermedia works by artists residing across the state of Tennessee. Nationally-recognized artist Pat Dews, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society, served as juror for this 34th biennial show. Dews selected 50 works of art to display during the opening at O’More College of Design in Franklin, TN before conducting a week-long workshop in May 2014. Out of the 50 works for the opening, 30 were chosen, with permission of the artists, for the traveling show.
The juror’s exhibition statement read: “I look for strong design, color and content. I look for technical skill. I look to see if a painting captures the essence of the subject. I look for work I would like to have painted… I try hard to have a balanced show… I award the paintings that stand out and draw me in for a closer look.” For more information, visit www.tnws.org.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
ADDITIONAL GALLERY HOURS on select Sundays from 3:30-6:30 PM (October 5 and 19) and Tuesdays from 7:00-10:00 PM (October 14, 21 and 28)

Tennessee Artists Association – The Fall Juried Show: 40th Anniversary  October 3 – November 1, 2014 in the gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring original art by nearly 30 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. “This is TAA’s fifth show at the Emporium Center, and we are very excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of Tennessee artists’ works represented by our members,” said Barbara Finch, exhibition chair.
Founded in 1974, the Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) is a civic organization of fine artists with 66 current members. TAA encourages each individual artist to grow and develop through fellowship with other artists, educational programs, opportunities to exhibit and sell art, and to serve the community through classes. TAA hosts an exhibition of new artwork every three months at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce on Market Square. Membership in TAA is open to anyone eighteen years and older who is a resident of the state of Tennessee. Dues are currently $50 for single membership, $60 for family and $15 for students.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Drive, which include a business meeting, a program, and a time of fellowship and refreshments. Guests are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.tnartists.org.

In the Emporium Gallery on Friday, October 3 5:30-6:30 PM – Music by Tapestry

Tapestry is a women’s singing group comprised of local singers and musicians who have been performing together since 2003. They perform a capella and madrigals with piano, flute or guitar. Tapestry shares their talents at weddings, parties, festivals, and other venues throughout the Knoxville area. They perform eclectic styles of music and recently released a CD featuring their Christmas music. Tapestry includes Elizabeth Campbell, Courtney Zirkle, Jenny Adams, Pat Rutenberg, Laurel Osborn, and Susan Bolt.

Jean Hess: Where Water Used to Be

October 3 – November 1, 2014 in the display case
Water is a precious resource that is threatened in so many ways. Pollution, diversion, waste — the water of the earth needs protection. We all know that large communities like the Anasazi of the Southwest left their homes because water sources disappeared. The “Remote Sensing” series of collage paintings references the trope of aerial imaging — used in archeology to identify traces of ancient habitations — to create patterns suggesting ancient settlements abandoned because of lost water resources.

I like the idea of a remote vantage point — removed, impartial — from which to view very emotional issues. That and the overall haze of filtered light suggest my own personal preference for viewing from a distance. This is a very oblique way of making a political statement, and that suits me because I would prefer to make attractive, compelling images rather than depict negative things.

This show, “Where Water Used to Be,” continues the “Remote Sensing” work and expands upon it with small sculptures, assdemblages and collections of detritus from the imagined settlements that were abandoned when water ran out. These are whimsical, hard to explain fully, as though they are the sorts of things archeologists refer to as “problematic forms.” I like to imagine that some of them are sympathetic magic implements for conjuring water, or holding on to water resources that may be dwindling. For more information on Jean Hess, visit  website.

In the Black Box at the Emporium on Friday, October 3

6:00-6:30 PM: Music and Dance by Pasión Flamenca

Featuring a Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts student showcase and live music by flamenco guitarist Victor Garza and cajon player Hernando Guevarra.

7:00-9:00 PM: Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends

Terra Madre (Women in Clay) Exhibition

October 3 – November 1, 2014 on the North Wall
Terra Madre was formed in 2000 by a group of female ceramic artists from the East Tennessee area who were drawn together by a shared passion for art and a love of clay. Each woman comes to the group with her own artistic experience and unique expressive style. We provide spiritual, emotional and practical support to our fellow clay artists while, hopefully, advancing an appreciation of the ceramic arts in East Tennessee. Although not all of us make a living from our art, we are all serious and dedicated when it comes to clay. In a few years, Terra Madre has grown from a small core of friends into a group of about 30 women clay artists who meet several times a year to share ideas and great food.

Ewing Gallery

1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200  Website

Gallery Nuance

121 S. Gay Street,  Knoxville TN  (865)-329-4626 Website

Ironwood Studios

119 Jennings Avenue Knoxville (865) 405-0777  Website

John Black Photography

501 Union Ave. Knoxville (865) 522-1715  Website

Kate Moore Creative / Jennie Andrews Photography

123 S Gay Suite B Knoxville (865) 951-8416  Kate Moore Website   Jennie Andrews Website

Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center

1127B Broadway Ave. Knoxville (865) 523-1401

Knoxville Museum of Art

1060 World’s Fair Park Knoxville (865) 525-6101  Website

Knoxville Visitor Center

301 Gay Street Knoxville (800) 727-8045  Website

Lox Salon

103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website

Artist Michelle Slentz Belcher will have her Fine Art and Illustrations on display.

Michelle received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art with a specialization in Drawing at Ball State University in 2013. Using her passion for anatomical study and her keen eye for detail, she greatly enjoys creating with purpose, through illustrative means. Currently she is enjoying working as a freelance artist, illustrating books and commissioned works, of both digital and traditional media. For a commissioned piece, feel free to contact her at mmsbelcher@gmail.com, and check out more of her work at her Website

Maplehurst Inn

800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville  (865) 803-6215 Website

Old City Java

109 S. Central Avenue Knoxville (865) 523-9817   Website

Oodles Uncorked

18 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521-0600  Website

Organized Play

131 South Central Street Knoxville  (865) 521-0690  Website

Patricia Nash Designs

109 S. Gay St. 524-2626 Website

Preservation Pub

28 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 524-2224  Website

1st fl Pres 10pm:
AMIGO (Charlotte Alt- Country)

http://www.reverbnation.com/amigotheband

SKUNK RUCKUS (Asheville Country Punk) tentative

http://www.reverbnation.com/skunkruckus

8pm Scruffy City Hall:
THE VIBRASLAPS (Knoxville’s MILF-magnets are back with semi-obscure covers!)
THE FRITZ (Asheville Super Fro-tastic Retro Funk!)

http://www.thefritzmusic.com/

Rala

323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888  Website

Regal Downtown West 8

1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville  (865) 693-6327

Remedy Coffee

125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website

Rita’s Italian Ice

26 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville

Rococo Boutique

2 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 971-1006 Website

Salon Visage

11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000

Style of Civilization

133 S. Gay Street Knoxville  (865) 544-4196  Website

Technology Cooperative

130 W. Jackson Ave. Suite 101 Knoxville  Website

Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and sound @ East Tennessee History Center

601 South Gay Street Knoxville Contact: Bradley Reeves, Louisa Trott (865-215-8856) Website

Tennessee Valley Bikes

214 W. Magnolia, Knoxville Website

The District Gallery & Framery

5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville  (865)200-4452  Website

Opening First Friday, October 3, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. – Transformation: New Works by Gallery Artists, Old & New

The District Gallery is pleased to present Transformation: New Works by Gallery Artists, Old & New. Fall is an exciting time, a time of inspiring transformation, and in that spirit we are showcasing our newest collection of fine art created by veteran gallery artists as well as newcomers to The District Gallery.

Transformation includes new works by veteran artists Ashley Addair, Chad Airhart, Donna Conliffe, and Brad Robertson. New gallery artists represented in the show include Henry Callahan, Leslie Dyas, and Catherine Gibbs.

An opening reception will be held Friday, October 3 from 5-8 p.m. Come enjoy the paintings and meet the artists. The show is on display through October 31. Free on-site parking is available.

The Tree and Vine

439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville  (865) 985.0524  Website

Tomato Head

12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website

Lesley Easton will be on view at the Downtown Knoxville Tomato Head Restaurant from October 6th to November 1st.

URBhana

115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381  Website

Wing Zone

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website

Header photo courtesy of Inside of Knoxville

If you don’t see a listing,  don’t assume the venue doesn’t have an artist. They might not be participating at all, or they just didn’t get around to sending me the information on who’s on display. But if you need to know for sure, you’ll find their phone number and  links to their web site in the listings below, so you can check to see if they’ve got more recent info on their own site.

On with this month’s openings!


2 Many Pixels

130 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 201 Knoxville  Website

501 Arthur

501 Arthur St., Knoxville (865) 951- 2523  Website

A1 Lab Arts

Center for Creative Minds, at 23 Emory Place Knoxville  Website

Art Market Gallery

422 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 525-5265  Website

Belleze Salon and Spa

6209 Kingston Pike Knoxville (865) 558-8424  Website

Birdhouse Laboratories

800 N. 4th Ave Knoxville  Website

Bliss

24 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 329 8868  Website

Bliss Home

29 Market Square Knoxville (865) 673-6711  Website

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 6pm to 9pm

Artwork by Dennis Sabo Artist’s Website

Bliss Home is pleased to present Secret Life of Plants by Knoxville photographer, Dennis Sabo, for September’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, September 5th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Dennis’ art will be featured for the month of September.

Dennis Sabo, a Loudon resident, is an internationally honored photographer specializing in contemporary abstract, and landscape photography. His award-winning work has appeared in various publications, television, the Internet and institutions, among them NOVA, PBS, National Geographic, and Blue Planet.

A frequent lecturer and workshop instructor, Sabo is mostly known for his fine art abstracts of the natural world. He has refined the fine-art photograph into an interpretive collage of color and texture. The title for this exhibition is Secret Life of Plants an impressionistic and expressionistic art view of this very special component of nature.

Bootleg Betty

122 S Gay Street, Knoxville  865-309-5818  Website

Casa Hola

100 S. Gay Street, Suite 109, Knoxville (865) 335-3358 Website

Cocoa Moon Fusion Grill/Koi

19 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 521 3888

Coffee and Chocolate

327 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 688-9244 Website

Community Television of Knoxville

808 State Street Knoxville (865) 215-4350  Website

Creativity Center

13 Emory Place, Knoxville  Website

Downtown Grind

418 S. Gay Street , Knoxville (865) 524-4747

East Tennessee Historical Society

601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville (865) 216-8824  Website

East Tennessee Community Design Center & UT Downtown Design Studio

500 S. Gay Street Knoxville Mobile (865) 603-3988 Office (865) 525-9945  Website

Emporium Center for Arts & Culture / Arts and Culture Alliance / The Balcony Gallery

100 S. Gay Street Knoxville (865) 523-7543  Website

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition entitled “CHIAROSCURO! The Excitement of Strong Lights, Shadow and Color”, featuring original artwork by three local artists: Susan Mink Colclough, Olga Rader, and Bill Womac. The exhibition will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 5-27, 2014. A public reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on Friday, September 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill and Jason’s Deli and music by Cat’s Away. The First Friday reception also features a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

Susan Mink Colclough is a native of Southwest, Virginia. A classically trained pianist, she grew up knowing the great connection that all of the arts have with one another. Tutored in oil-painting, she acquired a deep appreciation for the Impressionist Movement. She studied art in Paris and Southern France and has painted plein air in the gardens, olive groves, and footprints of Vincent Van Gogh. Colclough has taken advantage of her travels across the United States and her experiences in the cultures of Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the British West Indies to expand her painting endeavors and increase her love of the whole artistic experience. She currently resides and practices in her studio in Walland. For more information, visit www.susanminkcolclough.com.

Olga Rader is a versatile artist with a multi-faceted background. Born in Kazakhstan and raised in Uzbekistan, Olga was exposed to Arabic, Asian, and Eastern European influences, which continue to find their way into her work. She graduated from Moscow University with degrees in Art and Animation Direction, and followed that with a career at Souzmultfilm, the largest animation studio in Russia. Upon moving to the US in 1997, she began concentrating on all forms of her artistic expression; oil painting, sculpture, doll making, iconography, and children’s art (illustrations and murals). She has exhibited at numerous locations in Los Angeles and Knoxville, TN. She is currently an exhibiting member of Bunker, a group of LA-based expatriate artists from Russia and Armenia, the Knoxville Art and Culture Alliance, A1 Lab Arts, and Fine Arts Blount. Olga’s interests include Hatha Yoga and Tai Chi, which she has taught in both California and Tennessee. Olga’s art is infused with spirit, strength and character that mirrors her own personality and life story, and is absolutely unique. For more information, visit www.olgarader.com.

Bill Womac began painting at an early age but only became serious about it after studying art at the University of Tennessee. As his career involved much travel, he was never able to fully concentrate on painting until a few years ago when he stopped traveling and opened Boyd Thomas Clothing in Maryville. During his travels, he spent many hours in galleries from Seattle to Sarasota, New York to Palm Beach, and Santa Fe to Sedona. His greatest influences for his work come from other artists. Womac finds an artist whose work inspires him and takes classes and workshops from them on an annual basis, including Bob Burridge, Bill Buchanon, Robert Joyner, and Skip Lawrence. Womac works primarily in acrylics and layers his paintings using both brushes and the palette knife to achieve the desired textures. He paints in a loose, casual style featuring abstract figurative works as well as more recognizable still life and iconic representations.

“CHIAROSCURO!” will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

Ewing Gallery

1715 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville (865) 974-3200  Website

Gallery Nuance

121 S. Gay Street,  Knoxville TN  (865)-329-4626 Website

Ironwood Studios

119 Jennings Avenue Knoxville (865) 405-0777  Website

John Black Photography

501 Union Ave. Knoxville (865) 522-1715  Website

Kate Moore Creative / Jennie Andrews Photography

123 S Gay Suite B Knoxville (865) 951-8416  Kate Moore Website   Jennie Andrews Website

Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center

1127B Broadway Ave. Knoxville (865) 523-1401

Knoxville Museum of Art

1060 World’s Fair Park Knoxville (865) 525-6101  Website

Knoxville Visitor Center

301 Gay Street Knoxville (800) 727-8045  Website

Liz-Beth & Co

7240 Kingston Pike, Knoxville (865) 691-8129 Website

LIZ-BETH & CO will be hosting an “Orange Crush Party” from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5th. Join the artists and staff at LIZ-BETH & CO for an “ALL VOL” gallery party to celebrate the release of artist Heather Whiteside’s new limited edition print, ‘Orange Crush’, which captures the spirit and excitement of football time in Tennessee. First Friday party guests will receive gallery wide savings of 10% to 30% off Knoxville’s largest selection of art, jewelry, pottery, art glass, wearable art, custom framing, and gifts while they enjoy Orange Crush cocktails and tailgate hors d’oeuvres. Artist Website

Lox Salon

103 W. Jackson Knoxville Website

Celebrate First Friday with original works by local artist Joshua Fillis. Doors will be open from 7-9pm, you won’t want to miss these vibrant abstract paintings. For more info please visit the artist’s website. 

Maplehurst Inn

800 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville  (865) 803-6215 Website

Old City Java

109 S. Central Avenue Knoxville (865) 523-9817   Website

Oodles Uncorked

18 Market Square Knoxville (865) 521-0600  Website

Organized Play

131 South Central Street Knoxville  (865) 521-0690  Website

Patricia Nash Designs

109 S. Gay St. 524-2626 Website

Preservation Pub

28 Market Square Knoxville  (865) 524-2224  Website

1ST FRI SEP 5:

6pm HISTORIC MARKET SQUARE:
WDVX and Yazoo Brewing Company Present a Blues and Folk Concert

Chilhowee Park, Sep 5 -14:
Tennessee Valley Fair

https://www.facebook.com/tnvalleyfair

FRI-SAT SEP 5-6:
The Dirty Guv’nahs: 2 Nights at the Bijou Theatre
(and where else would they possibly after-party other than the venue where it all started… Preservation Pub!)

https://www.facebook.com/thedirtyguvnahs

Rala

323 Union Avenue Knoxville (865) 525-7888  Website

Regal Downtown West 8

1640 Downtown West Blvd. Knoxville  (865) 693-6327

Remedy Coffee

125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville Website

Rita’s Italian Ice

26 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville

Rococo Boutique

2 Market Square, Knoxville (865) 971-1006 Website

Salon Visage

11 Market Square Knoxville (865) 694-4000

Style of Civilization

133 S. Gay Street Knoxville  (865) 544-4196  Website

Technology Cooperative

130 W. Jackson Ave. Suite 101 Knoxville  Website

Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and sound @ East Tennessee History Center

601 South Gay Street Knoxville Contact: Bradley Reeves, Louisa Trott (865-215-8856) Website

Tennessee Valley Bikes

214 W. Magnolia, Knoxville Website

The Tree and Vine

439 Union Avenue • Off Market Square • Knoxville  (865) 985.0524  Website

Tomato Head

12 Market Square, Knoxville – (865) 637-4067 Website

Alan Moore will be on view at the downtown Knoxville Tomato Head Restaurant from September 8th thru October 4th. He will then exhibit at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from October 7th thru November 3rd.
The Moore Family Folk Art – Catch!-A Three State Junk Art Tour
June 2014 – October 2014
(Rosemary Beach, FL – Ft. Collins, CO – Denver, CO – Knoxville, TN)

The Moores have recently embarked on their most ambitious exhibit schedule to date. Over 100 pieces of the Moore’s southern-fried folk art will be on display in three states over the next five months.

Alan and his daughters Isabella (age 13) and Emma (age 11) have been creating their iconic bottle cap fish for their junk art tour they call “Catch!” – inspired by their two home states of Florida and Colorado.

Recently the Moore’s went “paintless” in their folk art bringing all the color to their work through the medium of vintage soda/beer cans and bottle caps. The Moore’s new palette includes over 4000 soda and beer cans to choose from, all dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. Their studio also boasts of having over 60,000 neatly organized bottle caps-vintage and modern, domestic and international. It is not rare for Alan or one of the girls to make a fish with caps and cans from Germany, Russia, Canada, Thailand, S. Korea, the US and several other countries.

Alan, who began making upcycled art as a child, began involving his children in his art world five years ago. Isabella and Emma have gone from helpers at art festivals and in the studio to budding artists selling their own art across the country. The girls also teach recycled art classes to kids their own age. Isabella and Emma are now fully engaged in what the Moores call “The Moore Family Folk Art.” Alan’s boys, Aidan (8), Liam (6), and Kian (3), are great helpers and are starting to dabble in the folk art world.

The Moore’s Catch! Tour can be seen during the month of June at Amavida Coffee and Tea in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Mugs Coffee Lounge in Ft. Collins, Colorado will be the second destination with art on display in June and July.

The Tree of Life Gallery (The Art District on Santa Fe) in Denver, Colorado will host the Moores and an exhibit of their work July 31st – August 13rd. The Moore’s exhibit at the Tree of Life will also include a live art demonstration by Alan, Isabella, and Emma at First Friday August 1st 6-10pm. That evening Tree of Life will also be hosting Denver’s own DJ Igneo and special guest Denver Bronco’s legend Greg “Meteriod” Boyd.

The tour’s final stop will be at The Tomato Head in Knoxville, Tennessee. The famous Tomato Head is described by the New York Times as “the nexus for all things hip and happening in town”. The Tomato Head owner Mahasti Vafaie found the Moore’s folk art bottle cap fish online and reached out last year about the fall 2014 exhibit. The Moore’s art will be on display at The Tomato Head in September and October of this year.

You can find all about the Moore’s art at: www.floridafolkart.com and www.coloradofolkart.com

URBhana

115 S. Gay Street (865) 525-7381  Website

Wing Zone

2121 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville (684-5477)  Website