First Thursday March 

Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville Juried Members Exchange Exhibition: Opening Thursday, March 1th   in the Founders Gallery of Abingdon’s Arts Depot   

The Arts Depot will partner for a second time with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, TN by hosting a multi-media exhibition of works created by 42 Knoxville area artists. The exhibition will be on display March 1-April 1 with an opening reception, in conjunction with Abingdon’s “First Thursday” gallery hop, on March 2, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

In exchange, and during the same time period March 1 through April 1, the Arts & Culture Alliance will exhibit works by Depot Artists Association members at Knoxville’s Emporium and will host an opening reception during their “Downtown Knox First Friday Art Walk” on March 3, from 5-9 pm. The Emporium Center is Knoxville’s first true arts center, which re-opened following renovations during the summer of 2004. The 28,000 square feet of flexible use space houses multiple art galleries showcasing local and regional artists, the administrative offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance, and offices for seven other arts and cultural organizations. Additionally, the building houses studio for ten individual artists and rehearsal, classroom and meeting space.

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville partners each year with a community-based art gallery in the Southeast for the purpose of promoting local artists within each community. Similar to the Knoxville group, the Arts Depot’s mission is to promote and support regional artists through rotating gallery exhibitions, educational opportunities for the community, and working artist studios.

Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance says “While many of our member artists are well known here in the Knoxville area, we want Abingdon to be exposed to their work, and we look forward to Abingdon artists receiving extra exposure here in Knoxville. Susan Yates, the Arts Depot’s Arts Administrator agrees and adds that the exchange was “such a great success in 2014, of course we jumped at the opportunity to participate again.”

The works chosen to travel to Knoxville represent a portion of the Arts Depot’s Members  juried during the Depot’s 27th Annual Holiday Members Exhibition this past December.  Members selected to represent the Arts Depot are Jeana Chapman, Sheryl Daniels, J. C. Dean, Jackie Dolpp, Judith Fitzgerald, John David Ford, Nancy Garretson, Jody Houston, Greg Howser, Carl Jessee, Sr., Elizabeth John-Morison, Nancy Johnson, Carina Karlsson, Larry Knott, Michele Marlowe, Lisa May, Rita Montrosse, Helen Morgan, Adelaide Moss, Cecelia Pippin, Fallon Ray, Sara Reese, Steven Reeves, Frank Renault, Joyce Samuel, Josiah Stam, and Michaela Stam.,  The Association operates the Arts Depot in the historic Depot Square area of downtown Abingdon. The Association is supported in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corp. For more information about the Arts Depot, call (276) 628-9091 or visit www.abingdonartsdepot.org.

Visit www.knoxalliance.com for more information about the Alliance center’s exhibits and schedule.

Abingdon Arts Depot – Juried Members Exhibition in the lower gallery

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of mixed media works by 27 members of the Depot Artists Association in Abingdon, Virginia. For the fourth year, the Arts & Culture Alliance is proud to partner with another community-based art gallery in the Southeast for the purpose of promoting local artists within each community. The Arts Depot will host a simultaneous display of work by 42 Knoxville-area artists in their gallery space at 314 Depot Square in Abingdon during the month of March.

The works chosen to travel to Knoxville were juried by Steven Reeves during the Depot’s 27th Annual Holiday Members Exhibition this past December. Reeves is the Executive Director of the Kingsport Art Guild established in 1949, a non-profit that promotes advocacy, education, and exhibitions. Reeves has a studio at the Arts Depot and holds his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Members selected to represent the Arts Depot are Jeana Chapman, Sheryl Daniels, J. C. Dean, Jackie Dolpp, Judith Fitzgerald, John David Ford, Nancy Garretson, Jody Houston, Greg Howser, Carl Jessee, Sr., Elizabeth John-Morison, Nancy Johnson, Carina Karlsson, Larry Knott, Michele Marlowe, Lisa May, Rita Montrosse, Helen Morgan, Adelaide Moss, Cecelia Pippin, Fallon Ray, Sara Reece, Steven Reeves, Frank Renault, Joyce Samuel, Josiah Stam, and Michaela Stam. The Association operates the Arts Depot in the historic Depot Square area of downtown Abingdon. The Association is supported in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corp. For more information about the Arts Depot, call (276) 628-9091 or visit www.abingdonartsdepot.org.