Exhibitions Opening This Weekend

There is a wealth of art viewing opportunities this weekend, many of which continue through the month. Of course, this weekend sees June’s First Friday event downtown, multiplying the locations and events to check out. Here are a few–

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street

Four opening exhibitions will grace the walls and spaces of the Emporium. Public receptions will take place on Friday, June 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. In the Downstairs Gallery is Knoxville Photo 2016, an exhibition featuring the work of 33 photographic artists. Now in its 4th year, this juried exhibition covers photography in a broad survey of sub-genres and subject matter. The juror was Susan Stanton, founder of the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild.

Included photographers: Leon Bell (Brownsboro, AL), Madelyn Carr Bonnett (Columbiana, AL), David F. Edens (Madison, AL), Nathan Dean and Valerie Gruner (Atlanta, GA), Samuel Brown (Dacula, GA), Maria Belford (Brooklyn, NY), Kathy Collier (Blythewood, SC), Alan Brock (Cleveland, TN), Charles Stevens (Crossville, TN), Ann Allison-Cote’, Lindsey M. Bier, Louise Boyd, Jurgen Dopatka, Katharine Emlen, David A. Johnson, Robert Minick, Keith S. Norris, Julie L. Rabun, Martha Carroll Robbins, Cheryl Sharp, Sean Sparbanie, Dale Sumner, Eric Thompson, Clay Thurston, and Steve Zigler (Knoxville, TN), David Hardin (Loudon, TN), Sarah Byrd (Nashville, TN), Yvonne Dalschen (Oak Ridge, TN), Eric Buechel (Pleasant Hill, TN), AngelaDawn Russell and Phil Savage (Powell, TN), Spears McAllester (Signal Mountain, TN).

In the Balcony Gallery is the Tennessee Watercolor Society 35th Exhibition. The biennial exhibition showcases 55 watermedia paintings chosen from nearly 200 entries. Juror John T. Salminen is a signature member of numerous art societies such as the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and recipient of more than 220 national and international awards.

Detail from 'Old Soul Dear Heart' - Kate Aubrey, watercolor

Detail from ‘Old Soul Dear Heart’ – Kate Aubrey, watercolor


Individual artist shows include A Mosaic Journey by Judy Overholt Wheeler in the front display case and Kim Emert Gale and Janet Weaver: Through Our Eyes in the Atrium.


Through the Lens of Ed Westcott at UT’s Downtown Gallery, Exhibit opening from 5 pm-9 pm

Ed Westcott was the official photographer for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge and, due to secrecy, was the sole photographer of social and recreational events there during the war years. His photographs document this important and visually intriguing period of history. Westcott will be on hand from 6:30-8:30 pm. Baldwin Lee, Professor Emeritus of Photography at UT, will speak about Westcott’s work at 7:00 pm.

University of Tennessee’s Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street

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