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Art Market Gallery’s Annual Members’ Silent Auction

Now in its 31st year, the Art Market Gallery is among the oldest artists’ cooperatives in the southeast.

The gallery’s Annual Members’ Silent Auction is a Dogwood Arts Festival Featured Event. A popular silent auction, offering original fine art and crafts by the gallery’s professional regional artists and artisans, gives art lovers a chance to purchase works at a fraction of their value. This year there will be a longer bidding period, to run April 5-28, with up to 60 works, ranging from jewelry and pottery to paintings and fiber.

The Art Market Gallery also will present an exhibit of recent works by two of its member artists: painter and printmaker Gay Davis Bryant and wood-turner Janis Proffitt, both of Knoxville.

A recently retired community college professor, Gay has also worked as a studio artist for the last 20 years and teaches regionally. While celebrating traditional skills and craftsmanship, Gay brings the viewer into familiar scenes of East Tennessee’s rich landscape with her watercolors and acrylic paintings and through use of relief-printmaking techniques such as woodcuts, linoleum blocks, and composite materials. The featured body of work for this show is called “Gatherings.”

Woodworking has been in Janis’ family for generations, dating back to Sevier County’s first settlers. She grew up helping her father in his woodshop in the mountains of Pittman-Center, later teaching herself pyrography (wood burning), which she incorporated into her wood-turnings. Janis works as a full-time craft artist with her sister in that same woodshop. Her artisanship, which was featured on WBIR’s “The Heartland Series,” blends traditional Appalachia turning with contemporary design.

A First Friday opening reception for the exhibit is planned for 5:30 to 9 pm on Friday, April 5, with complimentary refreshments and live folk and “new grass” music by Molly Rochelson. The reception also opens bidding for the Annual Members’ Silent Auction, and many member artists will be on hand to meet and mingle with visitors.

Owned and operated by more than 60 regional artists, the Art Market Gallery is located at 422 South Gay Street, next to the Downtown Grill & Brewery. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 pm Sunday.

Art Market Gallery
422 South Gay Street
Downtown Knoxville

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